Melvyn Desmond "Mel" Collins (born 5 September 1947, Isle of Man) is a British saxophonist, flautist and session musician.
He has worked in a wide variety of contexts ranging from
R&B and blues rock to jazz, but is perhaps known for his work in progressive rock, as with King Crimson, Camel and the Alan Parsons Project.
Collins has worked with a large number of notable recording artists,
including [1 ] 10cc, Alexis Korner, Clannad, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Roger Chapman, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters [2 ] Gerry Rafferty, Tears For Fears, Go West and Joan Armatrading.
He was a member of
progressive rock bands King Crimson, Camel, Caravan and The Alan Parsons Project. For King Crimson he was Ian McDonald's replacement, playing the same instruments as McDonald on the and Lizard albums, and was a session musician on the Islands and In the Wake of Poseidon albums. He played on the Red Crimson Jazz Trio's second album, The King Crimson Songbook, Volume Two, released in 2009.
Collins played the saxophone solo on
The Rolling Stones 1978 single, " Miss You", and played with Dire Straits on their live album, [3 ] . He was one of the members of Alchemy Kokomo with Tony O'Malley, Neil Hubbard, Paddy McHugh, Frank Collins, Dyan Birch, and Alan Spenner, and is a frequent performer with Tony O'Malley.
In 1985 Collins was part of the Willie and the Poor Boys video, in 1986 a musician on the animated film
When the Wind Blows, and in 2006 a band member on . Die Harald Schmidt Show [4 ]
On 13 April 1997 Collins was interviewed by Chris Groom at the Half Moon in Putney. He talked about his life, and times in music.
From 2002–07 Collins has been a member of the
King Crimson "revival" group 21st century Schizoid Band, with other former Crimson members.
In May 2008 Kokomo was reformed temporarily. With Collins were Tony O'Malley, Neil Hubbard,
Mark Smith, Adam Phillips, Andy Hamilton, Paddy McHugh, Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Bernie Holland, and Glen Le Fleur.
Collins played woodwinds on the 2011
King Crimson ProjeKct 7, , appearing on a King Crimson related album for the first time since 1974. In September 2013, A Scarcity of Miracles Robert Fripp confirmed that Mel Collins would be a member of King Crimson again, the band being referred to as King Crimson VIII.
Collins was also a member of
Pete Haycock's reformation of the Climax Blues Band in 2013, prior to Haycock's death in October 2013.
Selected discography [ edit ]
The Alan Parsons Project: ; Eye in the Sky Ammonia Avenue
Joan Armatrading: ; Show Some Emotion ; Walk Under Ladders The Key
Bad Company: ; Bad Company ; Burnin' Sky Rough Diamonds
Barón Rojo: Volumen brutal
Bucks Fizz: ; Bucks Fizz Writing on the Wall
Eric Burdon: Darkness Darkness
David Byron: On the Rocks
Camel: ; Rain Dances ; A Live Record ; Breathless ; I Can See Your House from Here ; Nude ; Stationary Traveller Pressure Points
Jim Capaldi: The Sweet Smell of... Success; Let the Thunder Cry; ; Fierce Heart Some Come Running
Caravan: Back to Front
Clannad: ; Macalla ; Sirius ; Past Present ; Anam Lore
Eric Clapton: Slowhand
Joe Cocker: Cocker
Terence Trent D'arby: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
Dire Straits: ; Twisting by the Pool [EP] ; Alchemy Money for Nothing
Bryan Ferry: ; Let's Stick Together ; In Your Mind Taxi
Humble Pie: ; Thunderbox Street Rats
King Crimson: ; In the Wake of Poseidon ; Lizard ; Islands ; Earthbound ; Red A Scarcity of Miracles
Alexis Korner: Accidentally Born in New Orleans; Live on Tour in Germany ; Alexis Korner; Mr. Blues; ; The Party Album And Friends
Alvin Lee: Road to Freedom; In Flight; Pump Iron; Pure Blues
Phil Lynott: The Philip Lynott Album
Phil Manzanera/ 801: ; Listen Now K Scope; Guitarissimo (1975–1982)
Meat Loaf: Blind Before I Stop
Martin Barre: A Trick of Memory (1994)
Miyuki Nakajima: Yoru wo Yuke
No-Man: ; Flowermouth Wild Opera
Robert Palmer: Pressure Drop
Cozy Powell: Tilt
Gerry Rafferty: , Snakes and Ladders , Sleepwalking , North & South ; On a Wing and a Prayer , Over My Head Another World
Cliff Richard: 31 February Street; Now You See Me...Now You Don't
Rolling Stones: ; Love You Live Some Girls
Pete Sinfield: Still
Small Faces: Playmates
Phil Thornalley: Swamp
Chris Squire: Fish Out of Water
Stray Cats: Rant N' Rave with the Stray Cats
David Sylvian: Gone to Earth
Tears for Fears: ; The Hurting Songs from the Big Chair
Pete Townshend/ Ronnie Lane: Rough Mix
Tina Turner: Private Dancer
Uriah Heep: Return to Fantasy
Roger Waters: Radio K.A.O.S.
Kokomo: Kokomo; Rise & Shine
Richard Wright: Wet Dream
Tony O'Malley: Oh!
Pete Bardens: Heart To Heart Mel Collins
21st Century Schizoid Band,Official Bootleg V.1 (2002)
21st Century Schizoid Band,In The Wake of Schizoid Men (2003)
21st Century Schizoid Band,Live in Japan (2003, CD and DVD)
21st Century Schizoid Band,Live in Italy (2003)
21st Century Schizoid Band,Pictures of a City – Live in New York (2006)
Bands by years [ edit ]
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