Alan Glen

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Alan Glen
Background information
Born (1951-12-21) 21 December 1951 (age 69)
OriginWuppertal, West Germany
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsHarmonica, Guitar
LabelsChina Records, Favored Nations, I.R.S. Records, M&G Records, Fat Possum Records, Big Cat Records, Real World Records, Note Records
Associated actsNine Below Zero (1991–1995)
The Yardbirds(1996–2003 and 2008–2009)
The Barcodes
Little Axe
The Incredible Blues Puppies
Steve Morrison

Alan Glen (born 21 December 1951) is a British blues harmonica player, best known for his work with The Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero, Little Axe, and his own bands, The Barcodes and The Incredible Blues Puppies.


Glen started playing harmonica after seeing Muddy Waters, and the 'American Folk-Blues Festivals' which visited London in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His early influences being Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Junior Wells. Early bands he was involved with were Crowjane Bluesband, The Radical Sheiks and Brothers Grimm, before going on to join Nine Below Zero (1991–1995), and The Yardbirds[1](1996–2003 and 2008–2009).

Glen has played on over 50 albums and recorded/performed with: Alannah Myles, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Slash, (on the Yardbirds' album Birdland) John Mayall, Steve Lukather, Skunk Baxter, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Horace Andy, Junior Delgado, Bernie Marsden, Paul Jones, Papa George, Geoff Everett, Gary Fletcher, Gordon Smith, Micky Moody, he has recorded eight albums with Little Axe. In addition he appeared alongside Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen and Roger Cotton on the With Friends Like These album for the Barcodes, which also included Zoot Money. He played with Peter Green, Mick Taylor and Hubert Sumlin at the Long Beach Blues Festival.

He recorded the album On The Road Again with Dr. Feelgood. Other collaborators include Art Themen, Pee Wee Ellis, Dub Syndicate, Paul Cox, Alan Barnes, Little Axe and Gypie Mayo. Glen has played at Montreux, Brecon Jazz Festival and Nice Jazz Festivals, Hollywood House of Blues, the Hilton, Las Vegas, Sporting Lisbon Stadium, Wembley Arena, Ronnie Scott's Club and The Royal Albert Hall, as well as various television and radio performances.

Soundcheck magazine referred to Glen as "one of the finest blues harp players and slide guitarists of his generation,"[2] and also received praise from Net Rhythms for his harmonica playing.[3]

Glen's original music was used on the soundtrack of the BB King Biopic "Life of Riley"

Selected discography[edit]

  • The Yardbirds -
  • Nine Below Zero
    • Off the Hook (China Records) - 1992
    • Hot Music for a Cold Night (I.R.S. Records) - 1994
    • Best of Nine Below Zero (I.R.S. Records) - 1994
    • "Ice Station Zebro" (Pangea Records ) - 1995
    • "'Live' in Europe 1992" (Floating World Records ) - 2011
  • Dr. Feelgood
    • On the Road Again (Grand Records) - 1994
  • Little Axe
  • Junior Delgado
  • Dub Syndicate
    • Acres of Space (Lion & Roots) - 2001
    • Rasta Far I (Collision Cause Chap) - 2006[4]
  • The Barcodes -
    • Keep your Distance (Note Records) - 2000
    • Independently Blue (Note Records) - 2004
    • With Friends Like These (Note Records) - 2006
    • Live - In Session for the BBC (Note Records) - 2007
    • "Be Cool - The Best of The Barcodes" ( Note Records ) - 2011
  • Incredible Blues Puppies -
    • Puppy Fat (Note Records) - 2005
    • In The Doghouse (Note Records) - 2008
  • Roger Cotton and Alan Glen -
    • Born in Black & White (Note Records) - 2003
  • Gordon Smith -
    • "The Essential Gordon Smith" ( Note Records ) - 2009
    • "Gordon Smith - Live" (Brooks Blues) - 2011
  • The Geoff Everett Band
    • The Quick And The Dead - 2012
  • Tim Hain & Alan Glen
    • ' GlenHain Gold Reserve (Note Records) - 2012
  • Steve Morrison & Alan Glen
    • Blues from South of the River - 2012
  • Robin Bibi & Alan Glen
    • Live at The Oval Tavern (2016)
    • St Lawrence Blues (2019)
  • Dave Peabody Trio
    • Flea Biting Blues (2019)
  • Eldon Backhouse & Electric Blues Band
    • 'Catslide Roof (2019)
  • Lee 'Scratch" Perry -
    • "Heavy Rain" (On-U Sounds) - 2020
  • Gary Fletcher Band -
    • "River Keeps Flowing" (Repertoire Records) - 2020

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Umlauf, Simon (15 April 2003). "The British are coming! The British are coming!". CNN. Retrieved 24 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Alan Glenn". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Blue, David. "NetRhythms: A to Z Album Reviews". NetRhythms. Retrieved 24 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Rasta Far I - Dub Syndicate". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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