David Paton

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David Paton
Born (1949-10-29) 29 October 1949 (age 67)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals
Years active Late 60s–present
Associated acts Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project, Camel, Elton John, Kate Bush
Website Official website

David Paton, born 29 October 1949 in Edinburgh Scotland, is a Scottish bassist, guitarist and singer.

Biography[edit]

He grew up in the south eastern suburb of Gilmerton, Edinburgh where he attended Liberton High School. His first band was called The Beachcombers and they signed a recording contract in 1968 with CBS Records. They changed their name for The Boots and published their first single, The animal in me. This was soon followed by Keep Your Lovelight Burning, but after about two years, the band stopped because of money problems in 1970. He then replaced a guitarist in a band called The Bay City Rollers, for a short period of time and never recorded with them. After leaving them in October 1970, he became a member of another band called Fresh where he met with guitarist Ian Bairnson, which changed their name for Chrystian and published a single, Nursery Lane in 1971. While still playing with the band, he took a job as a musician in a nightclub called Tiffanys, that has been going on until 1973 where he formed Pilot. With Ian Bairnson, Billy Lyall and Stuart Tosh, they recorded several demos with EMI Records and recorded their first album From the album of the same name which was published in 1974. On it was included their first major hit, Magic and guitarist Ian Bairnson, who was still not an official member of the band, joined them after the recording of their first album. They published their second album called Second flight in 1975, and it was followed in 1976 by their third, Morin Heights which was recorded at Le Studio in Morin Heights in Quebec, Canada and produced by Roy Thomas Baker. The same year, he and Pilot guitarist Ian Bairnson started working with producer Alan Parsons and published a first album under the name Alan Parsons Project, Tales of mystery and imagination inspired by the works and writings of american author Edgar Allan Poe. David would be playing bass and sing with the band until 1986 album Stereotomy, as he continued to work with other artists as a sessions musician. He also played on the first two albums by Kate Bush in 1978, The kick inside and Lionheart. In the 1980s, Paton was known for his work with Elton John in studio albums and touring around the world. Other credits include bass guitar and backing vocals for several albums by Fish, as well as Rick Wakeman in the 1990s, such as The Classical Connection, African Bach, Softsword, The Classical Connection 2, Prayers, etc. In 1984, he was a member of Keats.[1]

His first solo album was released in 1991, titled Passions Cry, and second album No Ties No Strings was released in 2003. No Ties No Strings was a re-recording of his never released album from 1980.[2] In 1985, he participated to the original score for the movie Ladyhawke which was written, composed and played by Andrew Powell and produced by Alan Parsons. Among other musicians involved in that project were Ian Bairnson on guitars, Stuart Elliott on drums and Andrew himself on keyboards, orchestration and conducting of the orchestra. He already knew these musicians from The Alan Parsons Project.

David Paton also appeared solo in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia, between August and September 2007, as a performer and musical director.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 1991 : Passions Cry
  • 1997 : Fragments

David Paton & Friends[edit]

  • 2007 : Originals

Boots[edit]

- Singles :

  • 1968 : The animal in me -
  • 1968 : Keep Your Lovelight Burning

Chrystian[edit]

- Single :

  • 1971 : Nursery Lane

Pilot[edit]

- Studio Albums :

  • 1974 : From the Album of the Same Name
  • 1975 : Second Flight
  • 1976 : Morin Heights - Recorded in Morin Heights Le Studio.
  • 1977 : Two's A Crowd
  • 2002 : Blue Yonder
  • 2008 : The Craighall Demos 71:76
  • 2014 : A Pilot Project - David Paton's tribute to The Alan Parsons Project.

- Compilations :

  • 1980 : The Best Of Pilot
  • 1997 : Magic
  • 1997 : Magic: A Golden Classics Edition
  • 2004 : A's, B's & Rarities

Alan Parsons Project[edit]

- Studio Albums :

  • 1976 : Tales of Mystery and Imagination
  • 1977 : I Robot
  • 1978 : Pyramid
  • 1979 : Eve
  • 1980 : The Turn of a Friendly Card
  • 1982 : Eye in the Sky
  • 1984 : Ammonia Avenue
  • 1984 : Vulture Culture
  • 1985 : Stereotomy

- Compilations :

  • 1981 : Trilogy - Compilations including I Robot, Pyramid & Eve albums on 3 CDs.
  • 1981 : I Robot / Pyramid / Eve / The Turn Of A Friendly Card - Boxset including these 4 Albums on 4 CDs.
  • 1983 : The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project
  • 1985 : Vulture Culture: The Alan Parsons Project Special
  • 1987 : The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project - Volume 2
  • 1987 : Limelight - The Best Of Vol.2
  • 1988 : The Instrumental Works
  • 1989 : Pop Classics
  • 1991 : Prime Time: The Alan Parsons Project Best
  • 1991 : Anthology (Connoisseur Collection
  • 1992 : Anthology - Distributed in Italy only.
  • 1992 : Hits in the Sky Distributed in Hong Kong only.
  • 1992 : The Best of the Alan Parsons Project - Distributed in France only.
  • 1992 : The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project - Double album distributed in Germany only.
  • 1992 : The Ultimate Collection - Double album
  • 1997 : Gold Collection - Double Album
  • 1997 : The Definitive Collection - Double Album
  • 1999 : 36 All-Time Greatest Hits - Double Album
  • 1999 : Eye in the Sky: The Encore Collection
  • 1999 : Master Hits: The Heritage Series
  • 2003 : Silence And I - The Very Best Of - 3 CD Boxset distributed in Germany only.
  • 2003 : Platinum & Gold Collection
  • 2007 : The Essential Alan Parsons Project - Double Album.
  • 2008 : Best Of Alan Parsons Project
  • 2010 : The Collection
  • 2010 : Original Album Classics - 5 CD Boxset including Pyramid, The Turn Of A Friendly Card, Eve, Stereotomy & Gaudy.
  • 2014 : The Complete Albums Collection - Boxset including all 10 albums + 1 Never Before released CD The Sicilian Defence

Kate Bush[edit]

- Studio Albums :

  • 1978 : The Kick Inside
  • 1978 : Lionheart

- Compilations :

  • 1983 : The Single File
  • 1986 : The Whole Story
  • 1990 : This Woman's Work: Anthology 1978–1990

Keats[edit]

- Single :

  • 1984 : Turn your heart around/Ask no questions

- Album :

  • 1984 : Keats - Reissued in 2015 : With Peter Bardens, Colin Blunstone, Ian Bairnson, Stuart Elliott. Produced by Alan Parsons

Rick Wakeman[edit]

- Singles :

  • 1991 : Don't Fly Away b/w After Prayers
  • 1996 : Welcome a Star - Rick Wakeman & Ramon Remedios - Edited on Cassette Single & CD Single

- Studio Albums :

  • 1988 : Time Machine - With Ashley Holt, Roy Wood, Tony Fernandez, etc. - Edited on Vinyl LP, Cassette & CD.
  • 1991 : The Classical Connection
  • 1991 : African Bach
  • 1991 : Softsword
  • 1993 : The Classical Connection 2 - With Chris Squire, Bill Bruford & Steve Howe.
  • 1993 : Prayers
  • 1995 : Rock & Pop Legends : Rick Wakeman - With Ashley Holt & Tony Fernandez.
  • 1995 : Almost Live in Europe - The title says it all, recordings were so bad they had to rework in studio after the tour.
  • 1996 : The New Gospels
  • 1996 : Can You Hear Me?
  • 1996 : Orisons

- Videos :

  • 1988 : The Word and The Gospels - VHS
  • 1991 : The Classical Connection Video - VHS.
  • 1996 : The New Gospels Video - VHS - With Adam Wakeman.
  • 1998 : Rick Wakeman Live Video - With Ashley Holt & Tony Fernandez. - First on VHS, later reedited on DVD.

Fish[edit]

- Studio Albums :

  • 1991 : Internal Exile
  • 1993 : For Whom The Bell Tolls
  • 1993 : Songs from the Mirror
  • 1994 : Suits
  • 1999 : The Complete BBC Sessions

- Live Albums :

  • 1991 : Derek Dick & His Amazing Electric Bear
  • 1992 : There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Fish
  • 1993 : Toiling in the Reeperbahn
  • 1993 : Uncle Fish & The Fish Creepers
  • 1994 : Acoustic Sessions
  • 1994 : Sushi
  • 1994 : Lucky bastards
  • 1998 : Fortunes of war

- Compilation :

  • 1998 : Kettle of Fish

- Single :

  • 1994 : Lady let it lie/Out of my life/Black Canal/Lady let it lie

Eric Woolfson[edit]

  • 2009 : Eric Woolfson sings The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was - David bass on Any Other Day and Rumour Goin' Round

Collaborations[edit]

  • 1974 : Ra Ta Ta/Pamela - Scotch Mist - Single - Pamela written by William Lyall & David Paton. Alan Parsons prod.
  • 1975 : Sail Away/Never Seen The Like - Jack Harris - Single - Also sang with The Alan Parsons Project.
  • 1975 : First Day - David Courtney - With David Gilmour, Pilot, BJ Cole, Albert Lee, etc. Produced by Andrew Powell.
  • 1976 : Solo Casting - William Lyall - Also starring Phil Collins, Stuart Tosh, Ian Bairnson, Ronnie Leahy, etc.
  • 1976 : You've Got to Get Me Higher/Now That I've Found You - Marilyn Miller - Single - Both songs by Billy Lyall.
  • 1978 : Dear Anyone - Don Black & Geoff Stephens
  • 1979 : Crusader - Chris de Burgh - Also starring Stuart Elliott, Francis Monkman, Andrew Powell, Ian Bairnson.
  • 1981 : Chris Rea - Chris Rea
  • 1981 : Elaine Page - Elaine Page
  • 1982 : More Than a Dream - John Townley
  • 1982 : Death Wish II Original Soundtrack - Jimmy Page - With Chris Farlowe, Dave Lawson, Dave Mattacks etc.
  • 1982 : Single Factor - Camel - Bass, lead and backing vocals on one song
  • 1983 : Plays the Best of The Alan Parsons Project - Andrew Powell & The London Philarmonia Orchestra - Bass on two songs
  • 1984 : Stationary Traveller - Camel - Bass on two songs, fretless bass on two other songs
  • 1985 : Ice on Fire : Elton John - David bass on 3 songs
  • 1985 : Ladyhawke Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Andrew Powell - Produced By Alan Parsons
  • 1985 : Performance-The Best of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber - Various Artists
  • 1986 : Leather Jackets - Elton John - David bass on 6 songs
  • 1987 : Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Elton John
  • 1988 : Reg Strikes Back - Elton John - With Pete Townshend, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson & Davey Johnstone
  • 1988 : Love's a State of Mind - Silvia Griffin
  • 1989 : Red Corner - Matia Bazar
  • 1989 : You You - Frank Ryan
  • 1990 : Amada Mia - Catelina Caselli
  • 1990 : 1234 - Propaganda - David Paton and David Gilmour on Only one word
  • 1990 : Pri Le Bracci E Poi Vola - Ron
  • 1991 : Dust & Dreams - Camel - Vocals on one song
  • 1992 : Elvis Has Left The Building - The River Detectives
  • 1994 : The Last of the Independents - The Pretenders - With Ian Stanley (TFF), David Lord (Peter Gabriel), etc.
  • 1994 : On the Road 1982 - Camel - Bass and vocals
  • 1995 : Maiden Heaven - Fiona Kennedy
  • 1996 : A Summer in Skye - Blair Douglas
  • 1996 : Harbour of Tears - Camel - Bass and lead vocals on one song
  • 1997 : Half Moon Bay - Gerry O' Beirne
  • 1997 : If I Ever Return - Connie Dover
  • 1997 : Donegal Rain - Andy M. Stewart
  • 1998 : Borderland - John McNairn
  • 1998 : Presented to the Heart - Alexander Mesek
  • 1998 : Redwood Cathedral - Dick Gaughan
  • 1999 : Suileandubh (Dark Eyes - Tannas
  • 1999 : Faileasan Uibhist - Margaret Callan
  • 1999 : Will You Walk on By/On The West Side - Donnie Munro with Holly Thomas - Single
  • 2000 : Highwired - McAllias
  • 2000 : Donnie Munro - Donnie Munro
  • 2001 : Green Indians : A Tribute to Kevin Wilkinson - Various Artists
  • 2002 : Legacy : The Music of Marc Bolan & T Rex - Various Artists
  • 2002 : Across the City and the World - Donnie Munro
  • 2002 : Oubliette - Holly Thomas
  • 2003 : If Only - Nobby Clark
  • 2003 : Change - Ray Wilson - David bass on 4 songs
  • 2006 : Magical hat - Beagle Hat - David, Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals

Production[edit]

  • 2005 : The Last Song in Abbey Road - Kenny Herbert - David bass and production
  • 2006 : Famous faces on a bar room wall - Kenny Herbert & Rab Howat - David bass and production
  • 2007 : Songs of our lives - Kenny Herbert & Rab Howat - David bass and production
  • 2008 : All of my days - Kenny Herbert - David played and produced
  • 2010 : Another Positive Line - The Apple Beggars - David bass and production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keats Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Dave Paton playlists, discography and bio - OnePlaylist". Oneplaylist.fm. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 

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