Escalator (album)

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Studio album by Sam Gopal
Released March 1969
Recorded De-Lane Lea 10 Oct - 26 Nov & Morgan Sound 10-12-15 Nov 1968 [1]
Genre Psychedelic rock
Label Stable Records SLE 80001
Producer Trevor Walters
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Julian Cope (No Rating)[2]

Escalator is the only album by the Sam Gopal band, released in 1969 on the small Stable Records label. [3] The band also released a single "Horse", with the B-side a Willie Dixon cover "Back Door Man", just before the release of the album, which the re-released album includes as bonus tracks. [4] Ian Fraser Kilmister, later known as Lemmy, joined the band after playing in The Rockin' Vickers, but appears as Ian Willis, as he was considering changing his surname to that of his stepfather George Willis.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by composed by the band except where indicated..

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Cold Embrace" 3:20
2. "The Dark Lord" 3:40
3. "The Sky is Burning" (Ian Willis) 2:30
4. "You're Alone Now" 3:41
5. "Grass" (Ian Willis) 4:03
6. "It's Only Love" (Ian Willis) 4:18
Side B
No. Title Length
7. "Escalator" (Ian Willis) 2:49
8. "Angry Faces" (Leo Davidson) 4:03
9. "Midsummer Night's Dream" 2:14
10. "Season of the Witch" (Donovan) 4:27
11. "Yesterlove" (Ian Willis) 4:55


  • Sam Gopal: [5] tabla, percussion; drums in "Season of the Witch" and "Midsummer Night's Dream"
  • Ian Willis (Lemmy Kilmister): vocals, lead & rhythm guitar
  • Roger D'Elia: lead & rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar in "Yesterlove"
  • Phil Duke: bass guitar