Escalator (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1969
RecordedDe-Lane Lea 10 Oct - 26 Nov & Morgan Sound 10-12-15 Nov 1968 [1]
GenrePsychedelic rock
LabelStable Records SLE 80001
ProducerTrevor Walters
Professional ratings
Review scores
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 recorded "Horse" and a Willie Dixon cover "Back Door Man", which survive on acetate, and appear on the re-released album 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 are written by the band except where indicated.

Side A
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
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
Bonus tracks
13."Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon)3:06


  • 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


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  2. ^ "Julian Cope". Retrieved 2012-05-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  5. ^ "Sam Gopal". Sam Gopal. Retrieved 2012-05-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)