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Joe Clements@ 12:08am 02-10-2012
I knew the Pattos back in the 70's. Top guys. I was with them the day they wrote "tell me where youve been" in the 7 sisters club on tottenham court road. They were great days.
Bruce Hazen@ 12:07am 02-10-2012
Great site...

BTW, does anyone out there have a copy of 'Sense of the Absurd' Patto compilation CD to sell? All the good Patto stuff ('Roll 'Em' excepted) seems to be deleted. Help!

Cheers,
Loud Green Moneybag
Andy Wilkinson @ 12:07am 02-10-2012
I only saw Ollie play once, with Kevin Ayers at Leeds Town Hall sometime in (I think) 1974.
It was simply the the most exiting, creative guitar playing that I'd ever heard.
Mark Feasey@ 12:06am 02-10-2012
It must have been around 1973 or 4. We all went to see Patto in an obscure Pub or Club in North London somewhere (was it the "Growling Budgie Club"?) and were seated near the door to the backstage room. Every ten minutes or so Ollie emerged to get another round of drinks, staggering back inside carrying four pints at once. It was only later when they came on stage that we noticed he was still wearing the carpet slippers he had been wearing earlier. When he leapt off the piano onto his knees at the climax of "Shaking All Over", I could see his eyes rolling about madly (the drink?) - but all evening he played like an ANGEL. Now that's my kind of guitar hero.
Brian Gibson@ 12:05am 02-10-2012
Thanks to all involved in the setting up of this site dedicated to a much neglected talent. Ollie was surely one of the greatest guitarists to have ever graced this planet!
James Glenister@ 12:02am 02-10-2012

Location:

England
This man's unique talents have left an indelible mark upon all who have had the fortune to hear him play.
Such a shame that the number appears to be so small.
If you are one of 'the few' you will know the joy, amazement, thrill and sheer delight that Ollie' playing evokes.
If you are not, I hope that you will find the time and make the effort to track his work down.
Barry Monks has set the standard with his marvellous web site. Well done and thank you on behalf of all Ollie Halsall fans.
Hank Howorth@ 12:01am 02-10-2012

Location:

Chicago, Illinois
Nice job Barry!! The site looks great and will hopefully bring more exposure to Ollie's immense talents as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Sadly, any newcomers who read the excellent Mojo article will find it very difficult to track down Patto's music, now that Sense of the Absurd has gone out of print. For those who are interested, you may still be able to purchase the two disc set from the American mail order company Mod Lang. But I would move quickly and pick it up while you still can. After hundreds of spins, I'm still blown away by Ollie's solos and incredible creativity. I only wish I had been fortunate enough to have seen him play live. Best wishes to all. SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Martin Wakeling@ 12:00am 02-10-2012

Location:

Manchester, UK
Very best wishes to you Barry and well done with your work on the website. It all spreads the message that Ollie was the best - sublime and supreme
Brian Reece@ 11:59pm 02-09-2012

Location:

England
I got to meet Ollie after a show in London with Kevin Ayers.
Talked with him for about half an hour.
A month later he had left us.
Sad loss. Great talent. Nice man.
They cracked the mould when they took him away.
Paul Elliott@ 11:56pm 02-09-2012

Location:

Melbourne/Australia
Patto were a totally underated and misunderstood band.
Their great musicianship coupled with humour and loony attitude were qualities rarely found in other groups.
Timebox's Beggin' is one of the great white soul classics and deserves more recognition.
The feature on Patto in Mojo should garner more interest in the band.
Now what we need is the release of a comprehensive 4 CD box set to make Patto's music available to the public again. Rhino records are you reading this?
Last night I listened to Kevin Ayres 'Didn't feel lonely till I thought of you' featuring Ollie's great guitar playing and had to play it again.
Stephen Grice@ 11:52pm 02-09-2012

Location:

Bournemouth UK
I was a friend of Mart Jenner in the 80's and as a leftie myself struck a deal with him for the Dick Knight SG used on the Barbara Dickson videos. I'm just curious about the kind of interest there may be in the guitar. I don't play so much these days, and was only a local player at best.
Patrick Towning@ 11:50pm 02-09-2012

Location:

Cambridge/UK
Hi, saw Patto a couple of times (Peterborough Cloud9 and Spalding !) First time with the vibes ! Cool. Later gig with the Roll Em/Hold your fire material. Me Mum and my brother had all the LPs. Still one of the best live bands and greatest guitarist after Jimi ! Just got myself an Epiphone Les Paul custom in memory of Ollie ! Nice one Admiral for making the live tape available!
E. Hillenbrand@ 11:45pm 02-09-2012

Location:

Germany
I saw them Germany in a little Bavarian town Schweinfurt) in 1969. Absolutely great. Only some 40 people were watching unfortunately but it was one of the greatest bands I have ever seen, specially Olli and the drummer.
Thenaks for keeping up the site.
E.H

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