UPP – UPP / THIS WAY – RELEASED FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2017
14 September 2017 Music News Recommends
‘UPP’ / ‘THIS WAY’
RELEASED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th 2017
UPP were originally a three-piece British Progressive Rock combo who incorporated Funk and Jazz elements into their sound. They comprised Andy Clarke (keyboards), Stephen Amazing (bass), and Jim Copley (drums), and they enjoyed the patronage of the innovative British guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who produced their self-titled debut (originally released on the Epic Records label in 1994). Beck became friendly the band when attending a rehearsal session for his guest appearance at the final David Bowie / Spiders From Mars at Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. Upp were practising in another studio at the rehearsal complex (which was ran by drummer Copley’s father, Leslie Copley). He heard the James Brown funk-rock workout the band were performing and burst in on the session, hugely impressed by the groove that was on the go. Beck ended up playing on the debut album.
The album was not a commercial success, but the band did get to tour in support of its release, and the track ‘Give It To You’ would end up having an after-life in the age of sampling and dance music, containing, apparently one of the most popular breakbeats of all time, and features in the Ultimate Break and Beats series, a set of twenty-five compilation albums featuring drum breaks for aspirant hip-hoppers to use for their own rhythmic tracks.
For the second album, ‘This Way’, released in 1976, the band had by then taken into their ranks a guitar player, David Bunce, and the set was produced by Christopher Bond, who had worked with Hall & Oates amongst others. It’s a more mainstream affair, but still features some top-notch musicianship. The band split not long after the album’s release.
Drummer Jim Copley sadly passed away earlier in 2017, and had by then earned a huge reputations as one of Britain’s finest session drummers. He toured with Jeff Beck on Beck’s 1976 ’Blow By Blow’ tour, and in the 1980s was the drummer with Tears For Fears.