In The Land Of FREE we still Keep on Rockin'

It's Not Dark Yet

Plain and Fancy

Music gives soul to universe, wings to mind, flight to imagination, charm to sadness, and life to everything.


Sunday, February 12, 2023

Alan Ross - Are You Free On Saturday? (1977 uk, good groovy guitar rock with prog tinges, 2021 korean remaster)

"Are You Free On Saturday? " is the 1977 solo-album by British guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Alan Ross, this time for a small British label, Ebony Records. 

Ross is no mean guitarist and had previously knocked out two albums with his cryptically named band Ross along with a couple of others namely Ro-Ro and Stars. Like Duncan Browne he re-emerged after a quiet spell with two albums that caused little stir at the time but to my mind merit a listen. This is the first and is again one found quite cheaply still. 

On offer is melodic rock with fine guitar work and good instrumentation from a well oiled band including Ed Spevock on drums. I particularly like Ross’s work on the slower Mystified but there is much to be enjoyed with the title track and a version of Peter Gabriel’s Get The Guns also noteable. It’s a harder edged rock album again demonstrating Ross’s guitar prowess and again worthy of a listen. 

In 1980, he appeared on an album by Wilson-Gale called "Gift Wrapped Set". In 1983, he played on Alexis Korner's album "Juvenile Delinquent". 

1. Are You Free On Saturday ? - 5:27
2. What You Gonna Do About It ? - 3:56
3. Man With The White Glove - 6:29
4. Mystified - 4:49
5. Get The Guns (Martin Hall, Peter Gabriel) - 3:28
6. Nothing Gets In My Way - 4:29
7. Baby Please (Dave Mason) - 2:56
8. Punishment Park (Mike Finesilver, Peter Ker) - 4:42
9. Love Is Love - 6:25
All songs by Alan Ross except where stated

*Alan Ross - Guitar, Vocals
*John Cooke - Clavinet, Mini Moog, Moog Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
*Frank Wilson - Keyboards, Vocals, 
*Pete Dennis - Bass, Vocals
*Chris Fletcher - Percussion, Vocals
*Ed Spevock - Drums, Percussion
*Tom Compton - Drums