SPLINTER
(self-titled LP)
Splinter (Bellaphon LP, 1980)
Cover illustration: Bob Robson

This is the 5th released Splinter album and the second after leaving Dark Horse Records. This LP was released in the U.K. only by Bellaphon Records Ltd. of London (distributed by Pye (PRT) Records). A TV commercial was produced with Rod Stewart holding a copy of the LP to the camera. During their final U.K. tour (supporting Leo Sayer), the label went bankrupt and the LPs were returned from the stores. Soon after, Splinter broke-up. This LP was released in Japan under the title "Sail Away" in 1981 with a different cover and the same track listing with the exception of "All That Love" being replaced by the song "Pigalle".

Catalog #: Bellaphon BPLP002, released 1980 (U.K.)

SIDE 1:
1. Innocent [Purvis & Elliott] (4:08)
lead vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
2.
Plane Leaving Tokyo [Purvis] (3:59)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
3.
Another Time Another Place [Purvis] (3:54)
lead vocal: Bob Purvis
4.
Too Far Down The Line [Purvis] (3:48)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
5.
Take It Or Leave It [Purvis & Elliott] (3:40)
lead vocal: Bob Purvis

SIDE 2:
1. Passing Through [Purvis & Elliott] (4:10)
lead vocal: Bob Purvis
2.
Touch Yet Never Feel [Purvis] (3:30)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
3.
Don't Leave Me Now [Purvis] (2:48)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
4.
All That Love [Purvis & Elliott] (4:07)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
5.
Sailaway [Purvis] (4:29)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott

Bill Elliott: vocals & backing vocals
Bob Purvis: vocals & backing vocals, rhythm guitars
Alan Hodge: guitars
Dave Quinn: bass guitar
Alan Eden: drums
Jo Partridge: acoustic & electric guitars, and mandolin
Mel Collins: horns
Jack Emblow: accordian
Dave Katz Organisation: strings
Roger Rettig: pedal steel guitar

Splinter, 1980
Back cover photo: Doug McKenzie

©1980 Bellaphon Records Ltd.
Arranged and produced by: Jimmy Horowitz. Courtesy of Gaff Management Ltd.
Recorded at: Sawmills Studio Golant, Cornwall and Regents Park Studio, London
Engineers: Jerry Boys and Rob Arenstein

Thanks to everyone that helped us to make this album and Johnny Nomura in particular.

"We've had our share of problems," say Bob Purvis and Bill Elliott but modestly forgot to mention that they completed a 6 week tour with Cher and Gregg Allman for which they received rave reviews. They went on to win the Tokyo Song Festival and made an LP with musicians like Klaus Voorman, Billy Preston, Alvin Lee and a host of other class players. Of this LP they say "Just one of the best we've done," which could be described as an understatement.


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