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Aynsley Dunbar
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:23:31 PM »
Aynsley Dunbar,

This English drummer has one of the most remarkable resume's in rock and roll history if you ask me. Some of his stuff has been posted up in other threads on this forum as the guy has played with so many legendary acts, and almost played with a few more. He is inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame as a member of Journey.

Early on his career began in 1963 playing in a few English bands before being seriously considered as the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience losing by coin flip to Mitch Mitchell. He then went on play with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1966 and 1967 followed by a short stint in the Jeff Beck Group, after which he formed  Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation. Retaliation released four albums in 1969 and 1970 with Aynsley co writing the song Warning (later covered by Black Sabbath on their debut).

Dunbar was unsuccessfully recruited by Robert Fripp to join King Crimson following their original lineup breakup but turned Fripp down (Bill Bruford got the gig instead) he then went on to play with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, with the mothers he played on the classic releases Chunga's Revenge, Filmore East June,1971, 200 Motels, Just Another Band From LA, and Apostrophe among others.  He then played with David Bowie on the albums Pin Ups and Diamond Dogs, Lou Reed (Berlin), also on albums by Mick Ronson, Nils Lofgren, Ian Hunter and Sammy Hagar.

 Dunbar then joined Journey playing on the bands first four albums before joining Jefferson Starship for the classic albums Freedom At Point Zero, Modern Times and Winds of Change. He then went on to play with Whitesnake on the classic 1987 self titled album. He later was with UFO on the Michael Schenker reunion albums Covenant and Sharks, on Ronnie Montrose's The Diva Station album, Leslie West Blues To Die For and Jake E Lee's Retraced.

Quite the resume of Rock and Roll.

Aynsley Dunbar's retaliation seldom gets much attention or credit, here is that material, definitely worth a good listen.

Warning (mostly known as performed by Black Sabbath on their debut album) Yes, these guy's did it first and Aynsley co wrote the song.

I'm Tore Down live 1968

Blue Whale (1970) full album

Doctor Dunbar's Prescription (1969) full album

Remains To Be Heard (1970) full album

To Mum, From Aynsley and the Boys (1969) full album
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Re: Aynsley Dunbar
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 04:53:13 PM »
Aynsley with Frank Zappa and the Mothers.

Call Any Vegetable live
Medley Paris 1970 live:

With Peter Green and Rod Stewart
Stone Crazy:
This was posted elsewhere on here but this song is Phenomenal.

Aynsley Dunbar and Elliot Easton performing Pink Floyd's Young Lust this kicks some ass.

With Journey
Look Into The Future live 1977
Karma live 1977
Wheel In The Sky live with drum solo 1978

Here are some stand alone good tracks from the Retaliation albums.
Down, Down and Down:
Till Your Lovin Makes Me Blue:
Low Gear Man:
Blood On Your Wheels:
Memory of Pain:
Let It Ride:

Aynsley's band Blue Whale, short lived band he put together after the demise of the Retaliation.
It's Your Turn:
Going Home:

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