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As well as performing as a band member in his own right, Mick also participated in numerous recordings as a session player, most notably working with prolific independent producer Joe Meek in the early sixties. Some of Meek's production "tricks", considered wildly outlandish at the time, have become accepted practice now, such as close-miking and deliberately applying distortion.

At a typical day's recording sessions at R.G.M. in August 1963, an eyewitness recalled how everything was done live on every single take, marvelling at how the band would perform exactly as requested, playing the track over and over until Meek had achieved exactly what he had in mind. It wasn't until later that he would apply his legendary touch to transform the track into its finished state, using overdubbing, special effects and any number of clever adjustments until he'd achieved the sound he'd set out to create.

The list that follows is by no means exhaustive, but at the very least includes those sessions on which it is certain Mick has played. Many, many more remain unreleased. (On Meek's untimely death in 1967, his entire output, some 3000 reel-to-reel tapes, were unceremoniously dumped into a number of tea chests and put into storage. Some attempt was made to catalogue the contents in the mid-eighties, and the tapes were reputedly to be handed over to the National Sound Archives at some point in the late nineties.)
- These session recordings were painstakingly researched by Tom Casey - many thanks! -
The Rally Rounders
 Bike Beat part 1*2 / Bike Beat part 2*2Lyntone LYN 5737" 1964
  (free flexidisc to advertise Raleigh bikes)
   *2 These tracks are included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68
Ritchie Blackmore
 Getaway*1 *22 / Little Brown Jug*1 *23Oriole CB 3147" July 1965
   Producer: Derek Lawrence
    Ritchie Blackmore: Rock Profile Volume 2Connoisseur RPVSOP 157LP 1991
    Ritchie Blackmore: Rock Profile Volume 2Connoisseur EZPVSOP 157CD 1991
   *1 Both of the above tracks appear on this compilation
 *2 Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68RPM 120CD 1994
   *1 Both of the above tracks appear on this compilation
   *2 These tracks are also included (see also the Joe Meek table below);
    Dance The Bop, Catch A Rat - Gene Vincent & The Outlaws
    Shake With Me, As Long As I Live, Only For You - The Outlaws
    I Get Up In The Morning - Heinz
The Lancasters
 Satan's Holiday*2 / Earth Shaker*2Titan FF 17307" August 1965
   (released in the US only — All Music Guide entry )
   *2 These tracks are included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68

Joe Meek sessions
 Burr Bailey
 San Francisco Bay*3 / Like A Bird Without Feathers*2Decca F116867" June 1963
   *3 recorded with The Six Shooters - Mick does not play on this track
   *2 This track is included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68
 The Dave Adams StoryDiamond GEMCD 104CD 1998
      Mick plays on 3 tracks: Like A Bird Without Feathers, Chahawki, You Made Me Cry - Burr Bailey
 Pamela Blue
 My Friend Bobby*8 *15 *20 / Hey There Stranger*15Decca F117617" October 1963
   *8 This track is included on the album The Joe Meek Story
   *15 These tracks are included on the album Let's Go! Joe Meek's Girls
   *20 This track is included on the album It's Hard To Believe It: The Amazing World Of Joe Meek
 Chad Carson
 They Were Wrong*16 / Stop Picking On Me*16HMV POP 11567" April 1963
   *16 These tracks are included on the album R.G.M. Rarities Vol.1 The R'n'R Era
 Andy Cavell
 Andy*11 *21 / There Was A BoyPye 7N 155397" July 1963
 Shut Up / Tell The Truth*11Pye 7N 156107" February 1964
   *11 These tracks are included on the album The Joe Meek Story: The Pye Years
   *21 This track is included on the album Joe Meek Presents: 304 Holloway Road
 Don Charles
 Angel Of Love*8 *16 / Lucky StarDecca F116027" March 1963
 Heart's Ice Cold*16 / DaybreakDecca F116457" June 1963
 Don Charles: Heart's Ice Cold*Decca DFE 85307" EP June 1963
   * Mick plays on this track only
   *8 This track is included on the album The Joe Meek Story
   *16 These tracks are included on the album R.G.M. Rarities Vol.1 The R'n'R Era
 Glenda Collins
 I Lost My Heart At The Fairground*5 *15 / I Feel So Good*5HMV POP 11637" May 1963
 If You Gotta Pick A Baby*4*5 / In The First Place*4*5HMV POP 12337" November 1963
 Baby It Hurts*5 *15 / Nice Wasn't It?*5HMV POP 12837" April 1964
    *4 The recording session for these tracks is described in detail in Record Collector magazine no.225, May 1998
*5 Been Invited To A Party: The Singles Collection 1963/1966Connoisseur CSAPLP 108LP 1990
*5 Been Invited To A Party: The Singles Collection 1963/1966Connoisseur CSAPCD 108CD 1990
      *5 These 6 tracks are included on this album
*5 Glenda Collins: This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'RPM RPM 182CD 1997
     These 6 tracks are included on this album
   *15 These tracks are included on the album Let's Go! Joe Meek's Girls
 Jess Conrad
 Hurt Me*11 *21 / It Can Happen To You*2 *12 *21Pye 7N 158497" May 1965
   *2 This track is included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68
   *11 This track is included on the album The Joe Meek Story: The Pye Years
   *12 This track is included on the album The Joe Meek Story: The Pye Years Vol.2
   *21 These tracks are included on the album Joe Meek Presents: 304 Holloway Road
 Michael Cox
 Don't You Break My Heart*6 *14 / Hark, Is That A Cannon I Hear*6 *14HMV POP 11377" March 1963
 Gee, What A Party*6 *14 / Say That Again*6 *14HMV POP 12207" October 1963
 In Sweden: Gee, What A Party*6 *14 / Say That Again*6 *14 /
 I've Been Thinking*2 *6 *14 / Lonesome Old House*6 *16
HMV 7EGS 2967" EP October 1963
   (released in Sweden only )
   *2 This track is included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68
*6 Angela JonesZircon ZIRC 1005CD 1999
    The above tracks are included on the album, as well as: (I Wanna) Love My Life Away
   *14 These tracks are included on the album The Joe Meek Story: Vol.4 The Best Of Michael Cox
   *16 This track is included on the album R.G.M. Rarities Vol.1 The R'n'R Era
In Sweden: Michael Cox (1963)Heinz - EP (1963)Glenda Collins: This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' (1997)
 Alan Dean & His Problems
 Thunder and Rain*11 *21 / As Time Goes By*12Pye 7N 157497" February 1965
   *11 This track is included on the album The Joe Meek Story: The Pye Years
   *12 This track is included on the album The Joe Meek Story: The Pye Years Vol.2
   *21 This track is included on the album Joe Meek Presents: 304 Holloway Road
 Geoff Goddard
 Saturday Dance / Come Back To MeHMV POP 11607" May 1963
 Sky Men / Walk With Me My AngelHMV POP 12137" October 1963
 Heinz
 Dreams Do Come True*8 / Been Invited To A Party*9Decca F 116527" May 1963
 Just Like Eddie*7 *8 *9 / Don't You Knock At My Door*9Decca F 116937" July 1963
    (same, orange label)Decca F 137627" 
 Heinz: I Get Up In The Morning*9 / Talkin' Like A Man /Decca DFE 85457" EP October 1963
        That Lucky Old Sun / Lonely River
 Country Boy*8 / Long Tall JackDecca F 117687" November 1963
 Live It UpDecca DFE 85597" EP November 1963
 You Were There / No Matter What They SayDecca F 118317" February 1964
 Please Little Girl / For Loving Me This WayDecca F 119207" June 1964
*10 Tribute To Eddie: Just Like Eddie / Summertime BluesRollercoaster RCEP 1147" EP 1994
   *10 Mick plays on side 1 only
   *8 These tracks are included on the album The Joe Meek Story
*7 Tribute To EddieDecca LK 4599LP March 1964
    Mick plays on the above track plus: Hushabye, (Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home, Summertime Blues,
    Cut Across Shorty, Come On And Dance, Twenty Flight Rock
 Remembering HeinzDecca REM 7LP 1978
*9 Tribute To EddieRollercoaster RCCD 3008CD 1993
    Mick plays on the above tracks plus: Hushabye, (Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home, Summertime Blues,
    Cut Across Shorty, Come On And Dance, Twenty Flight Rock
 Tribute To EddieCastle CLC 5117-2CD 1993
 The Complete Heinz (German release)Repertoire REP 4718-WRCD 1999
    All of the above tracks are included on this compilation
 Dreams Do Come True: The 45s collectionCastle CLC 5134-2CD 1994
 Tom Jones
 Chills and Fever / Baby I'm In Love (US release only)Tower 1907" August 1964
 Lonely Joe / I Was A FoolColumbia DB 77337" October 1965
 Tom Jones: Lonely Joe* / I Was A Fool*Columbia SEG 84647" EP December 1965
    * Mick plays on these two tracks only
 Davy Kaye & The Dykons
 A Fool Such As I*2 *16 / It's Nice Isn't It?Decca F 118667" March 1964
 In My Way*8 *16 / All The Stars In Heaven*16Decca F 120737" February 1965
   *2 This track is included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68
   *8 This track is included on the album The Joe Meek Story
   *16 These tracks are included on the album R.G.M. Rarities Vol.1 The R'n'R Era
 Jamie Lee & The Atlantics
 In The Night*16 / Little Girl In Blue*16Decca F 115717" January 1963
   *16 These tracks are included on the album R.G.M. Rarities Vol.1 The R'n'R Era
 Valerie Masters
 Christmas Calling*15 / He Didn't Fool Me*15Columbia DB 74267" November 1964
   *15 These tracks are included on the album Let's Go! Joe Meek's Girls
 The Joe Meek Orchestra
 The Kennedy March*18 *21 / The Theme Of FreedomDecca F 117967" December 1963
   *18 This track is included on the album Four Days That Shook The World
   *21 This track is included on the album Joe Meek Presents: 304 Holloway Road
 Jenny Moss
 Hobbies*15 / Big Boys*15Columbia DB 70617" June 1963
   *15 These tracks are included on the album Let's Go! Joe Meek's Girls
 Kim Roberts
 I'll Prove It* / For Loving Me This WayDecca F 118137" January 1964
   * backing by The Checkmates - Mick does not play on this track
 Wes Sands
 There's Lots, Lots More, Where this Came From / Three CupsColumbia DB 49967" March 1963
 The Sharades
 Dumb Head*15 / Boy Trouble*15Decca F 118117" January 1964
   *15 These tracks are included on the album Let's Go! Joe Meek's Girls
 Freddie Starr & The Midnighters
 It's Shaking Time / Baby BlueDecca F 117867" November 1963
 Never Cry On Someone's Shoulder / Just Keep On DreamingDecca F 120097" October 1964
 Gerry Temple
 Angel Face*16 / Since You Went AwayHMV POP 11147" January 1963
   *16 This track is included on the album R.G.M. Rarities Vol.1 The R'n'R Era
 Gunilla Thorne
 Merry Go Round*15 / Go On Then*2 *15HMV POP 12397" November 1963
   *2 This track is included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68
   *15 These tracks are included on the album Let's Go! Joe Meek's Girls
 Houston Wells & The Outlaws
 Galway Bay*2 *13 / Livin' Alone*2 *13Parlophone R 51417" May 1964
 Ramona*13Parlophone GEP 89147" EP August 1964
   *2 These tracks are included on the album Ritchie Blackmore - Take It Sessions 63/68
   *13 These tracks are included on the album The Joe Meek Story: Vol.3 The Complete Houston Wells
 Only The HeartachesZircon ZIRC 1001CD 1999
    Mick plays on the following tracks: Galway Bay, Ramona, Girl Down The Street,
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, We'll Remember You
*8 The Joe Meek StoryDecca DPA 3055/6LP 1977
    Mick plays on the following tracks: Dreams Do Come True - Heinz, Just Like Eddie - Heinz,
    Country Boy - Heinz, My Friend Bobby - Pamela Blue, In My Way - Davy Kaye, Angel Of Love - Don Charles
*11 The Joe Meek Story: The Pye YearsSequel NEXCD 171CD 1991
    Mick plays on the following tracks: Andy - Andy Cavell, Tell The Truth - Andy Cavell,
    Thunder & Rain - Alan Dean & His Problems, Hurt Me - Jess Conrad
*12 The Joe Meek Story: The Pye Years Vol. 2Sequel NEXCD 216CD 1993
    Mick plays on the following tracks: As Time Goes By - Alan Dean & His Problems,
    It Can Happen To You - Jess Conrad
*13 The Joe Meek Story: Vol. 3
 The Complete Houston Wells
Sequel NEXCD 242CD 1993
    Mick plays on the following tracks: Galway Bay, Livin' Alone, Ramona, Girl Down The Street,
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, Nobody's Child
*14 The Joe Meek Story: Vol. 4
 The Best Of Michael Cox
Sequel NEXCD 243CD 1993
    Mick plays on the following tracks: Don't You Break My Heart, Hark Is That A Cannon I Hear
    I've Been Thinking, Gee What A Party, Say That Again
*15 Let's Go! Joe Meek's GirlsRPM RPM 166CD 1996
    Mick plays on the following tracks: Hobbies, Please Don't Say Goodbye, Big Boys,
    Please Let It Happen To Me, When My Boy Comes Marching Home Again - Jenny Moss;
    Dumbhead, Boy Trouble - The Sharades; My Friend Bobby, Hey There Stranger - Pamela Blue;
    Christmas Calling, He Didn't Fool Me - Valerie Masters; My Friend Bobby, Hey There Stranger - Pamela Blue;
    Merry Go 'Round, Go On Then - Gunilla Thorne; I Lost My Heart At The Fairground, Baby It Hurts -
    Glenda Collins; Love Can't Wait, Mr Right - Kim Roberts
*16 R.G.M. Rarities Volume 1: The R'n'R EraDiamond GEMCD 012CD 1997
    Mick plays on the following tracks: A Fool Such As I, All The Stars In Heaven, In My Way - Davy Kaye
    In This Lonesome House - Michael Cox; In The Night, Little Girl In Blue - Jamie Lee & The Atlantics
    Angel Of Love, Heart's Ice Cold - Don Charles; Angel Face - Gerry Temple
    They Were Wrong, Stop Picking On Me - Chad Carson
*17 Joe Meek Hidden Gems Volume 1Diamond GEMCD 022CD 1998
    Mick plays on the following tracks: A Fool In Love, Jesse James - Chad Carson;
    We'll Remember You - Houston Wells
*18 Four Days That Shook The World
The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy
RPM RPM 122CD 1993
    Mick plays on the following track: The Kennedy March - Joe Meek Orchestra
*19 The Musical Adventures of Joe MeekKenwest MusicCD 1994
    Mick plays on the following track: Just Like Eddie - HeinzKNEWCD 746
*20 It's Hard To Believe It
The Amazing World Of Joe Meek
Razor & Tie RE 2080-2CD 1995
    Mick plays on the following tracks: My Friend Bobby - Pamela Blue; Just Like Eddie - Heinz
*21 Joe Meek Presents: 304 Holloway RoadSequel 1038-2CD 1996
    Mick plays on the following tracks: Andy - Andy Cavell; Hurt Me, It Can Happen To You - Jess Conrad;
    Thunder & Rain - Alan Dean & His Problems; The Kennedy March - The Joe Meek Orchestra

Derek Lawrence sessions
 *22 The Derek Lawrence Sessions: Take 1Line LICD 9.01118CD 1991
   Mick plays on: Get Away - Ritchie Blackmore Orchestra, Only For You - The Outlaws
 *23 The Derek Lawrence Sessions: Take 3Line LICD 9.01120CD 1992
   Mick plays on: Little Brown Jug - Ritchie Blackmore Orchestra, Don't Cry - The Outlaws

Little Nell
 Stilettos & Lipstick / Do The SwimA&M AMS 71947" 1975
 Aquatic Teenage Sex & Squalor (red vinyl)*A&M AMS 73517" EP 1975
    * Mick plays on the following tracks: Do The Swim / Stilettos & Lipstick

Graham Bonnet
 Warm Ride / 10/12 Observation*Ring O' 2017-1147" July 1978
 Warm Ride / 10/12 Observation*Ring O' POSP212" July 1978
  (same, one-sided promo)Ring O' POSP212" July 1978
   * Mick does not play on this track
 No Bad HabitsMercury 6304 503LP 1978
Aquatic Teenage Sex & Squalor - Little Nell (1975)No Bad Habits - Graham Bonnet (1978)The Beat - Bernie Tormé (1980)
Bernie Tormé
 The Beat / I Want / Bony Maronie (pink vinyl, maxi-single)Island WIP 65867" 1980

Monty Python
    Life Of BrianWarner Brothers K56751LP 1979
    Life Of BrianVirgin VCCCD009CD 1994
   Mick plays on the tracks: Brian Song (snippet), Brian Song (continued/full version)


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