David Paton

David Paton (born 29 October 1949, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish bassist, guitarist and singer.

Biography

He grew up in the south eastern suburb of Gilmerton, Edinburgh where he attended Liberton High School. His first band was called The Beachcombers and they signed a recording contract in 1968 with CBS Records. They changed their name for The Boots and published their first single, “The Animal In Me”. This was soon followed by “Keep Your Lovelight Burning”, but after about two years, the band split because of money problems in 1970. He then replaced a guitarist in the Bay City Rollers, for a short period of time but never recorded with them. After leaving them in October 1970, he became a member of another band called Fresh, which changed their name for Chrystian and published a single, “Nursery Lane” in 1971. While still playing with the band, he took a job as a musician in a nightclub called Tiffanys where he met Ian Bairnson.

In 1973, Paton was a co-founder of Pilot. With Ian Bairnson, Billy Lyall and Stuart Tosh, they recorded several demos with EMI Records and recorded their first album From the Album of the Same Name which was published in 1974. On it was included their first major hit, “Magic” and Bairnson, who was still not an official member of the band, joined them after the recording of the first album. They published their second album called Second Flight in 1975, and it was followed in 1976 by their third, Morin Heights which was recorded at Le Studio in Morin Heights in Quebec, Canada, and produced by Roy Thomas Baker. The same year, he and Bairnson started working with producer Alan Parsons and published a first album under the name Alan Parsons Project, Tales of Mystery & Imagination. Paton played bass and sang with the band until 1986 album Stereotomy, as he continued to work with other artists as a session musician. He also played on the first two albums by Kate Bush in 1978, The Kick Inside and Lionheart. In the 1980s, Paton was known for his work with Camel and Elton John in studio albums and touring around the world. Other credits include bass guitar and backing vocals for several albums by Fish, as well as Rick Wakeman in the 1990s, such as The Classical Connection, African Bach, Softsword, The Classical Connection 2 and Prayers. In 1984, he was a member of Keats.

His first solo album was released in 1991, titled Passions Cry, and second album No Ties No Strings was released in 2003. No Ties No Strings was a re-recording of his never released album from 1980. In 1985, he participated to the original score for the movie Ladyhawke which was written, composed and played by Andrew Powell and produced by Alan Parsons. Among other musicians involved in that project were Ian Bairnson on guitars, Stuart Elliott on drums and Powell himself on keyboards, orchestration and conducting.

Paton also appeared solo in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia, between August and September 2007, as a performer and musical director.

Discography

Solo

  • 1991 : Passions Cry
  • 1997 : Fragments

David Paton & Friends

  • 2007 : Originals

Boots

– Singles :

  • 1968 : “The Animal In Me”
  • 1968 : “Keep Your Lovelight Burning”

Chrystian

– Single :

  • 1971 : “Nursery Lane”

Pilot

– Studio albums :

  • 1974 : From the Album of the Same Name
  • 1975 : Second Flight
  • 1976 : Morin Heights – Recorded in Morin Heights Le Studio.
  • 1977 : Two’s A Crowd
  • 2002 : Blue Yonder
  • 2008 : The Craighall Demos 71:76
  • 2014 : A Pilot Project – David Paton’s tribute to The Alan Parsons Project.

– Compilation albums :

  • 1980 : The Best Of Pilot
  • 1997 : Magic
  • 1997 : Magic: A Golden Classics Edition
  • 2004 : A’s, B’s & Rarities

Alan Parsons Project

– Studio albums :

  • 1976 : Tales of Mystery and Imagination
  • 1977 : I Robot
  • 1978 : Pyramid
  • 1979 : Eve
  • 1980 : The Turn of a Friendly Card
  • 1982 : Eye in the Sky
  • 1984 : Ammonia Avenue
  • 1984 : Vulture Culture
  • 1985 : Stereotomy

– Compilation albums :

  • 1981 : Trilogy – Compilations including I Robot, Pyramid & Eve albums on 3 CDs.
  • 1981 : I Robot / Pyramid / Eve / The Turn Of A Friendly Card – Boxset including these 4 Albums on 4 CDs.
  • 1983 : The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project
  • 1985 : Vulture Culture: The Alan Parsons Project Special
  • 1987 : The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project – Volume 2
  • 1987 : Limelight – The Best Of Vol.2
  • 1988 : The Instrumental Works
  • 1989 : Pop Classics
  • 1991 : Prime Time: The Alan Parsons Project Best
  • 1991 : Anthology (Connoisseur Collection
  • 1992 : Anthology – Distributed in Italy only.
  • 1992 : Hits in the Sky Distributed in Hong Kong only.
  • 1992 : The Best of the Alan Parsons Project – Distributed in France only.
  • 1992 : The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project – Double album distributed in Germany only.
  • 1992 : The Ultimate Collection – Double album
  • 1997 : Gold Collection – Double Album
  • 1997 : The Definitive Collection – Double Album
  • 1999 : 36 All-Time Greatest Hits – Double Album
  • 1999 : Eye in the Sky: The Encore Collection
  • 1999 : Master Hits: The Heritage Series
  • 2003 : Silence And I – The Very Best Of – 3 CD Boxset distributed in Germany only.
  • 2003 : Platinum & Gold Collection
  • 2007 : The Essential Alan Parsons Project – Double Album.
  • 2008 : Best Of Alan Parsons Project
  • 2010 : The Collection
  • 2010 : Original Album Classics – 5 CD Boxset including Pyramid, The Turn Of A Friendly Card, Eve, Stereotomy & Gaudy.
  • 2014 : The Complete Albums Collection – Boxset including all 10 albums + 1 Never Before released CD The Sicilian Defence

Kate Bush

– Studio albums :

  • 1978 : The Kick Inside
  • 1978 : Lionheart

– Compilation albums :

  • 1983 : The Single File
  • 1986 : The Whole Story
  • 1990 : This Woman’s Work: Anthology 1978–1990

Camel

  • 1982: “The Single Factor”
  • 1984: “Stationary Traveller”
  • 1991: “Dust an Dreams’
  • 1994: “On the Road 1982”
  • 1996: “Harbour of Tears”

Keats

– Single :

  • 1984 : “Turn Your Heart Around” / “Ask No Questions”

– Album :

  • 1984 : Keats – Reissued in 2015 : With Peter Bardens, Colin Blunstone, Ian Bairnson, Stuart Elliott. Produced by Alan Parsons

Rick Wakeman

– Singles :

  • 1991 : “Don’t Fly Away” b/w “After Prayers”
  • 1996 : “Welcome a Star” – Rick Wakeman & Ramon Remedios – Edited on Cassette Single & CD Single

– Studio albums :

  • 1988 : Time Machine – With Ashley Holt, Roy Wood, Tony Fernandez, etc. – Edited on Vinyl LP, Cassette & CD.
  • 1991 : The Classical Connection
  • 1991 : African Bach
  • 1991 : Softsword
  • 1993 : The Classical Connection 2 – With Chris Squire, Bill Bruford & Steve Howe.
  • 1993 : Prayers
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