RAF first album released 1980, the segue is of the original demo's which sealed the deal with A&M Records, Los Angeles in 1980. At the time David had to slip a few dollars to a security guard to get into A&M Records, and got a five minute meeting with Bob Schualmann, he loved it and sent the tape straight to David Kershenbaum head of A&R at their New York office and then flew on the red eye to sign RAF in Los Angeles. The album was recorded in George Martin's Air Studio, London and then mixed in Cherokee, Los Angeles.
"The Heat's On" was released 1981 by A&M again, during the recording John Lennon was killed and a tribute was included in "Tightrope" and the first line of "Ticket To Ride" was sung on the outro. Peter John-Vettese joined RAF for this album, and then left to join Jethro Tull. Jacob Studio, Surrey was used to record and mix this album in 4 weeks, it was a live-in studio so it was 24hr concentration on the album.
Easy Come Is Easy Go
You Can't Hold Back Now
Stop Her On Sight
The Heat's On
I Can't Get Started
"Restless Spirit" was released in 1986, there was a change of personnel on this album as Peter had left. David took over all the keyboard parts, guitar and vocals, Tony Beard on drums, Rab Howat on lead guitar, Bob Heatlie on sax and Dave Sinclair on bass. The album was pre-produced and written here at heartbeatstudio and then produced and mixed at Castle Sound, Pencaitland by Calum Malcolm, Chris Harley & David. The track "We Can Only Dream" was recorded at Leadervale Studio by Bob Heatlie, and was the official record for the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and featured many of the Scottish athletes.
2. Only the heart can tell
3. Steal your love
4. Restless spirit
5. Faces in the windshield
6. Woman like you
7. Stranger in the mirror
8. We can only dream
9. Its only love
10. Reprise: Restless spirit
"Woman Like You", "Dream Boy" & "We Can Only Dream" where all released as singles from "Restless Spirit"
A compilation of various tracks recorded in the last 20 years and displays a diverse style of writing acquired over the 50 years David Valentine has been playing and writing!!!!
Recorded at Heartbeat between 1986 and 1990 and was taken to the US with no success and remained on the shelf until now.
The first RAF single in Britian and record of the week on Andy Peebles Radio 1 show. From RAF first album.
Recorded at Leadervale Studio by Bob Heatlie, and was the official record for the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and featured many of the Scottish athletes. From "Restless Spirit" album.
David doing some vocals in the early 80's.
Doug Bogie was originally on Lead gtr then moved on to live sound at a later date. Doug had a short stint on bass with an early incarnation of QUEEN called SMILE.
Bob played sax on many tracks. Bob is also a great songwriter, with many No1 tracks, inc "Merry Christmas Everyone".
Billy McGhee was brought in on bass-He had played in the 60,s band INDEX managed by Tam Paton of Rollers fame and David had played with him in Free Flight during the late 70's
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