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NICKY HOPKINS

“THE SESSION MAN”

The pianist with the best reputation in rock history.

Why? Just check his full discography:

Last entries included June 10th, 2005

Group/Artist

Album

Year

Notes or other musicians in the album

Aquarian Age

10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box

1968

With Clem Cattini on drums, John “Junior” Wood on bass, Nicky on piano  and John “Twink” Alder on all other instruments. They released a 7” single in the UK in 1968.

Murray Attaway

In Thrall

1993

With Jim Keltner and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on drums, and great musicians on the keys: Benmont Tench (organ), Steve Nieve (Wurlitzer piano), Nicky Hopkins and Patrick Warren (keyboards). Very Good, an arresting album: IN THRALL is about finding your place in the world and learning to fit into it...Rolling Stone  (08/05/1993)

Badfinger

Airwaves

1979

With Tony Kaye (original Yes keyboardist), Andy Newmark.

Bang Tango

Love After Death

1994

A funk-glam-heavy-rock experiment of Nicky

Bay City Rollers

Strangers in the wind

1978

I censored my own comments LOL

Beat Farmers

The Pursuit of Happiness

1987

Produced by Steve Berlin who also played sax

The Beatles

Studio Sessions 1968-1970

1968

He participated in some studio sessions for MMT, SPLHCB, The Beatles (White album), AR and LIB but the takes used were with the Beatles and George Martin

The Beatles

Revolution (single version)

1968

The official release of this faster version has Nicky on Piano

The Beatles

The Beatles (aka White Album)

1968

(*) (¿¿) While John, Paul, George and Billy Preston play all organs, Nicky plays all pianos. (??)

(*) This has not been confirmed yet. However, according to multiple sources seems that some pianos credited to Billy were actually recorded by Nicky. I have serious doubts.

The Beatles

Hey Jude

1968

He made the piano overdub of the hit "Hey Jude"

Jeff Beck

Truth

1968

With Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood (bass), Aynsley Dunbar, John Paul Jones (Hammond organ), Keith Moon, etc. Nicky plays in "Morning Dew" and his solo on Blues De Luxe, especially live was acclaimed as "manic" "outstanding" etc; it was recorded live on the studio. Nicky first appearance with the Jeff Beck was on August 13, 1968 at the Balloon Meadow, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Sundbury, England when The Jeff Beck Group was the opening act for The Cream.

Jeff Beck

Beck Ola / Cosa Nostra.

1969

He became a member of the group in this second album. With Jeff Beck, "Extraordinaire" Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and Tony Newman. This album contains one of his very few solo numbers "Girl from Mill Valley"

Jeff Beck

Beckology

1991

A compilation, including here since has some unreleased tracks with Nicky.

Duster Bennett

Fingertips

1974

With Boz Burrell, Peter Frampton, Dick Parry, Morris Pert, Ian Wallace, Rick Willis

Duster Bennett

Shady Little Baby

2000

With Rick Willis on bass

Bierce in L.A.

L.A. River

1991

Critically acclaimed as "...refreshingly twisted" (Billboard), and "...superbly melodic" (CASHBOX), L.A. River provides a survey of SoCal as seen through the eyes of Stanley Wycoff. Tracks such as L.A. Pool Man, Orange County Line, Street Scene,

Marc Bolan

Prehistoric

1995

Only Marc and Nicky with Big Jim Sullivan. John Paul Jones in some tracks.

Marc Bolan

Prehistoric

2002

Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar); Big Jim Sullivan (guitar); Nicky Hopkins (piano); Clem Cattini (drums).Producer: Simon Napier Bell

David Bowie

Early On (1964-1966)

1991

This album has the recordings done previous to the first album "Love you till Tuesday" released in 1967. Jimmy Page also recorded with David when ha was a mod following the paths of The Who, Kinks, and Rolling Stones. Then he defined his "particular" style.

Brewer & Shipley

Weeds

1969

With Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites.

British Archive Series

Blues for Collectors: Including Cyril Davies and the Allstars, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Santa Barbera Machine Head featuring Ron Wood)

1971

This is a must of you like Nicky Hopkins playing blues. Side one has Nicky in all tracks with Cyril Davies and The Allstars. Check the sound samples space at this website to listen some. Eighteen months after Cyril’s death the “Allstars” tapes were recorded with the original members, Nicky Hopkins, Carlo Little on drums, and Cliff Barton on bass with the addition of Jeff Beck on lead guitar who was not one of the original members. Side 2 is also great as it has the three tracks recorded by “Santa Barbera Machine Head” with Ronnie Wood on guitar, Jon Lord (Deep Purple) on organ, Twink on drums and Kim Gardener on bass. Get this one!

Duncan Browne

Give me Take You

1968

Only Nicky and Duncan play all the instruments. David Breton wrote the lyrics.

Jack Bruce

A question of time

1989

With Ginger Baker ex-mate in The Cream, Albert Collins, and Allan Holdsworth. Mick Taylor did some sessions.

Jack Bruce

Life on Earth

1996

With Ginger Baker, Albert Collins, Allan Holdsworth, Vivian Campbell.

Belinda Carlise

Belinda

1986

Another POP experience by Nicky... I've never heard the album, but I saw The Go-Go's as opening act of the Police and they are not so bad, but very pop and extremely commercial.

Tamara Champlin

You Won't Get to Heaven Alive

1996

With Bill Champlin from The Sons of Champlin a great band from the 60s. The GREAT drummer Pat Mastelotto (of King Crimson fame) plays here!!

Roger Chapman

Hybrid & Lowdown

1990

With Bob Tench (Jeff Beck and Humble Pie) on lead vocals.

Cheech & Chong

Los Cochinos

(“The Pigs” in Spanish)

1973

With Nicky Hopkins, George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Carole King, and Jim Keltner. Now, I’m gonna make a review a’la Cheech Chong: Hey man, I don’t know how Nicky is credited in these couple of albums, man, as I can’t hear a single note on the piano, man, or any other instrument, man, until the last track man “Basketball Jones” man but man, to hire Nicky and all of the above to play that man, is even more hilarious that the whole discography of C&C and boy those are hilarious albums man LOL man.

This is a hilarious album with more comedy and dialogues than music.

Cheech & Chong

Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong (Anthology)

 

Same as above as this is an anthology. If you buy this for Nicky forget it, this is not the one to buy but you won’t be disappointed at all LOL. It is something like Flo & Eddie and Zappa with them. Pay a visit to their website

John Cipollina

Raven

1980

Quicksilver Messenger Service member with his own group, nothing relevant but a good album. Nicky plays in all tracks except the last one “Prayers” a song without piano.

Clapton Page Beck

Clapton Page Beck

1998

Another version of Nicky Hopkins et al “No Introduction” click here for more

Gene Clark

Under the Silver Moon

1985

Here’s Gene (founding member of the Byrds) album recorded in 1985 but released until 2003 in a 2 CD set with Nicky Hopkins and Rick Danko. Check our photo gallery and the bio space to see photos of the sessions and a tribute tour a year later.

Climax Blues Band

Flying the Flag

1980

The Combination of Nicky with Pete Haycock (G) and Colin Cooper (sax) is great.

Climax Blues Band

Looking for Some

1981

With Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) on vocals

Coast Road Drive

Delicious and refreshing

1974

With Steve Krieger and Charlie Harrison.

Joe Cocker

I can stand a Little Rain

1974

With Merry Clayton, Jim Price, Jim Horn.

Joe Cocker

Jamaica Say You Will

1975

With Merry Clayton, Bobby Keys, Jim Price.

Joe Cocker

Tours 1977

1977

I met Nicky Hopkins playing with Joe Cocker here in Mexico City (El Toréo de Cuatro Caminos). The audience gave him the longest and most enthusiastic welcome to Nicky on both shows. Nicky loves México, in his first solo album he has “Acapulco 22” and in the second “Sundown in Mexico”. This whole website was done in Mexico City.

Creation

Creation

1998

Recorded in the late 60s with Ron Wood on guitar

Cyril Davies

Country Line Special

1963

7" 45 RPM EP b/w Chicago Calling. The very first official release with Nicky on it. Check the sound samples space to listen it.

Cyril Davies

Preachin’ The Blues

1963

7" 45 RPM EP b/w Sweet Mary. The second official release with Nicky on it. Check the sound samples space to listen it.

Cyril Davies

The Sound of Cyril Davies

1964

Side A: Country Line Special & Chicago Calling / Side B: Preachin’ The Blues & Sweet Mary. The third official release with nothing new. Released to honour Cyril’s dead.

Julian Dawson

Travel On

1995

Never heard this one but seems it’s a good mixture of country and rock. Comments and

Del Shannon

Sessions

1965

Liberty decided not to release the album (some of the material appeared on singles, and much of the rest of the sessions would eventually be issued for the collector market).

Dingoes

Five Times the Sun

1977

Australian band invites Nicky and Garth Hudson (The Band) to play and record. With Broderick Smith, Kerryn Tolhurst, John Dubois and John Lee

Dingoes

Orphans of the Storm

1979

The follow-up of the previous now without Garth.

Lonnie Donegan

Puttin' on the Style

1977

With Ron Wood, Albert Lee, Rory Gallagher, Brian May, Peter Banks, Elton John, Klaus Voormann, Ringo Starr, Gary Brooker, etc.

Lonnie Donegan

Talking guitar blues

1999

A 2 CD set with some tracks from the previous but some outtakes

Lonnie Donegan

Rock Island Line (1955-1967)

2003

A 3CD set with almost all of the tracks from the hard-to-find “Puttin’ on the Style”

Donovan

Barabajagal

1968

The album includes members of the Jeff Beck Group as a guest: Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, (probably Rod Stewart), and Aynsley Dunbar. To note the legendary Donovan Leitch married Linda Lawrence shortly after Brian Jones died and is the stepfather of Julian son of Brian Jones and friend of Rocks Off (check his site here).

Donovan

HMS Donovan

1971

Credited on the album is Mike Thomson but Nicky recorded and some takes with him made it in the final cut.

Donovan

Essence to Essence

1973

With Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, both were candidates to replace Mick Taylor), also Carole King on Piano, Henry McCullough, Jim Gordon and Alan Spenner between others.

Donovan

Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976

1992

With Ron Wood. A retrospective album with some unreleased tracks and few folk hits he recorded before joining the label and a couple of early demos added

Dramarama

Hi Fi Sci Fi

1993

Mick Taylor was in their first album "Vinyl" 1991 In this album also Benmont Tench plays.

Easybeats

Vigil

1968

Comments will be welcome.

Easybeats

The Shame Just Drained

1978

Comments will be welcome.

Joe Egan

M A P

1981

With Jim Horn on Sax.

Walter Egan

Wild Exhibitions

1983

With Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie (yes... Without Stevie Nicks)

The End

Introspection

1969

Nicky plays harpsichord on the song “Loving, Sacred Loving” composed by Bill Wyman and Peter Gosling. Charlie Watts plays tabla on s”Shades of Orange” and Bill Wyman is the producer of the album, the only by this band. This is a great album, highly recommended, considered as a psychedelic masterpiece of the late 60s

Family

Family Entertainment

1969

With Rick Grech, Glyn Johns, Rob Townsend, Roger Chapman.

Faster Pussycat

Whipped

1992

One of the few works of Nicky with a heavy metal band. The band: Taime Downe (vocals); Greg Steele (guitar, mandolin, background vocals ); Brent Muscat (guitar, sitar, background vocals); Eric Stacy (bass, background vocals); Brett Bradshaw (drums, percussion, background vocals). The guests: Chuck Kavooras (guitar); Jimmy Z (harmonica, flute, saxophone); Daniel Fornetro (trumpet); Art Velasco (trombone); Nicky Hopkins (piano); Eric Troyer, Bekka Bramlett, Lisa Reveen, Stephanie Weiss, Pasadena Boys Choir (background vocals).

Merell Fankhauser

California Live

1991

This is a fantastic blend of authentic blues, rock'n'roll, surf and boogie with the piano work in evidence: Nicky at his best. In particular, there are two brilliant version of well-known songs: "Blues medley" ("The Spider and the Fly"/"Got me running") and Hendrix's "Red House".

Merell Fankhauser

Jungle Lo Lo Band

1994

Featuring Ed Cassidy from Spirit.

Flash Fearless

Flash Fearless versus the Zorg Woman Parts 5 and 6

1975

He's in 6 tracks out of 10. This album is a must, I love it. Includes Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson, Jim-Dandy, Alice Cooper, James Dewar, Elkie Brooks, John Entwistle, Maddy Prior, Carmine Appice, Kenny Jones, Justin Hayward, Keith Moon, and Steve Hammond between many others. All tracks with Nicky available as MP3 in this website just click HERE.

Doug Fieger

First Things First

2000

Doug of the Knack with Jeff Baxter, Jim Keltner, Ray Manzarek, Billy Preston, and Benmont Tench. This is one of Nicky’s last recordings! Listen samples HERE

Peter Frampton

Something's Happening

1974

Only four musicians on this album: Peter Frampton, Nicky Hopkins, Rick Willis. And John Headley Down.

Jerry García

Reflections

1975

Recorded in San Francisco in October and November 1975. Jerry Garcia (vocals, guitar, organ, percussion, chimes); Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Keith Godchaux (piano, tack piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Larry Knechtel (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Nicky Hopkins (piano); John Kahn (Clavinet, organ, synthesizer, vibraphone, bass guitar); Phil Lesh (bass guitar); Mickey Hart (drums, percussion); Ron Tutt, Bill Kreutzmann (drums); Donna Jean Godchaux (background vocals). Merry Clayton plays on Cats under the stars.

Jerry García

Reflections

2005

Same as above but with bonus tracks with Nicky.

Jerry García

All Good Things - Studio Sessions

2004

Remastered versions of Jerry Garcia's five solo studio albums with bonus tracks, a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks, and a 130 page booklet. Nicky attended the Reflections sessions and some studio jams and toured with Jerry.

Jerry García

Tour

1975

Nicky toured with Jerry… great boots are available!

Art Garfunkel

Breakaway

1975

With Paul Simon, Klaus Voormann and Jim Keltner.

Art Garfunkel

Up ‘til Now

1993

With Paul Simon, Michael Brecker, etc

Lowell George

Thanks I'll eat it here

1979

With Bonnie Raitt.

Giles, Giles and Fripp

The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp

1968

I am the proud owner of this album, only 300 copies were released, later a Japanese production made a lot when King Crimson was successful. King Crimson first concert was as opening act of The Rolling Stones in the Hyde Park, before the release of their debut album. Nicky Hopkins was a candidate for King Crimson, but he was very busy in the Beggars Banquet Sessions and with the Jeff Beck Group.

Giles, Giles and Fripp

The Brondesbury Tapes 1968

2004

A CD with outtakes of the above sessions. The CD booklet does not mention Nicky in any track so I’m not sure is he’s here.

Girls Together Outrageously (GTOs)

Permanent Damage

MP3 files of this sessions are available at this website, just click HERE

1969

With Frank Zappa (Producer and percussions), Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Carl Black (The Indian of the Group LOL), Ian Underwood, Roy Estrada and Don Preston (This four were members of The Mothers of Invention) They were touring the UK in 1968 and joined Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart to record this REAL RARITY, that was recorded in England but released only in the USA.

Goldie and the Gingerbreads

Sessions

1965

Another Shel Talmy project, in his own words: I did that record for Atlantic.  They were terrific.  Ahmet Ertegun liked the record.  They put it out, and it made some noise here but it didn't do a lot.  That was really all I did with them.  I did a bunch of other tracks, in fact Nicky Hopkins sat in, he played piano.  We did a couple of jam sessions with [Goldie] on organ and Nicky on piano, and we had some really nice blues jams, just for fun.  They were a very good band, the only girl band I've ever heard that I thought really played ballsy music”.

Roy Harper

Folkjokeopus

1969

Produced by Shell Talmy who also was the producer of Nicky’s first album. Other musicians include Clem Cattini, Ron Geesin, and Jane Scrivener.

George Harrison

Living in the Material World

1973

With Gary Wright, Klaus Voormann, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, etc Recorded at the same time and in the same studio Nicky was recording his second album "The Tim Man was a Dreamer. George’s album was recorded on weekdays and Nicky’s on weekends.

George Harrison

Dark Horses

1974

With Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Gary Wright, and Klaus Voormann.

George Harrison

Extra Texture

1975

With Leon Russell, Klaus Voormann, Gary Wright, Billy Preston, Andy Newmark, Jim Keltner,

Jimi Hendrix

Sessions

1969

Jimi jamming with Nicky and Stephen Stills, never released but available in many bootlegs, the most common is “Diamonds in the Dust”. Check the sound samples section in this website to listen portions of this gem. Songs recorded include at least Villanova Junction/Ships Passing in the Night. Jimi playing bass. Recorded during some sessions at the Record Plant Studios, on May 14, 1969, same sessions for Timothy Leary (LSD Guru) album “You Can Be Anyone This Time Around” where Jimi plays in “Live and Let Live”.

Hollywood Stars

Hollywood Stars

1977

With Rolling Stones’ sideman Ollie Brown as conductor and playing Congas,

Nicky Hopkins

The Revolutionary Piano

1966

See his solo section in this website

Nicky Hopkins et al

Jamming With Edward

1972

See his “almost-solo” section in this website

Nicky Hopkins et al

No Introduction Necessary

1968

See his “almost-solo” section in this website

Nicky Hopkins

Tin Man Was a Dreamer

1973

See his solo section in this website

Nicky Hopkins

No More Changes

1975

See his solo section in this website

L. Ron Hubbard

Space Jazz

1983

Soundtrack written L by Ron Hubbard for his book Battlefield Earth, performed by Nicky Hopkins, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Gayle Moran, Rick Cruzen, Tamia Arbuckle, Fernando Gamboa, Tomo Allison and others.

Julio Iglesias

1100 Bel Air Place

1984

This miserable cocksucker hired a bunch of well-known musicians to make shit. I can't believe musicians like Nicky (who made arrangements in this album). What is unbelievable is that Julio sings in English! IMHO this is the worst thing Nicky ever made... surely with a lot of money in return. J

Insiders

Ghost on the Beach

1987

Successful debut album sold 100,000 copies a nice three-guitars group backed up by Nicky who was the only guest in this sessions. Produced by Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt of Exodus

Jayhawks

Hollywood Town Hall

1992

This alternative country-rock group with two Rolling Stones piano players: Nicky and Benmont Tench playing piano, organ, and keyboards.

Jefferson Airplane

Volunteers

1969

In addition to the golden line-up of the Airplane (see next), other guest musicians include Jerry García (Musical and Spiritual adviser and pedal steel guitar), David Crosby and Stephen Stills.

Jefferson Airplane

Woodstock

1969

He plays the Jefferson Airplane set (see "Woodstock" below)

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane

1989

The great comeback of the best line-up (Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Jack Cassady and Jorma Kaukonen). Nicky at his best, probably the last masterpiece with Nicky playing.

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane Loves You

1992

This excellent box set is full of rarities, outtakes, alternate and unreleased songs including Nicky in many. This album is a must.

John Kay & Company

The Lost Heritage Tapes.

1997

Great sessions by John Kay founder and leader of the legendary band Steppenwolf. The basic band includes Wayne Cook as the main keyboardist and Nicky as a guest in “Down in New Orleans”, and “Hey I’m Alright” only. Note: A mistake in the liner notes does not credit Nicky in the first track.

Matt Kelly

A Wing and a Prayer

1985

With Jerry García, John Cipollina (Quicksilver), Mike Bloomfield, Brent Mydland, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann

Bobby Keys

Bobby Keys

1972

With Jim Price, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Dave Mason, Jack Bruce, Leslie West, Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi (these three were Mountain), Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner, and John Uribe.

Killer Dwarfs

Method to the Madness

1992

First and maybe the only "heavy metal" experiment of Nicky. The album is the group with only one guest Nicky.

The Kinks

Kink Kontroversy

1966

Great pianos by Nicky, specially I like “Sitting on a Sofa” and “It’s too late”

The Kinks

Face to Face

1966

One of the tracks in this album, “The Session Man” is dedicated to Nicky and it has a great arrangement and piano by him. Check the pianos of “Rossie Won’t you please come home”, “Too much on mind”, “You’re looking fine”, It’s Late” and “Mr. Pleasant”. This last one was also released as a solo single by Nicky but now an instrumental version produced by Shel Talmy.

The Kinks

Sunny Afternoon

1967

A single “En una tarde de Sol”

The Kinks

To the Bone

1996

Nicky plays in the track “Sunny Afternoon” recorded in 1967

The Kinks

Songs We Sang For Auntie

2001

BBC Sessions 1964-1977 with some tracks with Nicky not available before

Curtis Knight

Second Coming

1974

His first album without Jimi Hendrix, of course it was not the same. Also Fast Eddie Clarke, Chris Perry, John Weir.

Alexis Korner

Get Off my Cloud

1975

With Keith Richards, Morris Pert (Brand X), Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, both were candidates to replace Mick Taylor)

Alexis Korner

Musically Rich and Famous

1998

Again with the above

Alexis Korner

1972 – 1983

1992

With Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton, Mel Collins (King Crimson also the sax player in the original studio version of the Rolling Stones “Miss You”, Morris Pert, Rick Willis, etc

Stephanie Kramer

One Love

1999

Nicky does not play here, but this album includes a song composed by Nicky, an outtake that never saw the light of day when Nicky was alive. The lyrics of the song were written by Trevor Veitch & Nicky Hopkins, it’s a song about perpetual war in Ireland

Timothy Leary

You Can Be Anyone This Time Around

1969

It is probably that Nicky plays here as it was recorded in the same studio and the same dates where Jimi Hendrix & Stephen Stills recorded “Villanova Junction” and “Ships Passing in the Night” with Nicky: Record Plant Studios, on May 14, 1969. It is also probable that it was not Nicky but Duane Hutchings instead.

Larry Lee

Marooned

1982

Larry was the only backing guitar Jimi Hendrix used. It was in the band "Gypsy Sun and Rainbows" who played Woodstock 1969.

Maggie Lee

White Zone

1984

Sister of Larry (see below) talented girl playing percussions, vocals and singing. A good sample of Nicky playing jazz.

John Lennon

The Wedding Album

1969

All instruments and voices by John & Yoko, Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann and Hugh McCracken only.

John Lennon

Imagine

1971

With George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner.

John Lennon

Imagine (The Outtakes)

1994

Check this three albums for an idea of the whole sessions!!!

John Lennon

Sometime in New York City

1972

He played in disc one; disc two was the Plastic Ono Mothers with Frank Zappa and his 1971 line-up. In the studio (disc one) was also Bobby Keys, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon (who was also joining Zappa for the film 200 Motels in which he is the "perverted Nun" LOL), George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner

John Lennon

Walls and Bridges

1974

With Bobby Keys, Elton John, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner.

John Lennon

Imagine (Soundtrack)

1988

With Billy Preston, George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner.

John Lennon

Anthology

1998

This 4-cd box has a lot of unreleased alternate tracks etc, many of them with Nicky.

John Lennon

Wonsaponatime

1998

This is a summary of the box above with Nicky in many tracks.

Buzzy Linhart

Four Sides of Buzzy Linhart

1982

A red vinyl EP with four songs, one is a cover of the Beatles “If I fell”

Buzzy Linhart

Buzzy Linhart Presents the Big Few

 

With Stones sessionist Harvey Mandel. Nicky plays in the opening track "Hurts So Bad It Must Be Love" and also in “ (Hurts So) Bad"

Nils Lofgren

Nights Fade Away

1981

With Jeff Baxter and Jeff Porcaro between many others.

Jackie Lomax

Is this what you want?

1969

With Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, etc

Mark-Almond Band

Best of

1990

John Almond and Jon Mark two British session musicians joined after some sessions with John Mayall with some other sessionists like Nicky. Jon Mark was also co-producer (with Mick Jagger) of Marianne Faithfull’s early albums. Jon Mark was also a band-mate of Nicky in their band “Sweet Thursday” see below.

Majic Ship

Songwaves Project

2000

Last track recorded by Nicky in his life!!!! Nicky plays in one track only "Tell me" by the stones, in this track also features Mick Taylor and Cher.

Paul McCartney

Flowers in the Dirt

1989

With David Gilmour, David Rhodes, Trevor Horn, Ian Harper, Elvis Costello and of course Linda

McCorkle

McCriminal

1983

Ian McCorkle on drums, 6 & 12 string guitars and lead vocals, Nicky Hopkins on acoustic piano. Other guests are Marc L. Ellis, Alan Christopherson and James Harrah

McGuinness Flint

Happy Birthday, Ruthy Baby

1971

Tom McGuinness and Hughie Flint with Graham Lyle, Benny Gallagher, Dennis Coulson, Jimmy Jewell and John Mumford. Guests are John Mumford on trombone, Jimmy Jewell on saxes and Nicky Hopkins on keyboards on six out of twelve tracks.

Meatloaf

Dead Ringer

1981

Also Larry Fast on synthesizers.

Randy Meisner

Randy Meisner

1982

This was the third album and as his first, this had the same name. Nicky Played in three tracks Jealousy, Doin' It for Delilah and still Runnin'. With Tower of Power horns, Marcy Levy, Nancy and Ann Wilson, etc

Steve Miller Band

Brave New World

1969

With Paul McCartney on bass, drums and vocals, also Tim Davis and Glyn Johns.

Steve Miller Band

Your Saving Grace

1970

Nicky only guest or part of the group.

Steve Miller Band

Number Five

1970

Boz Scaggs and Tim Davis are the composers.

Steve Miller Band

Box Set

1994

With some outtakes or different versions

Eddie Money

Life for the Taking

1978

Many piano players including Eddie but he plays in "Can't Keep A Good Man Down"

Gary Moore

Still got the Blues

1990

With Albert King, Albert Collins, Don Airey, Bob Daisley, etc. The album cover is Gary in his room with a big poster of Jimi Hendrix. Check the delicious piano solo by Nicky in “as the Years Go Passing By”

Nervous Eaters

Nervous Eaters

1980

With Steve Crooper.

New Riders of the Purple Sage

Powerglide

1972

With Jerry García and Bill Kreutzmann.

Randy Newman

Hold On

1970

This was a single. Nicky also played “Birmingham” a song composed by Randy when Nicky was touring with the Jerry García Band.

Chet Nichols

Time Loop

1972

Recorded in between 1968 and 1971 in San Francisco but released until 1972 this is a folk album with only one rock song, the one with Nicky and also the one which gives the album its name “Time Loop”. Nichols wrote all of the songs, sings lead and plays acoustic guiatar and all instruments except on (Spinning On the) Time Loop which features Nicky Hopkins on piano, Pete Sears on bass, Dave Garibaldi on drums

Night

Night

1979

Another band with Nicky as a “member” he appears on the back cover and is credited as a member. Nicky plays piano on seven out of ten tracks.

Harry Nilsson

Son of Schmilsson

1972

With Bobby Keys, Jim Price, Peter Frampton, Klaus Voormann, Chris Speeding, Lowell George, Tay Cooper, John Uribe and more.

Harry Nilsson

Son of Dracula

1974

With Bobby Keys, Jim Price, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton, Klaus Voormann, Ray Cooper, and more.

No Alternative.

No Alternative.

1993

Various Artists. Produced by Goo Goo Dolls (Opening act for the Stones in 1999) and Soungarden between many others, this is one of the last Nicky recordings and maybe his only one in the alternative rock of the 90s. With one track "Memorial Song" composed by Patti Smith.

Noisy Mama

Everybody Has One

1991

Another Heavy Metal experiment with Nicky

Frank Novato

Rock 'n' Roll Heaven

1996

Ex band-mate John Cipollina from his days with Quicksilver is the executive producer of this album. Guests includes Mickey Hart, Spencer Dryden, Greg Elmore and Mario Cipollina.

Helen O'Hara

Southern Hearts

1998

With David Bowie and B.J. Cole.

Yoko Ono

Ono Box

1992

With Mick Jagger, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, John Lennon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Keith Moon, Brecker Brothers, Ian Underwood, Klaus Voormann etc etc. Beware great musicians but all songs are composed by Yoko LOL.

Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones

Masters

1998

This is nothing but the “No introduction” album by Nicky et al, but with some additional tracks. Click here for more information and music samples.

Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham

Rock and Roll Highway

2000

From the sessions of “Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends”

Graham Parker and the Rumour.

The Up Escalator

1980

With Bruce Springsteen.

Graham Parker

Another Grey Area

1982

Nicky played piano for most if not all the album. Second keyboardist was George Small.  You can hear Nicky barking like a dog near the end of “Big Fat Zero.” Thanks Danny Caccavo!

Graham Parker

No Holding Back

1996

Comments will be welcome :)

Peter & Gordon

Sessions

1965

It’s not known if some of the many sessions made it in an official release but it is documented that Nicky attended some recording sessions in 1965,

Phantom, Rocker and Slick

Phantom, Rocker and Slick

1985

With Keith Richards, Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar.

Poet and The One Man Band

Poet and The One Man Band

1969

With Speedy Acquaye – Congas, John Bell – Clarinet, Tony Colton – Vocals, William Davies – Organ, Jerry Donahue - Guitar, Vocals, Pat Donaldson – Bass, Pete Gavin - Vocals, Drums, Albert Lee – Guitar, Barry Morgan – Drums, Mike O'Neil – Keyboards, Ray Smith - Guitar, Vocals

Pointer Sisters

Priority

1979

With David Spinozza. (Espinosa)

Pamela Polland

Pamela Polland

1972

With Taj Mahal

Pretty Things

Greatest Hits

1975

Nicky played and recorded with this group in some albums, but he was not credited (Some albums I think he played on were Don't bring me down, Emotions and the great S.F. Sorrow). This group includes Dick Taylor (bass player of the Rolling Stones before Bill Wyman) and Phil May (see next)

Pretty Things

Vintage Years

1976

With Dick Taylor (original bassist for the Rolling Stones) and Phil May (Who sings pretty similar to Mick Jagger). Nicky and Jimmy Page also did studio sessions with this group in 1967.

Jim Price

Kids Nowadays Ain't Got No Shame.

1971

With Bobby Keys, John Uribe, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner.

Pure Praire League

Something in the Night

1981

With David Sanborn.

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Quicksilver Messenger Service

1968

First LP, he plays as guest.

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Shady Grove

1969

The third LP just after "Happy Trails". With John Cipollina, David Freiberg, Greg Elmore, Gary Duncan. Now Nicky was part of the group. A MUST.

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Just for Love

1970

Same line up above plus Dino Valenti

Quicksilver Messenger Service

What about me

1971

"Con José Reyes en las congas" y Martín Fierro (agarras) en la flauta y saxes"

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Solid Silver

1975

Nicky quit QMS in 1971. In this album is not listed as a member but as a friend. He plays on only 3 tracks, including John Cipollina's composition "Heebie Jeebies" and also on "Cowboy on the Run"

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Son of Mercury (1968-1975)

1991

Some rarities previously unreleased are included.

Raven

John Cipollina Raven

1980

Quicksilver Messenger Service member with his own group, nothing relevant but a good album. Nicky plays in all tracks except the last one “Prayers” a song without piano.

Martha Reeves

Martha Reeves.

1974

This album includes Billy Preston, Bobby Keys, Hoyt Axton, James Taylor, Klaus Voormann, Wah Wah Watson, Jim Keltner and Clydie King between many others.

The Rolling Stones

Between The Buttons

1967

Piano in “Something Happened to me Yesterday. Apparently he also overdub piano in other songs and played piano in “Yesterday Papers” but the take with Nicky didn’t make it in the album.

The Rolling Stones

Their Satanic Majesties Request

1967

All Pianos. "In many ways Nicky set the tone of the album, from the first few lazy and whimsical piano notes of "Sing this all together" to "She's a Rainbow", where his piano again provided an introduction, later becoming a lead to the rhythm and then fading to a distant echo to the vocals" (Nicky Hopkins: Back-Door Man, 1975)

The Rolling Stones

Beggars Banquet

1968

We are deeply indebted to Nicky Hopkins and to many friends back cover note in the original album.

The Rolling Stones

Let It Bleed

1969

He plays piano on Gimmie Shelter, Live with Me (with Leon Russell also on piano who made the horns arrangements) and Monkey Man. Piano and organ on You got the Silver.

The Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers

1971

Piano on Sway.

The Rolling Stones

Exile on Main Street

1972

All Pianos. The following tracks have additional piano credits: Hip Shake and Sweet Virginia with Ian Stewart. Just Wanna See His Face with Keith Richards.

The Rolling Stones

Jamming With Edward

1972

About the credits on this according to "The Rolling Stones Complete", "This was a Nicky Hopkins and Ry Cooder album with Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman as guests". The album comes from the spare studio time in the "Let it Bleed" sessions two years previously. All tracks except the cover "It hurts me Too" had Nicky as co-author.

The Rolling Stones

Goat Head Soup

1973

Dancing with Mr. D, Coming Down Again, Angie, Winter and Can You Hear The Music.

The Rolling Stones

It's Only Rock'n Roll

1974

Piano on Till the Next Goodbye, Time Waits for No One, Luxury, If You Really Want to be My Friend and Fingerprint File.

The Rolling Stones

Black and Blue

1976

Organ on Cherry Oh Baby and Piano on Fool to Cry.

The Rolling Stones

Emotional Rescue

1979

He plays Send it to me and Indian Girl.

The Rolling Stones

Sucking in the 70s

1981

In addition to the tracks available on other albums he plays piano on If I was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2). We're checking if also on "Everything is turning to Gold".

The Rolling Stones

Tattoo You

1981

He plays in No Use in Crying and Tops, both recorded during the summer 1979 Emotional Rescue sessions. Tattoo you in fact is made of leftovers.

The Rolling Stones

Rock and Roll Circus

1996

Also available on video. He plays the Rolling Stones set only.  All tracks!

Carol Bayer Sager

Carol Bayer Sager

1977

With Jim Keltner, Will Lee, Bette Midler, Andy Newmark

Joe Satriani

Extremist

1992

This guitar virtuoso with one of the best session drummer Simon Philips and Nicky Hopkins at his best, great combination!!!

Leo Sayer

The Show Must Go On: Anthology

1996

This is a compilation I found searching the net, surely he plays in the early recordings.

Lord Sutch

Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends

1970

Nicky plays only on one track: Gutty Guitar. With Carlo Little (Rolling Stones' drummer before Charlie Watts), Jimmy Page. [Note: Carlo and Nicky were bandmates on the "The Savages" in the early 60s] also in this album are Jeff Beck, John Bonham and Noel Redding.

Shooting Gallery

Shooting Gallery

1991

Shooting Gallery with only two guests: Nicky Hopkins and Billy Bang on harmonica and vocals.

Patrick Simmons

Arcade

1983

With Brian Mann, Jude Cole and another recording with the Tower of Power Horn Section.

Carly Simon

No Secrets

1972

With Mick Jagger and Paul and Linda McCartney on Vocals, Bobby Keys, Ray Cooper, Lowell George, Jim Keltner, Andy Newmark, Klaus Voormann.

David Soul

David Soul

1976

Yes, another “believe it or not” work by Nicky recording and arranging for “Hutch” of the TV series “Starsky & Hutch”- It includes the hit single “Don’t Give Up On Us”. Other victims were the one and only Taj Mahal, The Persuasions, Merl Saunders, Norton Buffalo, Greg Errico )pf Sly and the Familiy Stone) and Gary. Released on Private Stock Records PS-2019.

Spinal Tap

Break like the Wind

1992

With Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa, Slash, playing a music in the border of heavy metal and heavy rock.

Dusty Springfield

White Heat

1982

Comments will be welcome.

Rick Springfield

Tao.

1985

More shit...anyway he plays Synthesizer, Keyboards, and DX-7

Ringo Starr

Ringo

1973

With John Lennon, Merry Clayton, Billy Preston, Robbie Robertson, Klaus Voormann,

Ringo Starr

Good Night Vienna

1974

With John Lennon, Bobby Keys, Billy Preston, Robbie Robertson, Klaus Voormann, Elton John

Leigh Stephens

Red Weather

1969

With Ian Stewart and Mickey Waller.

Rod Stewart

Foot Loose & Fancy Free

1977

With John Mayall, Carmine Appice, Steve Crooper, and many more.

Rod Stewart

Blondes Have More Fun

1978

This was a very special album, since Rod was considered a "clown" a "disco boy", but some years later he returned to his roots.

Rod Stewart

Every Beat of My Heart

1986

With Steve Crooper, Nils Logfren, Albert Hammond.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

1986

With Steve Crooper, Nils Logfren, Patrick O'Hearn (Zappa, Missing Persons), Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper) Producing and playing keyboard and Jim Cregan.

Izzy Stradling

Izzy Stradling & The Ju Ju Hounds.

1992

Contributions by Ron Wood, Ian McLagan and Mickey Dread. Playing are The band: Izzy Stradlin & The Ju Ju Hounds: Izzy Stradlin (vocals, guitar, percussion); Rick Richards (guitar); Jimmy Ashhurst (bass, background vocals); Charlie "Chalo" Quintana (drums, percussion). And the Guests: Additional personnel: Craig Ross (guitar); Jah-T (guitar, keyboards); Eddie Ashworth (mandolin); Doni Gray (drums, background vocals); Agarfa Amertey (talking drum, percussion); Oyster Boys (hand claps); Stefon Taylor, Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Terri Wood (background vocals); Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Mikey Dread, Nicky Hopkins.

Strawbs

Strawbs

1969

With Rick Wakeman before joining Yes and Alan Parker

Strawbs

Halcyon Days

1997

Even that this is a compilation album, is included here 'cause this album shows the change from the quirky British bluegrass style to progressive rock.

Rocky Sullivan

Illegal Entry

1980

With John and Mario Cipollina and Greg Douglas, recorded during sessions in 1978 and later released in 1980

Matthew Sweet

Altered Beast

1993

With Mick Fleetwood and Robert Quine.

Sweet Thursday

Sweet Thursday

1969

An early group with Nicky as a member and Jon Mark - Guitar, Vocals/ Alun Davies - Guitar, Vocals /Harvey Burns - Percussion, Drums, Producer/ Brian Odgers - Bass, Wind, Multi Instruments, Woodwind.

Matthew Sweet

Altered Beast

1993

With Byron Berline, Mick Fleetwood, Nicky Hopkins, Ivan Julian, Greg Leisz, Richard Lloyd, Fred Maher, Rick Menck, Ron Pangborn, Robert Quine, Jody Stephens, Pete Thomas

Taxxi

Expose

1985

A British Trio with Nicky as a guest. Comments will be welcome.

Terry and the Pirates

Too Close for Comfort

1979

Old friend and band mate John Cipollina (from Quicksilver M.S.) invites Nicky. Also Terry Dolan (leader) and David Hayes plays here.

Terry and the Pirates

Wind Dancer

1981

Almost the same line-up but with Pam Tillis on Vocals.

Terry and the Pirates

Rising of the Moon

1982

Band mates Pete Sears (also Jefferson Airplane) and Greg Elmore (Quick Silver Messenger Service) join Terry in this great album.

Twice as Much

Sessions for "Own Up"

1966

The duo Dave Skinner & Andrew Rose with Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin, Andy White. Nicky attended the sessions but the final cut had Dave Skinner playing the keys.

Twice as Much

Twice as Much

1967

A single now with Nicky. Jimmy Page is also in this single.

Twice as Much

Sessions for "That's All"

1968

With Jimmy Page. Nicky attended the sessions but the final cut had Dave Skinner playing the keys.

Joe Walsh

Robocop: The Series Soundtrack

1995

This soundtrack includes only one song with Nicky: Joe Walsh’s “Guilty of the Crime” includeing Joe Walsh, Frankie Miller and Nicky. Not sure if the other two tracks by Joe Walsh have Nicky playing.

Jennifer Warnes

Jennifer Warnes

1977

Produced by the Rolling Stones’ sideman Jim Price with Jim Horn between others; a nice cover of Shine a Light here!

The Who

Instant Party and other singles

1965

Nicky was the only guest.

The Who

My Generation (aka Who Sings My Generation)

1965

Debut Who's album. Nicky was the only guest. Pete comments: On the first album we had Nicky Hopkins in there with us. There’s something about recording that diminishes the power of a three-man group and you have to have the extra harmonic element.

The Who

Who's Next

1971

The Who with only two guests: Nick Hopkins/Piano and Dave Arbus/Violin.

The Who

Tommy (Soundtrack)

1975

Also Ron Wood.

The Who

Who by Numbers

1975

Again The Who with only two guests: Nick Hopkins/Piano and Dave Arbus/Violin.

The Who

My Generation

1981

See above

Jerry Lynn Williams

Peacemaker

198?

With Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, John Oates and Mickey Curry.

Carl Wilson.

Youngblood

1984

With Jeff Baxter and Carl Wilson.

Ron Wood

1234

1981

With Charlie Watts, Ian McLagan, Bobby Womack, Jim Horn, Carmine Appice, Jay Davies.

Woodstock

Woodstock

1969

He plays the Jefferson Airplane set.  In the original album Jefferson only appears playing Volunteers, recently in a new release of the video (DVD, VHS) he also appears in "Won't you try" and a great jam with Jorma and Paul in "Uncle Sam's Blues".  The introduction by Grace Slick is "Al right friends you've seen the heavy groups, now you'll see morning maniac music... believe me, yeah, it's a new dawn...  yeah the regulars guys and NICKY 'OPKINS"

Bill Wyman

Stone Alone

1976

With Ron Wood, Al Kooper, Van Morrison, Dallas Taylor, Terry Taylor, Joe Walsh, Bob Welch.

Bill Wyman

Anyway The Wind Blows

1999

Nicky is only in the US version released in 1999, the UK version was released in 1998 and has no Nicky. The American version has two bonus track from some of the very last studio session with Nicky Hopkins recorded at Braise Studios, Maidenhead, England between April and September 1994. The tracks with Nicky are the closing tracks “Sugar Babe” and “Gonna Find Me A New Love”.

Yardbirds

Little Game

1967

With Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty

Frank Zappa

Permanent Damage with Girls Together Outrageously (GTOs)

1969

With Frank Zappa (Producer and percussions), Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Carl Black (The Indian of the Group LOL), Ian Underwood, Roy Estrada and Don Preston (This four were members of The Mothers of Invention) The Jeff Beck Group were touring the US and Frank Zappa invited them to record this REAL RARITY. MP3 files of this sessions are available at this website click HERE

Zero

Chance in a Million

1994

With ex band-mates John Cipollina and Pete Sears. Lyrics by Robert Hunter (grateful Dead lyricist)

 

To be continued...


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