PAUL RAYMOND PROJECT

Country United Kingdom

Style Hard Rock

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Raymond began his musical career as a keyboardist/vocalist for the band, Plastic Penny, in 1967. He left after the band split up in 1968. He replaced Christine Perfect (later to become Christine McVie) in British blues band Chicken Shack when she left to joinFleetwood Mac. Raymond then joined Savoy Brown as their keyboardist/guitarist. He subsequently recorded with the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan.

He was recruited by UFO in 1976 to replace their first keyboardist, Danny Peyronel. He wrote songs for UFO but because of a previous publishing deal was not credited for these songs until recent years. When Michael Schenker left UFO, he joined Schenker’s own band,MSG, in 1981 and later joined UFO bassist Pete Way’s own band, Waysted, in 1983. Raymond worked with Phil Mogg, Andy Parker, along with Schenker and Way, in UFO from 1976- 1981, 1984-1986, 1993-1998 and 2003- present date.

Paul Raymond Project (PRP) was first formed in 1989 in Japan. 
The original line-up included Frank Di Mino (formerly of Angel) on lead vocals and Masoyoshi Yamashita (Loudness) on bass. The band recorded a mini-album “Under The Rising Sun” for Teichi Ku Records, however this line-up was relatively short-lived. Paul spent 1990 writing new material, inspired by the resurgence of straight-ahead blues/rock led by bands such as the Black Crowes and the Quireboys. In 1991 he re-formed the band with unknown singer Aki Fukasawa, retaining original guitarist Reibun Ohtani. They laid down some demo tracks and toured in Japan but it wasn’t until 1996 that these songs became reincarnated as the album “Raw Material”. 

Paul rejoined the classic UFO line-up with Michael Schenker in 1993 and had recording and touring commitments throughout the mid 90’s. When the band once again went their separate ways, Paul, who had now moved back to the UK began concentrating on writing new material for PRP and recorded the album “Man on a Mission” with guitarist Andy Simmons and drummer Stefan Kadar. This album, released by Zoom Club records returned to the hard rock feel of the original PRP album. 

It was to be 9 years before Paul and Andy joined forces again and recorded “Virtual Insanity” as UFO had once again intervened! Whilst touring with UFO in 2010, Paul was introduced by friends to bass player Mark Coles and drummer Tony Steel from Workington in the North West of England. Together with guitarist Andy Simmons they began working on “Terms & Conditions Apply”. 

Michael Schenker agreed to play a guest solo on one of the tracks, and a recently renewed friendship with Stampede vocalist Reuben Archer culminated in a collaboration on a couple of songs, one of which is included on the new album. Paul’s first priority will always be UFO, but PRP is his opportunity to express himself musically with his own material and join forces with other musicians when UFO are not touring.

 

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– Under The Rising Sun [1989]
– Raw Material [1997]
– Man On A Mission [1999]
– Virtual Insanity [2008]
– Terms & Conditions Apply [2013]

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