British electric bass player Hugh Hopper is one of my favorite musicians. I’ve been working my collection, but there’s still plenty I do not have…yet.
LP 1984 CBS UK 65466
1973 6 TRKS UK original issue
CD 1984 CUNIEFORM US RUNE 104
1973 7 TRKS (1 x bonus track)
LP HOPPER TUNITY BOX COMPENDIUM FIDARDO 7
1977 8 TRKS UK original issue
CD HOPPER TUNITY BOX CULTURE PR 301284.2
1977 9 TRKS (1 x bonus track)
CD MONSTER BAND CULTURE PR 301278.2
1979 9 TRKS
LP MONSTER BAND ATMOSPHERE IRI 5003
1979 9 TRKS UK original issue
CD TWO RAINBOWS DAILY (w/ Alan Gowan) CUNIEFORM US RUNE 77
1980 12 TRKS (5 x bonus tracks)
LP TWO RAINBOWS DAILY (w/ Alan Gowan) RED UK ROUGE 1
1980 7 TRKS Gilgamesh
CD MECCANO PELORUS CUNIEFORM US 55006
1991 6 TRKS Live ’87 – ’89
CD HOOLIGAN ROMANTICS FOT US FOT 9
1993 14 TRKS
CD5 HUGH HOPPER AND ODD FRIENDS (EP) VOICEPRINT UK VPR 003CD
1993 6 TRK CD EP CD5
CD HUGE (w/ Kramer) SHIMMY US SHIMMY-088
1995 10 TRKS
CD CHILDREN’S CRUSADE, THE (as Brainville) SHIMMY US SHM-5096
1999 11 TRKS Daevid Allen, Pip Pyle etc.
CD AIRBACK (w/ N.D.I.O.) CUNIEFORM US RUNE 216
2005 9 TRKS Michel Banabila etc.
CD NUMERO D’VOL MOONJUNE MUR 014
2007 11 TRKS Charles Hayward etc.
CD GIFT OF PURPOSE, THE (w/ Bone) CUNIEFORM US RUNE 3334
2010 8 TRKS Live ’08
I have been fascinated with British bass player Hugh Hopper for approx. 40 years. I first discovered him playing bass in Soft Machine. In the 70’s, I bought his solo albums as I could find then. I didn’t find much in the 1980’s, but he got very active again in the 90’s. I am still at work on collecting all of his later releases – I simply can’t locate them all!
Sadly, he passed away in 2009. I went out of my way to get “The Gift Of Purpose” as a new CD, as I knew the proceeds would go to his family.
This man definitely thought differently about what the electric bass was capable of. As I have never kept a secret on this topic, “Hoppertunity Box” and “Monster Band” are two of my all-time favorite albums. Some of you may have heard Hopper’s contribution to Robert Wyatt solo works like “Rock Bottom”, for instance. Simply great music.
Dave Stewart of Stewart & Gaskin is all over “Hoppertunity Box”! Must get around to adding this to mu “Ultimate Collection” List!