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Released in 1979, Six of One and a Half Dozen of the Other is one of the most schizophrenic albums of the late '70s. Recorded with Rockpile's Billy Bremmer, the Attactions' Steve Nieve, and a host of other pub rock and new wave musicians, the set is singer/songwriter Howard Werth's attempt to walk the fine line between rootsy British rock & roll and the new wave sensibilities that were sweeping the British music scene. Standout tracks here include "4D Man," "What's Hopping," and "Individual," and covers of the Isleys' "Respectable" and Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning." As a point of interest, he was in L.A. recording with the Doors, in keeping with Ray Manzarek's notion of re-forming the band — which thankfully never happened — and producing the very first singles by X (Manzarek later produced the band's debut album).


Born: London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

b. London, England. While a member of Audience in 1972, this singing guitarist composed incidental music for the movie Bronco Bullfrog. This was recorded by the band just before its dissolution in 1972. Werth was then short-listed as a replacement for Jim Morrison in a possible re-formation of the Doors. Still bound to Charisma Records via the Audience contract, he spent the next two years recording King Brilliant which was produced by Gus Dudgeon - who had also worked with Audience - with accompaniment...
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