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Brian Maxine: Ribbon of Stainless Steel

Brian Maxine: Ribbon of Stainless Steel (Columbia SCX 6575)

Ribbon of Stainless Steel
Brian Maxine

Columbia SCX 6575 (LP, UK, 1974)

This is British Wrestling Champion Brian Maxine’s stunt as singer. He is backed by the then Fairport lineup. Most of it is country music but there is also a a version of Dave Swarbrick and Trevor Lucas’s Pleasure and Pain; it was included in 2003 on the Dave Swarbrick anthology Swarb!.


Brian Maxine: vocals;
Sandy Denny, Linda Peters: backing vocals;
Dave Swarbrick: fiddle, mandolin, backing vocals;
Jerry Donahue: lead guitar;
Trevor Lucas: rhytyhm guitar, backing vocals;
Pete Willsher: steel guitar
Dave Pegg: bass guitar;
Reg Guest, Don Lowes: piano;
Harry Pitch: harmonica;
Dave Mattacks: drums;
Mark Loyd: percussion


Side 1

  1. Stainless Steel (2.58)
  2. Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends (2.26)
  3. Doesn’t She Look Good (1.58)
  4. One of These Days (2.17)
  5. Pleasure and Pain (4.47)
  6. West Virginia Woman (2.31)

Side 2

  1. Sure Didn’t Take Him Long (2.20)
  2. Pass Me By (If You’re Only Passing Through) (2.23)
  3. Woman You Have Been a Friend to Me (1.58)
  4. Hold You Close in My Mind (2.39)
  5. Date With a Heartache (2.28)
  6. Mobile Blues (2.29)
  7. Six Days on the Road (3.30)

Track 1 Bob McDill;
Track 2 Kris Kristoffersen;
Track 3 Jerry Chesnut;
Tracks 4, 10 Brian Maxine;
Track 5 Trevor Lucas, Dave Swarbrick;
Track 6 Bare-Shaver;
Track 7 Waylon Hennings;
Track 8 Hillman Hall;
Track 9 Tom T. Hall;
Track 11 Dwayne Detroit;
Track 12 Mickey Newbury;
Track 13 Earl Green, Carl Montgomery