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John Sloman formed his first band as a thirteen year-old with some school-friends. The band became Pulse, performing at various youth clubs and teenage parties, culminating in a performance at Cardiff Corporation’s famed Transport Club. From there he went on to perform with local bands, the most promising of which being Trapper, featuring Pino Palladino, John Munro, Paul ‘Griff’ Griffiths and Kevin Hole. Trapper were just finding their feet when their equipment was stolen by their own bass player and sold to a Munich music store, thus bringing the band to an abrupt end. There was however, one positive thing to come out of Trapper’s demise; Pino Palladino decided to become a bass player.
So the world lost a potentially great band, but gained a wonderful new bass player.
In 1977, after a brief spell with Mountain Child and ex- Argent guitar player John Grimaldi’s band Cheap Flights, Sloman joined Lone Star, recording the album ‘Firing on all Six’ and performing at Reading Festival the same year, followed by an appearance on the Old GreyWhistle Test and a BBC Sight & Sound in concert.
After leaving Lone Star, Sloman lived briefly in Canada, forming Pulsar with Pino Palladino, Dixie Lee, Gregg Dechert & Dave Cooper.
On returning to the UK he joined Uriah Heep, recording the album Conquest, contributing two songs: No Return & Won’t Have To Wait Too Long.
Then, following a chance meeting with Neil Murray at London’s Marquee Club, Sloman formed Badlands with Murray, John Munro, Graeme Pleeth & John Sykes, playing London’s Marquee and Southend’s Zero 6 before John Sykes got the call to join Thin Lizzy, and Murray joined Gary Moore’s touring band.
Sloman was considering his next move when he himself had the call to join the Gary Moore Band, touring UK and Japan where the live album Rocking Every Night was recorded over several nights.
After Gary Moore’s band, Sloman signed for EMI as a solo artist, recording an album with Todd Rundgren as producer in Woodstock USA. The album Disappearances Can Be Deceptive was released some years later after much reworking. Or as Sloman himself might say: ‘Too much reworking!’
As well as his solo recordings; the aforementioned Disappearances, 13 Storeys, Dark Matter, Reclamation & Don’t Try This at Home; Sloman has worked as a session vocalist and touring musician for artists such as: Jools Holland, Robert Palmer, Paul Young, Mike Oldfield, Belinda Carlisle & Lloyd Cole to name a few.
His new album: The Taff Trail Troubadour is available via www.johnsloman.net or direct from www.cdbaby.com And, as with most of his other solo work, the album was recorded at home, with Sloman producing and playing all the instruments.