InStore @ Lost & Found Records: Silver Metre

Silver Metre
(National General Records NG-2000, 1969)

Lost & Found RecordsFormed in 1969 by guitar slingers Leigh Stephens (recently from Blue Cheer) and Mick Waller (recently from the Jeff Beck Group), Silver Metre was a short-lived San Francisco rock band and this self-titled LP is their only release. The band also included bassist/keyboardist Pete Sears, who went on to play on several classic Rod Stewart albums (including Gasoline Alley and Every Picture Tells a Story) and was a member of both Jefferson Airplane and Starship. Jack Reynolds was the vocalist.

Recorded at Trident Studio in England with FM rock radio pioneer Tom Donahue producing, Silver Metre is mostly blues-influenced heavy rock with a little psychedelia thrown in. Of 10 songs, six are originals and three are, interestingly enough, Elton John songs penned by Bernie Taupin. One other cover is titled “Superstar,” but is actually “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and is a jarringly strange piano boogie-influenced version. This and the Taupin numbers are odd piano tunes on this mostly guitar-based album.

For such high-powered talent involved, the album pretty much went nowhere and the band broke up shortly thereafter.

While the album did not make much impact upon its original release on the small National General label in the U.S., it is of interest to collectors because of the early Waller-Stevens connection. — Keith Pettipas,

If you need to complete your post-Blue Cheer/Jeff Beck Group collection, come by Lost & Found Records and tell Nathan that you absolutely must have the Silver Metre LP.