A Day in Paradise
Doctor Fankhauser
Return to Mu
Merrell Fankhauser and Friends: Featuring John Cipollina and Nicky Hopkins

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Altrichter Music


JC plays on "Calling from a Star"

A Day in Paradise

Doctor Fankhauser

Legend CD front cover Legend CD back cover

3:29  * Some of them escaped it all1 10Don't give up the rock *  3:24
3:31  Swiney eyelowe2 11Maybe you can call me honey  2:32
3:53  Workin in the city3 12Only a woman  3:50
4:02  * Who can you call4 13Boppin' the blues  2:33
3:09  Time of the day5 14Real gone baby  2:00
3:19  Stone indians prayer6 15Dog gone blues  3:21
6:05  Blues medley7 16Thought I heard a melody  3:19
2:40  Cocaine and aeroplanes8 17Mystery song  3:47
0:35  The doctor speaks9 18That's alright mama  5:29
Total time: 61:06

Produced by Merrell Fankhauser & Bruce Hively
* Produced by Merrell Fankhauser & K. H. Smith

Recorder at The Winery, Maui, Hawaii;
D Town Platimun Studios, North Hollywood, California;
Sutton Sound, Atascadero, California.

Engineers: Merrell Fankhauser, Bruce Hively, Rick Sutton

All songs by Merrell Fankhauser: Lost Continent Music ASCAP (C) 1992 except:
"Thats All Right Mama", by Arthur Crudup, (Wabosh Pub BMI)
"Blue Medley", by Jagger, Richards (Pub BMI) amd Jimmy Reed (Conrad Pub BMI)
"Boppin the blues", by Carl Perkins (HI LO Music BMI)
Clip arts by Alexander Perinelli
Artworks by Eric Cougrand

Jim Murray: guitarBobby O: bass and background
Dee Burr: bass and background vocalLumpy Sahroian: bass
Merrell Fankhauser: vocal, acoustic, electric
and slide guitars
Bruce Hively - drums
John Cipollina: guitarArt Dougall: drums
Louie Ortega: guitar and background
Mark Nelson: keyboard
Richard Stephenson: guitarRick Beaumont: keyboard
Donnie Smith: guitarScott Wright: sax
Jack Baum: bassLuke Lorge: harmonica
and dobro
Steve Meese: bassTim Carr: harmonica
Ray Purcell: drumsMary Lee: fiddle, piano
and background vocal
Roger Smith: drumsTim Fankhauser: background vocal
Jerry Sagouspe: drumsLorell Bodi: background vocal
Debbie MacKay: background vocal

[The CD booklet doesn't list personnel per track, but from listening to the album I think JC plays on "Blues Medley" and "That's Alright Mama". See below for probable confirmation of this.]

Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
D Town USLP1986
Legend MusicLM 9010FranceCD199 extra tracks

Return to Mu

Return to Mu
1Mystical Land3:53
3On Our Way To Hana3:46
4Pictures Of The Past4:29
5The Unknown Writer3:50
6Queen Mu4:34
7Mother Sea3:03
8Beckoning Maiden2:39
9Polynesian Dream5:08
10Time Travellers3:44
11Prospectors Moon4:28
12Goin' Down To Atlantis3:17
13The Land Of Mu4:29
14Under A Maui Moon7:38
15Matthew's Dream5:19
16Lodru's Mu Chant1:30
17The Mothership5:02
18Mu Rainforest2:08

Merrell Fankhauser vocal
tenor guitar
lead vocal
bg vocal
12-string guitar
6-string guitar
acoustic guitar
electric guitar
1, 3
Mike Bennetbass10
Bill Bergdrums3
Dom Carmardellapiano
1, 7, 9
Ed Cassidydrums5
Ned ChristiansenKurzweil strings10
John Cipollinaslide guitar2
Bruce Clarkflute
1, 5, 7
Paul Delphbg vocal
1, 8
5, 8
Jimmy Dillonelectric guitar3
Art Dougalldrums7
Tim Fankhauserbg vocal1, 4, 6, 9
Jay Ferguson vibes
2, 3
3, 4
4, 6
Nicky Hopkinspiano, Kurzweil strings6
Mary Leeviolin2, 3
Lorenzo Martinezcongas1
John McEuenmandolin1
Jonathan McEuenbg vocal10
William E. McEuenpercussion
7, 9
Jim McRaebass9
Steve Meesepiano3
Luis Munozpercussion1, 2, 3
Fred Ralstonvibes7
Jerry Sagouspedrums
bg vocal
1, 6, 9
Bruce Sahroianbass7
Marsha Shermanharp2, 3
Darrell Thatchersteel guitar9
Randy Ticobass2, 3, 4
Dean Torrancebg vocal9

Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
Ocean RecordsUSCD2000
SundazedSC 11088USCD2003

Merrell Fankhauser and Friends: Featuring John Cipollina and Nicky Hopkins

booklet front booklet inner booklet back

1That's Alright Mama5:29
2Blues Medley6:05
3Born On The Bayou4:59
4Red House6:26
5Boppin' The Blues4:02
6Only A Woman3:50
7Real Gone Baby2:00
8Dog Gone Blues3:21
9Mystery Song3:47
10Swiney Eyelow3:31
11Back This Way Again3:19
12Workin' In The City3:53
13Goin' Down The Grade2:00
14Movin' Man2:38

[Tracks 1 and 2 are probably the same as those appearing on Doctor Fankhauser.
Tracks 6-10 and 12 share title and length with tracks on Doctor Fankhauser.]

All songs composed by Merrell Fankhauser except:
"That's All Right Mama", by Arthur Crudup/Wabash Pub BMI
"Blue Medley", by Jagger & Richards/Pub BMI amd Jimmy Reed/Conrad Pub BMI
"Born On The Bayou", by John Fogerty/Jondora Pub BMI
"Red House", by Jimi Hendrix/Bella Godiva ASCAP
"Boppin' The Blues", by Carl Perkins/HI LO Music BMI

Thanks to Yoriko Hongo for the photo.

The music on this disc features some outstanding performances by legendary musicians Merrell Fankhauser, John Cipollina and Nicky Hopkins. The first two songs were recorded live in the studio in 1983 when John Cipollina and Merrell got together on the island of Maui for a fun-filled jam session. Tracks 3, 4 and 5 were recorded in 1991 when Nicky Hopkins and Merrell united for an exciting concert in Piano Beach, California. Nicky had recently moved to America and appeared on Merrell's TV show "California Music" which aired on 10 stations across the United States. Nicky and Merrell did several TV shows and recordings and were close friends until Nicky's untimely death in 1994. The remainder of the songs were recorded in various studios sessions from 1987 to 1991. John and Nicky are gone but their memory lives on through the music. Merrell continues to release critically acclaimed albums into the 21st century.

Left to right is Nicky Hopkins, Merrell, Frank Parades, Art Dougall and Tim Fankhauser
This CD is dedicated to John Cipollina und Nicky Hopkins, they were great musicians and were very good guys.

Produced by Hans-Werner Altrichter
Thanks to Jurgen Edit for mastering. To Bernd Kunze for making contact to Merrell and to Gerdi Buscher for help in many ways.
Altrichter Music
Oher Weg 9 - 29355 Beedenbostel - Germany
Tel. 0049 (0)5145-9390095 - Fax 0049 (0)5145-9390096

Merrell FankhauserVocal & Guitar
John CipollinaGuitar1, 2
Nicky HopkinsPiano3 - 5
Mary LeeBG Vocal & Fiddle1, 2
Tim CarrHarmonica2
Steve MeeseBass1, 2
Jim MurrayGuitar1, 2
Ray PurcelDrums1, 2
Art DougallDrums6 - 14
Tim FankhauserVocal & Guitar3 - 5
Frank ParadesBass3 - 5
Jack BaumBass6 - 14
Louie OrtegaGuitar & BG Vocal12

Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
Altrichter MusicAM 310557GermanyCD20009 extra tracks

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