Epitaph interview with Cliff Jackson
was the scene back then in Dortmund?
Germany in the early 70´s. It had a large club called Fantasio (capacity c/a
800-900) where all the British Rock bands played. Yes, Black Sabbath, Rory Gallagher, Kraftwerk, Amon Düül II, Jimmy Smith, but also a lot of the now great unknown
bands like Writing On the Wall, Terry
Reid, IF, Gracious and many, many more. We were the house band and practiced in
the cellars under the club. We had to be good.
My bands were ‘Chicago Sect’ and ‘The Red Roosters’. The Red Roosters included Jim
Mcgillivary, Bernd Kolbe and myself. Later to become the core of Epitaph.
from the first King Crimson album. We were fans.
as a trio. Cliff Jackson (vocals, guitar), Bernd Kolbe (bass, mellotron,
vocals) and Jim McGillivray (drums). The first album was recorded in Essex studio in England, right?
I believe it was however finished in Windrose Studios, Hamburg, where a fourth
member was added to the group: Klaus Walz (guitar, vocals). Why is that so and
how did you got signed up to such a major label like Polydor? Did you do any shows before
We had been playing all over Germany as a
pro rock band for about 2 years and were invited to backing a German blues
pianist called Gunter Boas (he became a very good friend). While recording an
album for him in Hamburg his producer heard us playing a couple of our own songs
in the studio. He invited us back a couple of weeks later to record demos (It was a two track studio). Polydor heard them and signed us. Klaus Walz joined the band later after
the first recordings in Wessex Studios in London. We recorded 2 tracks “Autum
71” and “Are You Ready”.
up to Billingsgate Records and started recording your third album, which was more
into straight rock’n’roll titled “Outside the Law”. You spend a lot of money promoting this release, but then Billingsgate went bankrupt and all their
money was lost. This must had been really hard for you?
during 1977, and only you remained from the original group, but you recorded “Return to Reality”. What can you tell me about the album?
Reality” was more or less the live show from the tour recorded at a small studio near Oldenburg, Germany.
These days you are still very active. Would you like to tell us what was going
on in the band during last few years and what can we expect from the future?
November. We are also recording and filming. This time with a lot of our latest songs. We will start recording a new album in 2013.
time. Would you like to send a message to your fans?