1970s – Easy Street / Nicol & Marsh

Peter Marsh worked extensively with Ken Nicol in the 1970s, releasing four albums as both as the duo Nicol & Marsh and as the band Easy Street, which also included Richard James Burgess.

Nicol & Marsh was first signed to CBS in 1973. In 1976 Easy Street signed up with Polydor. Albums included: 

Nicol & Marsh’s Easy Street

Nicol & Marsh’s Easy Street (Epic / CBS Records,1974) featured Pete Zorn on bass and saxes and was produced by Paul Phillips.

Singles from the album included “Midnight Cat” (1974), “I’ve Been Praying” (1974) and “Sinking Down” (1975).

 The album

includes a cover of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” (Jack

Tempchin).

Easy Street by Easy Street

Easy Street by Easy Street (Polydor, 1976). Easy

Street expanded with the addition of Richard James

Burgess for this album, which was recorded at Sarm

East Studios. The Polydor publicity for the album

involved something of a makeover for the band

compared to the previous the CBS look, including

hairstyles by John Frieda, who appeared on the

cover in a cameo guest appearance. A single from

the album, “I’ve Been Lovin’ You” (co-written written

by Marsh with Richard James Burgess, Ken

Nicol & Pete Zorn), entered the US Billboard Charts

in July 1976.[2]

Under the Glass by Easystreet (Polydor, 1977). In

addition to Marsh, Richard James Burgess and Ken

Nicol, the Under the Glass album also extensively

featured Kevin Savigar, a long-time musical associate

of Rod Stewart. Marsh co-wrote the single

track “Flying” (1977), with Nicol. Five tracks

(“How Can You Take it So Hard”, “Rely On You”,

“What Does The World Know”, “Strange Chance”

and “The Night of the 11th”) are credited to Nicol,

Marsh & Burgess), while two tracks are credited to

Marsh and Burgess: “Is This Real” (Marsh, Burgess)

and “I See You” (Burgess, Marsh).

Nicol & Marsh (Polydor, 1978). The Easy Street

name was dropped for the final album in partnership

with Nicol, which was recorded in the Pasha Music

House, Hollywood, California. Richard James

Burgess was no longer involved, but many renowned

Los Angeles session musicians were used on the album,

including Bill Payne (Little Feat), Victor Feldman

(Steely Dan) and Leland Sklar (James Taylor‘s

bass player). Tracks credited solely to Marsh included

“As The Years Roll ‘Round” and “Anthem of

the Time”. “Holdin’ On To You” and “Lady of Windermere”

are credited to Nicol & Marsh with two

tracks, both released as singles “Streets of the Angels”

(1978) and “Hurt By Love” (1978) credited to

Nicol, Marsh & Bishop. The album includes a cover

version of “I’ll Be Back” (Lennon–McCartney).

Easy Street toured in Europe and the US and were the

1976 Runners-Up of the UK TV show New Faces. The

collaboration between Marsh and Nicol ended after the

release of the final album. An interview with Nicol implied

that Marsh was moving in a different direction,

specifically appearing to refer to a growing collaboration

between Marsh and Burgess.[3]

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