Bob's new, and final CD (October 2017)

BOB McCLOUD THOMAS
'Remembering Carol'
This album of songs are written, inspired and in memory of Carol Jean Thomas, 1941 - 2009
The whole CD or individual tracks can be downloaded free,
but please donate to MIND via justgiving. Bob's page is at:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/in-memory-of-carol-jean-thomas
All the songs on this CD are written by Bob McCloud Thomas.
Musical arrangements, guitars and bass guitar by Bob McCloud Thomas
Sleeve design by Bob Thomas and Rowland Barter. Photography by Colin Ivor Thomas

Bob's final CD

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1 Carol - download
2 I Keep On Going - download
3 You'll Never Know - download
4 Let's Find The Right Road Again - download
5 Imagination - download
6 I Must Find My Life Again - download
7 Your Pain Is Still In My Heart - download
8 Bob & Carol Jean, In My John Cooper Works - download
9 We Were Meant To Be - download
10 On The Road To Nowhere - download

Copyright 2017 Bob McCloud Thomas

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BOB McCLOUD THOMAS
featuring the songs 'Carol' and 'Memories of Buddy Holly'
This CD is dedicated to the memory of Carol Jean Thomas (11.7.1941 - 1.2.2009)
Carol fought the hard fight with schizophrenia for over 30 years.
All the songs on this CD are written by Bob McCloud Thomas, Carol's husband. One of her favourites was 'I Begin To See'. Also included is the song called 'Carol', the song dedicated to her. The CD includes personal favourites 'Carol', 'On The Roundabout Again' and 'Memories of Buddy Holly'


Bob McCloud Thomas

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1 On The Roundabout Again - download
2 Carol - download
3 Get Out The Kitchen And Run - download
4 Just A Day - download
5 Heaven Help - download
6 Looking For You - download
7 Morning Dew - download
8 On My Life - download
9 You Got All Of Me - download
10 Baby Babe - download
11 Mary Jane - download
12 Come On Baby, Listen - download
13 The Drag - download
14 I Begin To See - download
15 I Wish I Was A Cloud - download
16 The Time Will Come - download
17 Memories of Buddy Holly - download
18 The Big Surprise - download
19 Sail The Seven Seas - download
20 Same Old Lies - download
21 True To Yourself - download
22 Yes It's Christmas - download

Copyright Bob McCloud Thomas

 

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BOB AND CAROL JEAN THOMAS
The 1967-1972 Recordings With Studio Orchestra

This CD features original songs written by Bob and Carol Jean Thomas
Musical Director Cy Payne, produced by Tony Hiller, Tracks 7 & 13 produced by Roger Cook
Published by EMI Music Publishing, Mills Music Ltd


Bob abd Carol Jean

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1 On My Life - download
2 Through The Misty Glass - download
3 I Wish I Was A Cloud - download
4 Only The Eagle Can Fly - download
5 On The Roundabout Again - download
6 I'm Only Dreaming - download
7 Good Day - download
8 Take Off Your Shoes - download
9 Mary Jane - download
10 People Seem To Talk - download

Three Songs For The Kids
11 A Cat Named Jim - download
12 Got A Tale To Tell You - download
13 Once Upon A Tile - download

EMI Music Publishing, Mills Music Ltd
30 Golden Square, London W1F GLD

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BOB McCLOUD THOMAS 2
This CD is dedicated to the memory of the late Carol Jean Thomas
Carol co-wrote a lot of the songs on this CD with her husband Bob McCloud Thomas. Songs written by Bob and Carol Thomas are published by Mills Music, London. Bob also performs songs written by the great Bob Dylan, Chris Rea and Mark Knopfler.

Bob McCloud Thomas

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1 Mary Anna - B.Thomas - download
2 I Wanna See You Again - B.Thomas - download
3 Carol - B.Thomas - download
4 All I Really Want Is You - B.Thomas - download
*5 There Go You, There Go - B and C Thomas - download
6 All Along The Watch Tower - B.Dylan - download
*7 Ever Since The World Began - B.Thomas - download
*8 Mad Dream - B and C Thomas - download
*9 All The Best - B and C Thomas - download
10 Same Old Lies - B.Thomas - download
11 Ranji's Paradise - B and C Thomas - download
12 Road To Hell -C.Rea - download
*13 The Promised Land - B and C Thomas - download
14 Like A Bird In The Sky - B.Thomas - download
*15 How Many Times - B and C Thomas - download
*16 On The Roundabout Again - B and C Thomas - download
17 Life Of Our Own - B.Thomas -- download
18 Sultans Of Swing - M.Knopfler - download

Musical arrangements, guitars and bass guitar by Bob McCloud Thomas, vocal harmony by Carol Jean Thomas
* Song published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd, Mills Music, London
Sleeve design B.M.Thomas, sleeve photo by Colin Ivor Thomas
Copyright BMT 2012

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BOB McCLOUD THOMAS 3
This CD is dedicated to the memory of the late Carol Jean Thomas
Carol co-wrote a lot of the songs on this CD with her husband Bob McCloud Thomas.

Bob McCloud Thomas

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Part 1
1 The Words I Like To Hear - B and C Thomas 3.54 - download
2 I 'll Soon Be With You - B.Thomas 3.21 - download
3 Forget It, Forget It, Forget It Carol - B.Thomas - 3.08 - download
4 One Big Smile - B. and C Thomas - 5.45 - download
5 You Will Always Be There - B and C Thomas - 2.23 - download
6 World Without Love - B and C Thomas 3.35 - download
7 White Room - J.Bruce, P.Brown 4.58 - download

Part 2
8 Gotta Know Little One - B and C Thomas - 3.42 download
9 Always Happens That Way - B Thomas - 3.14 download
10 Baby Baby - B.Thomas- 3.30 - download
11 Carol - B Thomas - 3.40 -download
12 That's The Way It Goes- B and C Thomas - 3.26 -download
13 Light My Fire - B and C Thomas 5.49 - download

Part 3
Two extra 1970s recordings with vocal by Carol Jean Thomas on Ranji's Love and vocal harmony on Squeeze Me, a song that Carol also wrote
14 Ranji's Love- B and C Thomas - 2.02 -download
15 Squeeze Me - C Thomas 2.23 - download

Musical arrangements, guitars and bass guitar by Bob McCloud Thomas

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Derek Elliott for vocal harmony on 'one Big Smile', Rowland Barter for keyboard and vocal harmony on 'Always Happens That Way'
and Ken Young for drums on 'Squeeze Me'

Sleeve Design: B.M.Thomas & Rowland Barter
Sleeve photo: Colin Ivor Thomas
Master CD for Duplicating: Jon Pope

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BOB McCLOUD THOMAS 4
You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do
This CD contains more original songs written and arranged by Bob McCloud Thomas.
Plus the classic number 'Layla', written by Eric Clapton.


Bob McCloud Thomas

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1 You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do - download
2 Blowing Like A Hurricane1 - download
3 In My Heart You'll Always Be - download
4 Timbuktu - download
5 I Feel You In My Heart - download
6 By the Way - download
7 Carol - download
8 Layla - download
9 Got All The World To See With You - download
10 Listen Honey - download
11 This World Can Be A Good Place To Be -download
12 Just A Day In My Life -download
13 Stay With Me - download
14 I Just Want You - download

The songs on this CD are written by Bob McCloud Thomas.
'Layla' written by Eric Clapton.
Musical arrangements, guitars and bass guitar by Bob McCloud Thomas.
The song 'Carol' was written in loving memory of Carol Jean Thomas 11.7.1941 - 1.2.2009.

Sleeve design: Bob Thomas & Rowland Barter
Sleeve photo: Colin Ivor Thomas
Master CD for duplicating: Jon Pope, Bungalow Studios
CD duplicating DVD authoring: Laurie Jones, The Allotment

Copyright Bob McCloud Thomas

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BOB McCLOUD THOMAS 5
Day of the August Moon
This album contains more original songs written and arranged by Bob McCloud Thomas.
Plus some extra songs co-written with the late Carol Jean Thomas.

Day of the August Moon CD cover

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1 Take A Chance With Me - download
2 Day of the August Moon - download
3 As Deep As The Ocean - download
4 The Big Surprise - download
5 It Don't Matter Now - download
6 Two Short Stories - download
* 'Two Short Stories' contains whimsical religious content with a message in there for you.
7 Get Out The Kitchen And Run - download
8 Someone Like You - download
9 Carol - download
* 'Carol' was written in loving memory of Carol Jean Thomas
10 Do The Best That You Can - download
11 Longing To Wake You - download
12 The Love I've Found Again - download
13 Light My Fire - download
* Health Warning! 'Light My Fire' contains an extra long guitar solo finish
14 Yes It's Christmas - download
* 'Yes It's Christmas' only to be played at Christmas!

The songs on this CD are written by Bob McCloud Thomas.
The songs 'Day of the August Moon', 'Longing To Wake You', and 'Light My Fire' are co-written by Bob and Carol Jean Thomas.
Musical arrangements: guitars and bass guitar by Bob McCloud Thomas.

Sleeve design: Bob Thomas & Rowland Barter
Photography: Colin Ivor Thomas
CD duplicating: Laurie Jones, The Allotment

Copyright 2015 Bob McCloud Thomas

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BOB McCLOUD THOMAS 6
My John Cooper Works GP
This album contains more original songs and an instrumental written and arranged by Bob McCloud Thomas.
This, my last album, is dedicated to the late Carol Jean Thomas.

Day of the August Moon CD cover

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1 My John Cooper Works GP - 3.15 - download
2 Won't Let You Down - 3.36 - download
3 You'll Be There With Me - 3.02 - download
4 What You Mean To Me - 4.25 - download
'What You Mean To Me' was the first song l ever wrote, back in 1959,
now with new lyrics & middle section

5 Always Happens That Way -3.14 - download
'Always Happens That Way' with Rowland Barter on keyboard & vocal harmony
6 On The Prairie (instrumental) - 2.43 - download
7 You Are The Love Of My Life - 3.03 - download
8 Dream On - 3.36 - download
9 Two Short Stories - 3.28 - download
'Two Short Stories' contains whimsical religious content with a message in there for you.
10 I Begin To See -3.10 - download
11 Help Me To Find Love Again - 3.28 - download
12 1 Need A Drink Again -3.12 - download
13 Grand Tour Cycle Race -4.58 - download
'Grand Tour Cycle Race' - Health Warning! this song contains an extra long guitar solo finish
14 Carol -3.40 - download
'Carol' the last song on this my last album is written in memory of my late wife,
Carol Jean Thomas, a talented singer & song writer 1941-2009'

The songs written by Bob McCloud Thomas
Musical Arrangements: Guitars & Bass Guitar by Bob McCloud Thomas
Drums by Barking Dylan Thomas 3rd
Sleeve Design: Bob Thomas & Rowland Barter
Car Photography: BMW MINI Portrait Photography: Colin Ivor Thomas
Copyright 2016 Bob McCloud Thomas
www.bobmccloudthomas.co.uk

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Bob McCloud and his wife Carol Jean Thomas spent 13 years of their careers touring the UK and many parts of the world as the vocal harmony and guitar duo ‘Bob and Carol McCloud; (from 1967 to1980). Sadly, Carol died in 2009, so in memory of Carol, Bob has made available two CDs of their original songs for download free of charge.  But a donation to the charity MIND is requested – see the website addresses listed below*.   

This is his memoir of his musical career, including the years spent with Carol:

It all started back in the late 50s.  I was into cycle racing at the time and while out training with friends we would stop at road cafes for a coffee and I would hear these great records belting out on the juke box.  It was then I first heard Buddy Holly. I loved his voice, guitar playing and song writing style. He inspired me to take up the guitar, and I practised for some time. I then had the chance to join the Rock ‘n’ Roll band Dale Rivers and the Ramrods, playing rhythm guitar.  The band was Dave Veasy (Dale Rivers), Colin Thomas (lead guitar) Bob Thomas (rhythm guitar) Rowland Barter (bass guitar) Derek Morris (drums)( the late Mr D.J. Derek).
Dale Rivers and the Ramrods worked the venues for about four years (1959-1963) including doing the first ‘groups galore’ show at the Colston Hall. When the Ramrods finished we worked as a backing band for David and Jonathon with their hit record ‘Lovers of the World Unite’ (Bristol’s Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, hit song songwriters).

With more work coming in they wanted the band to work full time professionally with them. At the time I couldn’t do this as I had not long been married  and had a mortgage around my neck. It was then I started writing songs with my wife Carol, and we decided to start up an act together.  Carol had been in a girl singing group called The Kerry Sisters, and she could sing harmony naturally, which made rehearsing songs very easy.
Some time later we were introduced to  the publishers Mills Music in London by friend Roger Cook.  They really liked our songs and we had many songs published by them. We also had a couple of self-penned singles released on CBS Records in 1967, as ‘Bob and Carol’. The singles were titled ‘On My Life’ and 'A Cat Named Jim’, with musical arrangements by Cy Payn,e and they were produced by Tony Hiller (see the link to the YouTube video posted below).
It was song writing that led us to on to working professionally with the London based Harry Dawson Agency. We worked in night clubs all around the UK and different parts of the world. The continent we worked in most was Africa, we really liked it there, a great place. We worked in Ghana, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe and also did a tour of South Africa a few times. We did some great hotels and night clubs in Durban, East London, Prot Elizabeth and Cape Town.  We even thought about living out there in the future.

We worked for 13 years (1967-1980) as Bob and Carol McCloud, sadly the last few years Carol was starting to suffer with mental health problems and had to give up the profession.  At the time I was considering going back to my original profession which was as a graphic artist. I had started doing gigs on my own to keep the money coming in and was able to work the west country and Wales, and base myself at home in Bristol. This was handy because of Carol’s health, I was there all the time to make sure she was OK.  I did gigs as ‘Bob McCloud’ for the next 22 years- I can’t believe it – 1980 to 2002.  I was one of the first vocal/guitar acts in the country to use backing tracks recorded and played by myself. I was singing and playing lead guitar live, with the rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums on the backing track – I was told it sounded like a full rock band!

At the time (1983) using my new idea of recording my own backing tracks brought in extra bookings as I could work in extra venues which had no backing band.  Of course these days you hear singers’ using backing tracks all the time, even on tv.
Also, between solo gigs I did gigs with the rock trio the BRK band with friends Rowland Barter on bass and Ken Young on drums.  This also made a nice change from working on my own and good to work with a band again – good times.
Sadly last year my wife Carol died after the hard fight with schizophrenia for over 30 years.  She got an infection around a cracked vertebra which left  her paralysed  from the waste down, she then suffered other complications.  Carol died. In Frenchay Hospital.
She had been in hospital for nearly five months, it was a tough time for her.  I don’t know how she coped with it, she was amazing.

The website for donating to MIND (the UK’s leading mental health charity) is set up via justgiving.com, see
www.justgiving.com/In-Memory-of-Carol-Jean-Thomas

For further info please call Bob McCloud Thomas    0117 962 5410

 

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What the papers said:

evening post somerset guardian western daily press
Bristol Evening Post, Somerset Guardian, and Western Daily Press coverage (click thumbnail for large readable image)

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Some of Bob and Carol's recordings were produced by Tony Hiller, creator of the famous Brotherhood of Man group,
and writer of songs that have been recorded by over 500 top artists - see his website at www.tonyhiller.com
Tony also put these videso of Bob and Carol's songs 'Cat Named Jim', 'On My Life', 'I Wish I Was A Cloud', 'Mary Jane, 'On The Roundabout Again' and 'Take Off Your Shoes' on YouTube, see below


'Cat Named Jim'


'On My Life'


'I Wish I Was A Cloud'


'Mary Jane'


'I'm Only Dreaming'


'Through The Misty Glass'


'Got A Tale To Tell You'

Tony Hiller has added more singles on YouTube recently, so keep searching there for "Bob Thomas and Carol Jean".
The latest are'On The Roundabout Again' (uploaded July 2016) and 'Take Off Your Shoes' (uploaded August 2016).

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Bob plays 'Sultans of Swing' in 1995.
Bob McCloud guitar and vocal, Rowland Barter, keyboard, Ken Young, drums, at Chew Valley Rock Extravaganza January 1995. Film by Derek Page.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWBCziuSUe4

 

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Bob plays 'Going Home' in 1995.
Bob McCloud guitar, Rowland Barter, keyboard, Ken Young, drums, at Chew Valley Rock Extravaganza January 1995. Film by Derek Page.

 

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This was Bob's 'Denny Island Discs' selection (= 'Desert Island Discs', but in the middle of Chew Valley Lake!)
as printed in the Chew Valley Gazette, June 2010 edition:

Denny Island Discs

Denny Island Discs: Bob McCloud Thomas

This month’s castaway on Denny Island (in Chew Valley Lake) is Bob McCloud Thomas, for many years one of the valley’s favourite singer/songwriter/guitarists, and a member of the legendary Bristol band of the early 1960s, The Ramrods.

1 Elvis Presley, Hound Dog.
Elvis was the first big rock star, he had a great exciting rock voice, and on this record the guitar solos are great as well. It was a completely new music and sound at the time. His music also takes me back to my cycle racing days, while out training, stopping at road cafes and hearing these great rock numbers belting out on the juke box. They always had a great sound, plenty of bass. I am still a cycle racing fan and watch all the big one day races and the three big tours (Italy France and Spain) on TVs British Eurosport – they do a great coverage. Good to have a few beers while watching!

2 Buddy Holly, Listen To Me.
Buddy Holly inspired me to take up the guitar – I loved his singing, guitar playing and songwriting. Being my favourite of all artists, I like all his songs, so it’s hard for me to pick just one. This track and ‘Words Of Love’ are two I like very much, I still remember the exact moment I heard the sad news of his plane crash in 1959, told to me by a friend, also a Holly fan. At the time I was working as a graphic artist At Marden Son & Hall, Bristol. When he was killed in 1959 it had a big impact on me, it felt like someone I knew personally had died. Rock music was never the same again for me.

3 Chuck Berry, Roll Over Beethoven.
Again, I like all his numbers, one of the first great rock and roll singer songwriters and guitar players. He wrote great rock and roll songs with great lyrics and story lines. His music and lyrics really sum up the young lifestyle of the late 1950s. the beer was cheap then as well. Good times.

4 The Shadows, Apache.
Cliff Richard’s backing group, the Shadows, were the first rock group to play instrumental numbers. I liked all the numbers, my favourite is hard to choose. Apache was the first big hit, so had a long lasting impact and takes me back to the time watching the ‘Oh Boy’ rock show on TV on a Saturday night. Then going out to do a gig with the rock and roll band Dale Rivers and the Ramrods (Dave Veasey, Dale Rivers (vocal), Colin Thomas (lead guitar) Bob Thomas (rhythm guitar), Rowland Barter (bass guitar – Bishop Sutton’s one and only!), Derrick Morris (drums, now the well known Mr DJ Derrick). He loves his beer too.

5 Booker T and The MGs, Green Onions.
A great instrumental number and a great Hammond Organ sound at the time. It takes me back to gigging with the Ramrods and hearing Green Onions on the juke box whenever we stopped at the local pub before the gig. Green Onions is still used today in TV adverts and as background music. Green Onions make me think of a pint of beer down the pub. Nice.

6 John Lennon, Imagine.
A great song. I remember learning and rehearsing this song with my wife Carol when we were out on tour in South Africa working in some great hotels. The act was called Bob and Carol McCloud and we worked for 13 years after having our first records released on CBS. They were our original songs ‘On My Life’ and ‘I Wish I Was A Cloud’. It was song writing that led us on to working professionally and enjoying good beer at many clubs around the world.

7 Peter Frampton, Show Me The Way.
He sums up the 70s for me, again a great singer songwriter and guitarist. He was one of the big 70s rock stars before the invasion of punk music. His music takes me back to the time staying in show biz digs in Sunderland rehearsing his song ‘Show Me The Way’ with Carol for our stage show.
The 70s was a good time working in the northern clubs. The clubs were doing good business and a lot of them were having new premises built with big loans from the breweries to sell their own beers – good cheap beer back then, in the northern clubs!

8 Eric Clapton, Layla.
One of my favourite blues guitar players, also has a great blues voice. Layla is a number known for its great guitar riff, but Eric has written other great songs. His three-piece band Cream were a new rock sound for the late 60s, and this was where he made his name.

9 Jimi Hendrix, All Along The Watchtower.
What do you say about the great Jimi Hendrix. He had a unique blues playing style, plus his singing was also very original, a great combination. It’s a shame he’s not still around today, making great music.

10 Dire Straits, Sultans Of Swing
. When I first heard this song it really caught my attention. Mark Knopfler has written many great hit songs with some brilliant guitar playing, he’s one of the UK’s great rock artists. He also plays a red Fender Strat guitar like myself – can’t be bad.

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