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William "Billy" LYALL - Born 26 March 1953 (Edinburgh, Scotland) - 1 December 1989

UK composer and keyboardist will probably be best remembered for his band tenures. He started out as a member of Bay City Rollers, but when he decided that he should create a better future elsewhere he hooked up with fellow Scot and former Bay City Rollers member David Paton to form Pilot. Two ssuccesful albums later Lyall decided to quit, his musical aspirations being of a more sophisticated nature than what Paton wanted.

To realize his ambitions Lyall decided to record a solo album. With a major cast of guest musicians the end result was released in 1976 as Solo Casting, a production described as a subtly more sophisticated version of Pilot's non-single material.

This was to be Lyall's only solo production. One might suspect that the disco and punk waves about to hit the UK played a role, as the label attitudes to art rock soured due to that, but we'll probably never truly know. Following his solo album Lyall worked as a musician for a number of artists, The Alan Parson Project and Dollar amongst them. William Lyall passed away in 1989, just 36 years old.

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3.91 | 14 ratings
Solo Casting

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 Solo Casting by LYALL, WILLIAM album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.91 | 14 ratings

Solo Casting
William Lyall Crossover Prog

Review by karlthec

5 stars This album is a lost classic, The songs, arrangements and musicianship on this album are astounding.

Musically there are nods to his previous band Pilot, art rock and hints of Kate Bush even (circa her first two albums) but what comes across generally is a very individual sound, Lyall's unusual layered voice and harmonies greatly contribute to this,

I think a lot of comments I have read elsewhere about this album are by people who have not actually listened to it, I discovered it a couple of years ago and it is has become one of my favorite albums, you just wonder what would have come next had it been successful.

I recall a few TV promotional interviews at the time and the video being shown, but ultimately with the musical climate changing and what was about to explode in 1977 it was one of many really good albums that got overlooked.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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