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Steaming Pile of Mick

Mickey Lee Soule, who not only was the keyboard player in Elf and Rainbow, and not only worked as a keyboard and guitar tech for Purple for years, but also was on a very short list to stand in for Jon Lord when the latter injured his knee back in 2001, has a new project going — self-deprecatingly called Steaming Pile of Mick.

Steaming Pile of Mick is basically Dave Salce playing drums, plus Mick himself playing everything else and singing. Last year they’ve quietly put out a 5-track EP called Pet Wounds. You can check it out on YouTube and/or purchase it via cdbaby.

Thanks to deep-purple.ru for the info.

14 Comments to “Steaming Pile of Mick”:

  1. 1
    Rich Shailor says:

    Always a true gentleman. A pleasure to visit with and was always happy to share a story.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Sounds PALish in a good way. I always liked his playing with Elf, excellent rock piano player. The later Elf albums (Carolina County Ball/Trying to Burn the Sun) are in dire need of a remaster, the Connaisseur release hasn’t aged well soundwise. I’m one of those few people that actually prefers Elf’s band performance on the Rainbow debut to any other Rainbow line up, in my ear all later line ups sounded stiff and not as rhythmically nuanced in comparison. You show me one other Rainbow album where the bass playing was as intricate, yet tasteful as what Craig Gruber did on that first album. Anyway, it’s nice to hear that trademark piano of MLS again.

  3. 3
    Dave Berry says:

    I love his work on the first album – ”ritchie blackmore’s rainbow” – a true masterpiece

  4. 4
    Dave Hodgkinson says:


  5. 5
    ark says:

    сочно……свежо……..интересно!! почему Блэкмор его выкинул в 76?

  6. 6
    Max says:

    Hey! A great number I think. The singing, the verses especially, reminds me of The killing of Georgie by Rod Stewart or a Dylan song…but in a very pleasant way. I´m off to get it!

  7. 7
    Chip says:

    Wow. That is really bad. Like Dewey Cox, in his Dylan phase, trying to channel Ben Folds. The atmospheric guitar work in the bridge saves this song from being a complete disaster.

  8. 8
    byron says:

    Good music,great player.I was lucky to see him on stage with Elf and with the Ian Gillan band (Mark Nauseef,John Gustafson and Ray Fenwick-what a band!)
    You can hear him too on the (fantastic) Butterfly ball album

  9. 9
    cyclone says:

    vocals sound like “Flash in the Pan” …..sort of.

  10. 10
    FGX says:

    no its not bad! dont believe the previous comment… or well listen for yourselves. I didnt expect anything but I was really quite nicely surprised, the music is fresh and the lyrics are silly

  11. 11
    Ivano Bosello says:

    I’ve got the EP.
    It’s absolutely great!
    I’ve spoke to Don Airey and Roger Glover about it and they have the same opinion, great.
    When I’ve listend to it I imagineed this.
    You go away for years and finally you come back in the same Pub and meet the same friends and you start to play the piano to tell some stories about your life, and you are sad, happy, alone…and when you play, you move beetween jazz, blues, oldies and some rock…
    The songs are true, music is fresh, warm, friendly.
    I love it very much.

  12. 12
    Black Sheep says:

    Superb!! I love it!

  13. 13
    stoffer says:

    Not too bad, kinda enjoyed the tunes – Fake Titties sounds a little like Zappa and We’re Livin’ is kinda laid back and cool………..

  14. 14
    stoffer says:

    @9…………..indeed they do sound like Flash in the Pan………good call

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