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Prior to finding major success as part of Rainbow, the Michael Schenker Group, and Alcatrazz, as well as with his solo work (the Australian #1 cover of the Bee Gees' "Warm Ride" and the UK #6 hit "Night Games"), British rock singer Graham Bonnet was struggling to make it. Aside from an UK #5 hit with "Only One Woman" as part of the Marbles, success had eluded him. Then he appeared in the 1974/75 British comedy film Three for All as the frontman for the fictitious band, Billy Beethoven (then-wife Adrienne Posta co-starred). This led to the recording of an album entitled Back Row in the Stalls for DJM Records. It was never released, and the master tapes were long thought to be lost. Two tracks did survive over the years - the title track and "Ghost Writer in My Eye", released as both sides of his only single for DJM in October of 1974.

Thankfully, a cassette dubbed from the master was found in the collection of producer Kaplan Kaye, and the album was finally given a release through Cherry Red's Hear No Evil Recordings imprint in 2016, with six bonus tracks (including both sides of a single by Posta on which Bonnet plays). In the years since, the original master was found, allowing for a superior remaster; that version was eventually released on HNE/Cherry Red's Solo Albums 1974-1992 box set in 2020, whose version has two additional bonus tracks: an alternate version of "She May Not Be Much to Look at (But She's Certainly Got a Heart)" (slotted in-between "Relaxae" and "Don't Drink the Water") and "Message to Trevor."

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