Rather than coming from Russia CCCP came from a number
of different corners of the world including Sweden, Britain
and America. The original band was to have included the
late Gary Holton who unfortunately died before the project
could be finalised. Enter John Payne who was at the time
in the eighties beginning to build a reputation as a vocalist
on the London recording scene.
John would go on to work briefly with ELO II and also record
backing vocals on Roger Daltrey’s albums Under A Raging
Moon and Can’t Wait To See The Movie. He is perhaps more
famous for replacing John Wetton as the vocalist and bassist
in Asia for fifteen years between 1991 and 2006 recording
more than ten albums with the band and touring the world a
number of times. Since John left Asia he has appeared as the
Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War
Of The Worlds and also formed a new band with Jay Schellan
and Guthrie Govan entitled GPS.
CCCP was put together by a producer and conceived as a
studio project in 1986 which featured a number off different
vocalists including John Payne and Carlene Carter. The album
includes a number of cover versions including a cover of the
Eagles song One Of These Nights which is sung by John Payne.
This release is the first time that the album has received a
general worldwide release and as such will appeal to long time
fans of John’s work both as a solo artist and his work with Asia.