In 1969 Alan moved back to England and after forming his first band he became a session guitarist for many top acts such as Olivia Newton-John. Around this time he joined The Shadows and was a member from 1973 to 1977. Alan hit his stride working in the UK. He worked with Cliff Richard. Two of the songs he did with Cliff were "Dreamin'" and "We Don't Talk Anymore". Alan also hit pay dirt writing a number of tracks with Leo Sayer. “More Than I Can Say” was a massive hit for Leo. Alan can also be heard on the guitar solo in Bonnie Tyler's "Lost In France"… Tarney has either worked with or produced albums by A-ha (their biggest hit was “Take On Me”), Barbara Dickson, Hank Marvin, Sally Oldfield, John Cooper Clarke, David Dundas and Rogue, just to name a few... Generally speaking, Alan was a very in-demand session muso and writer.
In 1976 Alan was one half of Tarney-Spencer Band. Alan's partner was Trevor Spencer, a drummer who had been in the same Adelaide bands with Alan. As a duo, they're probably best known for their hits “Takin' Me Back”, “It’s Really You” and “No Time To Lose”. They released their self-titled debut album on Bradleys Records in 1976 and then signed to A & M Records, for whom they recorded their final two albums.
I'm your man rock'n'roll
If you knew
I can hear love (edit version)
Takin' me back
Easier for you
It's really you
No time to lose (edit version) – charted twice in America.
For download is a rare treat, a CD copy of the single edit of “No Time To Lose”: