I’m currently rather submerged in CDs, tapes and packaging materials for the lucky dip announced last weekend: at the moment everyone who asked for something is on to get something, room for more inside basically, don’t be shy.
As part of that someone asked me about old outtakes etc, and this is a set of such things, usually known as the “Pre-Swoon Demo’s”. I always imagine these as having been recorded on an old cassette recorder and stored in a box under the bed, but probably they had something more sophisticated involved as there are some bounces and simple multitracking.
And very nice they are too. Wendy makes an appearance, there are early version of well known songs – “Talking Scarlet” for example – and the strange gem that is “Glass Slipper” with essentially different songs going on in each stereo channel; it takes a little getting used to, but I’ve grown to really love it. And a really lovely version of “I Couldn’t Bear to be Special” with Paddy double tracking his own voice.
A decent quality set too: from the guy who was given the tape, tagged onto a recording of Hurrah! at the Newcastle Mayfair which I’d be happy to pass on to Hurrah! fans on request.
Fascinating to see how these songs developed, lovely little historical relic.