Chris Carr rings to say Polydor now want to go with 'Diary' (Secrets)
first. Steve and David not keen, still want 'Photography' out.
Early evening take David to London. Check into the Lancaster Gate
Hotel. Meet with Chris Carr and Sarah Swain, who take David to a party
at their drummer friend 'Desperates' (!!) house.
Drive to The Townhouse to collect 24 track tapes then with David to RG
Jones Studio Wimbledon. David puts down extra guitar part on Aqua
Vitae, then Hugh begins mixing this as a 7 inch and 12inch, and
Photography. Steve arrives at 3pm. Chris Marshall also calls in.
Mixing doesn't finish until 8am next morning.
Drive Steve and David back to hotel in rush hour traffic. Just time
for a little sleep before we head for Kilburn where Chris Carr is in
the process of moving offices. Back with him to Polydor where A&R boss
Alan Sizer discuss single release question. We manage to argue the
case for Photography again. Back to Wakefield.
Strawberry Studio 1 Stockport: Recording B-side to Secrets:
Comfortable Life. Ian back from holiday. Meet Hugh at the studio.
Morning is taken up with drum machine programming. After lunch Rick
Martinez arrives to do real drums. Then David records bass part.
Finish 2 am. Stay at local pub B&B.
Strawberry Studio 1 Stockport: Steve, David and Rick take a leisurely
breakfast while Hugh and Ian rush off to the studio to do sax parts.
Steve does vocals, then David adds guitar and keyboards. There is a
track of backwards talking and smashing glass in dustbins etc which
all have fun getting involved in. All recording is finished at 7pm so
the band have a night out in Stockport while Hugh spends the evening
doing a mix. Rejoin him at midnight and all is finished by 2am. Back
to our lodgings.
Leave Stockport with Ian, David and Hugh all heading back to Yorkshire
while Steve goes to London. Have meeting at my house. Hugh then goes
back to Smithy Brook Farm with David. In the evening they have a meal
at Ian's followed by a night on the town in Wakefield. A eye opening
experience for Hugh no doubt. Hugh stays in Wakefield overnight and
heads off for London in the morning.
Collect Ian and David and his girlfriend Danette and have a fraught
journey to London due to road works. Collect Chris Carr at his Kilburn
office and head to Polydor where we meet Steve. Have meeting with and
designer from Dagmma who shows us proposed artwork for Photography
sleeve. Meanwhile at Sarm studios A&R man Billy is with Hugh Jones
overseeing yet another mix of Aqua Vitae. In evening go for drinks at
The Grosvenor with some of the Decca staff. Then we all split off into
smaller groups for food before returning to Columbia Hotel where we
are once again staying.
Steve, Ian and David have their own meeting in Bond St with lawyer
James Wylie to formalise contracts between them and Chris Carr and
myself. So far we've managed without any paperwork. Chris and I meet
the band at RCA where Steve Catner from their publishing department
takes us to a great Italian restaurant. Then to Polydor. First there
is a photo shoot on the roof with Bleadyn Butcher. Then Hugh arrives
and we hear what the "Billy mix" of Aqua Vitae sounds like. All back
to the Columbia. David & Dannette, Chris, Sarah and Hugh then go to
Dingwalls to see The March Violets.
Lunchtime meeting at Polydor with two video companies interested in
doing a "Photography" Video. Then pub lunch with A&R head Alan Sizer.
Drummer Rick Martinez join us here and then goes back to the Columbia
with us where we meet Isaac Guillory. There is a plot hatched for
Isaac to try doing bass parts live and perhaps work up to having Rick
Ian & Steve return to Wakefield. David and Danette stay in London for
a couple of days before also heading back North.
Collect the band and show them an old converted church that a friend
owns in Holmfirth. I thought it might make a good rehearsal space for
them. Then back to my house where Isaac is waiting along with old
college friend Kev Moore who is looking into helping us with a fan
club. Then Ian and David and Isaac accompany me to Stephens Music in
Leeds to collect a mixer, drum machine and tape deck plus various
accessories which we then take to Smithy Brook Farm.
Smithy Brook Farm: First live rehearsal with Isaac on bass. Rick
Martinez rings to check on progress. In evening a trip to The
Wakefield Arms in the city centre ends up with band members being
invited to join in the local rock n roll band. Ian get his sax out
while David starts on bass and ends up on drums.
Smithy Brook Farm: In the morning take Kev Moore round to interview
the band for a press release biography that I have commissioned him to
write. Isaac has another rehearsal with them in the afternoon before
playing his own gig at Buxton in the evening to which Steve
Smithy Brook Farm: Just the three band members practising today while
I head off a demand that the band go immediately to London to choose
photos for the record sleeve.
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