Once I’d decided to give away the remaining rough mix and pre production cassettes that were lying around I realised (thanks to my sensible wife) I’d better be sure not to give away anything I don’t have a copy of…
So I started cataloguing.
I am working towards a rarities collection so this needed to be done at some point.
I’ve been at it for several days now. All the DATs are done and my Sony Pro Walkman which only plays (it won’t rewind or ff) is now in action.
Amazingly my old Panasonic 3800 DAT recorder worked a treat. Sadly, the same cannot be said for all of the DAT tapes, many of which had become corrupted and were unplayable. I thought I’d lost my only copy of the Electric Lady mixes of Bad Vibes (the ones we didn’t release) but I just found a cassette of them.
I’m using Bias Peak in my Mac and importing whole tapes at a time (in case they only play once..), then I’m getting them normalised (making sure they are as loud as they can be) and making sure they are all 44.1khz (back in the 90’s many folk recorded DATs at 48khz – I don’t know why it had to get to 44.1 for CD) – Peak does all this. Then I’m chopping the audio up into songs, naming them and then putting them in iTunes and converting to mp3.
Here’s what I’ve found so far chronologically –
Demos – 1988-9
The Witching Hour
To the church
A Long Way Down
Ice Cream Girl
Like Lovers Do (not that song – an earlier idea with the same name)
Holier than thou (yes, that song)
I know you too well (unreleased song)
‘I love you’ (song idea – never used, quite good)
What do you know about love?
Shelly I do
Demos with Blair (for his songwriting career) recorded in Glasgow 1988
Shelly I do
The English Weather
Album mixes not used
No Blue Skies rough (slightly louder guitars, keys down)
Don’t Look Back (mellower mix, slightly more acoustic)
Blame Mary Jane (longer)
Bob Dylan Band @ CBGBs 1989
She Belongs To Me
I want to be your lover
It’s all over now, Baby Blue
I’m set Free
I want you
You can’t always get what you want
Live @ The Palace, LA 1990
Why don’t we do it in the road
What do you know about love?
A long way down
Are you ready to be Heartbroken?
To the Lions
Pay For It
Weird On Me
The One you never had
Album Mixes not used
Original She’s a Girl (different ending, the final mix was an edit)
She’s a Girl instrumental mix (karaoke?)
Weeping Wine original mix
Pay For It (Long version)
There For Her with Blair’s original synths and strings
Bad Vibes Mixes not used
Love You So What b-side mix (more acoustic)
Morning is Broken b-side mix (no backing vocals, different arrangement)
Too Much of a Good thing edit (why? I don’t know.. it was never used)
Everyone’s Complaining (home recording I made in 1990 maybe was going to be a b-side?)
Bad Vibes Electric Lady Mixes (by Adam Peters and Lloyd Puckett some of which are VERY different to finished album)
Here’s the proposed running order (amusing to me as it places maybe my least favourite song I ever wrote second.. and no Can’t Get Arrested)
Love You So What
So You’d like to..
Morning is Broken
Holier than Thou
Seen the Future
Too Much of a Good Thing
For The Pleasure of Your Company
My Way to You
Radio City Music Hall
Love Story Outtakes 1994-5
She Loves You
Cold Empty Room
It’ll Never Happen Again
Rain on the Parade
Millionaire (acoustic mix)
Santa Cruz (vocal version)
Fool You Are (unreleased Etc band version)
Music in a Foreign Language Rough Mixes (only me playing, mixed prior to overdubs)
My Other Life
People Aint No Good
Late Night, Early Town
Her Alibi (that’s what it was called at that point)
Antidepressant Rough Mixes mainly just me playing again
How Wrong Can You Be? (2 versions one showing that it took a while to come up with the chorus rhythm idea)
The Young Idealists
Coattails (the song that almost, but didn’t make it – 2 versions, it may be nicer without the singing…)
Rolodex Incident, no bass, early drum arrangement, no vocals (they were not written until quite late in the recording, the singing eventually going where I thought the gaps in the singing would be..)
Slip Away (one of those ‘is this better than the album mix?’ mixes – it probably isn’t but the way the synths work is great, I think).
There’s quite a lot more to work through…