The Distractions – digitisation now completed

 

Well… we finally did it! Digitisation of all-found is now complete.

Naturally we’ve been working with the expected 1/4″ and 2″ analog reels but also a bunch of cassettes which, quite honestly, were so layered in dust – having lain in un-looked-at boxes for decades – they had to be wiped clean so that the track-listings could be read.

And, as much as we didn’t want to resort to this, we’ve also worked off pristine vinyl since three or four tracks have ceased to survive in any other format – quite where those particular masters are is anybody’s guess… sadly, most probably long-since destroyed.

Now… the song selection process is underway and it is hoped that we’ll be able to announce the finalised track-listing to Parabolically Yours by the end of February.

Gemma Hayes – vinyl test pressings for Night&Day approved

  Gemma (pictured) in the studio at FX in the midst of approving the vinyl cut of her forthcoming Live album – Night&Day. Pictorially… a white label is… well… its a white label test pressing = doesn’t look particularly exciting, does it..?!? But… actually… it really is… and certainly was… when we were all listening… Continue Reading

Inside Jess Roden’s Anthology – video

Presenting a video montage with snippets of music from The Jess Roden Anthology and showing a few of the exclusive pictures in the accompanying book, along with pictures of a load of old boxes… also known as Hidden Masters. If you’d like to order one of the last remaining copies, as there are now only… Continue Reading

Gemma Hayes sings LIVE in a magazine storeroom

Is that John Mayer in the background? No wait – there’s  Liam Gallagher – and there’s Gemma Hayes sitting in front of HotPress magazine covers with her  guitar singing  Keep Running and Evening Sun. Irish pro-music magazine Hot Press featured a live performance by Gemma in their luxurious surroundings of their storeroom-cum-studio. It doesn’t get… Continue Reading

Jess Roden Anthology is #2 on Top Ten 2013 album releases (The Word)

‘Happy New Year’ everyone from the HM elves and, of course, the HM guardian kats – Gracie, Zig-E-Kat and Finn.E… and, here’s a rather splendid bit of news to begin 2014 with. We’ve just read on The Afterword (the website created after the widely respected and professional music magazine The Word  closed down) in which… Continue Reading

Gemma Hayes drops in to HiddenMasters

 Gemma Hayes dropped in to the leafy HiddenMasters studio last week, working along side designer Jayne Gould creating the album cover for Gemma’s new live release. All the details and the updates can be seen and followed on PledgeMusic here. It’s worth having a look at  the PledgeMusic page because Gemma has two tracks –… Continue Reading

Chris Wood’s “Evening Blue” takes shape

For loyal fans following the progress of the Chris Wood ‘retrospective’ (Evening Blue), Neil’s has been working at FX Mastering with Richard Whittaker who have worked on the vinyl album – sequenced as per the original Chris Wood reels that were originally engineered by Terry Barham.     Oh, and as a further short update, the… Continue Reading

Chris Wood left this world 30 years ago today….

  Today, 12 July, marks the 30th anniversary of Chris Wood’s death. Chris Wood made music. He created it, he invented it, he refined it, made it unique and then he played and played and played. Music was Wood’s all-consuming passion and it never went away. Ever. He couldn’t walk down a country road without… Continue Reading