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1. All On The Inside

All On The Inside

This was one of three songs I wrote and recorded through Chrysalis Publishing. Peter Jenner who managed Pink Floyd in their Syd Barret period gave me the time. We met through Ingrid Mansfield Allman whilst working on The Hunt. Oliver Miller on vocals.

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2. Instrumental 2000ish

Instrumental 2000ish

I had been developing an instrumental for a while and when having a jam with Rick Timmis he played accompanying guitar and recorded this version. Just as well because it never got played again.

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3. Acoustic and electric guitar Improvisation 2015

Acoustic and electric guitar Improvisation 2015

This is a one-take live improvisation around some nice acoustic guitar from Richard and his Taylor. I enjoy being able to develop an idea without fixed parameters and Richard is a good person to work with to get the opportunity.

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4. John Peel plays the Almost Brothers - You'll Never Make It

John Peel plays the Almost Brothers - You'll Never Make It

Indie rock recorded in London by Rat Race Records in the early 80s. Supported by John Peel we had over two month's daytime airplay on Radio 1. Also supported by Radio Éireann. Band members: Colin Edwards, Ronan Heenan, Quentin Russell & Simon Ryan. Shame only 500 singles were pressed. We could have been famous.

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5. Unfinished demo but good solo #1

Unfinished demo but good solo #1

I was in a cover band with local musicians for a couple for years and we kept trying to get a demo recorded. We got halfway though. This and the other 'unfinished' are from the session recorded in 2015. The next step was to overdub the vocals but... Musicians, what can you do with them?

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6. Open Mic: Mama t'aint long fo day/Rolling & Tumbling 2016

Open Mic: Mama t'aint long fo day/Rolling & Tumbling 2016

Something a bit different. My first love in my early teens was folk blues. I am, at last, getting round to playing some of the songs I liked so much then. This is a live recording at an open mic night on Exmoor. It is played on an acoustic in open tuning. A rare vocal rendition by me as well. It was only recorded on a phone at the back of the room and there are various background noises such doors and chatting.

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7. The Hunt recorded at Southern Music in Denmark Street

The Hunt recorded at Southern Music in Denmark Street

This was one of the demos of this song on it's way to becoming a record with Polydor. It is my preferred version but suffers from only being a 16 track and this copy taken from a cassette. I played the guitars and bass and Paul Morgan from the band Freeze, and was in the Dingwalls band for a while, played drums. I always loved his hi-hat work. The studio was in the basement of Southern Music's offices. It was a bit cool to be working in tin pan alley but parking and unloading was a total pain.

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8. Be My Baby

Be My Baby

I wrote this song not long after meeting the woman who would become my wife. She is still 'being my baby' 37 years later. I first recorded this on a state-of-the-art Tascam Sound on Sound reel to reel that I got from the actor Clarke Peters who I met through work. His friend Ibby had got a record deal from multi track recordings so I thought I'd give it a go. It worked for me too as the first version of The Hunt was recorded on it and that led to the studio time and deal with Southern Music. This version was recorded on a Tascam 4 track with the help of Rob (and his fretless bass) and Oliver miller on vocals.

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9. If You Want That Love

If You Want That Love

This was one of three songs I wrote and recorded through Chrysalis Publishing. Peter Jenner who managed Pink Floyd in their Syd Barret period gave me the time. We met through Ingrid Mansfield Allman whilst working on The Hunt. Oliver Miller on vocals.

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10. The Hunt 7 Inch version.

The Hunt 7 Inch version.

I wrote this song with Ingrid in mind when I was in the resident band for the club Dingwalls in Camden Lock, London. We played every Sunday Lunchtime in the early 80s. Ingrid Mansfield Allman was the singer and was also working with Ian Dury. Ingrid liked the song and we did demo at Souther Music. Ingrid took it to Polydor Records who she was also working with and it went the distance. I wasn't too happy to be told that I wouldn't be playing on it but when Ingrid told me it would be the Blockheads I figured I should take it as a compliment and not make a fuss. I actually made some money from the publishing so that suggests people bought it and it was played. Demo version also here. Quite a different feel.

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11. Misty Fields - session lead guitar

Misty Fields - session lead guitar

I did some session lead guitar for an Exeter indie band around 2003. It was recorded up in Haytor on Dartmoor. I had some decent space to maneuver on this track.

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12. unfinished demo but good solo #2

unfinished demo but good solo #2

I was in a cover band with local musicians for a couple for years and we kept trying to get a demo recorded. We got halfway though. This and the other 'unfinished' are from the session recorded in 2015. The next step was to overdub the vocals but... Musicians, what can you do with them?

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13. You've Got My Love

You've Got My Love

This was one of three songs I wrote and recorded through Chrysalis Publishing. Peter Jenner who managed Pink Floyd in their Syd Barret period gave me the time. We met through Ingrid Mansfield Allman whilst working on The Hunt. Oliver Miller on vocals.

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14. Tell It To Me. Vocal by Oliver Miller - 24 track master

Tell It To Me. Vocal by Oliver Miller - 24 track master

This track went through a number of stages and ended up being recorded in the Strong Room recording studio in the City. We had a lot of help and goodwill from friends including John Hoare from The Haunting AD and the drummer from the TV programme Rock School which was running at the time. I was working away at blending funk/soul with rock which I kept being told couldn't be done. I wasn't able to prove them wrong but Michael Jackson and Beat it certainly did. I encountered less resistance after that. This was recorded on 2 inch 24 track studio tape. I still have the tape and it is still awaiting the final mastering session. I had contacts in all the major record labels at the time and went to see a lot of them with this - living in central London helped a lot to develop them. The response was always positive but at 26 going on 27 and being a songwriter rather than an artist I couldn't push this one any further. I decided at that point to change direction and become a designer and keep my music for me. It turned out to be a very good decision.

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15. Improvisation in E With Slide 2015

Improvisation in E With Slide 2015

A one-take live improvisation with Richard on acoustic but this time with Andy on bass. The acoustic is in open D, the guitar is in open E - bass as per usual. Some dodgy bits but some good bits too. These sessions have been enjoyable.

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16. Acoustic & improvisation 2 - 2015

Acoustic & improvisation 2 - 2015

Another one-take improvisation with Richard on acoustic. Recorded in 2015.

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17. Santana - Ish jam 2016

Santana - Ish jam 2016

A free for all jam over Andy's Santana bass line rip off. Robin Parker who I have been playing in bands with over the last 10 years joined us for some cranked up jam sessions. I put Robin under pressure by doing some call and response where he had fill the gaps. He stepped up to the plate.

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