September 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016 

OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER OUT NOW

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NEWS FROM ADRIAN KERRIDGE

I thought you maybe interested to know I have written Volume One of my autobiography. in it I have written about Joe at IBC and Lansdowne. To my best belief and knowledge some facts not been published before.

Adrian Kerridge – “Tape’s Rolling, Take One”

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Synopsis:

Title: “Tape’s Rolling, Take One” Volume One 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s
Subtitle: The recording life of Adrian Kerridge

Author: Adrian Kerridge – recording engineer, producer and studio owner

Overview:

Adrian Kerridge has been part of the British recording industry for the past 50 years. His revolutionary and often forthright approach within the music industry has put him at the centre of the recording world for half a century. As owner of the eminent Lansdowne Studios – birth place of the Dave Clark Five, and home to numerous household name artists and session stories as well as the cofounding father of the CADAC console brand – he witnessed first-hand the technological changes of an industry transitioning from analogue tape to multi-track to digital recording and editing in the 80s and forwards; was a forerunner in the 60s of the then experimental practice of direct injection – now widely employed by sound engineers and laid the foundations for a more modern upfront sound that was lacking in the 50s and early 60s.

Renowned for creating unique sonic signatures for bands and other recording artists, Adrian’s approach to recording was unlike anything the industry had seen in the years previous. He recorded “hot”, clean and gutsy while his contemporaries were more conservative in their approach.

This book traces his personal journey from war time Britain to the swinging 60s taking in the technical and social changes that were to shape the way music was recorded. It tells the story of a choir boy from West London who fell in love with all genres of Jazz and landed a job at a music shop. A chance invitation to sit in on a studio recording of the Sydney Lipton band sparked in Adrian an interest that was to put him on a path from choir boy to the foremost “Ears” in the business. Adrian describes how his first job at IBC London, one of the UK’s largest independent recording studios at the time, led him to work with the legendary and sometimes volatile Joe Meek.

Working with Joe gave Adrian crucial insights into the talented engineer’s innovative techniques, which he describes in technical and personal detail.

After a brief stint of National Service, Adrian returned to the recording industry but instead of resuming his old job at IBC he was offered a job alongside Joe Meek at a completely new London studio – Lansdowne Recording Studios – with producer Denis Preston, who ran his own Record Supervision jazz label. Adrian describes his experience of working with Joe and Denis, becoming responsible for his own sessions, and the studios’ prolific output.

He paints the picture of Joe’s complex character, as well as his ground breaking and highly successful recording techniques.

Joe’s premature departure from Lansdowne meant Adrian suddenly found himself catapulted into the job of senior engineer and solely responsible for running the studios.

It was during this time that Adrian, along with the Dave Clark Five, led the British “invasion” of the U.S. music scene in the 1960s pioneering new audio techniques using equipment considered primitive by today’s standards.

Adrian relates how in the early 1960s, the Dave Clark Five first came into the studio, and how his contribution to the band’s development helped create their signature “Tottenham Sound”. He provides unique insights into the recording of numerous hits such as “Glad All Over” which resulted in huge success for the band knocking the Beatles’ song “I want to hold your hand” off the top of the U.K. charts in January 1964, going on to sell 2.5M copies. Nowadays you can get a number one with 10-20,000 copies.

He describes his intriguing experiences in Germany’s 60s and Belgium in early/mid 70s, recording material for the new KPM Music Library and other music libraries.

Adrian’s describes with humour the numerous technical and artistic challenges, the variety of material – from albums to commercial TV shows – and musicians and artists that came through Lansdowne’s doors, and the logistical consequences of the rapidly expanding business – providing a detailed appraisal of the recording technology and techniques of the time and how he paved the way for a generation of sound engineers.

He is one of only two people to ever be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), in recognition of a lifetime’s service to the music industry. The other was awarded to the late Sir George Martin.

Recipient of the Gold Badge Merit award from British Academy of Songwriter & Composers, for services to the music industry.

Fellow – Institute of Professional Sound (Broadcast)

Fellow – Association Professional Recording Services (Studio Recording) and past Chairman

Member -Association Motion Picture Sound

Life Member -Audio Engineering Society.

It will be published by Baseline Books. The launch will be on Thursday 3rd November.

Regards

Adrian


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THE HONEYCOMBS SCRAPBOOK

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The latest from Joe Meek and Beyond Digital Publications is 24-page The Honeycombs Scrapbook comprising selected cuttings mainly from New Musical Express and Record Mirror plus a few other music papers – covering the period 1964 to 1992. In many cases they have been scanned directly from original issues, and are at the mercy of the type of paper used – in the case of New Musical Express being newsprint, which has a tendency to “brown” over the years. 

Due to the attachment size being 13.6 MB, which is much too large for many email addresses, I am not mailing it out in the normal way. A copy is, therefore, only available upon request.

Just contact us with your email address if you want a copy.

Regards
PAUL MOY – EDITOR OF JOE MEEK AND BEYOND DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS


 

MORE NEWS FROM PAUL MOY – EDITOR OF JOE MEEK AND BEYOND DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS 

As an extra to the September 2016 issue of The Honeycombs Newsletter sent out on Sunday, 28 August – Honey Lantree’s birthday, I am including a copy of Have I The Right… To Murder?. This is a mystery story written by yours truly some years ago, now re-published by Joe Meek and Beyond Digital Publications with striking new artwork. D.I. Peter Morton investigates poison pen letters circulating in a Sussex village. I have been told by several eminent writer friends that it is very Midsomer Murders.

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  NEWS FROM PAUL MOY – EDITOR OF JOE MEEK AND BEYOND DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS (AND SOON JOINT EDITOR OF THUNDERBOLT)

The five years just gone was an amazing time for fans of the group! It all started in August 2011 with the launch of Long To Share It: The Honeycombs Magazine, eventually succeeded by The Honeycombs Newsletter. Previously unknown recordings and an incredible number of new pictures were discovered. In 2014, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of “Have I the Right?” reaching No. 1. Recently, there has been the release of Martin Murray’s critically acclaimed 304 Holloway Road Revisited – the first new album from The Honeycombs since 1965.

With regret, The Honeycombs Newsletter ceases publication in February 2017 as after that date a new position of joint editor of Thunderbolt: The Joe Meek Society Magazine beckons. Mark Newson’s final issue is for the 50th anniversary of Joe Meek’s death, a poignant time for him to be handing over the reins after 20 years as editor. I am being joined by Rob Bradford, the JMS Chairman, and together – with his Joe Meek expertise plus my publishing skills – we intend to bring out something on the lines of The Honeycombs fanzines. To prepare for the changeover, and in effect being trial runs, you will notice the final Newsletters looking a little different in places. An extra Summer 2016 issue is coming out shortly. As The Honeycombs are going to be well represented, can I recommend joining The Joe Meek Society if not already done so? It costs from as little as £10 (digital subscription), and full details are on this web site. You receive a bi-monthly Newsletter plus three issues of Thunderbolt each year (dated February, June and October). Exclusive DVDs – many with Honeycombs content – may also be bought by members.

In addition to Thunderbolt, Joe Meek and Beyond Digital Publications intends to continue with updated editions of The Honeycombs Discography – the latter still free of charge to fans whether a member of The Joe Meek Society or not.


NEW TRIUMPHS ALBUM AVAILABLE

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THE TRIUMPHS – MEEK AND WILD

CD 24 Tracks with 12-page booklet

1. Meeksville 2. Telstar 3. Runaway 4. Husky Team 5. North Wind
6. Eye Of The Storm 7. Wild Wind 8. M25 9. Green Jeans 10. All Shook Up
11. Wipeout 12. Here Come The Good Times 13. He’ll Only Hurt You
14. Loneliness 15. Sunday Date 16. Dreaming Of You 17. Heart Of A Teenage Girl
18. Teardrops Fall Like Rain 19. Big Jim 20. The Coalman’s Lament
21. Night Of The Vampire 22. Jack The Ripper 23. Little Sister (Live) 24. Have I The Right (Live)

This is The Triumphs’ tribute to the work of famed record producer Joe Meek. Joe recorded many styles of music and ‘Meek and Wild’ offers a ‘jukebox’ full of great sounds, both vocal (15 tracks) and instrumental.(9 tracks).

In addition to popular chart toppers like Telstar and Have I The Right, the spotlight also falls on rarities such as Ray Dexter’s The Coalman’s Lament and, from the Tea Chest tapes, Geoff Goddard’s Here Come The Good Times. There are five original tracks, all inspired by the work of Joe Meek.

The Triumphs (Rob Bradford, Trev Faull, Ken Ledran and Ray Liffen) have as their special guest Dave Kaye, who recorded with Joe Meek. One of Dave’s tracks is He’ll Only Hurt You, a powerful ballad which he recorded with Joe, but which was never released at that time. Now you can hear it in a brand new arrangement with Dave backed by The Triumphs.

The album’s 12-page booklet includes descriptions of all the tracks and pictures of the band with many of the original Joe Meek artists that they have had the privilege of working with, including Clem Cattini, Dave Kaye, Malcolm Lenny (The Packabeats), Ray Dexter, Bobby Rio and Danny Rivers.

UK £9.99 including postage and packing
Europe £12.50 including postage and packing
Americas, Africa, Asia £13.50 including postage and packing
Australia, New Zealand £13.80 including postage and packing

Go to The Triumphs web site to purchase securely through logo_paypal_212x56

Now also available on-line at Bim Bam Records and Leo’s Den

Other methods of payment:

Pay by cheque (drawn on UK bank) made payable to ‘R. Liffen’
and sent to 24 Dalmeny Road, Carshalton, SM5 4PP U.K
Pay manually Paypal to rayliffen@compuserve.com

The album is also available as a digital download at many outlets including

I Tunes UK          I Tunes US               Amazon.com         Amazon.co.uk            Google Play and also Spotify


ROBB HUXLEY’S BOOK

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320 pages and many photos

Buy now from Amazon UK £10.99 – in stock and with free delivery
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Come-Here-Often-Meeksville-Connection/dp/1512369241/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

or buy from Amazon.com (USA) for $14.99 plus delivery
http://tinyurl.com/oybj8jv

 

Or order in your local Waterstones (extra charges and delivery delay)

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The highs and lows of a Joe Meek recording and touring band are vividly detailed. R0bb was in Robb Gayle & The Whirlwinds/The Saxons/The Tornados


BACK ISSUES OF OUR NEWSLETTERS

All our Newsletters are still available as back issues and they have now been reduced to 10p (plus postage) – the same price as digital copies. Special rates available if you buy in bulk. There is a lot of information in these – specially the early ones edited by John Repsch and he used to answer letters in these too. Contact us if you are interested in back issues.