Bristol Boys Make More Noise - The Soundtrack 1974​-​1981

by Various Artists

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    Comes in a deluxe package with Gatefold sleeve and 44 page monster booklet with sleeve notes by Thomas Brooman CBE. 100 copies available from this website signed by Thomas and artists from the era. Sleeve designed by Sam Giles.

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  • 214 page book with photography by John Spink and words by Gill Loats. The book tells the story of the Bristol music scene 1974-1981 as recorded by Johns brilliant photos. Features Bristol bands Magic Muscle, The Dragons, The Cortinas, Shoes For Industry, The Fabulous Ratbites From Hell and many more. Amazing pictures from Ashton Court Festival in 1977. Plus rare unseen photos of out of town bands visiting Bristol Johnny Thunders with Steve Jones and Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols), Ian Dury, Elvis Costello and Big Youth. These 100 copies available from the website will be signed by Gill Loats and some of the artists from the era. Also includes digital download of the CD.
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  • CD comes in a deluxe package with Gatefold sleeve and 44 page monster booklet with sleeve notes by Thomas Brooman CBE. 100 copies signed by Thomas and artists from the era and includes digital download. Plus the 214 page book with photography by John Spink and words by Gill Loats. The book tells the story of the Bristol music scene 1974-1981 as recorded by Johns brilliant photos. Features Bristol bands Magic Muscle, The Dragons, The Cortinas, Shoes For Industry, The Fabulous Ratbites From Hell and many more. Amazing pictures from Ashton Court Festival in 1977. Plus rare unseen photos of out of town bands visiting Bristol like Johnny Thunders with Steve Jones and Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols), Ian Dury, Elvis Costello and Big Youth. These 100 copies available from the website will be signed by Gill Loats and some of the artists from the era.
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Book, CD and download celebrates Bristol music scene 1974-1981

Bristol’s leading counter-culture publishers Tangent Books and Bristol Archive Records have joined forces to produce a photographic book, download and CD celebrating the Bristol music scene 1974-1981.

The book, Bristol Boys Make More Noise is based on the work of John Spink one of the few photographers to capture the Bristol music scene from the mid 1970s to the early 1980s. John moved to Bristol from London in 1972 and fell in with the band Magic Muscle who lived in the communal ‘Fun House’ in Cotham’ He worked as an occasional photographer for music mags as well as performing in some early shows by the surrealist Crystal Theatre.

He pioneered a technique of processing black and white film using X-ray developer which enabled him to shoot in low light (such as clubs) without using flash. This collection not only captures the Bristol scene during these years as Bristol music moved from 70s rock (Magic Muscle) through punk (The Cortinas) to the experimental adventurers The Pop Group and The Various Artists but also showcases John’s unique photographic style.

In 1981, John left Bristol for New York where he worked for Caroline Records. He now lives in Northern California and works as a tour manager for a large music merchandising company.

John’s pictures are put in context by author Gill Loats who was at the heart of the Bristol music scene working as a DJ at the infamous Dug Out Club and watching live music most nights of the week.

The release of the book is accompanied by the launch of a CD and download. The CD features 22 tracks including contributions from Magic Muscle, The Cortinas, Shoes for Industry, The Various Artists, The Ratbites From Hell, The Spics and The X-Certs.

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The limited-edition CD features a 44-page booklet with sleeve notes by Thomas Brooman CBE who played drums with The Media, The Spics and The Sidneys before going on to co-found WOMAD and Real World Records with Peter Gabriel..

Said Richard Jones of Tangent Books: ‘I’ve known Mike Darby from Bristol Archive Records for many years and we both work in similar areas celebrating Bristol’s rich counter-culture, but this is the first time we’ve worked together. It’s a really exciting project bringing together John Spink’s photography and Gill Loats’ written memories with a CD and download. It’s a fantastic package that begins to make sense of the early years of the Bristol Sound.’

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released October 6, 2014

1. Magic Muscle: Free As A Bird

Recorded at Moles, Bath & Water Music Recorders, Hoboken NJ, 1983
Produced by Huw Gower
Engineer: Pete Flanagan

Rod Goodway: Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Huw Gower: Lead guitar, slide guitar, tambourine, vocals
Simon House: Electric violin
Ade Shaw: Bass guitar, backing vocals
Zippo: Drums

Written by Huw Gower and published by Bucks Music Group 2014

2. The Cortinas: Defiant Pose

Recorded at CBS Studios, London, 1977
A Turner, Copeland, Cortinas Production
Engineer: Simon Humphrey

Jeremy Valentine: Vocals
Dexter Dalwood: Bass
Nick Sheppard: Guitar
Mike Fewings: Lead Guitar
Daniel Swan: Drums

Written by The Cortinas and published by Step Forward Music

3. The Spics: You And Me

Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, 1979
Produced and engineered by David Lord, Glen Tommey and Latif Gardez

Jo Swan: Vocals
Wendy Partridge: Vocals
Sarah Partridge: Vocals
Mike Crawford: Vocals
Nick Sheppard: Guitar, vocals
Nick Croucher: Guitar
John Shennan: Bass Guitar, vocals
John Carley: Percussion
Thomas Brooman: Drums

Written by Shennan/Crawford and published by Archive Publishing Ltd

4. Gardez Darkx: Bliss

Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, 1979
Engineered by David Lord

Latif Gardez: Vocals, guitar
Dave Collard: Piano, keys
Julian Dale: Bass
Paul 'Billy' Summers: Trumpet
Daniel Swan: Drums

Written by Latif Gardez and published by Copyright Control

5. The Radicals: Nights Of Passion

Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, October 1980
Produced and engineered by David Lord

John Carley: Vocals, guitar and percussion
King: Bass
Donald: Drums
Martin Langley: Trumpet
Rob: Keyboards
Wendy Partridge: Vocals

Written by John Carley and King and published by Archive Publishing Ltd

6. Talisman: Run Come Girl

Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, 1981
Produced by UK Scientist
Engineered by Steve Street and Glen Tommey

Bill: Keyboards
Donald: Drums
Leroy: Lead Guitar
Dennison; Bass, vocals
Des: Guitar, lead vocals
Brendan: Sax and harp

Written by Taylor/Talisman and published by Recreational Music 1981

7. The X-Certs: Queen And Country

Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, October 1980
Produced and engineered by David Lord

Clive Arnold: Vocals, guitar
Kevin Mills: Guitar
Chris Bostock: Bass
Neil Mackie: Drums

Written by Clive Arnold and published by Archive Publishing Ltd


8. The Media: New Blood

Recorded at Sound Conception Studios, Bristol, 1978
Engineered and produced by Ken Wheeler

Johnny Britton: Guitar
Thomas Brooman: Drums
Bob Hooton: Vocals
Rachel Morgan: Bass
Nick Croucher: Guitar

Written by John Taylor and Johnny Britton and published by Copyright Control


9. Joe Public: Yellow Runs Forever

Recorded live at Carwardines, Bristol, 1980
Engineered by Andy Allan for Cave Studios, aided and abetted by Bill Ferrier

John Shennan: Bass and singing
Rob Marche: Guitar and singing
Nick Sheppard: Guitar and singing
Geoffrey Allsop: Drums

Written by John Shennan and published by Archive Publishing Ltd

10. The Spics: Angels In The Rain

Recorded at GBH/SAM Studios circa 1980
Engineered and produced by Steve Street

Jo Swan: Vocals
Wendy Partridge: Vocals
Sarah Partridge: Vocals
Mike Crawford: Vocals
Nick Sheppard: Guitar, vocals
Nick Croucher: Guitar
John Shennan: Bass Guitar, vocals
John Carley: Percussion
Thomas Brooman: Drums

Written by Mike Crawford and published by Archive Publishing Ltd

11. Sneak Preview: Slugweird

TommeyRecorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, 1980
Engineered and produced by David Lord and Glen Tommey

Jimmer: Drums
Neil Taylor: Vocals, guitar
Embrain: Keyboards
Lyndon Parry: Bass, vocals

Written by Embrain/Taylor and published by Complete Music


12. The Various Artists: Unlucky In Love

Recorded live at Carwardines, Bristol, 1980
Engineered by Andy Allan for Cave Studios, aided and abetted by Bill Ferrier

Jon-Jo Key: Lead singing and guitar
Robin Key: Guitar and singing
Christian Clarke: Bass
John Langley: Drums and singing

Written by Jon-Jo Key and published by Copyright Control

13. The Various Artists: Time Of My Life

Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, 1981
Engineered by David Lord and Glen Tommey
Produced by The Various Artists

Jon-Jo Key: Lead singing and guitar
Robin Key: Guitar and singing
Christian Clarke: Bass
John Langley: Drums and singing

Written by Jon-Jo Key and published by Copyright Control

14. The Stingrays: Exceptions

Recorded at Sound Conception Studios, Bristol, 1980
Engineered and produced by Ken Wheeler

Russ Mainwaring: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Sean McClusky: Drums and tambourine
Chris Bostock: Bass

Written by Russ Mainwaring and published by Copyright Control

15. The Untouchables: Keep On Walking

Recorded by Chris David at Hi-Man Studios, London, 1980
Produced by Wilko Johnson

Jerry Tremaine: Vocals, harp
Mark Clements: Guitar, vocals
Phil Price: Drums
Will Hitchings: Bass, vocals

Written by Mark Clements and Published by Copyright Control

16. Wendy Partridge & Joanna Swan (The Spics): Fire

Recorded at GBH Studios, Bristol, 1979
Engineered and Produced by Steve Street

Wendy Partridge: Vocals
Joanna Swan: Vocals
Thomas Brooman: Drums
Nick Sheppard: Guitar
Johnny Britton: Guitar
Rachel Morgan: Bass

Written by Breiter, Bernd/Kempf, Rainer/Swift, A.K and published by Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Chrysalis One Music, Universal Music Publishing Group

17. Shoes for Industry: Sheep Trial In A Babylon

Recorded at Sound Conception Studios, Bristol, 1980
Engineered and produced by Ken Wheeler

Bassett Davies: Vocals, saxophone
John Schofield: Drums, syndrum
Andy Leighton: Guitar
Tim Norfolk: Guitar
Steve Lonnen: Bass
Lazlo: Keyboards, violin

Written by Shoes for Industry and published by Copyright Control

18. C.C. Sager: Deathbed Lullaby

Recording location and date recorded unknown

Gareth Sager: Guitar, vocals, keyboards
Steve Noble: Drums
David Hunter: Bass
Sagat Guirey: Guitar

Written by Gareth Sager and published by Copyright Control

19. The Fabulous Ratbites From Hell: Sparkle

Recorded at Matterhorn Studios, London, 1973
Produced by Don Paul
Engineer: Robert Whitfield

Peter Biles: Congas
Huw Gower: Lead guitar
Nick Howell: Drums
John Perry: Lead guitar, lead vocals
Roy Sundholm: Bass guitar, lead vocals
Big Pete Thorpe: Tambourine

Written by Huw Gower and published by Bucks Music Group 2014

20. The Dragon: Best Of Both Worlds

Recorded at DJM Studios, London, 1976
Produced by Phil Samson
Engineer: Mark Wallis

Jo Burt: Bass guitar, backing vocals
Huw Gower: Lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Nick Howell: Drums
George Smith: Lead and backing vocals
Alan Wilder: Tambourine

Written by Huw Gower and published by Bucks Music Group 2014

21. The Vultures : She’ll Be Back

Recorded at Sound Conception Studios, Bristol, 1977. Engineered by Chris Scott.

Steve Fanger: Vocals
Helene Beaver: Vocals
Mike Baugh: Bass guitar
Steve Warrilow: Guitar
Keefer Norman: Keyboards & Guitar Solo
Bill Burkes: Drums, percussion

Written by Keefer Norman. P Copyright Control

22. The Sidneys : Bleak Grey Skies

Recorded at SAM Studios, Bristol, 1983.
Engineered and Produced by Steve Street.

Vocals: Joanna Swan, Wendy & Sarah Partridge
Nick Pullin: Guitar
Bill Stair: Bass
Thomas Brooman: Drums
Kenny Lacey: Congas

Written by The Sidneys. P Copyright Control



All tracks digitally re-mastered by Steve Street in 2014, except Tracks 1, 19 and 20 mastered by Huw Gower in New York, USA, 2014.

All rights reserved
P&C Bristol Archive Records 2014
All tracks owned by the original artists/record labels and licensed to Bristol Archive Records
Most tracks transferred by Adrian at Great Bear
Photos by John Spink
Sleeve design by Sam Giles
Compiled and sleeve notes written by Thomas Brooman CBE
Contact:
info@bristolarchiverecords.com
www.bristolarchiverecords.com
Made in UK
Cat. No. – ARC270CD

This record should be listened to whilst reading the book which accompanies it ‘Bristol Boys Make More Noise – The Bristol Music Scene 1974-1981’ published by Tangent Books 2014 – pictures by John Spink with text by Gill Loats

Thanks to: Thomas, Gill Loats, John Spink, Steve Street, Nicholas Darby, Adrian at Great Bear, Mike Crawford, Martin Langford, Richard Jones, Huw Gower, Mike Darby, Latif Gardez, Johnny Britton, Nick Sheppard, Gerard Langley…and all of the mum and dads everywhere who serve as taxi drivers to young musicians – where would we have been without you?

This record is dedicated to Thomas Brooman CBE
Mike Darby: Bristol Boys Make More Noise

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