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The Completely Unknown Tapes

These are all the tracks which we really cannot identify. These date from about forty to fifty years ago and the details have slipped from Phil's memory.

Reel 5 - pop group

Two tracks contained on a 7.5ips compilation tape from The Marquee Studios. The first track has Barry de Souza as the drummer, and Phil thinks both tracks were produced by Kaplan Kaye.

Reel 5 tk24:21s
Reel 5 tk34:21s

Reel 6 - synth pop

15ips tape labelled "Anon backing tracks, punchy" Phil reckons the drummer was Roger Pope. Tracks 1 and 3 could be different mixes of the same backing track, and track 2 is a very short bass sample attached here because it sounds good.

Reel 06 tk12:41s
Reel 06 tk20:9s
Reel 06 tk32:44s

Reel 15 - folk singer

This is one track on a 15ips compilation tape of tracks done at Advision Studios, the track is "Motherless Children" but we don't know who the singer is. Backing vocals are not very PC.

Reel 15 tk62:12s

Reel 18 - Stax style female vocalist

One track on a small spool of 15ips tape, sandwiched between two Brian Auger tracks and sounding very American. The song is "Cry Like a Baby" but is not the Betty Wright version. I'm sure I can hear a small click right at the end so it may have been a copy off vinyl of someone very famous that we really should have recognised.

Reel 18 tk22:26s

Reel 31 - folk singer

This 7.5ips copy is a cover of the classic "Delia" song, and the unknown artist was a protege of Charles Victor Lowndes who in the early seventies was planning to build a prestigious recording studio in Jersey and who had approached Gus Dudgeon and Phil Dunne with a view to a partnership for the ambitious project. The studio was unfortunately never built.

Reel 31 tk13:40s

Reel 37 - pop group

Three tracks contained on a 7.5ips compilation tape possibly from Advision Studios. There is some sibilant distortion on the tapes.

Reel 37 tk15:21s
Reel 37 tk27:19s
Reel 37 tk32:33s

Reel 44 - folk group 2

This is a small 7.5 ips reel labelled "Jo Lustig good", referring to the producer Jo Lustig and containing six tracks of folk style songs with a female vocalist that Phil thinks may be Maddy Prior although knowledgable feedback from t'web suggests it's not her. My current guess is Anne Briggs, a singer who was managed by Jo Lustig and who recorded at The Marquee Studios, although I have still to confirm this.

Reel 44 tk12:22s
Reel 44 tk25:34s
Reel 44 tk32:56s
Reel 44 tk42:55s
Reel 44 tk51:56s
Reel 44 tk64:42s

Reel 48 - pop track

15 ips tape of a pop track which stops and starts quite often with solo buttons prevalent, done at The Marquee Studios.

Reel 48 tk10:53s

Reel 51 - female vocalist

This is one track on a compilation tape from The Marquee Studios, and the female vocalist on this track is the only artist we can't identify on the tape.

Reel 51 tk52:28s

Reel 56 - orchestral tracks

This is a 15ips tape with leader between each title, of orchestral backing tracks done at The Marquee Studios. Possibly by the arranger Johnny Harris but we're not sure.

Reel 56 tk12:22s
Reel 56 tk23:42s
Reel 56 tk32:56s
Reel 56 tk43:17s

Reel 57 - prog-rock band

One track on a small spool of 7.5ips tape, this was probably recorded at The Marquee Studios, but we have no idea of when or by whom. It's prog-rock and I keep thinking of "Yes" but Phil says No, and besides the singer doesn't sound anything like Jon Anderson. It's a long track and contains some fine playing.

Reel 57 tk611:38s

Reel 59 - brass theme tune

This is another single track on a compilation tape, this time from Advision Studios and is a short instrumental or backing track dating probably from late sixties to early seventies. It sounds like it could be a television theme tune.

Reel 59 tk51:32s

Reel 63 - Rock & Roll

This is a well known and covered rock and roll track ("Some of These Days") spliced onto the end of the Olympic idiots tape, so there's a good chance it's from Olympic and dates from the late sixties, but we've no idea of who it may be or who produced it. It's mono and the huge amount of sibilant reverb sounds like it should need planning permission. But it does sound like a load of fun.

Reel 63 tk82:03s

Reel 66 - singer

One track on a small spool of 15ips tape. Consisting of male vocal, piano and synth, we have no idea of when, where or by whom.

John Cavanagh suggests it might be Chris Rainbow, and the voice does seem to match the online samples of his that I can find but the tracks is as yet unconfirmed.

Reel 66 tk12:51s

Reel 85 - film music

This is a 7.5ips tape labelled "some film or other" and is from the 1970 film "I Start Counting" starring Jenny Agutter. The music is by Basil Kirchin. There is a low level 3.1kHz whistle on the tape which comes and goes, and some distortion on the tape. Track 13 is the only song in the collection, and the singer is possibly Lindsey Moore .

Many thanks to Andrew Hewkin and David Stark for help with identifying these details.

Reel 85 tk13:43s
Reel 85 tk21:33s
Reel 85 tk32:36s
Reel 85 tk41:48s
Reel 85 tk51:22s
Reel 85 tk62:04s
Reel 85 tk71:58s
Reel 85 tk81:10s
Reel 85 tk91:34s
Reel 85 tk102:19s
Reel 85 tk111:52s
Reel 85 tk120:51s
Reel 85 tk133:06s

The complete duration of each track is shown, however all playable samples have been edited to 30 seconds in length.