Really glad you liked the material on the album, though I have to say that I think that it's worth buying for the artwork alone. I'm really chuffed about that!
The actual recordings used for the album have not been released before - that is except for the six tracks issued as singles 'Remember The Times', Second Production', 'Time', 'War Machine', Flames' and 'Just Forget Tomorrow'. Some of the demos, that is to say some of the tracks used on Timespan and the Cherry Red CD 'Children of Tomorrow', were recorded just before the Fontana single and some later, once we had the Elektra contract. We invariably demoed the material first to allow us the hear what might require changing. The demo studio was much cheaper than Trident and this meant that we were able to record the tracks there without too much messing around.
The only case where that didn't happen was 'War Machine' which was only in a very basic condition (much of it in my head)when we went to the studio. We'd completed other recordings quicker that anticipated and had quite a bit of time left. So we put down the basic idea and then added more things to it to obtain the effect I wanted. If you listen carefully you can even hear me playing a very bad piano line towards the end.
It's true that some material has escaped over the years onto bootleg recordings.We feel very strongly about these and, where we can, have them taken off sale. I know that it's been said before, but using such material without paying for the necessary rights to do so is stealing. The only people to make money out of these illegal recordings are the bootleggers.
Consequently we're really pleased that 'Unleashed' has finally seen the light of day as it has been produced both legally and to an amazing standard.
just wanted to add we would be delighted for you to review the LP, perhaps you could email a copy when it's complete. Regarding a CD version, interest is already being shown for this, but nothing concrete has been agreed - watch this space!
Yes, I will most certainly review it if no-one else has, though that won't be until the end Sept / early October issue of Shindig now as the August issue is already completed. I would imgagine there's enough demand for it on CD. Glad I kept my record ecke though!
Thanks very much for the information. Yes, the Leviathan sleeve is a beautiful piece of art, especially being so glossy, it shows the blue ocean off very nicely. Incidentally, where was the promo film shot that you did in the countryside for 'Time'?
Because video promotion films have become so commonplace over the past four decades, it's a common misconception that this footage on YouTube was a promotional video for 'Time'. Unfortunately, it wasn't.
It is actually an extract from the BBCtv documentary about the group which was the first programme in the series 'A Year In The Life'. The documentary did what that title implies and the extract with 'Time' illustrates a low-point in that year.
It was actually shot on a very cold day in the winter 1968/69 up on Devil's Dyke - hence the red noses.
There's a lively disagreement on what was actually the first pop promo as there were some early promos made using film. It's generally accepted that the first music Video - certainly the one that set the industry standard - was' Bohemian Rhapsody' and that was about eight years after the 'Time' film extract was made.
Perhaps we were trailblazers!
Thanks Stuart, yes I can imagine it was very cold up on the Dyke, I've never known it not be windy up there. I think the first promo videos would have been the American 'Scorpiotones' from the 1940s (Louis Jordan etc)that you played like a visual jukebox. These were also very popular in France especially in the 1960s. Queen were latecomers!!