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Pok: recent studio activity

Posted by Wudmaster on 26/09/16

We felt that it was time to give fans of Pok an update on his recent studio activity. We’ve all been beavering away like nobody’s business, moving unfinished tracks for the PokStar’s unfinished Anthology album a few more millimetres towards completion.

One of the most recent guitars to join Pok‘s flourishing forest of instruments is a beautiful red Gibson SG, which needed some cosmetic repairs before entering service. Now named Broken Horn, this splendid tunesmith’s tool has been used to great effect on We Know You Well and It’s a Blue Sky Don’t Hold No Rain. Both of these tracks have had additional acoustic guitar and precision bass added by Fedax and Maxx respectively, with Pok also adding some more acoustic guitar to We Know You Well. Both of these tracks are epic in length and quality and as they grow nearer to being finished we are becoming increasingly excited about them.

Other tracks on the musical slab lately have been Wanted To Be A Singer and West Wind Blowing, the former of which had a revised middle section on Pok’s Tanglewood acoustic and the latter some groovy bashings from the mighty Sven. She’s Beautiful had an outbreak of engineering and a cunning new engineering trick will enable progress on various other tracks from the album that have been somewhat mired in the murk of uncertainty.

As well as the four days Pok and his assorted companions had in our studios recently, there has been a lot of engineering work going on. We are hoping there will be considerably more progress to these wonderful tracks in the coming days. A number of new (very old) songs are being planned for future recordings, many of which have been gathering dust for decades, so this will be particularly exciting for fans of Pok.

Whilst on his travels, Pok has recently managed to combine a number of his manifestations on the internet into two websites, Secrets of Creation and Tribal Voices. Both of these have been added to our Links page. The Secrets of Creation link is highly comprehensive and a great resource for all fans of Pok. The Tribal Voices site is a beacon for all eco-warriors and there are many of Pok‘s friends and contemporaries with pages there too, well worth a look and a listen.

Pok‘s next visit will be around the end of October and we hope to be able to release a new track or two around then. All news of such developments will be posted in our News service and on Twitter.

If you would like to listen to Pok’s Anthology album as it stands right now, please click here.

Recluse: Ride That Fantasy restored

Posted by Wudmaster on 19/09/16

Ride That Fantasy by Recluse is an album the band made in 2001 and it has finally been restored to our Archives here at Wud Records. This is the last of the previously broken playlists to be restored and added to our collection of tracks over at SoundCloud.

We shall no doubt be adding further songs and music by great bands from days gone by to the Archives at some time in the future. We shall let you know of any such developments in our News service and on Twitter.

Recluse were an awesome live band oozing musicianship from every digit. Their reign as a top original rock/nu-metal/post-punk/progrock/eclectic outfit came to a standstill when the band’s leader Alex Painter left the area to begin a music degree at Salford. Fortunately, before he left, he kindly gave us a couple of Recluse albums which we have brought to you here with his blessing.

We can confirm that Alex is still making great music although he doesn’t wish for his previous musical exploits to follow him to his new musical habitat, so we shall leave it to the fans and listeners to make that journey should they choose to do so.

Ride That Fantasy is a follow-up to the band’s wonderful first album called Propaganda. You will find that there are different versions of the songs Shameful Smile and Chosen Few for you to enjoy on them.

If you would like to listen to Ride That Fantasy here at Wud Records, please click here.

Should you happen to prefer listening over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Pyg: Gruntings album restored

Posted by Wudmaster on 09/09/16

The Gruntings album from 2001 by Pyg has been restored to the Wud Records Archives and added to our collection of albums over at SoundCloud. Gruntings was Pyg‘s second studio album and is a far more refined affair than their somewhat raucous live sound.

We tend to feel that the production and mixing is not very good, especially regarding the drums and bass. This is despite this particular version of Gruntings being a rerun of the whole thing, as the original recording turned out painfully shoddy and far beneath the expectations of the band. We tend to feel that the whole album could be improved a bit by some proper mastering. We might give it such a treatment sometime in an unknown future.

Lurking within our archives there are a number of live cassette recordings of Pyg from various shows. We hope to be able to condense these down into a ‘best-of’ compilation someday as many of their fabulous songs are not represented on the two studio albums we present you with here. We shall update you of any such developments in our News service and on Twitter.

If you would like to listen to Gruntings by Pyg here at the Wud Records Archives, please click here.

If you prefer to listen over at SoundCloud, please click here instead.

Guarana: live compilation restored

Posted by Wudmaster on 04/09/16

A compilation of live tracks from Guarana is the latest playlist to be restored and added to our collection over at SoundCloud. We have attempted to arrange the songs into the order that the band might have performed them in a live set.

Guarana were the masters of funk rock and had a huge live sound with Danny’s cunning usage of inventive open-string chords. They found themselves exiles in Exeter after leaving Guernsey to conquer the north island.

These versions may not have the polish and finesse that the majority of their performances had, but they certainly give a flavour of the sound and feel of the band. You can hear how wonderful their songs were and appreciate the craft of their songwriting creativity. There are not many bands that write even one song that will make all the hairs on your back stand on end, but Guarana had many of them in their repertoire.

We are not sure exactly how these recordings were made but we believe they all come from the same show and that they came straight off the desk as the bass is a bit quiet, the guitar sounds a bit dead, the vocal is a touch loud and the kick drum has a few rather eyebrow-raisingly high peaks.

We remember Danny le Pelley was the jovial, amiable singer, guitarist and frontman of the band, but unfortunately we don’t even know the names of Guarana‘s bass player and drummer. Their bass player had some rather impressive dreadlocks and played a beautiful Warwick bass, and their drummer may have been Asian and played with great style and accuracy.

Guarana used to have a tall French guy accompany them to all of their gigs with a video camera, so somewhere out in the universe there will be a lot of footage of their live shows. We would love to host more of their work, so if anybody has any more Guarana material, including sound recordings, photos or videos, we would love to hear from you.

Danny very kindly gave us a couple of CDs of Guarana back in 2002 whilst we were in the throws of trying to finalise Flicker‘s album At Least 1000 Words. There is a little more material from those recordings that we will be able to bring you at some point in the coming weeks. Developments on the above fronts will be relayed to fans via our News service and on Twitter.

If you would like to listen to Guarana: Live! here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would prefer to listen over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Wud Records: August 2016 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 03/09/16

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. None of the bands on it are associated with ourselves in any way. There are not even any of our bands’ songs included in this one. We simply accumulated the songs that we all liked into a playlist and published it at the end of the month. We plan to do the same thing in subsequent months.

Are you a member of SoundCloud? We always follow back if you have your own tracks and we always listen eventually, even if it takes a few weeks. So if you would like a bit of free publicity you could follow Wud Records over there.

If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this playlist.

We hope that some more people will find and listen to these songs. We enjoyed them and it would be great if the artists in question could have a bit more exposure for their great work. So please listen, enjoy, share and check out some of these wonderful bands. The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste.

If you would like to listen to this special playlist over at SoundCloud, please click here.

Wud Records: August 2016 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/09/16

The top ten tracks for August 2016 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist at SoundCloud. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity.

We shall publish further such playlists on a monthly basis. These playlists will take into account plays, likes, downloads and reposts at SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Tracks that are only published at Bandcamp will be omitted from the SoundCloud playlist.

August 2016 was just a tiny fraction less busy than our record-breaking month of July at SoundCloud. We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make it so by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks there. Only you, the listener, can influence our September 2016 playlist, so if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

When we have a bit of spare time we will make further Top Ten playlists going back to when Wud Records first joined SoundCloud. The way their site is structured makes it easy for us to do so, so well done to SoundCloud for being so splendid in that regard. The Wud Records charts used to be a popular feature a few years ago and it is great to be able to bring them back. So far we have published one retrospective chart, for June 2016. We shall let you know when we publish others in our News service and on Twitter.

Congratulations to Dark Company, whose song Medicines was our number one track in August. Medicines has been a massive track for us, for over 20 years.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in August 2016, as played, downloaded, liked and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen here at Wud Records, you will find that it is our new default music player and you will find it on all non band-specific pages at our site, such as our homepage or our News pages.

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