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Pok: West Wind Blowing

Posted by Wudmaster on 13/11/16

West Wind Blowing is the latest track from Pok to be released to his forthcoming Anthology album. Anthology has now grown to seven tracks, with more on the way in the coming weeks and months. We will broadcast any further developments to this album in our News service and on Twitter.

West Wind Blowing is a blues-rock song that seems simple enough and then the unpredictable happens, and continues to happen again and again throughout the song. It has a great energy and sound, not unlike Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones or the Grateful Dead. Pok plays 12-string guitar, the bass and sings, and he plays the electric lead guitars as well on his old Ibanez Roadstar. Drums are thwacked in a sympathetic temporal fashion by the mighty Sven Stiglund.

This song originally came from an ingenious run on the guitar that a young Pok had seen Jimi Hendrix perform on TV, and he wanted to try to emulate it. It was composed way back in the mid-80s when Pok was a fledgling songsmith. It demonstrates perfectly the great potential he showed and his originality in taking something as fundamental as a blues progression and twisting it about in unexpected ways. It is a great example of how any young aspiring songwriter can do this.

In other news concerning Pok, we convened for three days over last weekend to work on several ongoing songs. We also travelled around with a recording device to gather some sounds of Mother Nature at Jacob’s Ladder in Sidmouth. Besides West Wind Blowing, progress was made on Wanted to Be a Singer, We Know You Well, Blue Sky and Silver Ships on the Sea. Pok retracked all the acoustic guitar parts for Silver Ships on the Sea on his Tanglewood, some of which we managed to capture on video. We hope to edit and release some video to our YouTube channel in the relatively near future.

To download West Wind Blowing by Pok from our online store at Bandcamp, please click here.

To download the whole Anthology album as it stands right now, please click here.

If you would simply like to listen to West Wind Blowing and the rest of the Anthology album here at Wud Records instead, please click here.

Wud Records: October 2016 musical discoveries

Posted by George on 04/11/16

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 during October into one 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 fabulous works. 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: October 2016 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/11/16

The top ten tracks for October 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.

October 2016 was almost as busy as our record-breaking month of July at SoundCloud. We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make October another massive month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks there. Only you, the listener, can influence our November 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. 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 once again in October. Medicines has been a massive track for us for over 20 years and has been a frequent chart-topper. Also appearing in this month’s chart are Flicker, Wud, The Subterraineans, Rough Terrain, Laughing Sun and Alien Heat.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in October 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 News service or our homepage.

Wud Records: September 2016 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 04/10/16

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 during September into one 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 fabulous works. 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: September 2016 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/10/16

The top ten tracks for September 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.

September 2016 was about 81% as busy as our record-breaking month of July at SoundCloud. We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make September another massive month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks there. Only you, the listener, can influence our October 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. 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 and has been a frequent chart-topper.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in September 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 News service or our homepage.

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.

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