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Ug Brothers: Ugstrumentals repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 27/11/15

The latest playlist to be repaired and uploaded to SoundCloud is the special collection of Ugstrumentals by The Ug Brothers. These instrumentals – or ugstrumentals, if you will – are a behind-the-scenes collection of live tracks captured on cassette during rehearsals for the band to work out lyrics and for Natalie to rehearse her vocal parts.

Several of these tracks – especially the earlier ones in the playlist – never made it to the stage or had lyrics written for them in the end, and the quality of the playing is patchy, from awful to brilliant. The Ugstrumentals were the seeds of what eventually became Flicker, George’s instrumental composition project with assistance from Dave and others.

We plan to do some sort of mastering job to these Ugstrumental recordings some day as they have their own intrinsic charm and have proven popular in the past. When this happens we shall let you know about it of course, in our splendid News service.

If you would like to listen to The Ug Brothers’ Ugstrumentals here at Wud Records, please click here.

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

Dark Company: Old Hands repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 24/11/15

Old Hands by Dark Company is the latest album to be repaired and added to SoundCloud. Old Hands is a collection of songs from different Dark Company eras and is perhaps Dark Company‘s most eclectic album, with songs belonging to the hard rock, ska, heavy funk, rock, house, punk, ballad and dark gothic indie genres all present.

The songs on the Old Hands album are still in the early stages of finalisation, with plenty of work in terms of production and performance needing to be done before we can finally call it done. We thought you might like to hear it in its current state, as with most of the rest of Dark Company‘s songs, so published the work-in-progress version for your enjoyment. Further notifications of updates to Old Hands will be posted in our News service.

In other Dark Company news, Pete was in Studio One on the Sunday just gone and recorded his vocal part for a new song called Head Rush. This will be a track on Dark Company’s forthcoming 12th album, as yet untitled.

A couple more sonic upgrades have been done to songs from Dark Company‘s Ghost of the Art album as well. We recently completed beta mixes of White Bird on Ivory and Mighty Diamond, leaving just three more tracks to be upgraded. The Ghost of the Art album will be uploaded to SoundCloud once the remaining tracks have been polished up a bit more.

If you would like to listen to Old Hands here at Wud Records, please click here.

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

Dark Company: studio action

Posted by Wudmaster on 16/11/15

Dark Company convened for some studio action yesterday, with Pete laying down his vocal parts for Project Terminated from Dark Company’s forthcoming 12th album, as yet untitled, unpublished and unheard, except by us. We think you will love it!

We even filmed a bit of the action, with Pete recording the words “Project Terminated!” in a most Dalekish style using a purple toy megaphone encrusted with numerous red LED gems, which was all good fun. These things are possibly still available from Maplin should you fancy one yourself. They are only about £1.49 so how fabulous is that.

At some point when we have decent video editing software we shall upload this video, along with many others, to our rather dormant YouTube channel.

Due to Pete’s ever-deteriorating health, we are unable to run very long sessions and have to make the most of him when things are functioning.

Earlier today some cunning boffins with really, really big foreheads and gravy-stained white lab coats smelling faintly of mothballs made a beta mix of White Bird on Ivory from Dark Company‘s Ghost of the Art album. There are four more songs still to receive their upgrade from that particular album. Songs from Ghost of the Art will be uploaded to SoundCloud in the near future so you can hear and enjoy the progress we have made.

We shall let you know about this along with any other Dark Company developments in our News service, of course.

Pok: today’s studio action

Posted by Wudmaster on 14/11/15

Today’s studio action saw another fantastic collaboration between Pok and our resident session drummer Sven. They have been working away on Pok’s song Centre of the Cyclone, which will be appearing on Pok’s Anthology album at some point in the not-so-distant future.

Although there is still a lot of work to be done to Centre of the Cyclone, the drumming at least is nearly done. It is something of an epic piece, with numerous changes of tempo and feel. It was composed way back in the mid-80s and this latest breath of life it has been receiving is truly awe-inspiring.

We will let you know of further progress where it comes to Pok and his Anthology album in our News service. Further bashings and twiddlings are planned for next Saturday.

Laughing Sun: Cander repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 11/11/15

The first ever recording of Laughing Sun, which was named Cander, has been repaired. It can now be heard again, both here at its page at Wud Records and over at SoundCloud.

Five of the six songs on Cander were recorded on 4th September 1985, with the final track, Indian Summer, being played a week later on the 11th. It was such a wonderful version with beautiful interplay between Ken’s delightful improvised scat singing and Pok’s guitar solo that we felt it needed to be included, especially as it is the piece that concludes the cassette.

The first five songs were recorded after a Wud rehearsal had finished. The songs I Know I Know You (by Mark Drower), Frog and Change had been recorded during the Wud session. Wud was clearly falling to pieces as the personality clash between Ken and George was growing ever more acrimonious. The Laughing Sun songs form the majority of the B-side of the cassette.

If you would like to listen to Cander at Laughing Sun’s pages here at Wud Records, click here.

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

Dark Company: Mind Dance album repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 10/11/15

The Mind Dance album from Dark Company has now been fixed. The songs have been uploaded to SoundCloud and we have added the repaired playlist to its proper page here at Wud Records.

These songs from 1999 are very much still under construction and will need a lot of poking and fiddling before they are done. We shall let you know of any such developments in our News service.

However, if you would like to listen to these songs as they stand at the moment, please click here.

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