Live at The Cooperage 24/12/1990

Watershed Live at The Cooperage 24/12/1990.

All songs by Al Shalliker.
Copyright © Al Shalliker 1990.

Jo Atkins – vocals, percussion
Mark Flack – bass
Dave Gregory – Fender Rhodes, keys
Tony Gullis – drums, percussion
Al Shalliker – guitars, vocals
Steve Smallwood – sound

This is a bootleg recording of the fabulous Plymouth reggae ensemble known as Watershed. You might even be able to remember where you were and what you were doing on the night in question.

This mix may have come straight off the desk as they were inclined to roll that way. The low hum from the cassette machine is somewhat ghastly, but the band mask it when they are playing.

As this is from a live performance, we left some of the gribulage between songs so you could get a flavour of the band. Al, the main songwriter and guitarist, and Jo on vocals and percussion, were both highly charismatic individuals and the band always seemed to have a great rapport with the crowd wherever they played.

These are the last five tracks that the band played that night. The rest of the show was on another 90-minute cassette which was sadly stolen by someone who also loved Watershed’s music many years ago, so we no longer have that in our archives. Songs on that cassette included Judgement Level (from Are You Normal?), Back Page Rage (from Do It), It’s Not Yours (from Are You Normal?), Saddest Letter (from In Niceness), Purple Town (which was something of a collector’s item as it was a song the band rarely played live), Fashion Conscious (which was possibly its first live performance) and some others.

We would love to source and host more Watershed music, especially their Do It, Are You Normal? and In Niceness EPs, as well as any more live material that might exist. Should you have something, please get in touch by emailing as we would love to hear from you.