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Wud Records: Archives sampler compilation created

Posted by Wudmaster on 10/08/16

Wud Records have published a brand new compilation of tracks from bands featured in our Archives. This new compilation features just one track from each of the bands that are in the Archives. The featured track may change from time to time and may not necessarily be typical or representative of that particular band’s creativity.

As there are now several repaired Archive playlists we felt it was worthwhile doing this. There are a number of bands in our Archives after all, and we felt that it would be a good thing to have a collection where the listener could enjoy something from each of them.

There are still several more Archive playlists which need to be repaired and we will be adding new Archive material as well in the coming weeks and months. To keep on top of all details of any such developments, you can subscribe to our News service by clicking here and follow us on Twitter by clicking here, where notifications of such updates will be published.

We are still looking for material from some of our favourite bands that is missing from the Archive pages. The details of these bands are published at the Archives landing page. If you have anything by any of the acts that are mentioned, please contact info@wudrecords.co.uk as there is some great music from bands that existed in days gone by that we would love to have the privilege of hosting.

If you would like to listen to this new Archive compilation here at Wud Records, you can do so by clicking here.

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

The Chillun: Eponymous demo compilation repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 09/08/16

The Eponymous demo compilation from The Chillun has now been repaired and added to our growing list of Archive playlists over at SoundCloud. This compilation is a combination of two cassette demos by The Chillun. The first, Booze and Blues – Yer Actual Demo is from 1982 and the second, from 1984, is simply titled Demo.

These songs were salvaged from 30-year-old cassettes. As luck would have it, six of them seemed to survive reasonably well. The passage of time has not been terribly kind to the other two songs – Baby Too and Sleighride. We managed to clean the recordings up a bit using the wonders of modern technology and they are not too appallingly frightful, but sadly they come nowhere near the crackle of raw power and excitement of a live performance.

The Chillun were one of the finest blues and rock bands this planet has ever heard. Drawing packed crowds wherever they played, The Chillun wowed their audiences with great playing, wonderful songs and an unrivalled sense of fun and showmanship. Hearing these songs brings goosebumps, even now.

We hope one day to have better and more recordings of this magnificent band from Exeter in the 80s. News of these developments will be published in our News service and on Twitter should they happen.

Singer, guitarist and frontman Andy Russe (aka Angus) kindly allowed us to publish his band’s work here in our Archives. He also wrote a splendid and fascinating autobiography of The Chillun. If you would like to read it, please click here. You can listen at the same time by playing songs from the embedded SoundCloud player.

If you would like to hear the Eponymous compilation by The Chillun here at Wud Records, please click here.

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

Stephen Yates: Eponymous EP repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 07/08/16

The Eponymous EP of Stephen Yates and his remarkable compositions for electric guitar is the most recent of our Archive playlists to be repaired and added to the growing collection of Wud Records playlists over at SoundCloud.

Stephen Yates is a renowned and celebrated virtuoso, better known for his classical guitar playing, for which he has won multiple prestigious international awards following his graduation. He has worked extensively as a session musician both in the studio and on tours for major artists. His compositional experiments include some fascinating and wonderful pieces in a classical style for steel-string guitar, many of which have been posted to YouTube. Nearly every guitarist watching the way he performs these pieces will wonder ‘how on earth did he just do that?!’

Perhaps even more surprising is the way that he composes pieces. Usually his pieces are composed using a pencil and some blank score paper, the music coming straight from his imagination with no instrument involved at that stage.

Please note that we do not own the copyright to any of these recordings. The copyright is owned entirely by Stephen Yates and these pieces are hosted here with his permission because we happen to like them.

To subscribe to his YouTube channel, something we highly recommend you doing, especially all you musicians, please click here.

If you would like to listen to this Eponymous collection of electric guitar pieces by Stephen Yates here at Wud Records, please click here.

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

Murdock: Night Vision repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 06/08/16

Night Vision by Murdock is the latest of our Archive playlists to be repaired and added to our collection over at SoundCloud. Night Vision is a three track demo CD that the band made at the Plymouth Musicians Co-operative in 2001 and features the songs Nocturnal, Albino and Box Shots. We believe there are other recordings of the band but we do not have any more. They used to have their own website as well at murdockrock.com, but that seems to no longer exist.

Murdock were arguably the most popular band to originate from Torbay since Muse and their odyssey lasted for a few years around the beginning of the century. They always put on a splendid show and drew big crowds whenever they played live. Murdock performed with a great sense of fun and created a lot of original songs that had a wonderful tongue-in-cheek dark humour, notably Girlfriend in a Coma, which was always a winner.

Please note that we do not own the copyright to any of the material on the Night Vision demo by Murdock. Copyright is owned by the creators of the music, to which attributions are made on each track’s page. We have hosted this music as we have a fondness both for the band’s members and the music they made.

If you would like to listen to Night Vision by Murdock here at Wud Records, please click here.

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

Ember: Moving on a Moment in Life EP repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 04/08/16

The Ember EP from 1999, Moving on a Moment in Life, has been fixed and put back in the Wud Records Archives. This EP was the final studio recording of Ember in their final incarnation. Lead guitarist and backing vocalist Dan Wright was the main creative force of the band and the one member who was constant throughout its existance.

Moving on a Moment in Life was recorded, engineered and produced by Martin Dearmun of Transit Recordings. Martin was also the singer and acoustic guitarist in another of the Wud Records Archive bands, Pyg.

This EP features four of the band’s songs, including the beautiful and wistful Aquamarine, and Moving On, which was a relatively new song for the band composed by lead singer Joe and a couple of his friends.

Please note that we do not own the copyright to Ember’s songs. The copyright belongs to the individual writers of each track, the details of which can be found on the individual tracks’ pages.

If you would like to listen to Moving on a Moment in Life by Ember here at Wud Records, please click here.

To listen to it over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Wud Records: July 2016 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 03/08/16

The top ten tracks for July 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.

We are discussing the possibility of using the most recent monthly top ten tracks playlist as the default music player across the Wud Records website. These players will replace the old broken FlamPlayer. We also plan to do something similar and separate for our Archive bands when we have restored a few more of the Archive playlists.

July 2016 was by some distance our busiest month 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 August 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 10 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.

Congratulations to Dark Company, whose song Medicines was our number one track in July.

If you would like to hear the top 10 songs from Wud Records, as played, downloaded, liked and reposted by listeners, please click here.