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Thing VTS 4
|Wizz's second studio album featurimg a record number of Alan Tunbridge songs and just one of his own
Well my UA Album didn't set the world on fire, so I turned to the
pioneering independent label Village Thing which was being set up
by Gef Lucena of Saydisc recordings and guitarist Ian A Anderson
(these days editor of FROOTS magazine).
recorded it in a church hall on the outskirts of Bristol, using
a 2 track Revox tape recorder. Some years later when I took the
tapes into a studio to be transcribed for a CD re-issue, the engineer
asked me how we had accomplished such an amazing crystal clear recording
(perhaps he was winding me up).
of the album titles suggested was 'The Legendary Me' after the haunting
and introspective Alan Tunbridge song. I wasn't sure about this,
but producer Ian Anderson was keen so we went with it. The track
features some beautiful understated guitar work from Peter Berryman.
Hearing it again now some thirty six years later, I realize that I was still trying to learn how to sing in tune (I can almost do it now).
was on this album that I persuaded Ralph McTell to guest on the
Alan Tunbridge song 'Dazzling Stranger', which we recorded at Ron
Geesin's house. I remember Ron excitingly showing me that with the
throw of a single switch, six linked revox tape recorders simultaneously
sprung in to action recording on 12 tracks! I had expected Ralph
to arrive at Ron's house with his trusty Gibson guitar, instead
of which he was sporting a recently acquired antique harmonium which
imbued the track with a certain ecclesiastical atmosphere.
This album has now been released on CD by Sunbeam Records with three extra tracks recorded live in Germany around the same time
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