In 1982 I had a massive top 20 hit song and with the proceeds I bought a house in Whitley Bay and installed a recording studio. Over the following years many of my musician friends called in and helped me lay tracks. Elements of this story have since appeared in various blogs and interviews. Fast forward to 2021 and many of those recordings have now been released in various formats by Cherry Red Records.
The first piece of work in the new Whitley Bay studio was with Jon Deveril of Tygers of Pan Tang. The Cage album had just gone top 20 and my song on it “Paris By Air” had entered the singles charts. Bizzarely the band then folded. So, Jon and I set out on a project. It started small with a Fostex X15 portastudio. Soon, after there was another cash injection to the Stevie T vaults and we went 8 track with a serious mixing desk. The demos for the next two Tygers albums: “The Wreckage” and “Burning In The Shade” were recorded there in Whitley Bay. The albums were not strictly speaking heavy metal but are still part of the Tygers story and most certainly my own story.
I’ve now licensed all those demos (or those I could find) to Cherry Red. CR already owned the rights to Burning In The Shade and have now acquired The Wreckage. So now were looking at a package of the two albums complete with the demos that begat them. Release date to be confirmed. The Video below features some fly on the wall footage of Jon and I working in that Whitley Bay studio on “All Change Faces”, a song destined for The Wreckage album.
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