Recorded in the cellar of the then teenage Johnson’s parent’s pub, The Crown, in Loughton, Essex and at the time sold at underground gigs on cassette, these legendary archive recordings, featuring 10-tracks retrieved and restored from Matt Johnson’s personal archive, were recorded in 1978-79 a couple of years before ‘official’ first release Burning Blue Soul. Sharing the cellar ‘studio space’ with his late older brother Andrew (Andy Dog), a talented artist responsible for both the cover portrait on this release and many of The The’s iconic sleeves, the tracks were recorded on a rudimentary set-up including an Akai 4000DS MK2 reel to reel tape recorder, a Crumar electric piano, a borrowed Telecaster copy and a handful of effects pedals.
Located amongst a box of unmarked tapes and severely damaged due to natural deterioration, the original tape had to undergo a time-consuming restoration process. Originally released as a 7-track cassette, this restored version is supplemented by three extra instrumental tracks from the same period.
Tape - The resulting limited edition 40-minute cassette is supplemented by a 10 page insert with original artwork and a few paragraphs written by Matt concerning the origins and the restoration of this material.
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