Friday, 24 November 2017

Trilogy (1984) C15+

This was the second thing I released by Thomas Docherty, then recording as Trilogy - three tracks on a C15 for a mere fifty pence and a stamped addressed envelope. I seem to recall it sold fairly well by my admittedly humble standards, and quite right too given the quality of the music. This was July 1984, following the album which I'd put out a couple of months earlier.
Astute readers will probably notice that what you have here are thirteen tracks amounting to sixty minutes of music, hence C15+ rather than just C15 in the title of the listing. This is because it seemed to make more sense to digitise the chrome TDK master copy of these recordings than the WHSmiths C15 sub-master for the sake of quality, and seeing as TD had filled the tape with related material - some of which ended up on compilations, some of which was just stuff he happened to be working on at the time and which remains unreleased until now - you may as well think of this as the extended version of the C15 with DVD extras.
...and no, I don't know why there are two versions of Words Cannot Describe or what the difference is, aside from one of them being shorter.

1 - Batora
2 - Emily
3 - Slave
4 - Feedback Assault
5 - Do Not Forgive Them
6 - Dialogue in the Background
7 - Train Recording I
8 - Power Control
9 - Recorded in an Hour
10 - Words Cannot Describe I
11 - Words Cannot Describe II
12 - First Recording with DM
13 - Train Recording II

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  1. Two Trilogy/Do Easy tapes are now for sale (75 & 50 €) at discogs How could one distinguish if these are genuine ones or recent copies? Are there any (maybe hidden) marks or omissions on your uploads? Frank

    1. Not sure - the C60 tape would have been recorded on a Sony tape, almost certainly CHF with the transparent brown shell whereas the C15 was recorded on a tape made by some company called RFW - both tapes also would have had hand photocopied labels glued to the actual cassette, or at least evidence of their having been a label. Otherwise they are probably fairly easily faked and I'd hope no-one pays *that* much, even if these are pristine unplayed copies.

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  2. Hi Lawrence, I'm afraid crazy collectors will pay that amount of money (and much more) for such cassettes.
    I appreciate your work but also assume a problem here, especially if scarce better known projects/tapes as those by OFI and related stuff are online available as complete audio download incl. 300 dpi coverscans.
    As for the labels: Some know the typical fonts and errors of the typewriters used by the Wolves for their tapelabels and are able to recognize an original one to avoid fakes, but there are - for instance - Zeal SS tapes with "unstickered, unlabeled TDK cassettes" for sale.
    To print your jpegs, make xerox copies on old sunned paper is simple, same with the audio transferred to old used tapes.
    Maybe it would makes sense to mark these cover scans in some way, or to cover/withhold parts (so everybody would know its no fake but a honest "Burton copy"), or just to reduce the jpegs to smaller unprintable 72 dpi pics, only watchable on our desktops.