Shed Studio Sessions
The songs were recorded in Shed Studios, Send, near Ripley in Surrey.
The Shed Studio was actually Pat Martin's father's garage.
It had been sound proofed with egg cartons. Ken Baker, Pete Perrier,
Pat Martin, and a few guitarists ending with Kevin Smith rehearsed in
the Shed from 1963 when they were thirteen year old schoolboys until 1977
when Unicorn disbanded. A few months before "One more Tommorow" was recorded
a 'lean-to' was added onto the garage and a 4-Track Teac 1/4" tape deck was
installed to record demos. Pat Martin produced and engineered these tracks
with the help of Unicorn's road manager Norman Whapshott. These songs were
then played for David Gilmour when they were choosing what tracks to put on
their new album. The 'Shed Studio Sessions' were recorded back in 1977/78 and
eventually given to Gilmour to listen to around 1980. The 'Shed Studio Sessions'
tapes were re-discovered when David Gilmour's road manager Phill Taylor was
clearing out Dave's equipment warehouse. He found a load of old Unicorn tapes
stored there. The tapes were returned in 2000 to Pat Martin. The band hadn't
heard the tapes since 1978 and didn't have anything to play them on.
They eventually purchased an old 4-Track Teac from an advertisement in a
local newspaper. When they tried to play the tapes, the oxide started coming off.
They didn't play them again for some time. In late
2000 Pat Martin bumped into
recording studio where Pat was doing a session. Pat
had first met Brian in the early 80's when they played
together in a band called 'Grapevine' but hadn't seen
him in almost 20 years. Brian was told about the
problem, and offered to help using his "Cubase"
system. Thanks to
and dedication, the tapes were
saved and were digitized and remixed. Finally
Pat Martin took the Shed Sessions to Jon Van Horn at
Full House Studios in New York City where they were
remastered using Protools system. They are scheduled to
be released in late December 2002 titled "Shed No Tears"
The bonus tracks include a song recorded in David Gilmour's
home studio, an out take from 1974's 'Blue Pine Trees' album,
an out take from 1977's 'Too Many Crooks' album, a song recorded
for Bob Harris' BBC Radio show, and the B side of the Famous Charisma
single 'Ooh Mother'. (This is the only previously released track).
This 78 minute CD is
a CDR and includes a 16 page booklet
containing a complete set of lyrics, instrument & equipment lists.
Only a limited number of copies have been produced.
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