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Immediate Records Vault Tapes [no label, 2CD]
Rarities and outtakes.
As some of you know, in the early to mid-1990s, I did some compact disc box set compiling in London. My compiling and compilation consulting via mail continued for the remainder of the 1990s. I did some projects for a label which held the non-UK rights to the recordings of “Immediate Records”, the label founded by original Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham and publicist Tony Calder.
In 1999, I received seven DAT tapes [for evaluation] dubbed from newly-discovered two-track mixdown tapes, and some of these tapes contained unreleased material. At the same time, the reissue label that found these tapes also acquired 98 reels of “Immediate Records” Olympic Studios multitrack tapes and, sadly, more than a decade later, nothing has been done with them.
It now appears that the label that I obtained the DATs from no longer exists, at least not in the form that I once knew, though their logo and existing catalogue continues on in the hands of a licensee. Out of fairness to the music industry, in 2009, through an intermediary, I supplied CD-Rs of the material to the label which has the UK-only rights to the “Immediate” catalogue, though the word that came back to me is that that label didn’t find anything that was useful to them. So, with that knowledge, I am now letting you hear this material. - Philip Cohen
Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.
Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.
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Track 101. Green Circles - Small Faces (sung in Italian) (5.2MB)
Track 102. (If You Think You’re) Groovy - P.P. Arnold (backing track) (5.9MB)
Track 103. Miles Road - Eric Clapton/Jimmy Page (true stereo mix) (6.2MB)
The Eric Clapton/Jimmy Page recording is a previously unheard stereo mix; the only recording from Immediate’s various artists Blues Anthology albums for which a stereo mix has ever been found. Clapton and Page recorded two similar home-recorded blues instrumentals. One received Page-produced bass, drums and harmonica overdubs, and one was released as is. American and British vinyl releases differ as to which recording is “Miles Road” and which is “Draggin’ My Tail”.
Track 104. Connection - The Animals (backing track) (5.0MB)
Track 105. Sylvie - The Hill (Mix 2) (6.9MB)
“The Hill” released a single only in the U.S.A, but these recordings present “Fourth Annual Convention” in stereo for the first time, and an assortment of versions of the A-side “Sylvie”, including the first-ever stereo mix of the released take. “The Hill” were Chris Farlowe’s onstage backing group, but by mistake, tape boxes mistakenly credited the recordings to Farlowe’s previous backing group, “The Thunderbirds”.
Track 106. Sylvie - The Hill (Take 3) (6.4MB)
Track 107. Fourth Annual Convention - The Hill (stereo mix) (8.8MB)
Track 108. Sylvie - The Hill (Take 1 - excerpt) (3.4MB)
Track 109. Sylvie - The Hill (Take 7) (7.1MB)
Track 110. Halfway - Artist Unknown (4.7MB)
I was initially told that “Halfway” was by “The Thunderbirds”, though later information from the label who supplied these recordings credits the recording to Duffy Power, though not being familiar with Duffy Power’s recordings, I can’t verify this.
Track 111. I Want to Be Friendly With You - Billy Nichols (3.7MB)
Track 112. Would You Believe - Billy Nichols (alternate vocals) (5.1MB)
Track 113. It Brings Me Down - Billy Nichols (mono mix) (8.9MB)
Track 114. On The Bombsite - Duncan Browne (demo) (5.2MB)
Track 115. Give Me, Take You - Duncan Browne (demo) (3.3MB)
Track 116. I Was, You Weren’t - Duncan Browne (demo) (9.1MB)
Track 117. The Cherry Blossom Fool - Duncan Browne (demo) (5.6MB)
Track 118. Ninepence of Walking - Duncan Browne (demo) (6.9MB)
Track 119. The Death of Neil - Duncan Browne (demo) (7.7MB)
Track 201. Lindyloo - Warm Sounds (incomplete first mix; cuts off at end) (4.2MB)
Warm Sounds later re-recorded “Lindyloo” for the DERAM label under the title “Nite is a-Comin’.” The “Immediate” version is unreleased, and “Someone” was likely the intended B-side.
Track 202. Lindyloo - Warm Sounds (complete mix) (7.9MB)
Track 203. Someone - Warm Sounds (5.3MB)
Track 204. Title Unknown - Marianne Faithful (backing track) (7.8MB)
Track 205. Here & Now - Lorell (Duncan Browne & Davy Morgan) (complete version) (5.5MB)
When I first got these tapes, I made a one-CD compilation for my own enjoyment, and copied it for a few friends. Unfortunately, I pushed the pause button before the end of Lorell’s “Here & Now”, then put the song’s coda at the end of the CD as a “reprise”, never envisioning that people would copy this compilation for record companies, who then released the song incomplete. The slight pause before the coda is not actually silent, and the two pieces that record companies had could not be pieced together to get the complete recording. Now, you have it complete.
Track 206. Handbags and Gladrags - Chris Farlowe (alternate vocal) (7.4MB)
Track 207. Little Miss Understood - Rod Stewart (alternate mix) (6.8MB)
Track 208. Green Circles - Small Faces (U.S.A. mix from tape) (5.4MB)
This compilation marks the first time (since the original U.S.A. “There Are But Four Small Faces” LP) that “Green Circles” (U.S.A. Mix) has been taken from tape. When I compiled the four-CD set “Small Faces - The Immediate Years”, I had to dub the recording from vinyl. Years later, a tape source was found and is proudly presented here.
Track 209. Scientists - Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (13.8MB)
Track 210. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (Mix 1) (7.2MB)
The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra tracks are likely unused recordings from the sessions for the “Gullivers Travels” concept album on Immediate Records’ subsidiary label “Instant Records”.
Track 211. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (Mix 2) (3.1MB)
Track 212. Early Bird - John Williams (5.4MB)
John Williams is not the film soundtrack composer, but rather a singer/guitarist/songwriter who recorded a Jimmy Page-produced album for EMI/Columbia in the 1960s.
Track 213. Another Winter, Another Spring - John Williams (false start and take) (5.3MB)
Track 214. The Coldest Night of the Year- Twice as Much (backing track; Mix 1) (6.9MB)
Track 215. The Coldest Night of the Year - Twice as Much (backing track; Mix 2) (6.6MB)