Memories of Steam – Kenneth Granville Attwood



Time to bring it all down baby – all that Latin stuff is wearing the carpet out – not to mention if I keep up all this wigging-out to Bossa-grooves -the old ticka will for sure pack up on me ..

So where next on this journey into musty-sleeved-sound – well nothing better to get grounded than a pristine vinyl copy (the sleeve is however a tad tattered) of this 1970 Hallmark-Pickwick release of master recordist K. G. Attwood documenting the dying days of the steam-locomotive in various parts of England – most being recorded between 1968-9.  Whilst other mind-experimenters-of-sound were locked in dark studios – fiddlng with reverse-tape-echo, spring-reverbs and the like – Attwood was positioned at some station or crossing – armed with some damn tasty equipment (here we go tech nerds: UHER 4200 recorder, Sennheiser MD 421 / AKG D224 microphones) – he has captured in mind-shattering stereo – some absolutely outstanding field-recordings of a time long past.  I know I know – all sounds like my fetish with the bird recording stuff – but – I love a good sounding – non-processed recording of outdoor sounds – and this is such a beast …  hop on board and ride ……

Picked this up in Crewkerne, Somerset this afternoon – been playing it all day since – scares the 3 year-old in the house to bits …. and on head-phones is a quite an out-of-body experience  (really)…. 

Time to stick on Last Train to Trancentral (KLF008R) by the KLF and go for the train-spotters mix from hell …   If you see it – grab it – you know it makes sense !!

Published in: on October 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hi, just found a copy of this in my Dad’s old record collection and not sure how much to ask for it if I take it to the local vinyl dealer – any suggestions? PS: sleeve is tatty too!

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