Original Sleeve Notes
Archaeology: some might define it as digging up and putting on display ancient artefacts that would be better left buried. That's probably true in this case, but what the hell.
When I was putting together the Instant Automatons anthology Not So Deep As A Well I discovered a considerable number of live recordings mouldering in my attic. Most suffered from poor sound quality, inept performance or (usually) both, but I realised that there was a quantity of material here that may well be of interest, including one or two items that had never made it as far as a proper recording studio.
As far as I can tell, all these recordings were made between 1980 and 1982, before audiences at various venues around the country. I have tried to limit my role as remasterer to achieving the best sound quality possible under the circumstances while preserving the atmosphere of the original performances, so there are no re-recordings, remixes or overdubs here and some of the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. While I have removed things like the longer tuning-up attempts and the awkward pauses when we were trying to remember what to play next, I have preserved a lot of the between-song repartee at I believe that what we lacked in technical ability we more than made up for in enthusiasm and self-deprecating humour.
I think this would also be a good opporunity to applaud the tireless (and often thankless) efforts of those who spent time and sometimes even money organising these gigs and bringing Free Music to the masses - whether the masses wanted it or not...
Step forward and take a bow:
Kif Kif, Grant, Steffy, JB, Steve & Alison, Janet Thompson, Zounds, the London Musicians Collective, et al
And thanks, of course, to the dozens of people who came along to the gigs and managed to refrain from throwing rotten vegetables.
The tracks in this collection were recorded at the following venues: