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Archive Recordings



SPIRITUAL

It was Mahalia Jackson we were channelling here in our recording of this great funereal piece

2016

HONOURED

Rosie Gaines sang one of our songs while I arranged a couple of hers

2000

FOR JOY

The cheerful capturing of musical moments

1974-2004

INITIATION

Circumstance had it I would make an album with Dick Gaughan

1985

ENDORSEMENT

I may have helped kick start Tommy Smith’s deal with Blue Note

1987

OUTSTANDING

Elisa's voice was the perfect instrument

2015

NICE

I was no match for the mighty Dave Grusin

2013

WHOM THE GODS LOVE...

Allan initiated much of what would become important to me

1973

CHILLING

My music for Blake Kerr's film about Cambodia had an etherial quality away from the pictures but in context took on a whole different aspect

2003

INAUTHENTIC

I dabbled in Celtic music for a bit

1990s

KIND OF BLEAK

A proud piece of electronica which featured Rosalie speaking beautifully in her French-African accent

2000

SCHEME

I performed with Scheme at the Glasgow Pavilion to a capacity crowd and the place was heaving

1985

INNOVATOR

Andy Park was an inspired executive and an accomplished musical arranger

1981

MASTERS OF PROCESS

Roll On was my song about 60s counter-culture and a tribute to Motown

2016

STUDIO CHOPS

Harry Barry was a prolific talent who left a substantial body of work

1980-2000

SHAKING TREES

The Topplers were a relevant band with an excellent graphic artist in Alan Henry their bass player

1981

WHO KNEW

We provided studio services to a fair number of artists who went on to have some success

1980

PAISLEY PUNK

When we hosted a spate of new-wavers it was a baptism of fire

1980

CRIMINAL

Jazz-rock fusions were a great adventure in musical swordsman-ship

1980

UNPLUGGED

Unplugged was a fashionable mode for a bit but not in time for our particular brand to be accepted

1990

FREEFORM

Of all the music I made I especially liked the free-form material

1984

CLASSICAL GUY

Sandy found success as a sculptor becoming one of Scotland's foremost artists with major works prominent in the country's towns and cities

1985

BLUES LEGEND

I did a few productions for Big George Watt over years including some tracks with the late, great Jimmy Dewar ex of the Robin Trower band

SOMETHING BIG

My head was turned by the power of a big band as I mixed a Danny Street album performed by some of the UK's top-drawer session guys

1989

1979

INSPIRATION

Free At Last was composed in tribute to Martin Luther King

1998

QUARTET

I wrote string parts for Bonnie Doon and hired a quartet to play them

1998

A LA REICH

I probably hadn't heard of minimalism when I made this piece

1984

A LA MILES

While reading a Miles Davis biography I composed some music inspired by the great man's life and work

2005

PIANO GUY

Doing arrangements for Deb allowed me to be piano-guy for a day and Baubles Bangles & Beads was the perfect foil

2012

STUDIO LIFE

It was easy to see why Phil Campbell had been championed by the broadsheet press

2008

TOO HIGH

My arrangement happily fused David McNiven's song about mythical Glasgow with Terry Neason's powerful voice

1988

NICE WORK

Our session band was a well-oiled machine, worthy of anything out of Muscle Shoals or the Wrecking Crew

1988

McKELLAR

I worked with many well-knowns when I was earning my professional chops, few more talented than Kenneth McKellar

1980

UNTUTORED

In aptitude and attitude Academy musicians were good to work with

1986

NEVER DONE THIS

Mary wasn't a jazz singer, just a young talent open to experiment

1984

BROTHER BURNS

If it turned out there was an afterlife where you could meet the old souls I would choose to seek out Robert Burns

2013

CROSSING A LINE

Pressing vinyl turned music into a commodity, all about radio plays, record stores, promo and units sold and I wasn't much into that

1980

OLD TECH

When we recorded The Penetrations the equipment we were using would've been about right for Elvis

1980

WHITE GUYS CAN'T FUNK

Going back to our eclectic roots was the motivation for this song

2009

AUDACIOUS

La Vista: a perfectly odd amalgam of clattering drum machines and rich harmonic textures

1984

BAD TIMING

Our bold attempt at commerciality came to nothing

2000

LET IT RAIN

You don't have to make rain where I live. Nature happily obliges, copiously and without fail

1999

IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS

Challenged by reality, the songwriter resurrected the Earl of Montrose from his grave to avenge the Jacobite defeat at Cromdale

1991

WIDE-EYED

I was interested in Kubrick's film and how it was possible for otherwise fully conformed people to fall to some darker place

2005

SOUNDCRAFT

A multi-track tape recorder used to cost as much as a house

1993

THE VOCALIST

In 1974 there wasn't as much talent around as there is now

2009

THE BASTARD

An ode to women and their abiding struggles with the wrong guy

2000-2015

DESIGNER FUNK

I found a live recording of the fusion band Shakatak which I produced for radio in 1982

1982

AWB

For a bunch of Scottish guys the AWB had serious soul

1982

ROMANTIC

This corporate, for which my music was used, chimed with the romantic in me

2002

FUN PIECE

Fusing dixie with swing was unusual but it felt like a fun thing to do

2014

JAMIE

Scotland let go of the Jacobite cause after the 1745 rebellion but romanticism lived on in songs like There'll Never Be Peace

1995

TALENT

If I had to pick a best from the artists who came through my studio in 2009 it would be tough

2009

AWARD

Debbie submitted one of our recordings to the Scottish Jazz Awards and got runner-up in Best Vocalist

2009

POIGNANT

Toby managed to pack a fair bit of story and emotion into his five minute film which is no small achievement

1995

USELESS

I'm not sure I agreed with Rod McKuen in the words of his song when he says that soldiers would prefer to be civilians

2007

INDIFFERENT

Pipe band music was fine to record but I was otherwise indifferent to it

1995

R.I.P.

Probably one of the rare occasions when this particular trio of my talented school-mates ever played together

1980

NO DEAL

When colleagues and friends were making deals and having hits some of us weren't so lucky

1990

A Y WHITE

Back in 1947 my grandfather was gathering family and friends around a microphone for singing sessions recorded to disc

1947

STV

The television series we did in 1987 would've been more suited to radio, sounding better than it looked

1987

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This is an anthology taken from several decades of recorded work.

It’s an eclectic mix with performances from many outstanding artists and musicians.

If you know me there’s a fair chance you might be in here. If you’d prefer not to be let me know.

EXTRAORDINARY

Kevin seemed to be pulling from flows of consciousness outside of ordinary experience

2008+2012

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