C L A R K  S O R L E Y

•  m u s i c   r e c o r d i n g s  •


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.

Archive Recordings

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HONOURED

Rosie Gaines sang one of our songs and I got to arrange a couple of hers ... more



2000

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ENDORSEMENT

The day Tommy Smith came to the studio to record part of a BBC doc I was in London having meetings with record companies ... more


1987

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NICE

I'm no match for the mighty Dave Grusin in my rendition of his improvised piano from the The Fabulous Baker Boys but it's good enough for jazz ... more


2013

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WHOM THE GODS LOVE...

Allan led the way toward much of what my life would become ... more



1973

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CHILLING

The music I composed for Blake Kerr's film has an etherial quality away from the pictures but in context takes on a whole different aspect ... more


2003

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KIND OF BLEAK

I'm rather proud of this piece of electronica which features Rosalie speaking beautifully in her French-African accent ... more


2000

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SCHEME

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


1985

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INNOVATOR

Andy was an inspired executive as well as an accomplished jazz musician, composer and arranger ... more


1981

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MASTERS OF PROCESS

My song about the 60s counter-culture was also a tribute to Motown. ... more


2016


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STUDIO CHOPS

Harry Barry: a prolific talent who left a substantial body of work ... more



1980-2000

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SHAKING TREES

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


1981

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WHO KNEW

Back then we provided studio services to a fair number of artists who went on to have some success ... more


1980

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PAISLEY PUNK

When we played host to a spate of new-wavers it was a baptism of fire ... more



1980

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CRIMINAL

Jazz-rock fusions represent a great adventure in musical swordsman-ship ... more



1980

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UNPLUGGED

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


1990

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FREEFORM

Of all the types of music I've made I especially like the free-form material ... more



1984

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CLASSICAL GUY

Sandy found success as a sculptor and went on to be one of Scotland's foremost artists with major works prominent in the country's towns and cities ... more


1985

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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 ... more


1989

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SOMETHING BIG

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


1979

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INSPIRATION

Free At Last was composed in tribute to Martin Luther King ... more



1998

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QUARTET

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



1998

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A LA REICH

I probably hadn't heard of Steve Reich or Terry Riley when I made this piece ... more



1984

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A LA MILES

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


2005

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PIANO GUY

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


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STUDIO LIFE

I saw why Phil had gained major label status and been championed by the broadsheet press ... more


2008

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TOO HIGH

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


1988

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NICE WORK

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


1988

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McKELLAR

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


1980

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UNTUTORED

In aptitude and attitude I found Academy musicians good to work with ... more



1986

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NEVER DONE THIS

Mary wasn't a jazz singer, just a talented teenager open to experiment ... more



1984

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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 ... more


2013

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CROSSING A LINE

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


1980

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OLD TECH

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


1980

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WHITE GUYS CAN'T FUNK

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



2009

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AUDACIOUS

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


1984

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BAD TIMING

Our bold attempt at commerciality came to nothing ... more



2000

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LET IT RAIN

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


1999

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IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS

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


1991

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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 ... more


2005

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SOUNDCRAFT

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



1993

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THE VOCALIST

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



2009

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DESIGNER FUNK

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


1982

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AWB

For a bunch of Scottish guys the Average White Band had serious soul ... more



1982

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ROMANTIC

I rather like this corporate for which my music was used. It chimes with the romantic in me ... more


2002

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FUN PIECE

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



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JAMIE

Scotland let go of the Jacobite cause after the '45 rebellion but romanticism lived on in songs like There'll Never Be Peace ... more


1995

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TALENT

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


2009

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AWARD

Debbie submitted Where Have You Been to the Scottish Jazz Awards and got runner-up in Best Vocalist ... more


2009

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POIGNANT

Toby Curnow managed to pack a fair bit of story and emotion into his five minute film which, like with a pop song, is no small achievement ... more


1995

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USELESS

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


2007

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INDIFFERENT

Pipe band music is fine to record but I'm indifferent to it emotionally ... more



1995

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R.I.P.

I think this might have been one of the few occasions when this particular trio of my gifted school-friends ever played together ... more


1980

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NO DEAL

Friends were making deals and having hits. We weren't so lucky ... more



1990

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A Y WHITE

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


1947

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STV

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


1987

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SPIRITUAL

It was Mahalia Jackson we were channelling here in our recording of a great funereal piece ... more


2016

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INITIATION

Circumstance had it I would produce an album with Dick Gauchan ... more



1985

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FOR JOY

The cheerful capturing of musical moments ... more



1974-2004