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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INITIATION

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



1985

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ENDORSEMENT

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



1987

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OUTSTANDING

Elisa's voice was the perfect instrument ... more



2015

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NICE

I was no match for the mighty Dave Grusin ... 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 for Blake Kerr's film had an etherial quality away from the pictures but in context took on a whole different aspect ... more


2003

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NATURAL BORN FOLKY

I dabbled in Celtic music for a bit ... more




1990s

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KIND OF BLEAK

A proud piece of electronica which featured 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 Park was an inspired executive as well as an accomplished jazz musician, composer and arranger ... more


1981

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MASTERS OF PROCESS

Roll On: a song about 60s counter-culture and a tribute to Motown ... more



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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

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 hosted a spate of new-wavers it was a baptism of fire ... more



1980

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CRIMINAL

Jazz-rock fusions: 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 music I made I especially liked the free-form material ... more



1984

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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 ... 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 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 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

It was easy to see why Phil Campbell 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 Academy musicians were good to work with ... more



1986

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NEVER DONE THIS

Mary wasn't a jazz singer, just a young talent 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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AWB

For a bunch of Scottish guys the AWB had serious soul ... more



1982

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ROMANTIC

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


2002

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FUN PIECE

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



2014

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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 agreed 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 was fine to record but I was otherwise 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

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 this great funereal piece ... more


2016

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HONOURED

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



2000

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FOR JOY

The cheerful capturing of musical moments ... more



1974-2004

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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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THE BASTARD

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



2000-2015

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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