DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH

Welcome to Download of the Month !!

Every so often I will upload a track for you to play and download for free – Bandcamp also allows you to make a voluntary donation

The tracks will be a mixture of unheard material, alternative versions, live events and whatever I can find in my archives

I will also listen to requests so if you have a track in mind you want to hear again, please LET ME KNOW!

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DOTM 16: September 2021 Loretta (Band Demo 1991)

From the same rediscovered tape as DOTM 15, this is a track from the 4-track demo for the Weatherman album we did at the Coach House Studios in Bristol before going back a few weeks later with a deal to make the whole album. As is often the case with hot, fast, studio desk mixes, certain elements are, in my opinion, better than the album version and we should have used this version instead of re-recording it but hindsight is a wonderful thing

DOTM 15: august 2021 Lie Down With the Devil (Band Demo 1991)

This is a track from the 4-track demo for the Weatherman album we did at the Coach House Studios in Bristol before going back a few weeks later with a deal to make the whole album. As is often the case with hot, fast, studio desk mixes, certain elements are, in my opinion, better than the album version. Slightly faster, tons of energy and brilliant snare sound and the band playing out of their collective skin

With Andy Allen engineering, Martin Vinson on bass, Kieran Argo on drums and Richie Yalland on lead guitar, I hope you like this month's free download and do please feel free to share it with like-minded music lovers... KC

DOTM 14: July 2021 Ramblin' Live @ the Albert Hole 05/02/1997

There was the most brilliant acoustic club in Bristol run for many years by Lorraine Carpenter called the Albert Hole (the pub needless to say was the Albert in Bedminster) - I rediscovered this whole set recently and will be posting more tracks from that night some time in the future

 

DOTM 13: June 2021 She Came to Me (very early version)

'Tis a wondrous thing how life unfolds. There I was wondering what I was going to do for the next few DOTMs when I had the idea to break open all the old CDs I had posted to myself just after I wrote them

It was what we did back then to prove ownership of a song, sign and tape the seals of an envelope then send it to ourselves by the old registered post and put it away in a box, thus proving date of creation

I looked at all these envelopes and realised half of them had come out on albums or had fallen by the wayside so I decided to start ripping them open and giving them a play

When you write a song the first version is often different, as repeated playing both live and on record changes the song often without you realising it

This is the earliest version of this song in existence and I actually think it's better than the version that I put down 2 years later on 'Light of the Dawn' so please listen and enjoy

DOTM 12: May 2021 Robin Head Live Old Grey Whistle Test 1975

Not much to say about this, other than blimey, was that me?

DOTM 11: April 2021 Dancing (a new mix)

A very early version of this song, probably late 80s or early 90s - Martin Vinson on bass

DOTM 10: MArch 2021 Dancing (a new mix)

A remixed and remastered version of this track from the album ‘2coustica’ available on CD and DL later this year - Please share it if you like it!

DOTM 9: February 2021 living without you (heart won't lie)

I recorded this in the late 70s or maybe even early 80s while I was living in Notting Hill Gate. I can’t remember who played on it or where we recorded it so if anybody knows, please let me know. I never put it out, no idea why but they were strange times

DOTM 8: January 2021 fat cat, big fish

This is a BigMix version I did a few years ago but never finished at the time - hope you like it! Cover by Sian Christmas 🙂

To download the track for free just put zero in the payment box or you can make a donation

DOTM 7: December 2020 Last of the Dinosaurs live at Reading Uni 1977

“Happy Birthday 2000” This was my Dystopian view of a bleak future world I visioned back in 1975, Some things came true, thankfully most did not

Many thanks to Chris Brown for sending me a digital file of this track he recorded back in 1977 at Reading University. I was supporting Split Enz

DOTM 6: November 2020 High Times live at Reading Uni 1977

Many thanks to Chris Brown for sending me a digital file of this track he recorded back in 1977 at Reading University - I was supporting Split Enz

DOTM 5: October 2020 Better Men (Big Mix)

I recorded this a few years ago to see if I could use keyboards and samples to make a bigger version of one of my acoustic songs  - the jury might be be out on that one but it was fun to do !

LYRICS

DOTM 4: September 2020 'A Line is a Line' Live at the QEH Theatre Bristol

This was recorded at the QEH Theatre in Bristol in the early 2000s when it was a regular part of my set. Unlike it’s more famous London namesake, QEH stands for Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is a private school in the heart of Bristol, £15K per annum, meals not included. It has a gorgeous little ‘theatre in the round’ which can be hired and don’t ask me who hired it because I can’t remember. I think I was the only one on the bill that night and we had a good crowd in, as you can hear!

This track first saw light of day on my 2006 solo album ‘Light of the Dawn’ which you can listen to here and on my website

DOTM 3: August 2020 falling rain

I wrote this song around 2010 at the sudden loss of a good friend and it was one of the three bonus tracks on Live at the Pump' released in 2012. I have remixed and remastered it and hope it honours my friends Ray, Martin and Louise. As far as I can remember I have never or rarely played it live except at Martin's sendoff at the Eglise Anglicane in Dinard in 2013

LYRICS

DOTM 2: July 2020 500 Acid tabs

I wrote this in 2015 at the same time as I was writing all the tracks for 'Crazy Dancing Days' but decided not to put it on the album

LYRICS

VIDEO

DOTM 1: June 2020 Brighter Day live Bob Harris BBC Radio show 1974

Kicking off with the first DOTM for June 2020 is a real curiosity. I was assembling potential tracks from a variety of sources and wondering which one to go with first when I got a message from Julian Gibbs via my contact form that said:

Hello Keith. I have your single "Brighter Day" but am obliged to admit that I infinitely prefer the version which you recorded for a Radio 1 session in the mid 70s. I'm also obliged to admit that I home taped this but, of course, the tape is more or less unusable after all this time.
Do you happen to know if there's any way I can get hold of this version?

Well what an amazing coincidence that is as I haven't played that track for about 20 years and had only added it to the list the week before - I hope you like it as much as you remember, Julian and thank you for the request!

Pete Solly Keyboards, Andy Dalby on Guitar, Adrian Shaw on Bass and Pearse Kelly on Drums