Original details of this session tape come from the original source of John Nicholls and his NTLWORLD home page.
Select the track from the list on the right, then make yourself a coffee!
While you are waiting for the download...
I don't know who named the session "Sudan Gerri"; it wasn't me! In fact, when I was first tracked down and asked about "Sudan Gerri", I didn't know what it was.
I am told Sudan Gerri was recorded on 8th May, 1984 - I really don't recall. This was the "Freaks" line-up of Jarvis Cocker, Russell Senior, Magnus Doyle, Candida Doyle and Manners (Peter Mansell). It was recorded in an old karate room (now demolished), off the Wicker, Sheffield.
For the technically inclined, it was recorded on a Teac 3440A 4-track with Rx9 dBx and mastered onto a Revox B77. We had no out-board equipment (maybe an echo tape), all the reverb was natural. I remember blowing one of my speakers while setting sound levels, so if you're passing, Jarvis, send me £300 and I'll be able to replace them. :-)
Casually, I made a cassette copy for myself. (Regrettably, I recorded the cassette with Dolby on!). The cassette stayed with me through the years and as Pulp grew, the "value" of the cassette grew with them. In recent months I have found myself becoming more and more careful with the cassette - I shudder when I remember I used to play it in the car! Anyway, this led to me sampling it into the computer. ("Hey, that will be safe now" - Bill "Ctrl-Alt-Del" Gates)
This action forced me to choose: "to Dolby, or not to Dolby". I chose not to - I find the extra hiss more acceptable than the relative dullness you get with Dolby. However, with the material now digitised, and the availability of some pretty sophisticated noise reduction software, I have cleaned up the tracks. These "noise reduced" tracks are what I make available here.
Please note that this material has been placed here because it is not commercially available, yet fans have shown interest. I have no intention of uploading commercially available material - please do not ask, buy the records!
Did you know...
The "violin" on Little Girl was Russell bowing his guitar.
And the "crying baby" on the same track was an old toy doll, which was used live for the same effect until it either broke or the batteries went.
Magnus played keyboards on Silence, not Candida. In retrospect, this may have been because Magnus, being the drummer, would be expected to better time - but I am only guessing!
The "extra" vocal you can hear on some of the tracks is Jarvis' guide vocal which spilled over onto the main tracks.