ORIGINAL GROUP RECORDINGS FOUND!!
An extremely helpful service is being offered to bands/artistes who may have recorded at King Street studios in Huddersfield during its existence. Also known as Radiocraft studios (it started out as a radio rental and repair shop), the founder and studio engineer was Mat Mathias who went on to design and produce the legendary Matamp amplifier. He also later joined forces with Cliff Cooper to market the famous Orange amplifiers incorporating the Matamp design.
More information can be found at: www.matamp.co.uk
Jeff Lewis has proudly kept the name alive and also inherited the original studio and all of it's contents. These contents include the original masters to the King Street studio and he has tirelessly helped musicians with salvaging their recordings made at Matamp during the 1960s and 1970s.
Happy clients already include Graham Gouldman who recorded there as The Mockingbirds and Jeff Christie whose pre-Christie recordings as the Outer Limits were given back to the artist. These are the more celebrated names of rock history and there have been many other musicians who have been given a copy of their original recordings transferred directly from the old King Street masters. This service has only been possible due to the foresight, ingenuity and kindness of Jeff Lewis who took on the tiring task of transferring the delicate master tapes to hard drive before they succumbed to their inevitable demise on such vulnerable material as analog tape.
Jeff Lewis is inviting the original band members/musicians to contact him if they believe that their original King Street studio recordings may still exist. The original master tapes will be kept by Mr. Lewis for safekeeping, but he has very kindly offered the transfer service to musicians and artistes free of charge!!
The BMA actively encourages to try and locate these original artists to help them locate their recordings. We would also hope that although the original artist may not be aware of this service or the existence of their recordings themselves, there may be someone who can possibly help.
Some of the artist names that appear in the original studio log book are as follows:
THE ATMOSPHERES. THE AVALONS. ANGEL PAVEMENT. AFTER THE STORM. APPLE JACK. THE ACCENT.
THE BOYS. BEAT SYNDICATE. BLOOD GROUP (BLUE BLOOD GROUP?). THE BARDELLS. THE BURNETTS (NEIL LANDON). BUTTON. BLUES BY FIVE. BEDROCKS. BLUE SILK. BLACK DIAMONDS.
CONTRASTS. THE CHAPTERS. THE COUNTDOWNS. CLOWNS. LEE CHEVIN. THREE CHYMES. THE CREED. CHERRY TREE. CRADLE. COUNT ORLANDO'S SPASM CIRCUS. CYNDY. CUSH. CLEOPATRA.
THE DAWNBREAKERS. THE DENVERS. THE DUTCHMEN. THE DOWNBEATS. BRIAN PARKER AND THE DYNAMICS. D PLUS 4.
THE ENGINEERS (CASEY JONES). THE EMBERS. EVENING SHADES. THE ELIZABETHANS. ELLISON'S HOGLINE. EQUINOX.
THE FEDERALS. THE FLAME. FOGGY.
GROUP 1,2,3,4,FIVE. GOSPEL GARDEN. OWEN GRAY. THE GROOVERS.
HI-FIVE. THE HORNETS. THE HUNTERS. HEINZ. HIGH TIMES. HARMONY SOUNDS. HOT STICKS.
THE INCAS. THE INNER MIND. THE INNER CIRCLE. THE ILLUSION.
4 JUST MEN. JUST 4. DENNIS JAMES.
THE LAWMEN. THE LIMITS. LIFE 'N' SOUL. LOVE OR CONFUSION.
THE MATADORS. THE METHODS. THE MOCKINGBIRDS. THE MUTINEERS. MAMA'S LITTLE CHILDREN. MUSEUM. THE MAZE. JOHN MILES. MORNING DEW O. MIDNIGHT HEARSE. MIDNIGHT TRAIN. MEDUSA.
NIGHT RAKES. NEWTON'S THEORY.
THE OVERLANDERS. THE OUTER LIMITS. ORANGE PEEL. OMNIBUS. OPAQUE. OR WAS HE PUSHED.
PK'S. THE PLANETS. PETER YORK AND THE PONTIACS. PATHFINDER 5. PEPPERS. PRISM. PUSSYCAT WAKEFIELD.
LEE AND THE RIDERS. THE RATS (Not the act from Hull Featuring Mick Ronson or the act from Lancashire featuring Alan Parkinson), THE ROYALISTS. ROOT AND JENNY JACKSON. ROLL MOVEMENT. REFORMATION.
SAMMY KING AND THE VOLTAIRES. THE STARLIGHTS. THE STEREOS. SWINGALONGS. SILVER CLOUDS. ST. LOUIS UNION. THE SAPPHIRES. THE STRAYS. STATUS 5. SHOCK TREATMENT. MAL SPENCE. STORY BOOK. SIMPLICITY. STABLE DICE. SKYLINE.
THE VULCANS. THE VORTEKS. THE VENDORS. VOODOO CHILDREN.
THE TRAMPS. THE TRACKERS. THE TOMBOYS. THE TYKES. TROPICAL BOOT COMPANY. THE TOPICS.
THE WITCHDOCTORS. THE WINDERS. THE WAYFARERS. THE WANTED. WELLINGTONS BOOT. WHITE SOULBAND.