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Alison
Malpractice
Recorded at Big Unit, Bolton, March 2014. An Elvis Costello masterpiece.
Phil Nolan - vocals, Ian Edmundson - bass / backing vocals, Dave Corlett - drums / backing vocals, Alan Wood - guitar / backing vocals.

Baba O'Riley
My own take on the Who classic. Pleased with this one.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Best Of Friends
One of my own songs from the 1980's. All situational bitterness and angst. A true story. I listened to too much Elvis Costello.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Can't get enough
The song was originally recorded by the excellent Suede and is from their album HEAD MUSIC, which I can really recommend. I originally submitted the song to Wizdom for doing, but the other two, knowing very little about music, hadn't actually ever heard of Suede. I decided to do a fairly basic version and play it as a trio. It's the first song that I recorded entirely using the new 24 track set-up, plus my new Ric 4003W (through a BOSS B2 pedal) and my Gibson Les Paul, put through all sorts of pedals. Recorded 29th October 2015.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Change
Sparks' Ron Mael is a genius. Unique as songs go and I liked it since first hearing it and as soon as I had the capability I got on with recording this version. It was started in the 1990's  and I got a full mix of that recording onto cassette which was used for a video. That copy was my only mix and I never actually got it back from the video producer. I located some of my old work and re-recorded half of it again, including a cello part - finished in January 2014.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Coz I luv you
I became a record Company Executive and my own boss when this was released as a 7" single in 1991 for Slade's 25th anniversary. Listening to it now, I'd change quite a lot of things about it. It's in the wrong key for my voice, it plods a bit. I was very pleased with the result at the time, but I reserve the right to change my mind. The b-side was one of my own songs. I have a few spare copies left.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Dirty Laundry
The Don Henley classic. I held off recording this for a long time, because I was put off by replicating the original guitar solo. In the end, I just gave up and made up my own entirely different solo. July - October 2015
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Don't dream it's over
I have really liked this Crowded House song for quite a long time. This home demo recording was meant to be another collaboration with Dave Disley and it went through being recorded in several keys to suit him before we finally agreed it would be an utter pig to sing. Having done lots of work on it, I thought I would finish a version off as best I could. The vocals on this are rather noticeably strained, as I have lost an amount of range since my thyroid op. I did want Dave to put more acoustic guitars on it for a bigger sound, but that didn't happen. We may revisit it... I might, possibly.... maybe. Late 2015.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson

Eaten by the Monster Of Love.
Written by Ron Mael - Originally recorded by Sparks. The world doesn't seem to get the Sparks joke, which is really sad. They have come up with 21 albums full of the wittiest and funniest songs, totally unlike anyone else.The great thing about being a Sparks fan is knowing everyone else is wrong. All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Every Time I See Her
I picked this song up off a Dave Edmunds album.
Gibson SGII (lead guitar), Fender Precision Lyte bass and MadDog Telecaster. Recorded 5.7.2016. This version remixed 6.7.2016.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Everyday
The Slade song. Converted from a waltz into 4/4.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Gallows Pole.
Traditional English folk song, made most famous by Led Zeppelin. Converted to blues from Hey-nonny-no. Re-recorded for the Black Cat Bone Led Zeppelin tribute CD.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Get down.
Recorded for the Black Cat Bone 'Guilty Pleasures' compilation CD. Originally recorded by the hugely under-rated Gilbert O'Sullivan.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Hey Joe
Featuring Dave Disley on lead vocal, piano and acoustic guitar. This track was recorded as we have both bought the same 24 track unit and wanted to get familiar with it. I played Rickenbacker 4003W bass, lead guitar on a Gibson Les Paul through various effects, drums and did the harmony backing vocals. Not a bad result for an afternoon's work. November 2015

I believe in you.
Recorded at Toys In The Attic studio, Bolton. Recorded for the Black Cat Bone Neil Young Harvest compilation CD.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

I need you.
One of my favourite Beatles songs - written by George Harrison. This shows - like a fair number of the rest of these videos do - that there's no point in just doing a carbon copy of a song. If you want to hear the song as it is on the record, play the record.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

I'll never get over you
A John Hiatt song. This is quite different from the original, from the 2001 album 'The Tiki Bar is open'.. I played bass, guitar and cello on this track. This is the second version of the song (see below). July 2015
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

I'll never get over you (first attempt)
I filmed the recording of the vocal and bass part while I was doing it on this occasion. The lyric sheet I was working from had some words missing, so I quickly dumped this version. However, I quite like the feel of this 'bass and drums' version, as it's got a lot of space in it and I could use my voice more as an instrument at this point. I repeated the process for the finished track in the video above, which has the correct lyrics.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson. July 2015

I'm mee I'm now and that's orl.

Another Slade song and the title spelling is all theirs, too. The b-side of 'Cum on feel the noize' never got a fair airing. It was a better song than a lot and was still relegated to a b-side! It would have made a good album track.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

In for a penny.
Another Slade song.
A fairly faithful version, too, except that I did the guitar solo with a piccolo sound on a synth and built up the keyboard parts.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Jane (live)
One of my own songs. This version recorded live with my band Go Crazy at the Stag's Head, Deane, Bolton in 1992. GO CRAZY: DREW WOOD - VOCALS, IAN EDMUNDSON - BASS GUITAR AND VOCALS, GARY BURNETT - GUITAR. I should say here and now that I did not co-write this with anyone, though one slightly deluded person did claim to have had a hand in it. He put some rather bad 'woh-oh-oh' type backing vocals on the tape and therefore considered himself to be the Lennon to my McCartney. I didn't even know him when I worte the song. That other version is here.

John I'm only dancing
The David Bowie song, re-recorded for the Black Cat Bone Bowie compilation CD.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Just what I needed
Malpractice
Recorded at Big Unit, Bolton, March 2014. Our version of the Cars classic
Phil Nolan - vocals, Ian Edmundson - bass / backing vocals, Dave Corlett - drums / backing vocals, Alan Wood - guitar / backing vocals

Let's spend the night together // Sex
Made famous by The Rolling Stones and Paul Young. Recorded for a BCB compilation CD. If you're going to re-record a cover, at least do it differently.

All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Loudest party in Hell (demo).
A last minute demo submitted for the 'Beyond Belief' EP with totally random madly effect-laden guitar parts, played one at a time, with the previous parts muted to stop me playing along with what was on tape, over a great distorted bass part. When the band went in the studio, the singer didn't want an instrumental on the EP, so I was obliged to write some words for it. I came up with some awful cacky faux-disco type words in an attempt to shame him into leaving it as an instrumental. Despite the absolutely obvious and quite deliberate awfulness of the lyrics, he didn't flinch from singing them. The title totally reflects the joke lyrics. This is the version that was meant to be.
Recorded in one session at Toys In The Attic by Ian Edmundson.

Love is lying
This is another excellent Colin Berry song dating from the Peppermint Dream period. Though I have some good live and rehearsal takes on tape, this is my own recording from the late 90's. This is the one time Colin asked me to collaborate on a song, as he usually came with quite perfectly formed ideas. I came up with the arrangement for the instrumental buildup and the vamp, just before the last verse - the main song is all his, though. He wrote some very good tunes.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Lucky me, lucky you.
Featuring the inestimable vocal talents of the delightful Miss Sindy Goodbody, courtesy of Miss Prim's Finishing School For Innocent Catholic Schoolgirls. A little known gem from the collective pens of Ron and Russell Mael, both halves of the excellent Sparks.
All instruments, vocals and production by Ian Edmundson.

My Sharona
Malpractice
Recorded at Big Unit, Bolton, March 2014. Knackered.
Phil Nolan - vocals, Ian Edmundson - bass / backing vocals, Dave Corlett - drums / backing vocals, Alan Wood - guitar / backing vocals

My Sharona Video of the actual recording of the Knack track. Thanks to John Foden for this video.

Never turn your back on Mother Earth.
A tremendous Sparks song, re-recorded late 90's.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

OPUS #1 FOR MARIMBA

One of the two b-side tracks from the 'Thanks for the memory' cassette EP by Go Crazy. Recorded at Toys In The Attic Studio 1990.
All instruments and production / mix by Ian Edmundson.

Pictures of matchstick men
Recorded for the 1967 Black Cat Bone compilation in June 2012. Thank you Status Quo.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Run Runaway.
Ian Edmundson does Slade does Big Country.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

She did it to me.
Another tremendous Slade b-side that deserved better exposure than it ever got.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Sir
Written with Phil Smith (he did the lyrics and I put them to music) as one of a number of songs for his band Torn Dreams in 1985.
This is the quick demo that I did for them to show them how the song went.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Sleep instead of teardrops.
A Justin Currie song, performed originally by Del Amitri. In an obvious act of career suicide, they left the best song the had written for the Some Other Suckers Parade album as a b-side to a single that didn't do very well. Until Justin Currie recently started performing the song in his own shows, the song languished in obscurity. This version was recorded specially for the 'Pasted beyond recognition' charity album in aid of SpinaBifida Research Scotland. Musicians were invited to submit songs for consideration. Sniffing a golden opportunity to get more recordings released and to look worthy, the Big Boys and Signed Acts came along, one by one and predictably edged all the unsigned musicians out.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Son of my father
This is the old Chicory Tip hit, as reimagined as if Status Quo had been allowed to sneak into the studio and beef it up a bit. I am particularly pleased with the keyboard solos, which I am pointing out because they took me absolutely ages to do. Another one started in the 1990's and partly re-recorded in January 2014.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

The Bangin' man
Totally re-imagined to include strings and one of the most strained vocals I've ever done. Slade's Nod had an unmatchable voice when he let rip.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Thanks for Christmas.
XTC released this under a pseudonym to see if they could get a sniff at the charts with it. Perfect tasteful pop music, so it never stood a chance. Recorded for the Black Cat Bone Christmas compilation CD.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Thanks for the memory.
The last of the Slade songs. Possibly. Particularly awkward to play like the original, I did my best. Another one where singing like Noddy Holder is really the best idea, but I can't and that's that. This was released on a cassette single in 1992.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

The Cross
This song was recorded in 1987, soon after the release of Prince's excellent 'Sign 'O' The Times' double album, on which the original version of this song appeared. With recent sad events in mind, I pulled the mp3 off my hard drive and made a short video to post on Youtube. The recording itself is quite primitive. I played lead guitar with an E-bow which is a sound I really liked. It's not a patch on the original, of course, but it was something I did to pass the time one day. 1987
.All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Too damn stupid to live.
Another Black Cat Bone compilation CD track. This one was recorded as a nice celebration of the work of Black Cat Bone forumite King Feeb. A prolific song writer. Quite off the beaten track. Not like everyone else. Thank God.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Wait and see.
One of my orginal songs, written at the end of my tenure with The Peppermint Dream and the first thing I did after parting company with the band.
Recorded at Soundlab Studio, Bolton. 1982. Produced by Peter Makin.
IAN EDMUNDSON - Vocal, guitar, bass, background vocals. PETER MAKIN - Guitar, keyboard, background vocals.

We don't want to go home (unreleased version)
This song was on the b-side of the 7" vinyl single I put out as Go Crazy in 1991. The b-side on the single itself featured a lead vocal by Drew Wood, who later went on to sing with a rather good Bolton band called Tresspass. This is the version I had already recorded before Drew came along. It's a rather rough and ready and admittedly lo-fi recording, with what I thought was a good guitar solo, going by my own standards. It hung together nicely and had enough hooks and catchy bits to be a good song. This version only existed on a cassette.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson. 1991

When you walk in the room
Malpractice Recorded at Big Unit, Bolton, March 2014. Searchers cover.
Phil Nolan - vocals, Ian Edmundson - bass / backing vocals, Dave Corlett - drums / backing vocals, Alan Wood - guitar / backing vocals

(Who's got) your attention?
One of my own songs. This song dates from around 1980. Re-recorded 29th September 2017.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

(Who's got) your attention?
One of my own songs. This song dates from around 1980. Re-recorded during the 1990's.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

Whole wide world
Malpractice
Recorded at Big Unit, Bolton, March 2014.
Phil Nolan - vocals, Ian Edmundson - bass / backing vocals, Dave Corlett - drums / backing vocals, Alan Wood - guitar / backing vocals
There is only one Wreckless Eric - This is his song and he is our hero.

You don't see it at all.
One of my own songs. I wrote this on a coffee break while recording at Pete Makin's Soundlab studio. I was messing about with a keyboard that was set to run up and down arpeggios and the bare bones of this was the result. This is a re-recording of the original idea. This made it into Go Crazy's live set for a while.
All instruments, vocals, arrangement, production and mix by Ian Edmundson.

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