The Smiths - The Pablo Cuckoo Tape - 1983 rehearsal - previously uncirculated.

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Post 16-Mar-2013 16:18

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I've never uploaded before so I hope I get this right...
Here's one that you haven't heard before...
In May 1983 (exact date unknown), while preparing to record their first album, The Smiths ran through a selection of songs at a rehearsal in a room in manager Joe Moss' jeans warehouse. The tape was recorded for what became known as the Troy Tate sessions, in order to give the band and producer something to work with before going into the studio. It's pretty rough but considering it was only recorded on cassette with a stereo mic pointing into the room, the quality isn't too bad. Morrissey's vocals are a bit distorted - maybe singing too close to the mic or maybe the cassette mic was too close to the PA - but everything else is surprisingly clear. There is some tape flutter at various points.
I was lent the master cassette by a source close to the band who made the recording - let's call him Pablo Cuckoo - in 1997, with a view to trying to put it out as a semi official release, as it was recorded before the band had signed to Rough Trade, so technically he had the rights to the recording. But a combination of the poor sound quality and threats from Warner Bros, meant that the idea was shelved. The master cassette was transferred to DAT at that time but the DAT copy disappeared shortly afterwards. To my surprise it resurfaced a few weeks ago while I was going through some boxes of old tapes. The quality is a lot better than I'd remembered too!
I've done a little work on the overall sound but only on the EQ, no compression has been applied. There is a possibility that some noise reduction was done when it was first transferred to DAT as you would expect more tape hiss, but I can't be sure.
Anyway, it's a good listen and must be one of the earliest recordings of the band, certainly in a non concert setting. Sadly there isn't much between song chat, which could have been interesting...
Enjoy the tape and please circulate freely but don't charge for it!


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Post 16-Mar-2013 16:35 (after 16 minutes)

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Thank you!
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Post 16-Mar-2013 16:39 (after 4 minutes)

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Now this sounds very very intersting, cheers :)
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Post 16-Mar-2013 20:33 (after 3 hours)

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Wow. Anxiously downloading now. Sounds very interesting!
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Post 16-Mar-2013 21:51 (after 1 hour 18 minutes)

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Cheers! after all these years, still new tapes comes to the circulation, amazing.
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Post 16-Mar-2013 22:23 (after 31 minute)

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Wow. Thank you.
Sounds very EQ-able.
Is there any sort of prize for guessing the identity of Senor Cuckoo?
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Post 16-Mar-2013 23:31 (after 1 hour 7 minutes)

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Amazing upload ! Thank you very much
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Post 16-Mar-2013 23:54 (after 23 minutes)

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Look forward to downloading this tomorrow when I get back from Brum.
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Post 17-Mar-2013 00:30 (after 36 minutes)

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THANK YOU. Fantastic.
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Post 17-Mar-2013 00:52 (after 21 minute)

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Really nice! Thank you VERY MUCH for sharing this!
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Post 17-Mar-2013 08:41 (after 7 hours)

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Great !! amazing version of these things take time !
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Thank you!!!
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Post 17-Mar-2013 08:50 (after 2 minutes)

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Thank You for this, Quite incredible 8)
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Post 17-Mar-2013 17:26 (after 8 hours)

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I've never uploaded before so I hope I get this right...
Here's one that you haven't heard before...
The man from Hojo, 2013
Really great stuff,
Thank you very much
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Post 17-Mar-2013 20:41 (after 3 hours)

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Is there not a track #8 then?
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