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'Guitars of Love' - an instrumental band playing instrumental tunes of the '50s & '60s with an emphasis on the British take on surf twang - i.e. the 'Shadows'

This type of musical genre is known mostly by folk in their '50s, who remember the resounding tones of a Stratocaster strung with strings the thickness of fencing wire played through a VOX AC30, gently issuing from Mom & Dad's old valve car radio on the way home from the beach in the early sixties.

It's daggy, but good ...

Cabin Fever was a Melbourne R&B band playing some classic R&B & Rock & Roll.


 
If you go here you can hear stuff recorded quite a while ago at the Macawber Hotel

Apart from playing in many bands over the years, I have pursued solo recordings with alacrity. Some of it ..... is pretty good I think.

The music is recorded on the simplest possible gear. I take the Abbey Road aproach. Much of has been re-mastered from 4-track recordngs originally made on a TEAC 4 track A3440 reel to reel, and added to in some instances. Some more recently all-digital done on my M-Audio Delta 66 card.

'Shed For Brains' shortened to 'The Sheds', was a recording project undertaken by Paul Gadsby, Kelvin Fleming (me) and Tony Thornton in about 2004 - 2005. The idea was, to get together and record spontaneous snippets and ideas, and "turn them into something" using loops and then overdubbing. In other words, a modern recording project which none of us had done before. It didn't quite turn out like that, but turned out well...

The Crikets were a Buddy Holly concept band formed around 1992.

It featured Jamie Forbes as Buddy Holly, with Lou Black on drums, Ian Amor on bass, and me on guitar. We made a 4-track demo at my house on my TEAC A3440 machine. A few years aqo I remastered the tape on my M-audio Delta66 sound card.

'The Big Fans of Jesus' were a kick ass Californian style Punk garage band headed up by the venerable Bill Baxter in about '83, playing some real high energy twangy tunes.

These live tracks were recorded in the Great Hall at the National Gallery Victoria. Taken from cassette, they were digitised and kindly given to me by Mindi Bakopanos.

I have EQed and added some dynamic expansion.

'The Fortunate Sons' were a great bluesy Credence style band headed by Don Morrison, Formed in late '83. Personel  were Don vocal, guitar, slide guitar. Steve Waddo' Watson on drums, Paul Zeising on fretless electric bass and me (Kelvin Fleming) on electric guitars.

Some of these tracks were recorded in an 8-track studio on Punt Road Melbourne. Although somewhat over-produced in the 80's style, they came up pretty well, and were a good representation of the live work. Also included are some live tracks from the Lincoln Hotel in the city.

'Clean Cut' was an Adelaide which formed during 1976 and played around their hometown of Adelaide in South Australia during 1977-'78. The musical genre was modern R&B and rock & roll - mostly covers of alternative music of the period such as Elvis Costello, Graham Parker & Mink Deville also with a lot of Australian music such as Ross Wilson, 'Daddy Cool', 'The Dingoes' and 'Billy T'. For most of us, this was our first real taste of bandom.

'Clouds of Stone' were a heavy rock band around in about 1990. Comprising James Harrison on vocals, Nathan Morrow on the bass, myself on guitar, and a couple of drummers; Rob and Vange. Nathan and James wrote most of the songs, and we recorded a bunch of them at my house in Box Hill. The drummer on the Box Hill recordings was Greg Martin. They are room rercordings recorded with two PZM ambient mics, with the vocals and lead guitar bits doubled up later in my little music room.





Handy low frequency gliding test tones

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Ross Hannaford and myself jamming some years ago.

Sometimes Ross would come around and chew the fat. He liked my Tele a lot and I grabbed my Maton bass and blundered through along with him, and happened to have a reel to reel set up. Rough but good it sounds a bit like 'Danny Boy'and then goes bluesy .... so 'Ross'

RIP Ross. Melbourne will never be the same without you

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