NOTE: You can hear the original recordings done in 1966-67 in the sidebar Jukebox. These are reduced quality (96kbps) and are presented ‘warts and all’. If you are interested in hearing these songs cleaned up and sparkled (in as much as humanly and technologically possible), please contact us via posting, contact form or email.
Zany Woodruff Recordings
1966-67 – Huddersfield
1967 Godalming – Surrey
Huddersfield 1966-67 – Matt Mathias studio in King Street
Graham Lockwood still owns the original quarter inch reel-to-reel tape of these sessions. Present, were the ZWO definitive five piece line-up of Russ, Martin, Kenny, Pete & Graham.
Mat Mathias came to England and established his small radio repairs shop in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. As a sideline and hobby he began to record various local bands during the 1960s’. He later became famous in the amplification field for designing and building the MATAMP, and after production switched further south, the line of amps bore the legend of ORANGE (and just to prove this, they were covered in bright orange tolex!). Mat passed away some years ago, but his amp building legacy still lives on. A link to the Matamp website is accessed from the Links page.
The tracks laid down during the sessions were:
Crawlin’ Up A Hill – A John Mayall composition.
5418 – An original from ZWO, complete with Northern Soul overtones!
Harlem Shuffle – A cover of the Bob & Earl US recording.
Closer Than Close – Another original from ZWO, certainly a better attempt than 5418!
You Keep Me Hanging On – Not the original Supremes version, but the later Vanilla Fudge cover.
You Really Got Me – A cover of the Kinks hit.
Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire – From the Jimi Hendrix Experience debut album.
Turn To Grey – From the Yardbirds second album.
Tales Of Brave Ulysses – A Cream composition.
Well, in hindsight, by today’s standards – it’s pretty rough. But then we didn’t have the facilities and production skills of Abbey Road or George Martin. Just a cramped back room and Matt shouting down instructions from upstairs as he operated his small four track recording machine and all in glorious mono.
– Graham Lockwood
Godalming – Surrey
You Should Have Been In My Place
On the Saturday night we’d played the Whisky a-go-go in Soho; Greek Street I think. Then on the Sunday we went down to RG Jones’s studio in Morden. It was set in the countryside in very beautiful grounds. We did the backing tracks for ‘Time Machine’ and then ‘You Should Have Been In My Place’ in maybe four takes each (shit we were really good that day, or maybe just lucky.. )
Then we then began to put down the vocals. Because the songs were written and the recordings paid for by Lorna Wallis our agent, Andrea was chosen to take the lead vocal. (Khyber said that was a shame, or words to that effect. I think he was quite relieved he did not have to put his vocal talents to those two songs). Anyway after listening to Andrea’s efforts for about an hour or twenty takes Pete, Gaz and I decided to take part in some liquid refreshment. We sat in the lovely gardens listening to the radio, it was the summer of love, flower power, and we drank and listened to the Young Rascals singing Groovin’. I guess we thought we had the world at our feet. It did seem like it then. I think in the short time the Zanies were going we lived more in eighteen months than most people do in a lifetime. Yes it did seem like the perfect afternoon and the world was ours.
After the recordings were done, we had a venue to play – The Angel at Godalming.
For the following Sunday they had an up and coming band called The Equals. Great days I think.
– Kenny –