Found Tapes 1985-1989

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The archive, (started in 1985), consists of strangers’ home recordings made via microphone onto tapes found dumped in skips and bins, or left in tape machines found at car boot, attic and jumble sales. These are generally unique one-off recordings, ranging from the banal to the disturbing. A certain enigmatic appeal stems from their not being intended for playback by an ‘audience’; the circumstances of their discovery and acquisition lend them a certain fragility, having been ‘saved’ from being lost forever. They are a unique way of viewing a moment, time or place.
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85r001. Estimated date of recordings: 1971 Found: Liscard (Wirral) attic sale (on Baird/BSR tape recorder). , late 1985/early 86 Format: Quarter inch open reel, half track mono, speed 3.75 ips. A mother tries to get her baby to talk into the mic . Also records some top ten radio hits from 1971 via microphone – complete with child in background – and some Johnny Cash records.
85r001. Estimated date of recordings: 1971
Found: Liscard (Wirral) attic sale (on Baird/BSR tape recorder). , late 1985/early 86
Format: Quarter inch open reel, half track mono, speed 3.75 ips.
A mother tries to get baby Carl to talk into the mic. Also records some top ten radio hits from 1971 via microphone – complete with child in background – and some Johnny Cash records. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/czk3r0spxubzj3z/85R001+-+liscard.mp3
86R001
86R001. Found: together with Marconi recorder, rubbish dump, Wirral, 1986. Format: 5.75” inch reel, half track mono, speed 3.75 ips. Content: Party /singalong with percussion and poetry. LISTEN: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/a2es821ug02ge9w/86R001+neston+POETRY.mp3
86r003
86r003. FOUND: Flea market, Belmont road, Liverpool. On Grundig TK5 recorder. Format: 5″ reel, speed 3.75 ips. Half track mono. Content: Brief recording via mic of TV show ‘The comedians’ with Mike Reid, followed by brief conversation. Estimated date of recordings: 1971. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/npa2qa5oh118cxa/86R003-+COMEDIANS.mp3
87R001
87R001. Estimated date of recordings: 1978–9. Found: Gayton (Wirral) primary school jumble sale, 1987 on Fidelity ‘Playmaster’ tape machine. Format: 5.75″ inch reel, speed 3.75 ips, half track mono. James Hanson is bored and decides to read parts of War of the worlds, make a few noises into the mike and indulge in some electro bleeping with a primitive organ of sorts. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/s1por6lu8pvjc38/87R001+GAYTON.mp3
87R002
87R002. Drainage questions on proposed school construction site, Birkett Ave. Found: Skip, Wallasey, Wirral, 1987 Format: 7″ reel, half track mono, speed 3.75 ips. This is what appears to be a planners’ meeting about the construction of Wallasey comprehensive schools (known later as Henry Meols/ Oxley/ Wallasey School and recently renamed Kingsway Academy) and associated gymnasia, pools etc. and associated cost, space and drainage considerations. Estimated date of recording: early 1960s. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/gd50l1ee401gisv/87R002++birkett+drainage.mp3
87r003
87r003. Found: jumble sale, Willaston, Wirral . On ‘Miny’ rim drive portable reel machine. Format: half track mono, variable speed (between 2 and 4 ips). Content: Various distorted recordings of music (first 3 mins) and children on mic (subsequently) . Muffled and unstable due to poor quality of machine. Estimated date of recordings: mid 1970s (musical style).http://www.mediafire.com/listen/7m9ydfgxduqgqdw/87r003_rimdrive_full.mp3
Group 88R001 were all found in one lot together with a Philips portable recorder in an attic sale in Hoylake, wirral, February 1988. All 3" spools. This one appeared to bear little relation to the other tapes. Andy (‘Andy pandy ball face’), about 17 years old, resident of Wallasey, makes a tape – not clear whether as a kind of audio diary for himself or taped letter for his girlfriend Ann (‘Abby babby’) with whom he is besotted. He records a few top ten hits and then, in a ten minute monologue, examines their relationship : its origins ( complete with a rather graphic account of a beating at the hands of her ex/his erstwhile work colleague, Mike) and a few ups and downs including his tears over a 3 a.m. tiff.Estimated date of recording: Feb. 1971
88r001a. Group 88R001 were all found in one lot together with a Philips portable recorder in an attic sale in Hoylake, wirral, February 1988. All 3″ spools. This one appeared to bear little relation to the other tapes. Andy (‘Andy pandy ball face’), about 17 years old, resident of Wallasey, makes a tape – not clear whether as a kind of audio diary for himself or taped letter for his girlfriend Ann (‘Abby babby’) with whom he is besotted. He records a few top ten hits and then, in a ten minute monologue, examines their relationship : its origins ( complete with a rather graphic account of a beating at the hands of her ex/his erstwhile work colleague, Mike) and a few ups and downs including his tears over a 3 a.m. tiff.Estimated date of recording: Feb. 1971. LISTEN: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/mkphygma4w1gchf/88R001A+STORY+edit.mp3
Found: Attic sale, West Kirby, Feb. 1988 Format: Quarter inch open reel, half track mono, speed 1 7/8 i.p.s. Estimated date of recordings: 1967. Duration of recordings: 40 mins. A series of ‘field recordings’ , taped letter (interspersed with music from records and radio) made by Frank on the Cunard Liner. Since the ship was retired from service in 1967, it is probable that this was its final voyage. The tape starts with what seems to be some friendly baiting of an older or slightly worse for wear colleague, the father of the tape’s recipient (clipt 2( Later content includes recordings made with the ship en route for New York albeit with in staff, and a farewell and a few messages from other crew. There are three further spoken latter type tapes seemingly made by Mr Watson.
88r001b. Found: Attic sale, West Kirby, Feb. 1988. Format: Quarter inch open reel, half track mono, speed 1 7/8 i.p.s. Estimated date of recordings: 1967. Duration of recordings: 40 mins. A series of ‘field recordings’ , taped letter (interspersed with music from records and radio) made by Frank on the Cunard Liner. Since the ship was retired from service in 1967, it is probable that this was its final voyage. The tape starts with what seems to be some friendly baiting of an older or slightly worse for wear colleague, the father of the tape’s recipient (LISTEN: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/dsa2f5311c8z51f/88R001B+EXTRACT+OUTINBOAT.mp3) Later content includes recordings made with the ship en route for New York albeit with in staff, and a farewell and a few messages from other crew. There are three further spoken letter type tapes seemingly made by Mr Watson.
88r001c. Appears to be a recording of a get-together, with a mixture of Uk and US accents, presumably on board the ‘Mary. Unfortunately only this fragment survives. Interestingly the spool bears a price label from 'Stuart's - BERMUDA'.
88r001c. Appears to be a recording of a get-together, with a mixture of Uk and US accents, presumably on board the ‘Mary. Unfortunately only this fragment survives. Interestingly the spool bears a price label from ‘Stuart’s – BERMUDA’. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/7s8a2189kps86pe/88R001C_-_f_watson_2nd_tape.mp3
88r001D
88r001d. This tape is addressed on the box to Mr. Joe Rellaway of Priory Bridge Rd., Taunton, Somerset. Clearly a kind of taped letter. We learn that Joe is a watch and clock technician with a shop in Taunton. Having gathered his wife Edna, and sundry family and friends together, he uses his two microphones to record a response to a tape from his friend Charlie and Doris. We hear about preparations for his daughter Heather’s wedding, Uncle Ernie’s mental problems, car crashes and thefts (Ford Anglia and Prefect are mentioned, dating the recording to the mid 1960s). News of a rather unpleasant stomach upset is balanced with details of holiday plans in the Torquay area. After a few minutes, the message is interrupted by a short distorted recording, seemingly an aborted attempt at a response from Charlie on a tape recorder he (rightly) doesn’t ‘think is working properly’. Format: Quarter inch open reel, speed 3.75 ips, half track mono. Duration: 30 mins. LISTEN: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/xyix7dc0vyfc0nw/88R001D+joe+PT1.mp3
88r001e. Estimated date of recording: December 1966. Half track mono, speed 1 7/8 ips. Another taped missive from Frank Watson on the Queen Mary. He records some New Vaudeville band songs for his wife. This dates the recording to at the earliest, late 1966. More music follows which they heard together on the RMS Franconia (another Cunard liner), some comedy, some Rolf Harris songs, some Ray Conniff, Tommy Dorsey and other swing. Reference is made to Monty who presumably, will help deliver the tape. It ends with xmas wishes to Jerry and Val; Peggy Quayle, Mrs Frame.
88r001e. Estimated date of recording: December 1966. Half track mono, speed 1 7/8 ips. Another taped missive from Frank Watson on the Queen Mary. He records some New Vaudeville band songs for his wife. This dates the recording to at the earliest, late 1966. More music follows which they heard together on the RMS Franconia (another Cunard liner), some comedy, some Rolf Harris songs, some Ray Conniff, Tommy Dorsey and other swing. Reference is made to Monty who presumably, will help deliver the tape. It ends with xmas wishes to Jerry and Val; Peggy Quayle, Mrs Frame. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/h6w6l6o011eg0wi/88r001e_web.mp3
88r001f. Testing recorder (nursery rhymes); also reading of Liverpool echo report of train strike, drugs theft from a pharmacy in Leverhulme, also a sung fragment of Johnny Nash’s ‘Cream puff ‘ and Chuck Berry’s ‘My ding a ling’ (both released 1972). The male voice sounds like that in tape 001A. There follows some casual conversations over dinner;
88r001f.
Testing recorder (nursery rhymes); also reading of Liverpool echo report of train strike, drugs theft from a pharmacy in Leverhulme, also a sung fragment of Johnny Nash’s ‘Cream puff ‘ and Chuck Berry’s ‘My ding a ling’ (both released 1972). The male voice sounds like that in tape 001A. There follows some casual conversations over dinner. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/bsn10as2wmbhccj/88r001f_web.mp3
88r002 format: quarter track mono. speed 3.75ips 5" reel. Found: mid 1988, wallasey. Content: unknown singer /guitar accompaniment. Possible song titles: Standing on the Outside of a Circle; Untitled instrumental; I Have Looked Upon a Land (Influences clearly Fleetwood mac, Donovan,...) Selection ends with instrumental cover of Blackbird (Lennon /McCartney).
88r002
format: quarter track mono. speed 3.75ips 5″ reel. Found: mid 1988, wallasey.
Content: unknown singer /guitar accompaniment. Possible song titles: Standing on the Outside of a Circle (listen: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/dhvk93v950o44b2/88r002_web_philomena.mp3) ; Untitled instrumental (LISTEN : http://www.mediafire.com/listen/c307wit7matt7q8/88r002_web_untitled_instr.mp3 ); I Have Looked Upon a Land (Influences clearly Fleetwood mac, Donovan. LISTEN: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/3z3oq162nxnh0n2/88r002_web_i_have_looked.mp3 ) Selection ends with instrumental cover of Blackbird (Lennon /McCartney).

88R003

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88r003. Found: Liverpool, 1988 Format: half track mono 3.75 ips. One of several, only this segment survived. Content: appeals for funding
88r003. Found: Liverpool, 1988
Format: half track mono 3.75 ips.
One of several, only this segment survived. Content: appeals for funding. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/smoaaarfouhsoce/88r003_onecleanribbon.mp3
Tape 89R001A Estimated date of recordings: 1971 Format: Quarter inch open reel, half track mono, speed 1. 7/8 and 3. 3/4 ips. Found: ‘Dock Road’ fleamarket, Liverpool, 1989 A series of casual conversations, speakers appear to be Liverpudlians of Irish origin.
Tape 89R001A Estimated date of recordings: 1971
Format: Quarter inch open reel, half track mono, speed 1. 7/8 and 3. 3/4 ips. Found: ‘Dock Road’ fleamarket, Liverpool, 1989
A series of casual conversations, speakers appear to be Liverpudlians of Irish origin. LISTEN: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/4moq81fuq4vhylb/89R001A++-+live+off+cheese.mp3

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87c001. Found: early 1987, Liverpool.  from an‘unofficial’ car boot sale on the Dock Road, one of several held on bombsites around the perimiter of the city.
Content: originally a pre-recorded release by Welsh prog rockers Man with tell-tale sellotape over the cassette spine, and now containing a hissy, taped phone call between two lovers, John (with a local accent) and Gabi, a germanic-sounding girl in Brazil. Conversing in English yet neither seeming to understand the other. Listen: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/7kdp15nr75a6437/87c001.mp3

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