Hidden Masters presents… Chris Wood – Evening Blue
- 200+ page hardback book-set + 180gsm vinyl + 4Cds.
- First release in new worldwide distribution deal with Caroline International.
Pre-ordering commences 12 noon February 10, 2016 via a separate website
Over four years in development, Evening Blue is the first book-set to chronicle and celebrate Chris Wood’s life in music from co-founding Traffic via his many collaborations with the likes of John Martyn, The Wailers’ Tyrone Downie, Free and many others to his own solo work.
The first edition, limited to 1,000 individually numbered copies worldwide, will be issued this summer via HiddenMasters new worldwide distribution deal with Caroline International on what would have been Chris’s birthday – June 24th
Evening Blue has been curated in close collaboration with Steph Wood who administers her brother’s estate. Included are:
A first pressing of Chris’s never-released solo LP on 180gsm vinyl. The ¼” reels were compiled and sequenced by Chris with engineer Terry Barham at Island’s Fall Out Shelter studio in Hammersmith on Sunday, October 1st 1978. Long thought lost, the masters were discovered by chance in a barn in the West of England during the spring of 2013. While some titles are known, none of the selections have previously been heard.
- Side One: Song For Pete | See No Man Girl | Letter One | Barbed Wire | Don’t It
- Side Two: Jam In Butter | Moon Child Vulcan | Tone Blind Rhythm Deaf | Birth In A Day
It will be housed in a 200+ page hardback book which includes over 420 images, the majority of which have not been seen before. The text has been abridged and edited from Dan Ropek’s biography of Chris and, together with Ropek’s own interviews with the late Jim Capaldi and Paul Medcalf as well as many of Chris’s friends and musical colleagues throughout his life, Evening Blue includes exclusive interviews with: Steph Wood and Anna Capaldi-Gilbey, studio engineers Dick Cuthell, Terry Barham and Brian Humphries, musicians Mike Kellie, Steve Winwood, Poli Palmer and Gordon Jackson. as well as Muscle Shoals Swampers Charles Rose and David Hood. Photographers include Brian Cooke, Richard Keith Wolff, Dina Regine, Barrie Wentzell, Chris Walter, David Miller, Dan Cuny and Gered Mankowitz,
The CDs include music drawn from Chris’s entire career with his solo recordings taking centre-stage. Evening Blue also includes alternate takes and mixes as well as previously unheard compositions and never-before-heard home demos and other sketches.
Naturally, there is music from Traffic as well as recordings by Gordon Jackson, John Martyn, Dave Mason, The Sky, Jim Capaldi, Bobby Whitlock, Airforce, Martha Velez, Shawn Phillips and others.
The set also features previously unheard collaborative work with The Wailers’ keyboard player, Tyrone Downie as well as Rebop Kwaku Baah, Remi Kabaka, Dr John and Jeanette Jacobs. Tracks from the only known-to-survive recordings by the short-lived Mason, Capaldi, Wood & Frog line-up are also included.
With only a couple of exceptions (where the original masters no longer exist) the selections have been re-mastered by Richard Whittaker in the UK from the original 1⁄4”, 1” or 2” analog tapes.
There will be 33 Deluxe editions which are cased in a bespoke leather case by Steph. More details about the deluxe edition here
Steph Wood: “I’d like to think Chris would be quietly proud of this; you see, he was never one to particularly push himself forward or speak up for that matter… he was much more interested in playing the very best he could. That’s what mattered to him. There is such a cross section of music here – and that’s a good thing because Chris never knew boundaries in music. As much as he loved working with people like Steve and Jimi, he was equally at ease helping young people just starting with the sax or flute – passing on what he’d call colouring with music. That’s what he did the best – colour the music. I’d no idea he’d written a song for me – I don’t think anybody did until the Tyrone Downie tapes were tracked down. What a lovely surprise. Bless him.
HiddenMasters.net – is a bespoke contemporary music archive curation service. It was established in 2008 and its first release was the critically acclaimed The Jess Roden Anthology – about which Mojo said: a meticulously compiled treasure-trove. … all of it beautifully restored and presented. Record Collector gave it one of only three 5star reviews in issue 415 of the magazine; Uncut stated: this meticulous 6CD set marks the first thorough overview of Jess Roden’s career while Richard Williams for The Blue Moment added: There are surprises all over these CDs, some of them unearthed from unlabelled tape boxes that had lain undisturbed in obscure vaults for decades.
Gemma Hayes’ limited edition first ever live LP followed after which came the expanded hardback edition of her most recent album, Bones+Longing. Further book-sets in-development include career retrospectives for Head Hands & Feet, Manchester’s The Distractions, and others together with expanded vinyl editions of both Jess Roden led Bronco LPs and also Jess’s first solo LP.