Graded Grains


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This 45 was released by the Spartans locally in 1965.  The two tracks are Lies (The Who) & Tell Me (Chris Montez).  Recorded by John, Roger, Chris, Humphrey & Tommy at Oak Records, Morden, Surrey.  Brian Roberts from Starline Entertainment, who managed the group, financed the records & about fifty were pressed

These two tracks, Animal Magic (written by John & Bud) & Lucifer Sam (written by Syd Barratt of Pink Floyd), were recorded at the Swan Street Studio, Torquay - Engineered by Tony Waldron in 1968 & now named the Graded Grains - John, Bud & Cliff.

They were found, a very scratched 45 acetate, in a London shop a long time ago.  Someone got hold of this record & put the tracks on a compilation LP (& CD) - including all the background noise.  This acetate emerged again around 2004 on eBay.  John was unaware of this release & only found it through helping Nigel Lees on his Alphabeat project - see below.

Even yesterday, 12/09/2020, I had an email containing these two images!

These two tracks were included, in this compilation, released in 1986 - Chocolate Soup For Diabetics, Volume 3.

Below Left -  This Graded Grains acetate was used as part of - Alphabeat

Below Right - Alphabeat was released on CD/LP on 29/07/05.  The tracks are - Gabriel Says Yes, Animal Magic, On The Dole & Harry The Hermit - all written by John & Bud.  On CD & LP and includes a comprehensive booklet

A special thanks to Nigel (Lees) for making this possible.  He took the original Paris recordings & had them digitally cleaned up & included four of these tracks on this compilation

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Below - This book was release 30/10/03 - Oh No! It's Local Rock And Roll ... but I like it

The front cover shows (top) the Spartans 1965 - left to right - Chris, Tommy, Humphrey, Roger & John - in Fore Street, Exeter & (bottom) Gary Kane and the Tornadoes.  The back cover features the Graded Grains (middle, three down) at Hospital Barracks, Bad Kreuznach, Germany in July 1969.  Left to right - Bud, Tommy, John & Terry

There are three books out - Tiverton, Exeter & Taunton Areas - be careful when ordering

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And after about fifty years these two tracks were released in 2018!

Disk 1 - Track 16 - The original recording of Animal Magic with John, Bud & Cliff - below

Above - Disk 4 - Track 18 - The Spartans recorded at Oak Records, Morden, Surry - John, Chris, Tommy, Rog & Humph - above

Below are the invoices for the royalties in 2019!  On the left are for The Spartans (Lies) in 1965 - sold 399 copies & accrued 37.92.  On the right The Graded Grains (original version of Animal Magic) circa 1968/69 sold 774 copies & accrued 62.33

Next - the cheque for Animal Magic

Not an April Fool!