Well this is it, the new Cargo Studios web site. I must say a big thank you to Claire Kavanagh at Web Monkeys in Bacup for sorting it all out and doing such a brilliant job. You can contact her on 01706 874045.
Chris Connelly has been an invaluable help with everything and he’s also working on a Cargo discography which should be around next year.
Cargo Studios now has a Facebook page if you’d like to visit and add any comments. Chris has added a section which seems to be proving very popular of “ …on this day in Cargo studios”. Everyday he adds the name of a different group or solo artist who recorded in the studio on this day in say 1980 or indeed any year between 1978 and 1985 also adding links to the group, as a lot of them are still around, and links to You Tube.
There are a few recent additions to the Photo Gallery. The first being a promotional flyer for Heinz. Heinz used to be the bass player with 60s band The Tornados who had a mega worldwide hit with Telstar. Some time later he went solo and producer John Allen brought him into Cargo to record Just Like Eddie and Country Boy. The record was released on the Cargo Records label.
There are also a couple more adverts for Cargo that have surfaced. One of them is from International Musician (March 1980) and a couple from City Fun.
I’ve added about another 100 band names to the Bands page, I’m sure there’s still some I’ve missed, if I have please let me know.
Just recently I found the original Year Planners from the studio for years 1981, 1982 & 1983. Fascinating stuff just seeing who came in and when. They are under the Photos section, Chris took some Hi Res photos of them so it’s possible to magnify the image making it easier to read.
There’s a fascinating letter which I received from Dave Stowell in Chicago with a first hand experience story of Martin Hannett. You’ll find that under the letters to Cargo section.
The Change have just released a new 7″ vinyl of a recording they recorded in Cargo in 1979. It’s called “Where Were You” and you can buy it from Vinyl Revival in Manchester. (0161 661 6393)
The old studio which was derelict for many years has been completely rebuilt and refurbished with new gear which is great to see and is now called Voltalab. Marc Lewis is the guy behind it all, give him a ring. (01706 651722)
About four years ago I rebuilt Cargo Studios in the refurbished attic of my house primarily to mix my own projects, (as these days I don’t require a huge mixing desk, just a MAC and some speakers). In 2011 I released an album by singer song writer Jim Cemlyn Jones, and late last year a solo album by Jim Milne who used to be in the group Tractor. This year there is an album by Sprouthead Uprising scheduled for release . Sprout Head were a side line band for the Suns of Arqa with Mike Ward who is now known as Wadada. I got hold of the original 24 track and 16 track masters had them transferred to digital and have remixed them all. And I have some tracks lined up with singer/songwriter Clare Lock who has written some amazing stuff.
So it’s still pretty full on, drop me a line if you’d like anything added, and I hope you enjoy this new site