Here it is!
The very first CHARLIE single that was released on DECCA in 1973.
I had this on order from my local record shop (remember those) once I had seen them support the Who, but it never came through.
Thanks to E-bay I now have 2 copies (one demo, one release version,) and a spare copy (a bit scratched, which a friend picked up for me in a charity shop).
This shows the Charlie format in place from early days.
I actually prefer the B side, but both are excellent.
If anyone wants my spare send me a mail on email@example.com
Thank you very much for posting, always great to hear Charlie songs one has never heard before. I actually like both tracks
Great job also on the montage to go with the tracks.
You can hear the beginnings of the distintive Charlie sound and harmonies, who was credited with producing the single ?
Perhaps one day all these kinds of tracks including b-sides, live tracks, old deleted single and some demos can all be put on a CD and sold through the site. I cannot get enough Charlie stuff if honest.
Steve F, very generous offer and would take you up on it if I still had a record player. Any chance you could send me copies of both tracks please. I would gladly trade any bootleg you might want I have. I shall be in touch
Less than 3 weeks until the Lampshades, man am I so excited. When I do see that show it will be gig number 666.
Thanks again guys.
These really are 2 great tracks that deserve to see the light of day as do further unreleased Decca tracks.
Bill Barclay was the producer for this single. He played with The Roadrunners back in the 1960's, and then moved to London where he worked for the Red Bus Agency, representing Mungo Jerry amongst others. He then moved on to do A&R with Decca Records in 1972
Thanks to Peter Ryder for the single and his collection of pics which form most of I'm So Happy on the video.
Thanks for the info, Bill Barclay is not a name I have encountered before. Big shout to Peter Ryder for the single and work on the video.
I doubt the 2" Decca tapes still exist these days, perhaps Terry has a copy of the ¼" mixed down tape somewhere, would be great to put all the material together on disc.
With todays modern digital equipment, things can be cleaned and tidied up to sound like new.
I could take all the applause, but I have to be honest this was a joint venture by John & myself
If anyone wants an mp3/wma file, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can someone please send these mp3's to tacrec at yahoo.com? Thanks.
Thanks for goong to all the trouble to do this for us Charlie fans, its much appreciated. I like both songs but I too agree the stronger of the two without a doubt is the B side, "I'm so happy". It just seems to come across as more finished (polished) to me. I am curious as to why neither song never made onto any of Charlie's official releases? I don't think album length would have been an issue!
These were recorded for Decca, not Polydor so would not have been part of the same record deal.
No album was recorded for Decca but another 2 tracks were which have not seen the light of day. I believe these were for a follow up single.
Hopefully the band have copies of the extra 2 tracks to be added a bonus cuts to the reissues(whenever they appear). I understood the single was destined to be added.