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~ Cherry Beat ~
Characters - Relationships - Session Musicians - Songs
~ Recording Sessions ~
Part One - Part Two - Part Three - Part Four - Part Five - Part Six - Part Seven - Part Eight
Part Nine - Part Ten - Part Eleven - Part Twelve - Part Thirteen - Part Fourteen - Part Fifteen
Part Sixteen - Part Seventeen - Part Eighteen - Part Nineteen - Part Twenty

December 1976

The band's 1976 album "Neapolitan" had reached #1 in the United Kingdom, as of November 1976. Despite the slightly less successful "Heavy Rock" album, which had been released in September 1975 last year and only reaching #3 in the United Kingdom. The band proved that they still had a golden touch.

In December 1976, the start of the recording sessions for the band's eighth album would see several changes. One difference was that the band had recently relocated to the newly finished Moonlight Bay Studios to record their next songs, instead of Dohrn Studios. Another difference was that the band's music would no longer be issued under the Sky Dive Records label. It would now be released under the band's new Moonlight Bay Records label.

The third and final difference was that Chudley Maron who had produced five of the band's first six studio albums, would no longer be making a solo stand as an album producer. Sam Whitby had been growing tired of Chudley's production work, so he brought in long time session percussionist Riley Ganz to serve as a producer for some tracks.

Peter McDonald in particular was not satisfied with Sam's decision to bring in Riley as a producer, not because he felt that Riley's "Wall of Sound" production style didn't fit in with Cherry Beat's image - he didn't have a problem with that. It was more that Riley seemed to have his own ideas of how songs should be produced, as opposed to Chudley who had the band's best interests at heart.

29th December 1976

This was the band's first official recording session for their seventh album. Chudley Maron would serve as a co-producer for these recording sessions, as Riley Ganz would lend some production experience of his own. However only Chudley would receive production credit as the producer for today's session. On this day the band recorded a new composition "Vibraphone Tombs" which was written by Peter McDonald.

Vibraphone Tombs

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 29th December 1976, 1:17 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

30th December 1976, 7:17 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
31st December 1976, 8:31 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:05:10
Genre: Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked lead guitar, Moog synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Double tracked Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Double tracked Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Double tracked rhythm guitar, Double tracked Vibraphone
Chudley Maron — Double tracked electric piano, Celesta
Riley Ganz — Percussion
German Sprinkle — Alto Saxophone
Alphonse Labounty — Boehm System Clarinet
Jared Underhill — Trumpet
Delmer Matousek — Trombone
Chester McGlade — Cello
Ron Hayhurst — Flute
Elwood Gowins — Bassoon
Johnathan Martz — Tuba
Williams Torian — Violin
Grady Ashman — Viola
Dallas Guertin — Double Bass
Tomas Newkirk — Oboe
Luciano Ransome — French Horn
Lester Irion — Rain-stick
Wm Shorty — Double tracked Vibraphone
Bennett Ackles — Celesta
Charlotte Dohrn — Golden Harp

30th December 1976

Peter McDonald double tracks his lead vocal for "Vibraphone Tombs". He also records a harmony vocal overdub. The lead guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, rhythm guitar, electric piano, and vibraphone are also double tracked.

The volume level of the other instruments were reduced slightly, allowing listeners to focus primarily on the double tracked vocals, guitars, drums, piano, and vibraphone.

It took a lot of effort to get the mixture of the elements on "Vibraphone Tombs", but Chudley Maron managed to get it right.

31st December 1976

Peter McDonald records backing vocal and cello overdubs for "Vibraphone Tombs". Sam Whitby records a second vibraphone which was also double tracked. Torquil Dohrn records a moog synthesizer overdub, and Chudley Maron records a second celesta.

1st January 1977

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello, electric piano, alto saxophone and percussion overdubs for "Salt 'n' Pepper Suite". Unlike the tracks that had been selected for release, during the recording sessions for the band's 1976 album "Neapolitan", all the songs that were worked on and released during the sessions for the band's seventh album, except for "Salt 'n' Pepper Suite", were brand new.

"Salt 'n' Pepper Suite" had been started in early 1972, but it wasn't completed, or considered for "Show Business" because it's music hall style didn't really fit in with most of the other songs recorded at that time which were mostly rock and roll numbers. Session musicians German Sprinkle, Lacy Gram, and Noel Kontos recorded alto saxophone overdubs, alongside Torquil.

Jared Underhill, Darin Askins, Jackie Barb, and Erich Phong recorded the trumpet overdubs for "Salt 'n' Pepper Suite". And Bob Brannon, Horace Voris, Tomas Newkirk, and Dominick Stowell recorded the oboe overdubs. "Salt 'n' Pepper Suite" was now completed, and ready for release in 1977.

19th January 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Summer Dream" which was primarily a Sam Whitby composition, although he admitted that Peter McDonald helped him to write some of the verses. The two of them described "Summer Dream" as a dreamy psychedelic pop song.

This was Riley's first real crack as a producer for a Cherry Beat recording session, being the sole producer for this session and for several more sessions after that.

Summer Dream

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 19th January 1977, 11:25 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd October 1977, 9:25 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [1]

Duration: 0:04:44
Genre: Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz [2]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Electric Piano
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Clavinet
Donald Key — Percussion
Chester McGlade — Cello
Elisha Bedsole — Cello
Patricia Cockrill — Cello
Tracey Lessman — Cello
Ned Morphis — Cello
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine [3]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [4]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [5]

20th January 1977

Sam Whitby double tracks his lead vocal for "Summer Dream".

24th January 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Your Love is Life" which was written by Peter McDonald. Both Chudley Maron and Riley Ganz served this session recording as co-producers, the latter of which under the watchful eyes of a resentful Peter McDonald.

Peter McDonald had always had his doubts about Riley Ganz's production work, ever since he was brought in by Sam Whitby to serve as a co-producer. And Peter made sure that Riley co-produced his song to his satisfaction.

Your Love is Life

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 24th January 1977, 12:01 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd October 1977, 10:04 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [6]

Duration: 0:03:31
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz, Chudley Maron [7]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Chudley Maron — Accordion
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine [8]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [9]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [10]

1st February 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Ultra-Passion" which was written by Sam Whitby. It is notable for being the very first Cherry Beat composition to reflect the influence of Japanese rock, and use japanese instruments.

Sam Whitby's nationality was British, but he had developed an interest in the style of Japanese music, and Japan in general. He also had Japanese ancestry, unlike his fellow band-mates who had European ancestry.

Ultra-Passion

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 1st February 1977, 10:43 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

5th February 1977, 11:49 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:55
Genre: Japanese Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Horagai
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Kokyū
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Shime-daiko
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Tonkori
Chudley Maron — Ōtsuzumi
Riley Ganz — Taiko

5th February 1977

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record kokyū, tonkori, and horagai overdubs for "Ultra-Passion". The band members found it rather tough finding suitable japanese instruments to play on a Cherry Beat recording, but they managed to find some.

9th February 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "A Ride in the Country" which was primarily a Peter McDonald composition, with Sam Whitby helping with some of the verses.

Like "Your Love is Life", Peter McDonald kept an annoyingly close watch on Riley Ganz who co-produced the song, so as to make sure that he didn't over produce Peter's simple acoustic ballad.

A Ride in the Country

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 9th February 1977, 11:27 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

2nd October 1977, 11:13 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [11]

Duration: 0:03:33
Genre: Country Music, Folk Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Chudley Maron [12]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Foot Tapping
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano
Riley Ganz — Percussion [13]
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine [14]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [15]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [16]

16th February 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Honey and Barley" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition.

Honey and Barley

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 16th February 1977, 12:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:43
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano
Riley Ganz — Shakers
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine on Snare
Harris Galvin — Melodica
Bobbie Dossett — Flugelhorn

20th March 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Celtic Dash" which was primarily a Sam Whitby composition, with input from Peter McDonald.

Celtic Dash

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 20th March 1977, 1:11 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

21st March 1977, 2:49 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
2nd October 1977, 12:33 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [17]

Duration: 0:03:45
Genre: Celtic Rock, Folk Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz [18]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Bagpipes
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Accordion
Riley Ganz — Percussion [19]
Donald Key — Banjo
Harris Galvin — Keyboard
Mickey Choudhury — Mandolin
Patricia Cockrill — Violin
Ron Hayhurst — Tin Whistle
Charlotte Dohrn — Electric Celtic Harp
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine [20]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [21]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [22]

21st March 1977

Torquil Dohrn records bagpipe overdubs for "Celtic Dash".

3rd April 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Do the Salsa" which was primarily a Sam Whitby composition, with input from Peter McDonald.

Do the Salsa

A-Side: Gold Digger
Chart Position: #42 (UK Single)
#35 (US Single)
Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 16th May 1977 (Single Release)

1st November 1977 (Album Release)

Recorded: 3rd April 1977, 2:17 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

4th April 1977, 10:09 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:05:05
Genre: Salsa Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Güiro
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Conga Drums
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Cuban Tres
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano
Riley Ganz — Maracas
Tod Lowy — Bongo Drums
Antony Newcomb — Cowbell
German Sprinkle — Alto Saxophone
Tracey Lessman — Violin
Ron Hayhurst — Flute
Marvin Comer — Timbales
Brock Bostic — Claves
Johnathan Martz — Trombone
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Wm Shorty — Vibraphone

4th April 1977

Torquil Dohrn records güiro overdubs for "Do the Salsa".

29th April 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Gold Digger" which was a joint effort between Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby.

Gold Digger

B-Side: Do the Salsa
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#1 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 16th May 1977 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 29th April 1977, 3:19 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

30th April 1977, 4:17 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:12
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Cash Register
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ

30th April 1977

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello, cash register and percussion overdubs for "Gold Digger".

16th May 1977

Single Release — Gold Digger / Do the Salsa

12th July 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "A Girl's Mind" which was written by Devon O'Connell. He was very surprised and rather delighted when his composition was chosen as the title track for the band's next album.

However the song was banned from certain places, because of the song's title. Some fans reacted strangely to the title, but Devon did his best to deny rumours that it was meant to be in any way negative towards the opposite sex.

Devon explained that it was about the way a lot of boys felt in their early teens, and their lack of experience with teenage girls. That's all the song was supposed to be about. It wasn't intended to be in any way offensive.

A Girl's Mind

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 12th July 1977, 4:11 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd October 1977, 11:10 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [23]

Duration: 0:04:04
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell
Producer: Riley Ganz [24]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion [25]
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine [26]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [27]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [28]

26th July 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Shot through the Heart" which was written by Torquil Dohrn.

It should not be confused with the Bon Jovi song of the same name from Bon Jovi's self-titled album, or from the Bon Jovi song "You Give Love a Bad Name".

Bon Jovi would later declare truthfully that neither of his two songs recorded in 1982-83 and 1986 respectively were inspired by the Cherry Beat composition composed by Torquil.

Shot through the Heart

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 26th July 1977, 2:14 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd October 1977, 12:14 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [29]

Duration: 0:04:23
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Riley Ganz [30]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion [31]
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine [32]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [33]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [34]

19th August 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "In the Middle of the Night" which was written by Sam Whitby.

It should not be confused with the Billy Joel song "The River of Dreams".

In the Middle of the Night

Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 19th August 1977, 2:14 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

20th August 1977, 10:18 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
3rd October 1977, 3:00 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [35]

Duration: 0:05:19
Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz [36]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Baldwin Spinet
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano
Riley Ganz — Shakers
Chester McGlade — Cello
Elisha Bedsole — Violin
Patricia Cockrill — Violin
Tracey Lessman — Violin
Ned Morphis — Violin
Ellsworth Hutchins — Violin
Williams Torian — Violin
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Gonzalo Northup — Violin
Marcellus Folger — Violin
Terrance Bustamante — Violin
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Donald Key — Percussion [37]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [38]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [39]

20th August 1977

Sam Whitby double tracks his lead vocal on "In the Middle of the Night". Peter McDonald and Devon O'Connell respectively record Baldwin spinet and tambourine overdubs for the song. Session musicians Chester McGlade and Dallas Guertin record cello overdubs. Grady Ashman and Neal Nobriga record viola overdubs. And Elisha Bedsole, Patricia Cockrill, Tracey Lessman, Ned Morphis, Ellsworth Hutchins, Williams Torian, Gonzalo Northup, Marcellus Folger, and Terrance Bustamante record violin overdubs.

25th September 1977

The band began to work on a new composition on this day. "Waltz of Scotland" which was primarily a Peter McDonald composition, with input from Sam Whitby.

As Peter later explained "I got the idea of Waltz of Scotland, before the Paul McCartney and Wings single "Mull of Kintyre" was released.

"Mull of Kintyre" is what helped us to complete "Waltz of Scotland", and that's a reality. "Waltz of Scotland" was never on the same level as "Mull of Kintyre", but both tracks did reach #1 at some point after they were released.

Waltz of Scotland

B-Side: The Girl in the Heather
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#1 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 11th December 1977 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 25th September 1977, 11:18 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

26th September 1977, 11:39 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
17th November 1977, 2:29 PM, Rose Hills, Oxford-shire, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:27
Genre: Folk Rock, Scottish Music, Waltz Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Percussion
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Electric Guitar
Raymond Gunn — Snare Drums
Wiley Stancill — Great Highland Bagpipes
Ricky Stanbery — Great Highland Bagpipes
Shaun Galloway — Great Highland Bagpipes
Tod Lowy — Bass Drums
Antony Newcomb — Snare Drums
Ernesto Selby — Great Highland Bagpipes
German Sprinkle — Great Highland Bagpipes
Alphonse Labounty — Great Highland Bagpipes
Jared Underhill — Great Highland Bagpipes
Delmer Matousek — Great Highland Bagpipes
Ron Hayhurst — Great Highland Bagpipes
Marvin Comer — Snare Drums
Parker Bibb — Snare Drums
Kent Felps — Snare Drums
Calvin Arndt — Snare Drums
Brock Bostic — Snare Drums
Milan Moniz — Snare Drums
Blaine Christ — Bass Drums
Kendrick Vantassel — Great Highland Bagpipes

26th September 1977

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn record acoustic guitar overdubs for "Waltz of Scotland" on this day. Sam Whitby records an electric guitar overdub for the song.

30th September 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "The Girl in the Heather" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition.

The Girl in the Heather

A-Side: Waltz of Scotland
Chart Position: #44 (UK Single)
#42 (US Single)
Album: A Girl's Mind
Released: 1st November 1977 (Album Release)

11th December 1977 (Single Release)

Recorded: 30th September 1977, 12:03 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st October 1977, 12:25 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
4th October 1977, 2:22 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [40]

Duration: 0:04:18
Genre: Folk Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Riley Ganz [41]
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion [42]
Raymond Gunn — Tambourine [43]
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals [44]
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block [45]

1st October 1977

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record cello, acoustic guitar, Moog synthesizer, and percussion overdubs for "The Girl in the Heather".

2nd October 1977

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record tambourine, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "Summer Dream".

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record tambourine, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "Your Love is Life".

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record tambourine, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "A Ride in the Country". Riley Ganz also records percussion overdubs for the song.

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record tambourine, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "Celtic Dash". Riley Ganz also records percussion overdubs for the song.

3rd October 1977

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record tambourine, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "A Girl's Mind". Riley Ganz also records percussion overdubs for the song.

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record tambourine, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "Shot through the Heart". Riley Ganz also records percussion overdubs for the song.

Session musicians Donald Key, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record percussion, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "In the Middle of the Night".

4th October 1977

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Bennie Mourer, and Taylor Stgermain respectively record tambourine, cymbals and wood block overdubs for "The Girl in the Heather". Riley Ganz also records percussion overdubs for the song.

The band members, and Chudley Maron arrive at the Moonlight Bay Studios that afternoon to discover that Riley Ganz had scattered percussion overdubs over several Cherry Beat songs that had been recorded for the band's seventh album.

The Peter McDonald tracks "Your Love is Life", and "A Ride in the Country". The Sam Whitby tracks "Summer Dream", "Celtic Dash", and "In the Middle of the Night". The Torquil Dohrn tracks "Shot through the Heart", and "The Girl in the Heather". And the Devon O'Connell track "A Girl's Mind".

Sam Whitby said that he felt that Riley Ganz had done a damn good job at reworking the Cherry Beat recordings, and that he was sure that Chudley Maron couldn't have done a better job himself. Devon O'Connell merely shrugged and said that as long as it didn't bother any of their fans, he was good with it.

Peter McDonald now fully understood why he wasn't satisfied with Sam's decision to have brought in Riley Ganz as a producer. He was angered by the percussion decorations that Riley had added to eight of the fifteen compositions that had been recorded and/or completed between December 1976 - October 1977, now.

Torquil Dohrn and Chudley Maron agreed that they weren't fond of Riley Ganz's work on the Cherry Beat songs over the last few days. But they weren't prepared to get into an argument over how the current songs for their next album should be done. What was done was done, and both sensing growing unease and tension within the band decided to wait the remainder of the recording sessions for the band's seventh album out.

5th October 1977

Peter McDonald furiously demanded that Riley Ganz tone down the percussion overdubs on his songs "Your Love is Life" and "A Ride in the Country", or to say goodbye to his occupation as a producer of the band. To ease the growing tension within the band, Riley reluctantly reduced the volume level of the percussion overdubs he'd added to the two Peter McDonald tracks.

22nd October 1977

The band recorded a cover of a John Fogerty song "Rockin' All Over the World" on this day.

However Cherry Beat's cover of the song was not intended for release on their seventh album. The band simply recorded a version of the song, because it was a song they enjoyed, even though they only releasing their own material by this time.

Rockin' All Over the World

Album: A Girl's Mind [1995 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 10th April 1995
Recorded: 22nd October 1977, 12:00 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:32
Genre: Boogie Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: John Fogerty
Producer: Riley Ganz, Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard

28th October 1977

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Goo Goo Goo Joob" which was written by Peter McDonald. It was written and recorded shortly before the release of the band's eighth album "A Girl's Mind". However it was not completed by this time, nor was it immediately released.

Peter wrote the song after finding inspiration from The Beatles' song "I Am the Walrus", evening drawing the lyric "Goo Goo Goo Joob" for the title of his own song.

Goo Goo Goo Joob

Album: A Girl's Mind [1995 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 10th April 1995
Recorded: 28th October 1977, 4:14 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

9th January 1979, 2:31 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [46]
11th January 1979, 6:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [47]

Duration: 0:04:37
Genre: Acid Rock, Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz, Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Mellotron [48]
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal [49], Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine [50]
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Hohner Pianet Electric Piano [51]
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal [52]
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal [53]
Alphonse Labounty — Boehm System Clarinet [54]
Delmer Matousek — Trombone [55]
Tracey Lessman — Cello [56]
Ron Hayhurst — Flute [57]
Ned Morphis — Cello [58]
Kendrick Vantassel — Boehm System Clarinet [59]
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone [60]
Darin Askins — Trumpet [61]
Johnathan Martz — Trombone [62]
Grady Ashman — Viola [63]
Neal Nobriga — Viola [64]
Elodia McDonald — Backing vocal [65]
Marcellus Folger — Violin [66]
Dallas Guertin — Cello [67]
Erich Phong — Trumpet [68]
Bob Brannon — Oboe [69]
Horace Voris — Oboe [70]
Tomas Newkirk — Oboe [71]
Dominick Stowell — Oboe [72]
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal [73]
Teodoro Orterga — Trombone [74]
Wilburn Charboneau — Trumpet [75]
Rafael Branum — Alto Saxophone [76]
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone [77]
Leticia Angert — Violin [78]
Tamar Crafts — Violin [79]
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin [80]
Katy Taranto — Violin [81]

1st November 1977

Album release — A Girl's Mind

A Girl's Mind — Album

Chart Position: #1 (UK Album)
#1 (US Album)
Released: 1st November 1977
Recorded: 11th February 1972, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom, 29th - 31st December 1976, and 1st January - 4th October 1977, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Power Pop, Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Riley Ganz (tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

Chudley Maron (tracks 1, 2, 8, 12)

Track Listing: Vibraphone Tombs
Your Love is Life
Do the Salsa
A Girl's Mind
Celtic Dash
Summer Dream
Honey and Barley
Salt 'n' Pepper Suite
The Girl in the Heather
Ultra-Passion
Shot through the Heart
A Ride in the Country
In the Middle of the Night

17th November 1977

Session musicians Wiley Stancill, Riley Stanbery, Shaun Galloway, Ernesto Selby, German Sprinkle, Alphonse Labounty, and Jared Underhill, Delmer Matousek, Ron Hayhurst, and Kendrick Vantassel were asked to record great highland bagpipes for "Waltz of Scotland" on this day. The ten of them declared that they weren't professional bagpipe players, but since they were already familiar with other brass and woodwind instruments, they would give the bagpipes a go.

Similarly because Cherry Beat was unable to find very many available session musicians who already played snare drums and bass drums, they called in numerous session musicians from previous recording sessions that played percussion or otherwise instruments that didn't involve playing through mouthpieces.

Session musicians Raymond Gunn, Anthony Newcomb, Marvin Comer, Parker Bibb, Kent Felps, Calvin Arndt, Brock Bostic, and Milan Moniz played the snare drums on "Waltz of Scotland". Tod Lowy (who already played the bass drums), and Blaine Christ played the bass drums on the track.

All the bagpipes, and snare and bass drum overdubs were not recorded at Moonlight Bay Studios, because the band felt that the inside air was not suitable to record a "marching pipe band". They found a suitable place at Rose Hills to record the marching pipe band overdubs instead.

11th December 1977

Single Release — Waltz of Scotland / The Girl in the Heather

References

  1. The alternate edition mix omitted the tambourine, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  2. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  3. The alternate edition mix omits the tambourine.
  4. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  5. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  6. The alternate edition mix omitted the tambourine, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  7. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  8. The alternate edition mix omits the tambourine.
  9. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  10. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  11. The alternate edition mix omitted the percussion, tambourine, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  12. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  13. The alternate edition mix omits the percussion.
  14. The alternate edition mix omits the tambourine.
  15. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  16. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  17. The alternate edition mix omitted the percussion, tambourine, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  18. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  19. The alternate edition mix omits the percussion.
  20. The alternate edition mix omits the tambourine.
  21. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  22. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  23. The alternate edition mix omitted the percussion, tambourine, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  24. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  25. The alternate edition mix omits the percussion.
  26. The alternate edition mix omits the tambourine.
  27. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  28. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  29. The alternate edition mix omitted the percussion, tambourine, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  30. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  31. The alternate edition mix omits the percussion.
  32. The alternate edition mix omits the tambourine.
  33. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  34. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  35. The alternate edition mix omitted the percussion, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  36. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  37. The alternate edition mix omits the percussion.
  38. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  39. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  40. The alternate edition mix omitted the percussion, tambourine, cymbals, and wood block overdubs recorded on this day.
  41. The 2003 stereo remix of the song was produced by Gregory Dogan instead.
  42. The alternate edition mix omits the percussion.
  43. The alternate edition mix omits the tambourine.
  44. The alternate edition mix omits the cymbals.
  45. The alternate edition mix omits the wood block.
  46. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omitted the mellotron, hohner pianet electric piano, tambourine, and backing vocal overdubs recorded on this day.
  47. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omitted the backing vocal, clarinet, trombone, cello, flute, alto saxophone, trumpet, viola, violin, and oboe overdubs recorded on this day.
  48. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the mellotron.
  49. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the backing vocal.
  50. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the tambourine.
  51. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the Hohner Pianet Electric Piano.
  52. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the backing vocal.
  53. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the backing vocal.
  54. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the boehm system clarinet.
  55. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the trombone.
  56. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the cello.
  57. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the flute.
  58. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the cello.
  59. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the boehm system clarinet.
  60. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the alto saxophone.
  61. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the trumpet.
  62. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the trombone.
  63. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the viola.
  64. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the viola.
  65. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the backing vocal.
  66. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the violin.
  67. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the cello.
  68. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the trumpet.
  69. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the oboe.
  70. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the oboe.
  71. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the oboe.
  72. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the oboe.
  73. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the backing vocal.
  74. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the trombone.
  75. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the trumpet.
  76. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the alto saxophone.
  77. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the alto saxophone.
  78. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the violin.
  79. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the violin.
  80. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the violin.
  81. The mix released on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of A Girl's Mind omits the violin.

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