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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

Early - Mid February 1978

The band's 1977 album "A Girl's Mind" had reached #1 in the United Kingdom, as of November 1977. While the album itself was an overwhelming success, the tension between the band members and their producers were increasing.

Peter McDonald was not impressed with Sam Whitby's decision to bring in Riley Ganz as a co-producer for their album "A Girl's Mind". He was also furious with Sam, and Devon O'Connell for letting Riley add percussion overdubs to the band's recordings without letting him, Torquil Dohrn, and Chudley Maron know.

Sam Whitby believed that bringing in Riley as a co-producer was for the best, and that another producer was necessary to freshen the band's recordings. It was his opinion that Chudley Maron needed a break from producing, and to focus more on his role as the band's music supervisor.

Peter fumed and said that he would rather record and produce his own tracks himself, than to have Riley, or his fellow band members screw up his material. And that's when the next course began. The individual band members of Cherry Beat would now have full control over how their songs would be recorded, who would produce them, and how they would be produced.

The recording sessions for the band's eighth album marked the first time, the band members weren't expected to record music solely as a complete band unit. The individual band members no longer felt that they were obliged to partake in all the recordings issued under their name.

Peter McDonald had in-fact recorded his own composition "Think" in 1975 without the involvement from the other band members. But that was only because Peter wanted to replicate the same approach that Paul McCartney had used to record his song "Yesterday" in 1965 while he was still a Beatle.

Although the band members of Cherry Beat weren't always recording together in the studio at the same time, most of the songs recorded for the band's eighth album would feature the participation of at least two members of the band.

15th February 1978

This was the first official recording session for the band's eighth album. Riley Ganz would serve as a co-producer for this recording session, as most of the tracks recorded for the band's eighth album were to be produced or co-produced by a member of the band. On this day Sam Whitby recorded a new composition "You Make Me Shiver" which he'd written himself.

The recording featured only Sam, his wife Amber Whitby, Riley Ganz, and a group of Japanese musicians. But co-producer Riley would later add overdubs to the initial recording. It is the second Cherry Beat composition to reflect the influence of Japanese rock, and use japanese instruments. The first composition was "Ultra-Passion".

You Make Me Shiver

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 15th February 1978, 9:41 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

12th July 1978, 11:11 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:57
Genre: Japanese Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Taiko
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal, Keyboard
Nobuo Hagiwara — Acoustic Guitar
Junichi Ishimoto — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Chiyoko Sakaguchi — Shime-daiko
Orochi Matsumoto — Ōtsuzumi
Izanagi Hamamoto — Horagai
Kaede Shiroma — Kokyū
Avaron Tanabe — Tonkori
Tracey Lessman — Cello
Ned Morphis — Cello
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block
Coleman Lovell — Tambourine

23rd February 1978

Devon O'Connell recorded a new composition on this day "Shannon" which he'd written about his girlfriend Esther Lynmore. This day's recording featured only Devon, his girlfriend Esther, Riley Ganz, and a group of session musicians.

However due to a conflict in May later that year, Devon had to bring in Sam Whitby to record overdubs for the track, since it was made illegal for any tracks to be issued under the band's name without the participation of one of the two key band members.

Shannon

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 23rd February 1978, 1:11 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st May 1978, 4:00 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
17th July 1978, 4:26 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:21
Genre: Proto-Punk
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell
Producer: Riley Ganz, Devon O'Connell
Personnel: Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Moog Synthesizer
Riley Ganz — Backing vocal, Percussion
Esther Lynmore — Backing vocal, Keyboard
Toby Stidham — Lead Guitar
Leandro Groff — Rhythm Guitar
Arnold Coloma — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Tracey Lessman — Cello
Ned Morphis — Cello
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block
Coleman Lovell — Tambourine

4th March 1978

Torquil Dohrn recorded a new composition on this day "Let Us Ride" which he'd written himself. This day's recording featured only Torquil, his wife Charlotte Dohrn, Chudley Maron, and a group of session musicians. The song was banned from certain radio stations upon discovering the meaning of the song's lyrics.

But due to a conflict in May later that year, Torquil had to bring in Peter McDonald to record overdubs for the track, since it was made illegal for any tracks to be issued under the band's name without the participation of one of the two key band members.

Let Us Ride

A-Side: Vision of My Life
Chart Position: #4 (UK Single)
#13 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 3rd June 1978 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 4th March 1978, 12:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

1st May 1978, 2:29 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:56
Genre: Folk Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, 12-String Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Moog Synthesizer
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Tambourine
Charlotte Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Piano
Cortez McNab — Lead Guitar
Luther Canup — Rhythm Guitar
Perry McMillan — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Percy Duncan — Ludwig Drum Kit

9th March 1978

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Vision of My Life" which was written by Peter McDonald. This was the first track recorded in 1978 to feature all four members of the band.

Vision of My Life

A-Side: Let Us Ride
Chart Position: #2 (UK Single)
#6 (US Single)
Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 3rd June 1978 (Single Release)
10th February 1985 (Album Release)
Recorded: 9th March 1978, 12:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

10th March 1978, 11:24 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:26
Genre: Folk Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal, Percussion
Elodia Torian — Backing vocal, Electric Piano

10th March 1978

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn respectively record cello and moog synthesizer overdubs for "Vision of My Life".

22nd March 1978

The band recorded two original compositions on this day. "Ambushed" which was written primarily by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby, and "Kingside" which was written primarily by Sam Whitby, with input from Peter McDonald.

Both band members explained that they had written dozens of songs over the last few years, but there were still plenty of songs that the band had yet to record.

"Ambushed" and "Kingside" were actually supposed to be recorded during the sessions for the band's fifth album, but they'd misplaced one of their songbooks during those sessions.

Ambushed

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 22nd March 1978, 9:07 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

27th July 1978, 11:04 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:05:02
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano
Riley Ganz — Percussion

Kingside

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 22nd March 1978, 11:17 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

25th July 1978, 11:01 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:05:01
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Wiley Stancill — Baritone Saxophone
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone

7th April 1978

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Mulberry Street" which was written by Sam Whitby. Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell were the only band members that actively participated in the track's creation.

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn were on separate holidays, but their relationships with Sam and Devon were tense at the time, so it is unknown if either of them would have participated in the recording of the song anyway.

Mulberry Street

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 7th April 1978, 11:45 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

8th April 1978, 12:39 PM, 1:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:09
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Backing vocal, Grand Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Riley Ganz — Tambourine, Triangle, Shaker
Amber Whitby — Backing vocal, Upright Piano
Toby Stidham — Electric Guitar
Arnold Coloma — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar

8th April 1978

Sam Whitby records backing vocal and Moog synthesizer overdubs for "Mulberry Street". Riley Ganz records a triangle overdub for the song, and then records a shaker overdub.

21st April 1978

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Stand with Me" which was written by Peter McDonald. Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn were the only band members that actively participated in the track's creation.

Peter and Torquil's relationships with Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell were tense at the time, which may explain why Sam and Devon did not participate in the recording of the song.

Stand with Me

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 21st April 1978, 11:43 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

22nd April 1978, 2:48 PM, 3:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:17
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Chudley Maron, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Baritone Saxophone, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Drums with Brushes, Handclaps
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano, Handclaps
Wiley Stancill — Baritone Saxophone
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone
Ernesto Selby — Tenor Saxophone
Elodia Torian — Backing vocal, Handclaps
Cortez McNab — Lead Guitar
Percy Duncan — Ludwig Drum Kit

22nd April 1978

Peter McDonald records backing vocal and drums with brush overdubs for "Stand with Me". Torquil Dohrn records baritone saxophone overdubs for the track. Peter, Torquil, and Chudley Maron also record additional handclaps for the song later that day.

1st May 1978

A law was passed, following a recent agreement made by Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Chudley Maron, that made it illegal to release Torquil Dohrn's composition "Let Us Ride", or Devon O'Connell's composition "Shannon" under Cherry Beat's name, because neither of those two tracks featured the participation of Peter McDonald or Sam Whitby who were the leaders of the band.

Torquil was initially upset by this news, because his composition "Let Us Ride" had already received an enthusiastic response from Cherry Beat parties, and was planned for release as the band's next single. But all he and Devon had to do was to get Peter and Sam respectively to record overdubs for their compositions.

Under the supervision of Torquil and Devon, Peter and Sam respectively recorded Moog synthesizer overdubs for "Let Us Ride" and "Shannon".

13th May 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "Rocky Journey" which was primarily a Sam Whitby composition, with input from Peter McDonald.

Torquil Dohrn was absent from this session's recording, so Sam Whitby would play lead guitar on this track.

Rocky Journey

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 13th May 1978, 2:52 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

14th May 1978, 3:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
15th May 1978, 2:06 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
16th May 1978, 10:43 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
17th May 1978, 10:41 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:21
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Sam Whitby
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Sound Effects, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Sound Effects
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Electric Piano, Sound Effects, Moog Synthesizer
Delmer Matousek — Trombone
Darin Askins — Trumpet
Johnathan Martz — Trombone
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Teodoro Orterga — Trombone
Wilburn Charboneau — Trombone

14th May 1978

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby respectively record rhythm guitar and electric piano overdubs for "Rocky Journey". Sam also records an additional backing vocal.

15th May 1978

The band members, minus Torquil Dohrn, record and add sound effects to "Rocky Journey".

16th May 1978

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby respectively record cello and Moog synthesizer overdubs for "Rocky Journey".

17th May 1978

Session musicians Darin Askins and Erich Phong record trumpet overdubs, and Delmer Matousek, Johnathan Martz, Teodoro Orterga, and Wilburn Charboneau record trombone overdubs for "Rocky Journey". This was the final recording session for the song.

27th May 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "Rainbow Walk" which was primarily a Peter McDonald composition, with input from Sam Whitby.

Devon O'Connell was absent from this session's recording, so Peter McDonald would play drums on this track.

Rainbow Walk

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 27th May 1978, 7:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

28th May 1978, 8:11 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
29th May 1978, 6:12 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
30th May 1978, 9:22 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:17
Genre: Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Triple tracked lead guitar, Wind Machine
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Ludwig Drum Kit, Moog Synthesizer
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Baldwin Electric Spinet, Triple tracked lead guitar
Elisha Bedsole — Cello
Patricia Cockrill — Cello
Tracey Lessman — Cello
Ned Morphis — Cello
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Gonzalo Northup — Viola
Marcellus Folger — Violin
Terrance Bustamante — Violin

28th May 1978

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record drum kit, electric spinet, and wind machine overdubs for "Rainbow Walk". Peter records an additional backing vocal overdub for the song, and Torquil triple tracks his lead guitar.

29th May 1978

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby respectively record Moog synthesizer and lead guitar overdubs for "Rainbow Walk". Sam's lead guitar is also triple tracked.

30th May 1978

Session musicians Elisha Bedsole, Patricia Cockrill, Tracey Lessman, and Ned Morphis record cello overdubs, Grady Ashman, Neal Nobriga, and Gonzalo Northup record viola overdubs, and Marcellus Folger and Terrance Bustamante record violin overdubs for "Rainbow Walk". This was the final recording session for the song.

3rd June 1978

Single Release — Let Us Ride / Vision of My Life

7th June 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "Shoot 'Em Up" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition.

Sam Whitby was absent from this session's recording, so Peter McDonald would play rhythm guitar on this track.

Shoot 'Em Up

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 7th June 1978, 9:54 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

9th June 1978, 10:33 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
14th June 1978, 11:47 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:01
Genre: Boogie Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Boehm System Clarinet
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano, Tape Loops
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion, Tape Loops

9th June 1978

Peter McDonald, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record electric piano, bass guitar, and percussion overdubs for "Shoot 'Em Up".

14th June 1978

The final overdubs are added to "Shoot 'Em Up" on this day. Peter and Devon added tape loops, while Torquil added a clarinet overdub.

23rd June 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "I Love You Girl" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition. Peter McDonald was absent from this session's recording, so Torquil Dohrn would play bass guitar on this track.

As Torquil later stated "At this time, my relationship with Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell was unpleasantly tense. And without Peter, I decided to request that a couple of outsiders in addition to Chudley Maron supervise the recording sessions for "I Love You Girl". To calm any tension that may arise while I was in the presence of my two band-mates".

I Love You Girl

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 23rd June 1978, 4:57 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

27th June 1978, 8:44 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:01
Genre: Boogie Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Alphonse Labounty — Harmonica

27th June 1978

Torquil Dohrn and Devon O'Connell respectively record bass guitar and cowbell overdubs for "I Love You Girl". Torquil's lead vocal is also double tracked.

9th July 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "She Hangs In" which was a Torquil Dohrn composition.

Overall, the tension within the band was slightly better than before, but still present. It had gotten to the point where the band no longer enjoyed recording music together.

She Hangs In

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 9th July 1978, 5:33 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:07
Genre: Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard
Riley Ganz — Percussion

12th July 1978

Riley Ganz perfects his wall and sound, and percussion technique for "You Make Me Shiver" on this day. Session musicians Tracey Lessman, Ned Morphis and Dallas Guertin contributed cello overdubs. Grady Ashman and Neal Nobriga contributed violas. Bennie Mourer, Taylor Stgermain, and Coleman Lovell respectively contributed cymbals, wood block, and tambourine.

17th July 1978

Riley Ganz perfects his wall and sound, and percussion technique for "Shannon" on this day. Session musicians Tracey Lessman, Ned Morphis and Dallas Guertin contributed cello overdubs. Grady Ashman and Neal Nobriga contributed violas. Bennie Mourer, Taylor Stgermain, and Coleman Lovell respectively contributed cymbals, wood block, and tambourine.

25th July 1978

Torquil Dohrn, Riley Ganz, and session musicians Wiley Stancill and Ricky Stanbery respectively record alto saxophone, percussion, baritone saxophone, and tenor saxophone overdubs for "Kingside". Sam Whitby's lead vocal is also double tracked.

27th July 1978

Riley Ganz adds percussion overdubs to "Ambushed" on this day. Peter McDonald's lead vocal is also double tracked.

6th August 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "If I Lost Your Love" which was a joint effort between Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby.

If I Lost Your Love

Album: Rocky Road
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 6th August 1978, 11:46 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

9th August 1978, 10:37 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
12th August 1978, 11:02 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:04:19
Genre: Power Pop, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard
Riley Ganz — Tambourine
Cortez McNab — Electric Guitar
Luther Canup — EBow (on electric guitar)
Wiley Stancill — Baritone Saxophone
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone
Tracey Lessman — Cello
Ned Morphis — Cello
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Bennie Mourer — Cymbals
Taylor Stgermain — Wood Block
Coleman Lovell — Percussion

9th August 1978

Torquil Dohrn, and session musicians Wiley Stancill and Ricky Stanbery respectively add alto, baritone, and tenor saxophone overdubs to "If I Lost Your Love".

12th August 1978

Riley Ganz perfects his wall and sound, and percussion technique for "If I Lost Your Love" on this day. Session musicians Tracey Lessman, Ned Morphis and Dallas Guertin contributed cello overdubs. Grady Ashman and Neal Nobriga contributed violas. Bennie Mourer, Taylor Stgermain, and Coleman Lovell respectively contributed cymbals, wood block, and percussion.

18th August 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "Treasure Hunt" which was primarily a Sam Whitby composition, with input from Peter McDonald.

Treasure Hunt

A-Side: At the Station
Chart Position: #2 (UK Single)
#5 (US Single)
Album: Drink Up
Released: 17th June 1979 (Single Release)

7th July 1979 (Album Release)

Recorded: 18th August 1978, 2:33 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd February 1979, 12:11 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [1]

Duration: 0:04:08
Genre: Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Riley Ganz, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Paper [2], Foot Tapping [3]
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Harris Galvin — Mellotron
Alphonse Labounty — Harmonica
Leandro Groff — Acoustic Guitar
Elodia Torian — Backing vocal, Maracas
Charlotte Dohrn — Backing vocal, Finger Cymbals

26th August 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "At the Station" which was primarily a Peter McDonald composition, with input from Sam Whitby.

At the Station

A-Side: Treasure Hunt
Chart Position: #2 (UK Single)
#4 (US Single)
Album: Drink Up
Released: 17th June 1979 (Single Release)

7th July 1979 (Album Release)

Recorded: 26th August 1978, 11:52 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

10th February 1979, 3:31 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [4]

Duration: 0:04:14
Genre: Hard Rock, Jazz Rock, Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Tape loops [5]
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano
Antony Newcomb — Cowbell
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Darin Askins — Trumpet
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Bob Brannon — Oboe
Horace Voris — Oboe
Dominick Stowell — Oboe
Leandro Groff — Acoustic Guitar
Wilburn Charboneau — Trumpet
Rafael Branum — Alto Saxophone
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone

4th September 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "The United States of America are Getting High" which was primarily a Peter McDonald composition, with input from Sam Whitby.

Although Peter claimed that the song was about certain people in the United States of America thinking that they were better than foreign countries of the English language, the song was banned from many radio stations because of it's sexually suggestive lyrics, and supposed drug references.

In many parts of the world, the title of the song was shortened to "'Getting High" to reduce offence from American buyers.

'Getting High

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 4th September 1978, 8:46 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

5th February 1979, 9:22 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [6]

Duration: 0:04:22
Genre: Hard Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Vocal Percussion [7]
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Keyboard

10th September 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "Vicky-Li" which was a Sam Whitby composition. This was one of the last songs to be recorded during the sessions for the band's eighth album. However it was recorded instead for the band's ninth album. A slightly different mix with the same instrumentation was featured as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road.

Between the 1978 stereo mix that was released as a bonus track on the 1995 reissue of Rocky Road, and the 1979 stereo mix that was released on Drink Up, there isn't much of a difference, except the alto-saxophone, trumpet, and oboe riff played by session musicians Darin Askins, Bob Brannon, Horace Voris, Wilburn Charboneau, Rafael Branum, and Raphael Carnegie is more restrained on the 1978 stereo mix.

While Lacy Gram, Erich Phong, and Dominick Stowell's respective alto-saxophone, trumpet, and oboe playing which is distinguished from the riff played by the other saxophonists, oboists, and trumpeters is less restrained on the 1978 stereo mix.

Vicky-Li

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 10th September 1978, 9:09 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:54
Genre: Jazz Blues, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Riley Ganz — Percussion
Ned Morphis — Cello
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Darin Askins — Trumpet
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Bob Brannon — Oboe
Horace Voris — Oboe
Dominick Stowell — Oboe
Wilburn Charboneau — Trumpet
Rafael Branum — Alto Saxophone
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone

19th September 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "Liquor Lords" which was a Peter McDonald composition. It is the first Cherry Beat song to reflect the influence of Australian pub rock.

Liquor Lords

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 19th September 1978, 11:57 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

7th February 1979, 12:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom [8]

Duration: 0:03:58
Genre: Pub Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cork [9], Drinking [10]
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano
Riley Ganz — Tambourine

29th September 1978

The band recorded an original composition on this day. "I'm Touched By Your Love" which was a Sam Whitby composition. It is the third Cherry Beat song to reflect the influence of Japanese rock. This was the last song to be recorded during the sessions for the band's eighth album. However it was recorded instead for the band's ninth album. A slightly different mix with the same instrumentation was featured as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road.

Between the 1978 stereo mix that was released as a bonus track on the 1995 reissue of Rocky Road, and the 1979 stereo mix that was released on Drink Up, there isn't much of a difference, except the Japanese instrumentation - not counting the Shime-daiko played by Devon O'Connell - is more restrained on the 1978 stereo mix while the other instrumentation including Devon's Shime-daiko playing is less restrained.

Other differences are that the 1979 stereo mix is sped up by 5 seconds, changing the duration from 3:55 to 3:50. It also has a gradual fade-out despite the fact that the song already had an obvious ending which can still be heard even over the fade. The 1978 stereo mix is slightly different as it plays at the proper speed and doesn't fade-out like the 1979 stereo mix does. Tape delay and echo is added to the end of the 1979 stereo mix, lengthening it to 3:55 rather than 3:50.

I'm Touched By Your Love

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 29th September 1978, 12:36 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:55
Genre: Japanese Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Riley Ganz, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Shime-daiko
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Riley Ganz — Taiko
Chiyoko Sakaguchi — Shime-daiko
Orochi Matsumoto — Ōtsuzumi
Izanagi Hamamoto — Horagai
Kaede Shiroma — Kokyū
Avaron Tanabe — Tonkori

13th October 1978

Album release — Rocky Road

Rocky Road — Album

Chart Position: #5 (UK Album)
#16 (US Album)
Released: 13th October 1978
Recorded: 15th February - 12th August 1978, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Torquil Dohrn (tracks 4, 8, 10)
Riley Ganz (tracks 3, 7, 11, 12)
Chudley Maron (tracks 2, 10)
Peter McDonald (tracks 2, 3, 6, 9)
Devon O'Connell (tracks 11)
Sam Whitby (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 12)
Track Listing: Rocky Journey
Stand with Me
If I Lost Your Love
Shoot 'Em Up
Kingside
Ambushed
Mulberry Street
She Hangs In
Rainbow Walk
I Love You Girl
Shannon
You Make Me Shiver

References

  1. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omitted the paper and foot tapping overdubs recorded on this day.
  2. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omits the paper.
  3. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omits the foot tapping.
  4. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omitted the tape loop overdubs recorded on this day.
  5. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omits the tape loops.
  6. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omitted the vocal percussion overdubs recorded on this day.
  7. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omits the vocal percussion.
  8. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omitted the cork and drinking overdubs recorded on this day.
  9. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omits the cork sound effects.
  10. The mix released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of Rocky Road omits the drinking sound effects.

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