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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

Mid - Late December 1978

Unlike it's predecessor "A Girl's Mind", the band's eighth album "Rocky Road" did not manage to top the charts in October 1978. Instead it reached #5. All four of the band members were not surprised that their eighth album failed to top the charts, and they were not pleased with the finished product.

Peter McDonald said that "Rocky Road" was not a very pleasant album to record, and it was the first album not to have been recorded under the same united process as it's predecessors.

"Our relationships had grown more and more tense" Sam Whitby had explained "We weren't really getting on so much at that point, which explains why we recorded several tracks as solo artists backed with session musicians, rather than playing together as a group".

"We all couldn't even achieve a consensus as to who should produce our albums" added Torquil Dohrn. "Peter wanted our music supervisor Chudley Maron to stay in place, but Sam wanted Riley Ganz to be their producer".

"Each of our contributions were ultimately recorded under our own individual directions" said Peter "I would produce or co-produce the tracks that were solely or predominantly composed by myself, Sam would produce or co-produce the tracks that were his, and so on".

4th January 1979

This was the first official recording session for the band's ninth album. Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby recorded two covers of rock and roll songs on this day. But like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, neither of these covers were immediately released.

Bring it on Home to Me

Album: Rocky Road [1996 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 9th February 1996
Recorded: 4th January 1979, 12:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:05
Genre: Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Cooke
Producer: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Tracey Lessman — Violin
Ned Morphis — Cello
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Elodia McDonald — Grand Piano
Marcellus Folger — Violin
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Toby Stidham — Lead Guitar
Leandro Groff — Rhythm Guitar
Arnold Coloma — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Percy Duncan — Ludwing Drum Kit
Coleman Lovell — Percussion
Rafael Branum — Alto Saxophone
Leticia Angert — Violin
Tamar Crafts — Violin
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin
Katy Taranto — Violin

Send Me Some Lovin'

Album: Rocky Road [1996 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 9th February 1996
Recorded: 4th January 1979, 1:25 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:00
Genre: Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: John Marascalo, Leo Price
Producer: Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Tracey Lessman — Violin
Ned Morphis — Cello
Grady Ashman — Viola
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Marcellus Folger — Violin
Dallas Guertin — Cello
Amber Whitby — Grand Piano
Cortez McNab — Lead Guitar
Luther Canup — Rhythm Guitar
Perry McMillan — Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Percy Duncan — Ludwing Drum Kit
Coleman Lovell — Percussion
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone
Leticia Angert — Violin
Tamar Crafts — Violin
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin
Katy Taranto — Violin

9th January 1979

Overdubs were recorded for "Goo Goo Goo Joob" on this day, even though the band did not intend to release the song on their next album. Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Devon O'Connell respectively recorded mellotron, hohner pianet electric piano, and tambourine overdubs. Devon also recorded a backing vocal overdub for the song.

The original 1977 stereo mix of the song, without the overdubs added in 1979 was released as a bonus track on the 1995 Compact Disc reissue of "A Girl's Mind".

11th January 1979

Chudley Maron, Riley Ganz, Elodia McDonald, and Amber Whitby record backing vocals overdubs for "Goo Goo Goo Joob" on this day. They were joined by session musicians Alphonse Labounty and Kendrick Vantassel who recorded clarinet overdubs, Delmer Matousek, Johnathan Martz, and Teodoro Orterga who recorded trombone overdubs, Tracey Lessman, Ned Morphis, and Dallas Guertin who recorded cello overdubs, Ron Hayhurst who recorded flute overdubs, Lacy Gram, Rafael Branum, and Raphael Carnegie who recorded alto saxophone overdubs.

Darin Askins, Erich Phong, and Wilburn Charboneau who recorded trumpet overdubs, Grady Ashman, and Neal Nobriga who recorded viola overdubs, Marcellus Folger, Leticia Angert, Tamar Crafts, Eleonore Hinojos, and Katy Taranto who recorded violin overdubs, and Bob Brannon, Horace Voris, Tomas Newkirk, and Dominick Stowell who recorded oboe overdubs. This session resulted in "Goo Goo Goo Joob" having one of the highest numbers of participants of a Cherry Beat recording.

16th January 1979

Peter McDonald recorded a new composition which he'd recently written on this day. It was the first new recording in 1979 that would make the band's ninth album. Peter's vocal on "I've Heard Enough" was raspy and boyish, which was inspired by the Paul McCartney and Wings song "I've Had Enough".

Sadly, this also marked the turning point where the band would begin recording separately, after they had started to record music together again. The period where they began to record together again, was proven to have been short lived.

Peter McDonald completed the track using seven master takes. The first and second master take were recorded on this day. The first contained Peter's lead vocal and bass guitar, and the second contained his backing vocal, and drumming.

I've Heard Enough

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 16th January 1979, 3:34 PM, 4:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

19th January 1979, 4:27 PM, 5:28 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
21st January 1979, 2:28 PM, 3:36 PM, 4:22 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:25
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Peter McDonald
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Harmony vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Keyboard, Tambourine, Handclaps

19th January 1979

Peter McDonald records the third and fourth master take overdubs for his composition "I've Heard Enough". The third contained his harmony vocal and rhythm guitar, and the fourth contained his lead guitar.

21st January 1979

Peter McDonald records the fifth, sixth, and seventh master take overdubs for his composition "I've Heard Enough". The fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively contained the keyboard, tambourine, and handclaps.

27th January 1979

Sam Whitby recorded a new composition which he'd recently written on this day. It was the second new recording in 1979 that would make the band's ninth album. It would also become the title track for the album.

Sam Whitby completed the track using seven master takes. The first and second master take were recorded on this day. The first contained Sam's lead vocal and rhythm guitar, and the second contained his backing vocal, and grand piano.

Drink Up

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 27th January 1979, 11:44 AM, 12:26 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

29th January 1979, 10:27 AM, 11:31 AM, 12:17 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
31st January 1979, 9:48 AM, 11:27 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
13th February 1979, 10:01 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:28
Genre: Experimental Rock, Progressive Rock, Pub Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Sam Whitby
Personnel: Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Backing vocal, Grand Piano, Harmony vocal, Electric Guitar, Lowrey Organ, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion, Liquid Pouring, Drinking

29th January 1979

Sam Whitby records the third, fourth, and fifth master take overdubs for his composition "Drink Up". The third contained his harmony vocal and electric guitar, the fourth contained his lowrey organ, and the fifth contained the bass guitar.

31st January 1979

Sam Whitby records the sixth and seventh master take overdubs for his composition "Drink Up". The sixth contained the drum kit, and the seventh contained the percussion.

3rd February 1979

Sam Whitby records overdubs for "Treasure Hunt" on this day. The overdubs included foot tapping, and the crinkling and unfolding of old paper.

5th February 1979

Peter McDonald records vocal percussion overdubs for "'Getting High" on this day.

7th February 1979

Peter McDonald records overdubs for "Liquor Lords" on this day. The overdubs included pulling a cork out from a glass bottle, and the drinking from a glass.

10th February 1979

Peter McDonald records tape loops for "At the Station" on this day.

13th February 1979

Sam Whitby records overdubs for "Drink Up" on this day. The overdubs included pouring liquid from a glass bottle into a glass, and drinking from the glass.

14th April 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Pete Post" which was written by Torquil Dohrn.

Despite the song's title, Torquil did not draw the name "Pete" from the name of his fellow bandmate Peter McDonald.

Pete Post

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 14th April 1979, 4:01 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

15th April 1979, 4:23 PM, 6:24, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
16th April 1979, 11:12 AM, 1:09 PM, 2:42 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:36
Genre: Doo-Wop, Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Tambourine, Handclaps, Lowrey Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Envelope
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Handclaps
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Cowbell, Handclaps
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Handclaps

15th April 1979

Torquil Dohrn and Devon O'Connell respectively record tambourine and cowbell overdubs for "Pete Post" on this day. Torquil's lead vocal is also double tracked.

Later on that day, Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell recorded handclap overdubs for the song.

16th April 1979

Torquil Dohrn records a lowrey organ overdub for "Pete Post" on this day. He then recorded an acoustic guitar overdub, and lastly the sound of an envelope being opened.

26th April 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Pot of Gold" which was written by Torquil Dohrn. Although Torquil later claimed that it had been Peter McDonald who found the inspiration for the song.

Pot of Gold

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 26th April 1979, 3:35 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

27th April 1979, 4:21 PM, 8:22 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:24
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Electric Piano, Coins
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Fuzz Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

27th April 1979

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn respectively record fuzz bass guitar and electric piano overdubs for "Pot of Gold" on this day. Later on, Torquil recorded the sound of coins and added them to fit the nature of the song.

4th May 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "A Dream of a Dream" which was written by Torquil Dohrn.

A Dream of a Dream

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 4th May 1979, 3:35 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

5th May 1979, 6:35 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
6th May 1979, 10:30 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th May 1979, 11:41 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
8th May 1979, 2:37 PM, 3:50 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:40
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, Trumpet
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Grand Piano
Luciano Ransome — French Horn
Corliss Sancho — French Horn
Layla Hancock — French Horn
Wilburn Charboneau — Trombone

5th May 1979

Torquil Dohrn and Devon O'Connell respectively recorded acoustic guitar and percussion overdubs for "A Dream of a Dream" on this day. At the same time, Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby recorded electric and grand piano overdubs respectively.

6th May 1979

Peter McDonald and Torquil Dohrn record trumpet overdubs for "A Dream of a Dream" on this day.

7th May 1979

Torquil Dohrn and session musicians Luciano Ransome, Corliss Sancho, and Layla Haycock record french horn overdubs for "A Dream of a Dream" on this day. Torquil had to employ session musicians to play french horns, since none of the other Cherry Beat band members knew how to play the french horn.

8th May 1979

Torquil Dohrn and session musician Wilburn Charboneau record trombone overdubs for "A Dream of a Dream" on this day. Later on that day, Torquil recorded a Moog synthesizer overdub to give the song a more dreamy sound.

16th May 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Light as a Feather" which was written by Torquil Dohrn.

Light as a Feather

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 16th May 1979, 3:08 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

17th May 1979, 9:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
18th May 1979, 10:32 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:26
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Electric Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Ukulele
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano

17th May 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record ukulele, electric piano, and acoustic guitar overdubs for "Light as a Feather" on this day.

18th May 1979

Torquil Dohrn records a Moog synthesizer overdub for "Light as a Feather" on this day.

28th May 1979

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Backstabber" which was written by Devon O'Connell.

Backstabber

Album: Drink Up
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 28th May 1979, 4:28 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

29th May 1979, 11:07 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
30th May 1979, 10:57 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
31st May 1979, 5:49 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:54
Genre: Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell
Producer: Devon O'Connell
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Acoustic Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Percussion, Cello, Harmonium
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano

29th May 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell record percussion overdubs for "Backstabber" on this day.

30th May 1979

Peter McDonald records cello overdubs for "Backstabber" on this day, while Sam Whitby and Torquil Dohrn record acoustic guitar overdubs.

31st May 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record harmonium, electric piano, and Moog synthesizer overdubs for "Backstabber" on this day.

4th June 1979

Business was a little bit slow, so the band decided to record a rock cover of The Who's song "My Generation" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

My Generation

Album: Rocky Road [1996 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 9th February 1996
Recorded: 4th June 1979, 11:48 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:28
Genre: Power Pop, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Pete Townshend
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, 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

7th June 1979

The band was still waiting for the release date for their next single to arrive, so they continued to record a few covers of songs they particularly liked, just for a bit of fun and for some musical exercise.

On this day the band recorded a cover of Boston's song "More than a Feeling". Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

More than a Feeling

Album: Rocky Road [1996 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 9th February 1996
Recorded: 7th June 1979, 2:36 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:47
Genre: Folk Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Tom Scholz
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, 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, Acoustic Guitar

10th June 1979

The band recorded a cover of the Toto hard rock song "Hold the Line" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

Hold the Line

Album: Rocky Road [1996 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 9th February 1996
Recorded: 10th June 1979, 5:53 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:03
Genre: Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: David Paich
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Keyboard

15th June 1979

The band recorded a cover of the Sweet rock song "The Ballroom Blitz" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

The Ballroom Blitz

Album: Rocky Road [1996 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 9th February 1996
Recorded: 15th June 1979, 6:23 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:09
Genre: Glam Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar

17th June 1979

Single Release — At the Station / Treasure Hunt

20th June 1979

The band recorded a cover of the Derek and the Dominos hard rock song "Layla" on this day. Like all Cherry Beat covers that were recorded after the release of the band's second album, this one was not immediately released.

Layla

Album: Rocky Road [1996 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 9th February 1996
Recorded: 20th June 1979, 4:29 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

21st June 1979, 2:53 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
22nd June 1979, 5:56 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:29
Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon
Producer: Torquil Dohrn, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Electric Piano
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Grand Piano
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Hammond Organ

21st June 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell respectively record acoustic guitar, lead guitar, slide guitar, and percussion overdubs for "Layla" on this day.

22nd June 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Torquil Dohrn respectively record grand piano, Hammond organ, and electric piano overdubs for "Layla" on this day.

25th June 1979

Interestingly, despite having already recorded two professional takes of "Tropical Beach Hearts" and "Pineapple Heart", way back in 1972, the band decided to re-record new takes of those two songs, and edit the new takes and the old ones together, to create the best possible final takes.

Another reason for the band's decision to re-record the two tracks was because they were considering releasing them on the band's next album in 1980, and they felt that the 1972 recordings in their current forms wouldn't mix well with the newer compositions, since the band members were older, more experienced, and more mature than they were back in 1972.

On this day the band recorded a new version of "Pineapple Heart" which had been written primarily by Torquil Dohrn, with input from Sam Whitby. It was the first composition Torquil had written, but it wasn't released on the band's second album, or on any of the albums following that.

This new recording featured Torquil Dohrn on lead vocals and lead guitar, Peter McDonald on backing vocals, and bass guitar, Devon O'Connell on backing vocal and drum kit, Sam Whitby on backing vocal and rhythm guitar, and Chudley Maron on electric piano. Additional overdubs would be recorded later on if necessary.

Pineapple Heart

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 25th June 1979, 4:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

26th June 1979, 9:11 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:20
Genre: Blues-Rock, Jazz Music, Soul Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Torquil Dohrn, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Double tracked lead vocal, Lead Guitar, Tape Loops
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Tambourine
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano, Tambourine
Wiley Stancill — Baritone Saxophone
Ricky Stanbery — Tenor Saxophone
Ernesto Selby — Tenor Saxophone
Lacy Gram — Alto Saxophone
Rafael Branum — Alto Saxophone
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone

26th June 1979

Torquil Dohrn re-records tape loops for "Pineapple Heart" on this day. Devon O'Connell and Chudley Maron record new tambourine overdubs. Session musician Wiley Stancill recorded new baritone saxophone overdubs, Ricky Stanbery and Ernesto Selby recorded new tenor saxophone overdubs, and Lacy Gram, Rafael Branum, and Raphael Carnegie recorded new alto saxophone overdubs.

Later on that day, the band recorded a new version of "Tropical Beach Hearts" which had been written primarily by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby. It had not been released on the band's second album, or on any of the albums following that.

This new recording featured Torquil Dohrn on harmony vocals and classical guitar, Peter McDonald on lead vocals, and bass guitar, Devon O'Connell on drums, Sam Whitby on harmony vocal and acoustic rhythm guitar, and Chudley Maron on grand piano.

Tropical Beach Hearts

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 26th June 1979, 5:11 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

27th June 1979, 5:03 PM, 8:07 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
28th June 1979, 9:23 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:32
Genre: Sunshine Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Chudley Maron
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmony vocal, Classical Guitar, Handclaps
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Maracas, Handclaps, Tape Loops
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Handclaps
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Grand Piano, Handclaps
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano, Maracas

27th June 1979

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, and Devon O'Connell recorded new handclaps for "Tropical Beach Hearts" on this day.

Later on Peter McDonald and Chudley Maron recorded new maraca overdubs for the song, while Sam Whitby recorded new grand piano overdubs.

28th June 1979

Peter McDonald records new tape loops for "Tropical Beach Hearts" on this day. The new recording of the song was finished.

29th June 1979

The new 1979 recordings of "Tropical Beach Hearts" and "Pineapple Heart" were edited into the old 1972 recordings, to create the best versions of both.

30th June 1979

The band recorded two new compositions on this day. "Arrogance" which was written by Sam Whitby, and "Apocalypse" which was written by Peter McDonald.

Arrogance

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 30th June 1979, 12:36 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

11th July 1979, 4:33 PM, 5:04 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:26
Genre: Glam Metal, Hard Rock
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, Keyboard, Percussion

Apocalypse

Album: Blast Off!
Released: 15th November 1980
Recorded: 30th June 1979, 2:26 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

11th July 1979, 2:22 PM, 3:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom

Duration: 0:03:45
Genre: Glam Metal, Hard 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, Keyboard, Percussion
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

7th July 1979

Album release — Drink Up

Drink Up — Album

Chart Position: #1 (UK Album)
#7 (US Album)
Released: 7th July 1979
Recorded: 18th August 1978 - 31st May 1979, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Pub Rock, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Torquil Dohrn (tracks 2, 4, 9, 12)
Riley Ganz (tracks 7, 13)
Chudley Maron (tracks 6)
Peter McDonald (tracks 3, 5, 6, 8)
Devon O'Connell (tracks 10)
Sam Whitby (tracks 1, 7, 11, 13)
Track Listing: Drink Up
A Dream of a Dream
Liquor Lords
Pot of Gold
The United States of America are Getting High
At the Station
Treasure Hunt
I've Heard Enough
Pete Post
Backstabber
Vicky-Li
Light as a Feather
I'm Touched By Your Love

11th July 1979

Despite the fact that the band's ninth album had already been officially released, Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby would still continue to work on their two newest recordings, since they were actually recorded for the band's tenth album.

Peter McDonald recorded keyboard overdubs for his composition "Apocalypse" on this day, followed by some percussion overdubs.

Later on that afternoon, Sam Whitby repeated the same process, adding keyboard and percussion overdubs to his composition "Arrogance".

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