Red Guitars ‎– Slow To Fade

Self Drive Records ‎– SCAR LP 1
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All songs recorded at Fairview Studios, Hull
Mixed at Musicworks, London

I just Wait For That Certain Chord;
The Chord Is Blue, It Swings, It Rocks,
And When It Comes I Belt It.
Sean O'Brien

Thanks to Toni K and all at Red Rhino. Guitars by Tokai.
Barry at Mayking for continued patience.
Finally a big thanks to Les Brown for everything else.

On labels:
All songs Copyright Control, except track B4, Tritec Music
Distributed by Red Rhino & the Cartel for Self Drive Records, 11 Albany Street, Hull

Gatefold sleeve with lyrics inside.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): SCAR LP 1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): SCAR LP 1 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): MPO SCAR LP 1 A¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): MPO SCAR LP 1 B¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Both Sides, Stamped): TOWNHOUSE

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
25RTL-3002 Red Guitars Slow To Fade(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3002 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
SCAR CD1 Red Guitars Slow To Fade(CD, Album, RE) Self Drive Records SCAR CD1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SCAR C 1 Red Guitars Slow To Fade(Cass, Album) Self Drive Records SCAR C 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CDMRED 219 Red Guitars Slow To Fade(CD, Album, RE) Cherry Red CDMRED 219 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SCAR LP 1 Red Guitars Slow To Fade(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Self Drive Records SCAR LP 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version



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May 10, 2018
Like the singles which proceeded it Slow To Fade was recorded at Fairview Studios in Willerby. The band had demoed a couple of tracks at Matrix in London with John Porter who produced the first Smiths album. Martix was a good studio with an old Neve desk for tracking and an automated SSL desk for mixing, plus it was next door to Pizza Express, but the recordings didn't work out so it was back to Hull and engineer, co-producer Roy Neave.
The session ran from Wednesday the 4th July to Friday 14th September, interrupted by the recording of a second Peel session on Saturday the 14th July at Maida Vale, and the band clocked up 485½ hours studio time at a cost of just over £6,000. Tony K who ran our distributors, Red Rhino in York, paid for the whole album as an advance against sales and without him it could never have been made. Sadly Tony passed away in 2008, he was a great friend and mentor to the band.
A tip of the hat is also due to Danny Wood who played the Hammond organ parts impeccably and usually in one take and Grant Ardis for extra percussion. Grant was the drummer in Tony Menzies' My Silent War and later joined Hal and Lou in Planet Wilson.
The album was mixed over 10 days at Music Works Studios in London, with Roy Neave and in-house engineer Neil Drake, and mastered at Virgin's Townhouse Studios on Wednesday the 3rd of October. It was released at the beginning of November 1984 with the catalogue number SCAR LP1.