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||Posted: July 15 2014, 01:06
I haven't heard the CD, so I don't know what tracks 8 and 9 actually are, but I see they're labelled as demo versions.
As a comment on that, I can only say the story of the recordings, as told to me by Les - I'm sure it's been told elsewhere by him, and possibly relayed by Perh as well, but this might at least give a bit of context.
The tracks are all tunes which Les and Mike used to play together at Penrhos Court, and the recordings were aiming to capture those for posterity (Les told me they were destined for an album to be released under his own name - Mike clearly felt he had some claim to them as well, though, as we all know what happened to Portsmouth and Argiers/Argeers! ). They were recorded in the living room at Througham on a cold winter's morning, using the Manor Mobile, the studio at Througham not being ready yet, and the basic guitar and recorder tracks were done as-live.
I say all that to highlight that it was both material that Mike and Les knew well, and that the session was aiming to capture the sound of the tracks as they'd rehearsed them, as opposed to them being tracks which they'd have felt the need to demo. That certainly makes the idea of there having been any demo versions less likely.
That's about all I know, though. I understand that Les has made comments about about the authenticity of those two extra tracks on Facebook, but I haven't seen those comments myself yet (though I understand that he's the source of the claim that they're fake).
In the same way, I've heard something second-hand about what I guess is the "Missed Versions at Dawn" release, but I know nothing about it. The 7 Througham tracks are all Les has ever told me about, so I'd be more than a little wary of any other material which is claimed to have come from him, unless he's there to back it up.
I hope this all comes to a satisfactory resolution - if some of what I've read is true, then the situation is even less pretty than it appeared to be back in February.