Waso - UK (Sevenoaks), March 1982

TonyReesTonyRees New South Wales, Australia
edited August 2020 in CD, DVD, and Concert Reviews Posts: 110

Hi all, I have located my audience recording of Waso (Fapy Lafertin, Koen De Cauter, etc.) from Sevenoaks, UK, 22 March 1982 and will attempt to upload it here for the benefit of interested persons. Have not attempted any fancy re-EQing other than a slight tweak when I did the digitisation 10+ years ago - it started life as a stereo cassette recording, 2nd generation (I gave the original to Ian Cruickshank in the early 80s and just kept a copy for myself - with hindsight, should have done it the other way around!) and quality is quite listenable. The gig was acoustic in a largish venue (club room), no PA as there were problems with the latter and the band said, no worries (or similar), we'll just play acoustic... Anyway this has probably not been heard by anyone else in the past almost 40 years, definitely time to share it!

Hopefully the tracks come through OK (changed from .wav to .mp3 files for this upload)...

Enjoy - Tony

Waso - St Julians, Sevenoaks, UK, 22 March 1982 (Tony Rees stereo recording from audience)

Fapy Lafertin - guitar, violin on tracks 8-13; Koen De Cauter - clarinet, saxaphone, vocals, guitar on tracks 8-13, intros; Vivi Limberger - guitar; Michel Verstraeten (?) - double bass

Track list - as near as I can get it - is:

  1. Micro
  2. I'm in the mood for love
  3. Some of these days
  4. Sweet Chorus
  5. After You've Gone
  6. Verte Campagne
  7. Topsy
  8. Sweet Sue
  9. Tears
  10. I've found a new baby
  11. Blues en mineur
  12. Minor swing
  13. [gypsy tune #1]
  14. [gypsy tune #2 - song]
  15. [gypsy tune #3 - song]
  16. [gypsy tune #4 - song]
  17. Swing guitars
  18. Love me or leave me
  19. Cavalerie
  20. Summertime
  21. Honeysuckle rose
  22. Les feuilles mortes
  23. Les yeux noirs
  24. Nuages

Bill Da Costa WilliamsBucobillyshakesvanmalmsteenrudolfochristA Gentspatzo


  • TonyReesTonyRees New South Wales, Australia
    edited August 2020 Posts: 110

    There seems to be a piano on one of the gypsy tunes (#13) - maybe Vivi switched to this, I cannot remember...

    Also the version of "Les Yeux Noirs" is pretty epic - almost 11 mins!

    - Tony

  • Posts: 17

    I saw them in Cambridge of that year, I was blown away by the band and the sound. It was that gig that got me into this shit!

    Fapy tells me there is a BBC recording of a television interview the band gave in 1982. I'm in the process of tracking it down. Will keep you updated.

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
    Posts: 556


    Is this the same St Julians?

    Looks like a neat venue.

    Track 14 is Tschawo or Chavo. Transliterating the language will always give you slightly different spellings depending on which system you use. Tcha plays this song and you can find several recorded versions on youtube. One is w/@dennis where he says it was popularized by Schnuckenak Reinhardt. In fact, Dennis might even know the names of the other tunes.

    Thanks a ton for sharing this.

  • Posts: 3,293

    The quality really is good. Every instrument is there in the mix. Tape hiss is there only during quiet passages and with volume way up. That in itself is amazing. Thank you for this Tony!

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Bill Da Costa WilliamsBill Da Costa Williams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos
    Posts: 402

    Great stuff!

    Many thanks Tony for sharing this (and the others previously posted) and for having recorded it in the first place.

    Sound quality is impressive, especially as it was audience-recorded and an acoustic gig.

  • TonyReesTonyRees New South Wales, Australia
    Posts: 110

    Thanks! Sound quality might have been better again if I had kept the original tape and not a rapid-dub copy - maybe it is around in Ian Cruickshank's late holdings, you never know what might surface one day... By the early 80s my facility for location recording was improving somewhat, having progressed to a mains powered hi-fi unit with manual level control and a long cable, and handheld stereo microphone (but still not as good as later...) - the hardest part was resisting the temptation to talk to one's neighbour in the vicinity of the microphone (and grimacing when others did that) since it would likely override the band sound. But as you say, pretty good all things considered!

    I think it is good to share these recordings, not only for others to enjoy, but also maybe to ensure some archival function - who knows what may happen to the original eventually, if I am not around, or in the event of fire/flood/burglary/loss in transit/etc., as well as simple tape deterioration. LOCKSS rules! (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe!) Best - Tony

  • edited August 2020 Posts: 3,293

    I was just thinking earlier "poor guy couldn't move or even shuffle his feet". You deserve a medal man!

    By the way if you don't mind I'll create mp3 tags and reupload.

    billyshakesBill Da Costa Williams
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • TonyReesTonyRees New South Wales, Australia
    edited August 2020 Posts: 110

    Hi Buco: "By the way if you don't mind I'll create mp3 tags and reupload." Yes that would be fine - I had them spread across a couple of CD-Rs (and a bit out of sequence) after the initial digitisation and the mp3 metadata (track labels) got a bit mixed up via that previous process - now in original order again, but the track labels look odd from 13 onwards. Cheers Tony

  • TonyReesTonyRees New South Wales, Australia
    Posts: 110

    It looks like Koen could play piano as well so perhaps he is the mystery pianist on track 13 - as per my photo here from a year later...,_guitarist_on_stage_in_London,_1983.jpg Cheers - Tony

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