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The Brinsley's long lost album should have been their commercial breakthrough. It was intended to re-launched the group in America, but like their much hyped first visit to New York it didn’t go as planned. Indeed, the album languished in Rockfield Studios tape library for years until rescued by the band’s guitarist Ian Gomm who mixed it at Foel Studios for release on record. Even that didn’t go as planned and once again the album disappeared.

A few years ago, Gomm made a few homemade CDRs available from his website, but the album has remained largely ignored. Until now. Twenty-five years after Ian Gomm rescued and mixed the album, Mega Dodo is set to release it on vinyl, cassette and CD.

Brinsley Schwarz began work on the album at Rockfield Studios with Steve Verroca in the autumn of ’74. If they’d learnt anything from working with Dave Edmunds on the previous year’s ‘New Favourites’ it was the difference a good producer could make. They’d always wanted to be a top end pop group, but had resisted working with a producer because that would have meant compromising themselves. It had taken Edmunds to turn good songs into a great record, now everything rested on Steve Verroca’s ability to do the same.

Ian Gomm: “We’d had lots of interest from America and we thought that’s what we want to do, we’ll try and make an album for America. We thought, ‘this is the only way out’, because we felt strangled by the UK. So we got this guy in, Steve Veroca, and the idea was to try and make it for the American audience, to try and break in America.”

However, change was in the air and Brinsley Schwarz was on the verge of breaking up.

Bob Andrews: “Veroca was taking the music in a whole new direction, but by that time I think everybody was all over the place. I think at that time the actual band itself was falling apart.” The band managed to keep it together to record the album, which would feature several gems, including the Gomm-Lowe hit-in-waiting ‘Cruel To Be Kind’. There was even a half-hearted attempt to make a video to promote it, but looking back Lowe claims he could sense that things were changing and it was time to move on. “When the pub rock scene started going downhill, largely due to Dr Feelgood, who were so great they spawned many duff copyists, it was time to move on,” he told Mojo. What are you going to do about it?’ I had to banish earnestness, take the piss.”

It was the end of the end for Brinsley Schwarz and as the individual members slid into solo careers, the album was all but forgotten. It was only finished when the band’s guitarist Ian Gomm saved it from being thrown in a dumper. Ian Gomm: “When I came to Wales to work at this recording studio, and help build it, Royal Studios it’s called, we had a sixteen-track recorded there that took two-inch tape. We’d wired the studio up and want to test it, and I thought two-inch tape, that’s what that Brinsleys album was record on. So I phoned up Kingsley Ward at Rockfield Studio and said ‘Do you remember that Brinsley's album that never got finished’. And Kingsley said: ‘Funny you should mention that we’re clearing out the tape library this week and that’s going in the dumper’. So I got in my car and I drove that afternoon to Rockfield and rescued it. Then I mixed it down because I had the studio time.”

The album was almost released in the 1980s, but was withdrawn before it could make it onto the shops. It has remained unreleased ever since.

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