On August 28th
1975, Roger ARMSTRONG brought the five COUNT BISHOPS in
PATHWAY Studio, in North London. The studio was built by Mike
FINESILVER with his royalties from Arthur Brown's "Fire" which
As described by Roger in the liner notes of the "Speedball Plus
Eleven" CD, released in 1995, the session was " hot, cool, and ...
prolific". Roger remembers that they recorded 12 tracks in no less
than 6 hours.
about 11 that night, Ted CARROLL arrived with some alcohol and
assistance. They played the tape for him and "generated such
enthusiasm that he felt asleep" remembers Roger. The band cut
another 3 tracks. The session run through into the early hours of the
Barry FARMER was the engineer. The session was
co-produced by The COUNT BISHOPS and Roger ARMSTRONG.
As it was so difficult to
make a choice, 5 tracks were remixed in September 1975, again at PATHWAY
Studio, and again with Barry FARMER as engineer. From these 5
tracks, Ted CARROLL and Roger ARMSTRONG decided to exclude one song ("Cry To Me").
They launch their newly
formed CHISWICK label with those 4 remaining tracks issued as an E.P. (an
Extended Play is generally a 4 tracks single). This E.P. is better known
as the "Speedball" E.P.