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Moon Child Vulcan

Pre-order Moon Child Vulcan, Chris Wood's only solo LP – mastered from the original 1/4" reels on 180g vinyl

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Mastered from the original ¼” analog tapes, this is the first time Chris’s only solo LP – Moon Child Vulcan – has been issued as a stand alone LP.

The 1/4" masters – thought lost for decades – were found, by chance, in an outbuilding during April 2013, having lain undisturbed for over 30 years.

Moon Child Vulcan is presented in a gatefold sleeve with a 20-page (stapled not glued) insert comprising new and updated interviews with studio personnel and musicians involved in the making of the album as well as never before seen images.

The included download card contains both hi-res and MP3 files for not only the album but also demos, different mixes, alternate takes and other solo recordings. Chris’s posthumous, 2015 collaboration with Mercury Music Prize nominated Maps entitled What To Look For With… concludes the download tracks.

The first pressing is limited to 1,000 copies only and exclusively available to pre-order via PledgeMusic.


Neil Storey of HiddenMasters: “It took a while after Traffic broke up for Chris to begin recording again. Its well known he wasn’t in the greatest shape for a while but, with the help of guitarist Pete Bonas who was staying with him at Cumberland Mews and studio engineer Terry Barham, work began at the end of June 1977 at The Fall Out Shelter, Island’s Hammersmith studio. The first piece they recorded was called Pete’s Song, later re-titled Song For Pete with Remi Kabaka and Brother James.

“As low-key as these recordings were, somehow or other, news got out because, on July 16, 1977 Sounds announced ‘… and watch out for Chris Wood’s upcoming solo album featuring exotic African influences.’

“Over the course of the next six months or so, the sessions evolved. The players as wide ranging as the music. They included the Spiteri band – a bunch of mainly Venezuelan Latin-jazz funksters who’d decamped to London and were regularly to be found playing up a storm at The Nashville, The Red Cow, The 100 Club and many other now-defunct London venues. Tyrone Downie, The Wailers’ keyboard player is on Hammond organ on one cut; Phil Ramocon – well known for his work with Lene Lovich, Rico’s band, Jimmy Cliff and Talk Talk is a key component to three cuts as is Dick Cuthell, possessor of probably the finest moustache in the Western Hemisphere as well as being a long time component of Rico’s band as much as playing Flugelhorn and Trumpet with The Specials. John Giblin (his credits would take the rest of this page so lets just mention Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel) contributes bass to one track. And, lastly, the final incarnation of Traffic with Steve, Jim, Chris and Rosko Gee. Wood’s Bolero (or Moon Child Vulcan as it became known) was originally recorded for their final album, When The Eagle Flies. For reasons that can be only guessed at, it was ditched at the last moment…. the reels given back to Chris…. and it became track 2, side 2 here.

“Eventually, during the first weekend of October, 1978, Chris sequenced the album with Terry Barham. Tape op at the time was a young Paul ‘Groucho’ Smykle – within a couple of years he’d become the dub-maestro behind crucial cuts by Black Uhuru, Sly ’n Robbie and more. All in all, some serious talent involved in these recordings.

“Ultimately, the album was presented to the grand fromages at Island. Probably some time that Winter. No one remembers the details of who made what decision and when exactly but, the record Chris had made was turned down.

“Its worth looking back remembering what was going on at the time – musically. The old guard was changing as punk assumed its own foothold and challenged everything: the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Slits were in ascendance as much as the soundtracks to Grease and Saturday Night Fever as well as Abba’s Greatest Hits took out 38 weeks between them at the top of the UK album charts. No matter your allegiance, the music that Chris had fashioned was, as a bare minimum, completely at the opposite end of the spectrum with what was then now.

“The reels were returned to Chris and that was his association with Island, the only label he’d ever known, over.

“After Chris died in 1983, the 2” and ¼” reels which comprised his musical legacy became dispersed. A few were put into storage, some remained with family members, others were forgotten about and eventually presumed lost while others had been transferred to cassette – the original 1/4” reels long discarded.

“In 2008 an album entitled Vulcan was issued, drawn from some of those surviving reels. At that point, it was assumed this was as good as it would probably get in terms of Chris’s own album.

“Five years on from that, here at HM HQ, we started to piece together our Chris Wood book-set. We called it Evening Blue.

“During the digitisation process of all we could find, it quickly became obvious reels were missing – nothing made sense, there were gaps everywhere and, after a chance remark made by Terry Barham, the reel (sic) search began.

“Nearly a year later and by an amazing slice of luck, we stumbled across a pile of tape boxes, layered in decades of grime and cobwebs, all marked Chris Wood. These included the original ¼” A- and B-side masters for Chris’s planned solo LP in amongst others of his reels. Where and when? They were found in a dimly lit outbuilding in the West of England during the Spring of 2013. One of life’s happiest of all accidents.

“Those reels provided a musical start point for Evening Blue – save some returns, that is an edition which is now sold out.

“So…. now we have this stand-alone edition of Moon Child Vulcan – Chris’s album as originally he intended it; don’t forget, while we’re all used to streaming and digital this, that and the next thing + songs in any order we like including random, his world was two sides of a record – either on vinyl or cassette. So, we’ve left it exactly as he sequenced it that first October Sunday in 1978. But, ‘cos we can harness the technology he didn’t have access to, via the download card, we’re including other track variants to give the widest possible illustration of the music he was making after the demise of Traffic. A full and detailed track listing is available elsewhere on these pages.

Welcome then everyone…. to the magical musical world of Chris Wood."

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Moon Child Vulcan - 180g Vinyl LP & Art Card

Moon Child Vulcan - 180g Vinyl LP & Art Card
£27.50
27.50
Available

Moon Child Vulcan has been mastered from the original ¼” analog tapes.

The gatefold cover includes a 20 page stapled insert comprising new and updated interviews with studio personnel and musicians involved in the making of the album as well as never before seen images.

The included download card contains both hi-res and MP3 files for not only the album but also demos, different mixes, alternate takes and other solo recordings.

Chris’s posthumous, 2015 collaboration with Mercury Music Prize nominated Maps entitled What To Look For With… concludes the download tracks.

ALL pre-orders will include a stand-alone, hand numbered, ready-to-frame piece of 12 × 12 album art – exclusive to this pre-order. (so, for example, if only 60 are pre-ordered, then thats the quantity of art-cards we’ll be manufacturing. No more, no less.)

Moon Child Vulcan 180g LP & Moon Child Vulcan Test Press

£102.50
102.50
All gone!

In this bundle, we have the album (plus, of course, the download card) as well as the exclusive art-piece for Pledgers…. plus….

1 of the vinyl Test Pressings for this edition of Moon Child Vulcan – each will be signed by mastering engineer Richard Whittaker and Steph Wood.

Only six are being created, we’ll keep two back for reference…. you’ve the opportunity to own one of those other four.

ALL pre-orders will include a stand-alone, hand numbered, ready-to-frame piece of 12 × 12 album art – exclusive to this pre-order. (so, for example, if only 60 are pre-ordered, then thats the quantity of art-cards we’ll be manufacturing. No more, no less.)

courier delivery, please provide a street address

Moon Child Vulcan 180g LP & Fine Art Print

Moon Child Vulcan 180g LP & Fine Art Print
£117.50
117.50
31 left

In this bundle, we have the album (plus, of course, the download card) as well as the exclusive art-piece for Pledgers…. as well as….

Brian Cooke’s portrait of Chris, shot when Traffic played The Rainbow Theatre in London on April 12, 1973.

Sized 40×50 (and ready to frame) each is hand-printed printed on archival 192gsm matt watercolour paper. And, each copy will be hand-numbered, personalised and signed by Brian.

ALL pre-orders will include a stand-alone, hand numbered, ready-to-frame piece of 12 × 12 album art – exclusive to this pre-order. (so, for example, if only 60 are pre-ordered, then thats the quantity of art-cards we’ll be manufacturing. No more, no less.)

Moon Child Vulcan 180g LP & Evening Blue Test Press Approved

Moon Child Vulcan 180g LP & Evening Blue Test Press Approved
£127.50
127.50
All gone!

In this bundle, we have the album (plus, of course, the download card) as well as the exclusive art-piece for Pledgers…. plus….

the only remaining copy of the approved Evening Blue vinyl Test Pressing (#2/5)

Five were run out…. this is the only one left to find a home.

ALL pre-orders will include a stand-alone, hand numbered, ready-to-frame piece of 12 × 12 album art – exclusive to this pre-order. (so, for example, if only 60 are pre-ordered, then thats the quantity of art-cards we’ll be manufacturing. No more, no less.)

courier delivery, please provide a street address

Moon Child Vulcan 180g LP & Evening Blue Test Press Rejected

Moon Child Vulcan 180g LP & Evening Blue Test Press Rejected
£127.50
127.50
1 left

In this bundle, we have the album (plus, of course, the download card) as well as the exclusive art-piece for Pledgers…. plus….

1 of 2 copies of the rejected vinyl Test Pressing for Evening Blue (#3/5 & #4/5)

nb: only five of these were pressed in the first instance; we rejected them all on the grounds they weren’t right, sonically.

Three rejects are filed away as reference copies – these two are looking for good homes!

ALL pre-orders will include a stand-alone, hand numbered, ready-to-frame piece of 12 × 12 album art – exclusive to this pre-order. (so, for example, if only 60 are pre-ordered, then thats the quantity of art-cards we’ll be manufacturing. No more, no less.)

courier delivery, please provide a street address

¼” Reel – each annotated

¼” Reel – each annotated
£250
250.00
5 left

Here’s how to grab yourself a little piece of musical history (part 1).

We’re offering eight of Chris’s surviving 12" 1/4" reels; each contains some music from Moon Child vulcan – or, mixes that might have become part of the album and all date from the sessions that occurred in London during 1977. Each reel is unique. No copies…. each is a one-off. And most contain scribbles and notes in Chris’s own, inimitable (awful) handwriting.

Why are we offering them? Steph would like these to go to a good home, to someone who loves Chris’s music. Simple as that.

Added to that – each purchaser will have their name added to the special thanks section for this and any other edition of Moon Child Vulcan.

NB: all rights concerning the music contained within these reels remains vested in the Chris Wood Estate.

Shipping of this item will be arranged separately with the Pledger directly by HiddenMasters

Please see updates section for photos of reels and message us at www.pledgemusic.com/pledges with any questions about them.

2” Multitrack – each annotated

2” Multitrack  – each annotated
£350
350.00
6 left

Here’s how to grab yourself a little piece of musical history (part 2).

We’re offering six 2" multitrack reels; each contains some music from Moon Child Vulcan; all date from the sessions that occurred in London during 1977 and, each reel is unique. No copy multis – each is an absolute one-off.

Why are we offering them? As with the 1/4" reels Steph would like them to go to a good home; to someone who loves Chris’s music and not sit on a dusty shelf …. in a storage unit…. somewhere. Simple as that.

On top of this, each purchaser will have their name added to the special thanks section for this and any other edition of Moon Child Vulcan.

NB: all rights concerning the music contained within these reels remains vested in the Chris Wood Estate.

2" Multi-tracks aren’t light…. they’re weighty items! Consequently, shipping will be arranged separately with the Pledger directly by HiddenMasters (and we recommend them being couriered).

Please see updates section for photos of reels and message us at www.pledgemusic.com/pledges with any questions about them.

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