Unfortunately we feel that photos of recording sessions in JA in the '70s and '80s are all too rare, so imagine our joy when our friend Clive Matthews shared with us these photos of himself, Trevor Byfield and others recording in Harry J studio circa 1983! Please enjoy them as we have, a fantastic glimpse into the making of the music we love. Click on the pictures to see them larger!
inside Harry J studio. bottom left corner, on guitar: Norman 'Fox Fire' Vassell. seated, wearing tam: Trevor Byfield. on bass, green sleeveless shirt: Derrick Barnett. singing, at microphone: Clive Matthews. drummer: Desmond Gaynor. organ: Simeon Stewart.
inside Harry J studio. on guitar: Norman 'Fox Fire' Vassell. on bass: Derrick Barnett. singing at microphone: Clive Matthews. drummer: Desmond Gaynor. organ: Simeon Stewart. piano (in foreground): Richard Foulkes.
mixing in the Harry J control room!
standing: bass player Derrick Barnett. seated at board, in blue shirt, engineer Barry Murray. with beard, vocalist Clive Matthews.
mixing continues! behind the console, left to right: Clive Matthews & Derrick Barnett. seated at board, Barry Murray mixes while Trevor Byfield looks on.
That was then, and here is now -