Where Four Seas Meet

by As Is

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1 - 7 Recorded February 1990, Hammer Hi Tech Studios. Produced by Martin Hawkes/James Harding.
'Love Is Here' is THE "loud love song", you’ll have to ask Malcolm what it’s about, but I don’t think it’s a woman. 'I Feel For You' is from a batch of five, written on the banks of the River Orwell with the help of a bottle of Jack Daniels. 'Be My Evangeline' is the one we never got quite right. Shane says the only time he heard it done properly was when we all played it together for the first time. '(I Want To) Move (In With You)' marks the time when Shane and I shared the flat at Clarkson Street, stifled by our home town, but a little bit wary of going anywhere else. 'Away From You' - The single! An attempt at US Radio-rock that nearly came off. Martin Hawkes contributed the guitar solo by stealing a melody from XTC’s ‘Senses Working Overtime’. 'Time To Cry' is another from the ‘heartbroken and drunk by a river’ portfolio. 'Love Me': we were in Denmark and everyone was writing songs, so I thought I’d better have a go. A sad plea from a sad man to his baffled audience.

8 - 9 Recorded 1989, Westerfield.
'Forbidden' is one of Shane’s contributions to the Danish tune-doodling frenzy. Not many people know this, but it was originally 'For Bitte', ‘Bitte’ being a diminutive of ‘Elisabeth’ in Danish. 'We Could Be Happy' was the first song that Shane brought to the party, and pretty much stayed in the set from then on.

10 - 19 Recorded April 1990, Westerfield.
Our manager James Harding had a flight at 8am, to go and see some people in Los Angeles who were interested in us. Pretty much all of this was recorded in the 48 hours preceding that. The drums had gone down in the previous week or so, but by and large I did all of the rest in two full days recording, with 4 hours sleep on the ‘studio’ floor in the middle. I cycled back to Ipswich at 6am to meet JH at my house with the finished masters. The best evidence of the rather wigged-out nature of this recording is on Incredible. Shane features on 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 & 17, and Malcolm played acoustic guitar on 19.

20 - Recorded live in Christchurch Park, Ipswich May 1990.
'Why Can’t I Touch It?' - With the really quite mad Jerry on bass and backing vocals, our cover of The Buzzcocks’ finest ‘B’ side. From a gig broadcast live on Ipswich Community Radio.

21 - Recorded January 1990...ish. Never finished but rescued and mixed December 2001.
The only surviving version of one of Shane’s nods to country music, and he’s not even on it! Features only drums, bass, guide vocals and guide guitar and is a bit of a mess as a result. Only for the curious.

James Partridge

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released September 12, 2012

As Is Mk. 2 was (unless you hear otherwise) - James Partridge (Vocals/Guitar), Malcolm Hawkes (Drums/Vocals), Ross Geraghty (Bass/Vocals), Shane Kirk (Guitar/Vocals)

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