Ozit - Morpheus Acts - Biography & Press Articles
The town of Rochdale is a modest industrial community nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, a town which has seen better times in the past and whose prosperity was in large part due to the textile and associated engineering industries which blossomed in Lancashire at the time of the industrial revolution. It was in this sleepy setting and at the end of a decade known as the sixties that our story has its roots.
Enter Brierley, Clayton, Milne and Batsch, at the time schoolboy friends. John Brierley, lemonade drinker and electronic wizard, was assembling various recording machines 'out of bits and pieces of old washing machines' (quote: John Peel) in his bedroom when the idea took him to enroll the help of schoolboy musos the Way We Live to test the setup he had lashed together. A setup which was to evolve into Rochdale's Cargo Recording studios - but we jump ahead of our story. The Way We Live was a beat group, started in 1966 by Jim Milne and Steve Clayton together with Michael Batsch on bass guitar and Alan Burgess on vocals. The line-up later became Jim, Steve and Michael (Slim) Batsch only and finally Slim left and Jim and Steve concentrated on recordings with John Brierley. Alan Burgess still retained some interest as a friend of the band and, in fact, took the sleeve photos for the first Tractor album.
How to describe Jim and Steve? Their first album sleeve tackled the job rather well, 'Jim Milne is the musical and physical giant, his is the only voice you hear, he plays guitar and wrote all the numbers and collaborated with Steve Clayton on the musical arrangements. Steve Clayton is the quiet poet, he is small in every respect except talent. He also paints and writes short stories.'
In no great expectation of greater things, Jim and Steve being undecided on future careers, a list of record companies was prepared and copies of the demo tape sent to each one. Steve had dropped out of the formal education system seeing its approach as too rigid, whilst Jim had gone perhaps to the other extreme and enrolled at Chester College of Education in a teacher training course in physical education.
In fact it was something of a surprise when, after a demo tape had been sent to John Peel's Dandelion Records, the next morning their man arrived on their doorstep. Clive Selwood, A&R man at Dandelion, had caught the morning train from London, contract in suitcase, in order to snap the boys up before anyone else. Somewhat taken aback by the gushing enthusiasm of John Peel no less, the boys signed on the dotted line.
Dandelion decreed that the material should be re-recorded and a name found for the band and album.
The first album was recorded in two days in a back street studio in London where Cream had recorded their first album. The album was then remixed at the Marquee, Wardour Street. The album went out under the title "A Candle for Judith" named for Steve's girlfriend and now wife. Steve and Jim decided to label themselves "The Way We Live" for their first album. The idea coming from the problem page in a much read journal by the boys, "Woman's Own".
The album was released on the 29th of January 1971 to almost universal acclaim. In fact, in one review, Al Clark of London's "Time Out" magazine (now press officer for Virgin Records) was so enthusiastic that his review was quoted on the cover of the next album. He described "A Candle for Judith" as 'urgent, lyrical, of staggering depth range and eclecticism.'
One track from the first album 'King Dick II' was released on a sampler EP, with Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Stackwaddy and Siren (Kevin Coyne). Incidentally the cover photos for the first album were taken by the hairy monster himself - Dave Lee Travis.
Although off to a good start the album took a long time to get into the charts and never really took off as Dandelion expected. Peel and Selwood were enthusiastic and pressurised the boys for a second album and perhaps a more earthy name. John Peel suggested a possible name to toy with - "Tractor" perhaps? Tractor it was.
Clive Selwood (who was to keep trying to turn band in this direction throughout their career) suggested a commercial single. "Stoney Glory" was the first release as Tractor, on a maxi single with two other songs.
The second album, or the first as Tractor, was recorded in Dandelion Studios, Edenfield Road, Rochdale. Dandelion Studios (a predecessor of Cargo Studios) was in fact two ferrograph tape recorders and one Allen & Heath six channel mixer in John Brierley's attic. Jim and Steve were, in fact, miked up playing guitar and drums in the bedroom. It was here in 1972 that the Tractor album was pieced together, Clive and John went apeshit, the reviews went over the top once again, and this time the favourable reviews got through to the public who bought in bulk.
The album took off like a "Saturn Five on speed"; from its release at the end of 1972 it took until the 27th January 1973 to reach No. 19 in "Kid Jensen's Hot Heavy 20" on Radio Luxembourg, one place above Uriah Heep's "Magician's Birthday". That week it was also No. 30 in Virgin Records top-selling albums.
Meanwhile, work went on rehearsing for a series of live gigs to follow on the success of the second album. The first ever Tractor live gig (performing as a two-piece) was at Heywood Civic Hall. This was followed by a gig at Rochdale College.
It was at the Rochdale College gig that the band first met the social secretary Chris Hewitt. Obviously impressed with the band he used his influence to get the band several gigs both at the College and supported Mike Heron at Rochdale's Champness Hall. Chris was later to become manager for the band.
Within the original trio though things were not going smoothly. Jim and John were having strong arguments about future directions, neither wishing to compromise their high but different standards. These arguments came to a head at a gig at Rugby where John Brierley left the band and set off on a career as a recording engineer which was to culminate in Cargo Studios. The sound engineer's seat was taken by Alan Burgess (one time vocalist for an early band with the boys at Balderstone School) and now photographer for the second album cover. With John Brierley leaving and setting his own studios up on Drake Street, Rochdale (still in a bedroom at this point), Tractor - Jim, Steve, Alan and Chris, now built their own studios in Dawson Street, Heywood using an Allen & Heath mixer, two Revox tape machines and one ferrograph tape machine which they used to record both themselves and several other local bands.
Clive Selwood still maintained his interest in the band supplying several live gigs through his wife's agency. Disillusioned with the record company problems and still determined to produce their own music, they carried on working on new material at Tractor Studios, Heywood. Up surfaced Clive Selwood now working for Jonathan King's UK Records and practically their only possible contact in the record business. Clive came to see the band working at their own studio and he left the same evening with the master tape for their next single. The single "Roll the Dice" was a hype on Reggae (Ken Booth was No. 1 at the time) and although Jonathan King raved about it, it fell like a brick from the Town Hall roof. Too adventurous for Radio One!
It seemed like this was the end of the road for Tractor, no contract, no interest, no future. Jim became a father and didn't want to gig. Steve converted the recording studio into an art studio and the equipment was split up. Chris Hewitt went to London and got a job with a PA company working for Ian Dury, East of Eden, Motorhead, Carol Grimes etc.
1975 was the fallow period during which very little happened except Jim, missing gigging, joined a cabaret rock band in Liverpool and Steve Clayton focussed his attention on painting. It all seems to have picked up again in the Summer of 1976 when Chris Hewitt, older and wiser from the London music biz, returned to Rochdale eager to liven the town up.
"Tractor Music" was launched (music shop, P.A. hire company etc). Tractor Music's first premises were on Oldham Road, Rochdale and comprised music shop and rehearsal room, (the shop was eventually combined in another building with Cargo Studios nearer to Rochdale's town centre - a music shop and recording studio still occupy the initial site much expanded by Chris Hewitt and John Brierley through the 1970s and 1980s). It wasn't long before Jim and Steve were rehearsing for another line-up; this time they added a bass player, Dave Addison, who had already done session work a year before for another band at Tractor Studios, Heywood. Tractor as a two-piece had never done a satisfactory gig and a bass player was a must.
One of their first gigs together was the September 1976 Deeply Vale Free Festival - a phenomenal gig and a foretaste of the coming storm. But yet again here creeps in another hiccup in the band's career. The heady, easy-going atmosphere of Deeply Vale brought out the hippies in their hundreds. Kaftans, dope, long hair, one could almost have been in Hyde Park during the Summer Of Love, 1967. Attendant with all other artifacts of the hippie culture were certain mind-blowing substances. Independent observers reported the siting of the largest cloud of dope smoke ever seen in the North West. Dope casualties stagger around with enormous grins on their faces reciting the phrase 'far out man' at the slightest provocation. One of the casualties was Steve Clayton who had to be carried to his drums. Steve left the band and resigned his partnership in the shop after this gig.
Determined to carry on, Jim and Dave recruited Brent Whitworth, for a short spell in the band until Steve Clayton was coerced into rejoining at a Christmas party jam session. For the next few months Tractor (with Steve Clayton) played every bar, pub and club in the area with each gig getting tighter, punchier and more powerful. With a growing army of hardcore fans the new Tractor moved from strength to strength, they were regular bill toppers at Manchester's "Electric Circus". With a touch of regret, Jim and Steve realised they should have done this when the first albums came out.
In the Summer of 1977, May to be exact, they renewed their acquaintance with John Brierley, recording a single - still on two-track - at his house on Drake Street (the early Cargo Studios). John recorded, financed and released a single "No More Rock 'n' Roll" on his own Cargo Records. This came out in time for Deeply Vale 1977 and was another high spot in the band's career. This sold about 600 copies both locally, and to Virgin Records shops all over the country, and was in the NME alternative chart as 'home released' singles were becoming popular with the advent of New Wave. Hence his appearance on the "Streets", Independent/New Wave sampler album.
1978 was a non-event year for Tractor, as was 1979; Dave Addison went abroad with a cabaret band, Jim Milne played bass in a Liverpool band, Sneax with keyboard player and friend Dave Goldberg who will crop up later in the story. On Dave Addison's return from abroad, he joined Accident on the East Lancs (the band fronted by Andy Sharrocks - a friend of Chris Hewitt's - and Tractor fan since his dad was involved with the band during The Way We Live days). Also in Accident on the East Lancs was Kieran Miskella on guitar who was a roadie for Tractor in 1977 and, again, crops up later in the story.
Andy Sharrocks, Kieran Miskella and Dave Addison released a single on Andy's own label from Accident on the East Lancs. 'We Want It Legalised' came out on Roach Records. Andy later sacked Kieran and Dave and hired a younger band for his next single ("Backend of Nowhere" on Roach Records).
1980 was probably the start of the most aggressive period in Tractor's career, a gig was recorded live with the 1976 line-up of Jim Milne, Steve Clayton and Dave Addison with the addition of a second guitarist for one number only: "Purple Haze", the encore. Tony Crabtree, an excellent blind musician, was to become session keyboard player on 1980/1981 studio work after his guitar work at the live gig. Tony had his one single out on Virgin under the name "Cry" and the B-side became a song in the Tractor set for gigs in the 1980's 'Policeman's Blues'. Some of Jim's best songwriting came from this period and "Average Man's Hero" was recorded as a four-piece with Tony Crabtree on second guitar and keyboards. Even Factory Records/New Order contributed to this single with the loan of a Polyphonic Synch (a reasonably new concept at the time).
"Average Man's Hero" was the sort of single Tractor should have put out in 1973/1974 to point the way to the future but we digress. Chris Hewitt financed the single through Tractor Music but labelled it with Andy Sharrocks' Roach label now with a roster of two Rochdale bands. The raunchy single with a picture sleeve is now selling at BP3.50 in the 90s and is only let down by its 1975 B-side.
Dave Addison left the band in 1981 and former roadie and "Accident" guitarist Kieran Miskella joined on bass guitar. Tony Crabtree did not turn up for some gigs and rehearsals so Dave Goldberg from Liverpool replaced Tony. Gigging was expensive in the 80s and so it petered out. 1983 saw the release of the Thunderbolt album, a reissue of the Dandelion album from 1972; the only involvement from Tractor was by way of the photos supplied by Chris Hewitt for the back of the sleeve but even this album got into the Sounds heavy metal charts.
That takes us up to the 90s and now the original Dandelion LPs are BP100 each in dealers' adverts and yet Jim Milne, Steve Clayton, Dave Addison, Chris Hewitt and Dave Goldberg never really got any real money from all the work through the years but it was and still is - good fun.
When Jim Milne rang Chris Hewitt in October 1990 (and told him that a Tractor fan had rung him to tell him that the Dandelion Tractor album was available on CD in Germany), Chris decided to test the market for some of the earlier Tractor vinyl releases he still had available, and was overwhelmed with orders by phone and letter from all over the world, from both record shops, radio stations and the public at large. Jim and Chris, delighted with the depth of interest and demand for Tractor material, decided to try and assemble all the unreleased material into some semblance of order, and so with the help of Addison and Goldberg, and with reference to Steve Clayton and John Brierley, the material was analysed.
Chris mentioned the tapes to Sunflower Records and a CD release was quickly under negotiation. Sunflower Records have been very enthusiastic and supportive whilst offering complete freedom to Tractor in the choice of material for the disc. There are some songs on the CD that have been out on vinyl before but their availability has been 'non existent to scarce' (such is the plight of small Indie labels!) This "Worst Enemies" album works as a natural progression from "The Way We Live" and the "Tractor" albums.
Original concept Gordon Leek. Edited by Chris Hewitt
Taken from the "Worst Enemies" CD, Ozit Records, OZIT CD 00019
Tractor were formed in Rochdale in 1971 from the remains of three-piece band The Way We Live (originally formed in 1966 at Balderstone School, Rochdale). The band comprised Jim Milne (guitarist, vocalist and songwriter) and Steve Clayton (drummer, percussionist and songwriter) who had teamed up in 1971 with their manager and sound engineer John Brierley, who built his first studios (Dandelion Studios Rochdale) in his bedroom and attic. John later recorded Factory and many other bands at his Cargo Studios in Rochdale.
As The Way We Live, Tractor made a 1971 album for Dandelion Records boss, the late John Peel. After the release of this album, "A Candle For Judith", Peel described guitarist Jim Milne as "...the man responsible for some of the most urgent flowing and logical guitar playing I've ever heard".
Their second album, "Tractor” (as Tractor) got to number 18 in the Radio Luxembourg album charts and was frequently played on the BBC by DJs like Peel, Bob Harris and Anne Nightingale. It was also in the Virgin Top 30 selling album charts in 1972.
Later that year, former Rochdale College Social Secretary Chris Hewitt became their tour manager and sound engineer and the band opened recording studios in Dawson Street in Heywood. They performed on the college and university circuit from winter 1972 onwards (one night appearing on the same bill as future AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott) and also worked on their third album which would later become the CD release, "Worst Enemies".
In 1976, Tractor helped launch the Deeply Vale Festivals and were the main Festival attraction in 1976 and 1977. As it grew in reputation, other Manchester-based and nationally known artists appeared at the Festival alongside Tractor, including Durutti Column, The Fall, The Out, The Drones, Nik Turner (of Hawkwind), Here And Now, The Ruts, Fast Cars and Steve Hillage.
During their career, Tractor have issued LPs and CDs on Dandelion Records, UK Records, Cargo Records (Indie Rochdale label), Roach Records and they now control their entire back catalogue through their own Ozit-Morpheus Records. In 1998, they released a new CD of archive material, Tractor "Before, During and After the Dandelion Years".
They played at Glastonbury Festival in 2002 and the Canterbury Festival in 2003. There is a DVD available through Ozit-Morpheus Records entitled, ‘Beyond Deeply Vale’, and like all Tractor material, it received stunning reviews.
In 2004, ITV made a documentary about Deeply Vale and Tractor, "Truly Madly Deeply Vale", which is to be released on DVD with extra bonus footage. Further recognition came in December 2004 when Tractor played at a John Peel tribute concert along with Doves and Badly Drawn Boy, Marc Riley and Andy Rourke from the Smiths. In October 2006, Tractor released a new CD, “John Peel Bought Us Studio Gear And a P.A.”
More of how it all came about...
Rumour has it that in the late sixties a mysterious spaceship-like object landed in the hills of Blackstone Edge, above Rochdale. Its occupants, time travellers from another universe had come to the metropolis towns north of Manchester to spread the universal language of rock'n'roll. In the first foray at the end of the sixties, the timelords sent to infiltrate Rochdale - a tall guitarist named Jim Milne and a small poet, painter writer and drummer known as Steve Clayton. Together with one of the Timelords' electronic meddlers John Brierley, they started to record and perform their music. Convincing the 'straighter' locals that they were from the same planet was easily done, Jim Milne took the cover of a trainee PE teacher, Steve Clayton took a flat with his girlfriend Judith, opposite Rochdale College and sat each day writing poems or would travel to Heywood to create some of his paintings. John Brierley's cover story to the outside world was that he worked at the BBC and yet secretly he built a whole pile of futuristic electronics in the attic of a house on Edenfield Road, Rochdale. Other time travellers who travelled on the same astral plane in those early days included bass guitarist Michael (Slim) Batsch, former vocalist/photographer Alan Burgess, managerial duties at that time were taken on by Chris (Sonny) Ryan and another avid fan and traveller on that astral plane was space traveller and art student Andrew Burgoyne, a friend of early Way We Live 'manager' Chris Ryan, Andy would be seen at early gigs sitting in front of Steve Clayton's bass drum stopping it from moving and 'feeling the groove' at close quarters.
With the release of The Way We Live 'A Candle for Judith', the first attempt by our group of time travellers to take their alien art form beyond the boundaries of their initial landing area around Rochdale was made. This marvellous piece of music on a medium known as 'long playing vinyl 12 inch' had an abstract cover painting by drummer, poet and writer Steve Clayton. All the instruments on the album were played by just Jim Milne and Steve Clayton, and the cockpit controls at that point and for the next album were still in the hands of John Brierley.
After a name change for our band of time and space travellers to TRACTOR a second piece of recorded music (still in analogue format!) taped in the electronic command station of John Brierley's attic was released on the unsuspecting world still only featuring Jim Milne and Steve Clayton and John Brierley taking equal credit for some of his innovative electronic creations in his 'hardboard' command station.
During 1972 the legendary 'Pink Fairies' time travellers from Ladbroke Grove (and the Hall of the Mountain Grill), fellow travellers of Hawkwind (and in fact at that point the Pink Fairies featured a future Hawkwind bass player on lead guitar, Paul Rudolph (Blackie) landed their trippy ship in Rochdale. Chris Hewitt was a student at the Tech College across from Steve Clayton's flat and was Social Secretary of the Students Union. Chris promoted the Pink Fairies gig as a benefit for community groups in Rochdale, and in particular to raise money for someone busted for possession of marijuana. After promoting another Ladbroke Grove space travellers band - Skin Alley - for another community benefit, Chris Hewitt joined the TRACTOR spaceship, something he has helped guide through to this present day.
Deeply Vale & Bickershaw Festivals
A few warm words on the Deeply Vale Festival
Deeply Vale Box Set - Uncut Feature, November 2014
Deeply Vale Box Set - Uncut Review, November 2014
Deeply Vale Box Set - Record Collector Review, November 2014
Deeply Vale Box Set - Classic Rock Review, January 2015
Deeply Vale Box Set - Vive Le Rock Review, Christmas 2014
Deeply Vale Box Set - Vive Le Rock Feature, Christmas 2014
Deeply Vale Box Set - Vive Le Rock Feature, Christmas 2014
Deeply Vale Festival - Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, April 2005 - Part 1
Deeply Vale Festival - Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, April 2005 - Part 2
Deeply Vale Festival - Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, April 2005 - Part 3
Deeply Vale Festival DVD - Planet Gong, August 2007
Deeply Vale Festival DVD - Pete Feenstra, August 2007
Deeply Vale Festival DVD - Record Collector, October 2007
Bickershaw Festival DVD - BBC Manchester, August 2007
Bickershaw Festival DVD - Classic Rock, October 2007
Bickershaw Festival DVD - Record Collector, October 2007
Bickershaw Festival 40th Anniversary Box Set - The Word Magazine, June 2012
Bickershaw Festival 40th Anniversary Box Set - Record Collector Magazine, June 2012
Bickershaw Festival 40th Anniversary Box Set - Uncut, 2012
Bickershaw Festival 40th Anniversary Box Set - Total Music, 2012
Bickershaw Festival 40th Anniversary Box Set - Classic Rock Magazine, 2012
Bickershaw Festival 40th Anniversary Box Set - Mudkiss Fanzine, August 2012
Rehearsals For Apocalypse - Mick Farren on Bickershaw and Weeley Festivals - Classic Rock, August 2009
The Way We Live/Tractor
"Ptolemaic Terrascope" - Interview
Tractor's legendary PA system
Kerrang! 1983 'Tractor' article
Newspaper article: Rochdale Observer - March 1996 (excerpts)
Progression Magazine reviews of ‘Before, During And After The Dandelion Years, Through To Deeply Vale And Beyond’
Tractor "Before, During And After The Dandelion Years... Through To Deeply Vale And Beyond" OZIT Ozit CD 0024 (73:28) - Record Collector, September '99
Tractor/The Way We Live "Steve's Hungarian Novel" (Ozit LP8004) - Art Beat Reader Magazine
Tractor/John Peel article - BBC Manchester September 2006
The Way We Live/Tractor "Steve's Hungarian Novel" - Wondrous Stories Magazine
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith 2003 - Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, November 2003
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith 2003 - Unpeeled Magazine, November 2003
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith 2003 - Rockerilla Magazine, Italy
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith 2003 - Record Collector Magazine, January 2004
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith 2003 - MENSA Music Magazine
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith 2003 - Modern Dance Magazine 2004
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith - Record Collector, Dandelion Records Feature 2006
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith - Record Collector, Top 100 Prog Feature 2007
The Way We Live - A Candle For Judith - review in progarchives.com
"Steve's Hungarian Novel" - Ptolemaic Terrascope, January 2000
"Rockerilla" - review of "Before, During and After the Dandelion Years, Through To Deeply Vale and Beyond"
Tractor/The Way We Live "Steve's Hungarian Novel" - review from Rockerilla Magazine, Italy, January 2000
Tractor/The Way We Live " Steve's Hungarian Novel" - Psygressive/Ozit (PG 8004/Ozit LP 8004) - Goldmine, June 2000
Tractor "Tractor" - Badcat Records Review, 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - Goldmine, November 2002
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - Record Collector, January 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - Q Magazine, February 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - Feedback, Mensa's Music Magazine, January 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - ALAN WRIGHT, January 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - Rockerilla Magazine, Italy, February 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - Aquarius, 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - BBC Music review 2003
Tractor "Tractor" - 30th Anniversary Edition (Ozit CD 217) - Modern Dance Magazine 2004
Tractor "Tractor" - Record Collector, Dandelion Records Feature 2006
Tractor "Tractor" Audiophile Vinyl edition - Hi-Fi World March 2008
Tractor / The Way We Live Article In Record Buyer And Music Collector, 2000
Tractor / The Way We Live Review by Paul Cross
Tractor / The Way We Live Interview, It's Psychedelic Baby, 2013
Tractor / The Way We Live Vinyl Editions Review, Record Collector, March 2008
Tractor DVD Review By Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, June 2004
Tractor DVD Review in Record Collector, June 2004
Tractor DVD Review in Classic Rock, July 2004
Tractor DVD Review in The Observer, August 2004
Tractor DVD Review at www.dvdfever.co.uk, September 2004
Tractor DVD Review in Feedback - MENSA's Music Magazine, September 2004
Tractor Live at Rayners, Harrow, July 2003 - by Pete Feenstra, Soundcheck Magazine
Forgive me Father... - By Mick Middles, www.thisischeshire.co.uk, 2006
Tractor "John Peel Bought Us Studio Gear & a PA" - Get Ready to Rock, 2006
Tractor "John Peel Bought Us Studio Gear & a PA" - That Peel Appeal - Todmorden/Hebden Bridge Today, 2006
Tractor "John Peel Bought Us Studio Gear & a PA" - Record Collector, 2006
John Peel's Tractor - The Road From Townhead Mill reviews, 2012
John Peel's Tractor - The Road From Townhead Mill, Total Music, 2012
John Peel's Tractor - The Road From Townhead Mill, Record Collector, 2012
John Peel's Tractor - The Road From Townhead Mill, Pete Feenstra, Get Ready To Rock, 2012
John Peel presents... Tractor
Pop Group Are Tractor Driven - Town Rock Act Re-Emerges After 30 Years
Tractor - Hebden Bridge Times "Band Is Back In The Racks"
John Peel's Tractor - Russian Billboard magazine (translation)
Where are they now?
Last but not least...
One Man And His Dog Swap Beetles For Early Riding (An article about Dave Edwards)
Pete Frame's Origins of Rochdale and Northwich
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Captain Beefheart "Merseytrout - Live 1980" (OZIT CD 4003) - Review by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, September 22, 2000
Captain Beefheart "Merseytrout - Live 1980" (OZIT CD 4003) - Review by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, June, 2002
Captain Beefheart "Dust Sucker" (Milksafe BF 6003) - Review by Nat Maven, Record Collector, April, 2002
Captain Beefheart "Dust Sucker" (Milksafe BF 6003) - Review in Q Magazine, May, 2002
Captain Beefheart "Dust Sucker" (Milksafe BF 6003) - Review by Uncut Magazine, May, 2002
Captain Beefheart "Dust Sucker" (Milksafe BF 6003) - Review by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, June, 2002
Captain Beefheart "Dust Sucker" (Vinyl Edition - Ozit-Morpheus 8006) - Review in Record Collector, May 2008
Captain Beefheart "Gimme Dat Harp Boy" (BS-OZIT CD302) - Reviewed in Sunday Times, January 2003
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band "Dichotomy" (OZIT CD 8003) - Unpeeled Magazine, November 2003
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Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band "Live'n'Rare" (OZIT CD 9003) - Goldmine, June 2005
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band "Live At Bickershaw 1972" Classic Rock, October 2007
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band "Live At Bickershaw 1972" Record Collector, October 2007
Captain Beefheart - The Captain And The Peel - Shindig Magazine, July 2013
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John Cooper Clarke Zip Style DVD Rough Treasure Chest - Review in Classic Rock, September 2011
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The Doctors Of Madness Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms - Record Collector, November '99
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The Doctors Of Madness "Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms" (OZIT CD 0042) review in Acid Dragon, issue #26 (France)
The atmospheric rancour of Doctors of Madness - A Broad Abroad by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, April 9, 1999
Doctors of Madness "Figments Of Emancipation"/"Sons Of Survival"- A Broad Abroad by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, November 2002
Doctors of Madness - Footnote Archives by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, February 2003
The Fall Live At Deeply Vale Festival CD reviews
The Fall and Fast Cars CD reviews, Goldmine, October 2005
The Fall Live At Deeply Vale - Record Collector, October 2005
The Fall Live In San Francisco - thequietus.com, July 2013
The Fall Live In San Francisco - Record Collector, September 2013
Pete Farrow: Who Said there's no Beach in Stockport? CD album review by Alec Martin in www.thisisbolton.co.uk
Pete Farrow: Who Said there's no Beach in Stockport? CD album review by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, September 22, 2000
Pete Farrow: Who Said there's no Beach in Stockport? CD album review in Record Buyer And Music Collector, December 2000
Fast Cars CD review, Record Collector, November 2005
Billy Fury Sings A Buddy Holly Song (OZIT CD 56) - Review in Record Collector, 2001
Billy Fury Sings A Buddy Holly Song (OZIT CD 56) - Review in Goldmine, July 2002
Billy Fury - His Wondrous Story DVD Review, Record Collector, October 2007
Grateful Dead at The Hollywood Festival - Review by Pete Feenstra, getreadytorock.com
Guitar George Borowski "Check Out Guitar George - He Knows All The Chords" Ozit CD 219, Unpeeled Magazine
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Guitar George Borowski "Check Out Guitar George - He Knows All The Chords" Ozit CD 219, MENSA Music Magazine
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Guitar George Borowski Ozit CD 219, Record Collector 2004
Martin Hannett - Maverick Producer Genius and Musician, www.allgigs.co.uk 2011
Martin Hannett "He wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division" DVD - Jocks And Nerds, Spring 2014
Martin Hannett "He wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division" DVD - Flipside Reviews, Spring 2014
Martin Hannett "He wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division" DVD - Mancunian Matters, March 2014
Martin Hannett "He wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division" DVD - Record Collector, May 2014
Martin Hannett - From Zero To Hero - New DVD and Book about Martin Hannett - The Big Issue In The North, April 2014
Dr. James McGrath's article on Martin Hannett - Media Centre, Leeds Metropolitan University, March 2014
The Zero Theorem - Martin Hannett feature in Vive Le Rock, 2014
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Martin Hannett "Pleasures Of The Unknown" Book - Record Collector, July 2014
Martin Hannett - His Equipment and Strawberry Studios, Sounds, January 2017
Steve Hillage At Deeply Vale 2LP - Deeply Vale Festivals DVD - Bickershaw Festival DVD - Terrascope, July 2009
Steve Hillage "Live At Deeply Vale Festival 1978" - Goldmine, June 2004
Steve Hillage "Live At Deeply Vale Festival 1978" - Record Collector, November 2004
Steve Hillage "Live At Deeply Vale Festival 1978" - Feedback - Mensa's Music Magazine
Steve Hillage "Live At Deeply Vale Festival 1978" - Hi-Fi World
Steve Hillage "Live At Deeply Vale Festival 1978" - Goldmine, August 2009
Joy Division - In The Studio with Martin Hannett - Hi-Fi World
Joy Division - Here Are The Old Men: Unexpected Pleasures At Hooky's Joy Division Tribute - Mick Middles, thequietus.com, May 2010
Kevin Lamb Biography
Read-Manzarek "Freshly Dug" - HiFi Magazine, June 2000
The Ruts "The Highest Energy Ruts Live Album Ever" - Record Collector, May 2014
The Ruts - Live at Deeply Vale 1978 - Vive Le Rock, 2014
Grahame Smith "Touch Of Magic" - review in Record Collector, February 2007
Spaceritual.net "Live At Glastonbury" Ozit CD - Feedback, Mensa's Music Magazine, February 2003
String Driven Thing - Record Buyer And Music Collector, 2001
String Driven Thing - A Broad Abroad by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, November 2004
String Driven Thing - Live on the Foxtrot Tour (40th Anniversary) - DMME.NET, 2012
String Driven Thing Interview - It's Psychedelic Baby, Jan. 2014
String Driven Thing "The Steeple Claydon Tapes" - Record Collector, June 2014
Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott "I Am Just A Cowboy" (Ozit) - Record Buyer And Music Collector, 2000
Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott - New CD celebrates Phil Lynott's Life - by Neil Fetherston, 2000
Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott - "Lynott Remembered" - Irish Post, 2000
Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott - Jim Hayes On The Beat: "Phil In His Own Words", 2000
The Toilet Boys - Live In London, Classic Rock, 2003
Nik Turner "Live At The Deeply Vale Free Festival, 1978" - Review by Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, September 22, 2000
Black Diamond Express To Hell – An Amazing Ride Along Railroads Of America - Review in Unpeeled
Black Diamond Express To Hell – An Amazing Ride Along Railroads Of America - Review in Record Collector
Black Diamond Express To Hell – An Amazing Ride Along Railroads Of America - Review on boomkat.com
Black Diamond Express To Hell – An Amazing Ride Along Railroads Of America - Review on allmusic.com
Black Monday - The Last Days of FAC251, The Factory Records Office - Fact Magazine, August 2012
Black Monday - The Last Days of FAC251, The Factory Records Office - Mudkiss, 2012
Black Monday - The Last Days of FAC251, The Factory Records Office - Total Music, 2012
Black Monday - The Last Days of FAC251, The Factory Records Office - Record Collector, 2012
Greasy Truckers Party 2003 - Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, November 2003
Greasy Truckers Party 2003 - Rockerilla Magazine, Italy
Greasy Truckers Party 2003 - MENSA Music Magazine
It Started In Rochdale: Step Into The Seventies And Beyond - Record Collector, 2008
John Peel’s Dandelion Records DVD - Review by Pete Feenstra, getreadytorock.com
John Peel’s Dandelion Records DVD - Review by Ian Abrahams, Record Collector, February 2009
John Peel’s Dandelion Records DVD - Review in www.unpeeled.net, 2009
John Peel’s Dandelion Records DVD - Review in Classic Rock, 2009
John Peel’s Dandelion Records DVD - Review in Goldmine, 2009
Life Too Has Surface Noise - Dandelion Singles Box - Review in Record Collector
Ozit Records - Kicking Arse With Hippie Morality - Goldmine Magazine, May '99
Profile: Ozit Records - History of Ozit/Morpheus Records up to date and a chat with Chris Hewitt on the new happenings - Record Buyer And Music Collector, 2000
Rainy City Punk - Manchester Punk and Post-Punk Independent Singles Volume 1 - Record Collector, January 2014
Rainy City Punk - Manchester Punk and Post-Punk Independent Singles Volume 1 - Total Music Magazine, January 2014
Rainy City Punk - Accident On The East Lancs Volume 2 - Record Collector, May 2014
Unpiecing the Jigsaw - A Tribute to the Velvet Underground - Review February 2010
US Blues Tour '63 - Review in dvdfever.co.uk - February 2010