As the title implies, you have in your hand a well dodgy motor; two separate halves destined for the musical scrap-heap, welded together and resprayed to give the impression of a slick machine! Not that I believe it deserves to go on the scrap-heap - we've enjoyed putting it together and it serves a big purpose; celebrating 10 years of Intensified. In that time we have played throughout Europe and with many great bands and artists such as; Hepcat, Skatalites, Rico, Hot Knives, Laurel Aitken, 100 Men, Toasters, Dr Ring Ding... great memories, one and all.
The live arena is something we love. We may not be a 'slick machine' but we always give 110%. The live half of this album was recorded at Folkestone in September 2000. Despite terrible weather and a major fuel crisis across Europe, we had a great night. We welcomed back two of our original line up and put in a three hour performance! Drink and over excitement cut short our choices for this release but hopefully we have captured the feel of the evening. Some of the highlights include an off the wall solo from original sax player Tom on the baritone during Dick Tracy', much loved original vocalist Shaun rousing up the skins with reggae classic 'John Jones', and a stage invasion during 'Piranha'.
The second half of 'Cut'n'Shut' turns to Delta studio sessions, with half an hour of tracks that are 'rare as hen's teeth!' Kicking off with 'Turn Me Loose', an ultra rare Derrick Morgan stomper we recently recorded, it features new Intensified 'sister' Cathy who has fitted into our highly unorganised world with ease. Next is a fave of mine 'Speak Your Mind'. We recorded the backing a couple of years ago, a 'Hot Rod Allstars' rhythm from 1970, for Dave Barker to do his stuff over the top. It never happened, but whilst recording 'Faceman Sound' Andy Pearson injected it with a Hammond organ riff, giving it that authentic reggae feel. 'Tell Me Baby' came out on the B side of our 'Glamour Girls' single. Featuring Sean Flowerdew on keyboards, our own horn melody and Pauls very different vocal to Delano Stewart's original in '68, it soon became a favourite of the band. 'Biafra' was being jammed by Andy on the keyboard, we all joined in, and Jules recorded it - simple.
'Wiseman', in the style of an early Buster ska vocal, never made it onto 'Faceman Sound' ...... so here it is. Also included is the original horn version of 'Hot Lead Shuffle', once again recorded for Dave Barker - love the trombone solo! 'Free in my Heart' was not included on 'Yard Shaker', to be used later, but we never did and it gathered dust. It was nice to rediscover. At the last minute Jules' friend Peachey laid down the quirky keyboards. Terry wrote his first two songs for 'Faceman Sound', but 'Duppy Mansion' was not included in the final line up. An atmospheric rhythm, and very different to our usual style, it has a great organ sound from Andy, and clarinet from Karl. Spooky! Finally, a recent track once again highlighting Cathy, our very own Phylis Dillon.
So, whether it's the spirit and vibe of our live celebration, or the hen's teeth recordings, I hope you enjoy riding with us in 'Cut'n'Shut'. Thanks to all those that have supported us over the years, bands we have played with, Jules and Marlin at Delta, previous members of the band and Ossi and Grover.
Heres to another 10 years! - Steve
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