Studio Picture Book

Recording in the Early Days

It's March, 1964 and the pop group "The Charades" are in the studios of prominent Sydney radio station 2UW (owned by J. Albert and Sons) preparing to cut a disk - literally!

The Charades
Top row: Paul Saveclieff, Johnny Devlin, Des Thomson, Peter Van de Voorde
Bottom row: Paul Baker (18 years old), Murray Chenery, Trevor Miller
It's a take!
"It's a take!"

There is no room for mistakes here!  They will record direct to an acetate master disk.  There can be no overdubs - everything including the vocals must be done in one go.  Recording will be done in mono using a single microphone suspended from the ceiling on a pole.  The musicians must acoustically balance their sound levels around the microphone.

They are recording their single "The Big Dipper".  The engineer for this recording session is David Mackay, who will later go on to become a famous producer in England. 

The Charades are the first Australian band to tour overseas.  In June 1965, they tour Japan, Okanama and Thailand.  In Okanama, they do four shows a day - 7:00pm, 10:00pm, 1:00am plus a breakfast show at 7:00am!  In Tokyo, from Mondays to Thursdays they do three shows per night at 7:00pm, 11:00pm and 1:00am.  On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays they tour American bases doing two shows per night.