(taken from Turquoise Coal)

Between 1980 and 1983, annual Bangor area compilation tapes were released, bringing together a selection of the music made in the area during the previous year. This was the final tape in the series, which appeared in May 1983. This time, there were 29 tracks, covering a wide spectrum and lasting a full two hours, the release being spread across two C60 cassettes.

Among the tracks featured, all otherwise unreleased, was the first ever recording by the legendary Cut Tunes, the last ever recording by Fay Ray and the only released solo recordings by John Cratchley, Ian McMillan (as ‘Manny’), Chris Walker, John Cratchley, Dav Devalle and Alan Holmes. We also get some electro-psych from the original Smiths, who had been operating under that name for a good couple of years before Morrisssey’s gang took it on and one-offs from otherwise unheard groups like Armchair Theatre, Jung Again and Legendary Mountaineers.

Brer Fox were the ancestors of The Scapegoats, who can still be heard regularly at the Auckland in Menai Bridge, and Alternative Destinations marked the recorded debut of both Emyr Tomos, who went on to play with the likes of Glassglue, Hungry Dog Brand, Reinheitsgebot, Zombie Noise etc.. and Ann Matthews, who went on to fame and fortune with Fflaps, Ecotgram and Annalogue.

Many of these groups were very short lived, and some of them were even quite good.
(download the compliation)

Participants:

Jeff Taylor – organ on 7
Roger Hughes – guitar, vocals on 23
Phil Layton – reeds, tapes, effects, drums on 13
Doig Housley – guitar on 18
Chris Ellis – grand piano on 19
Mark Creathorn – drums on 16, guitar, vocals on 21
Tony Travis – bass, vocals on 7
Alex ? – guitar on 25
Rob Parry – guitar on 17
Alan Holmes – organ, violin on 8, bass on 9, guitar, vocals on 22
Dav Devalle – vocals, guitar on 17, 24, synthesiser on 24
Greg MacMillan – sax, vocals on 25
Fran Lock – guitar on 26
Maeyc Hewitt – synthesiser, percussion on 3, guitar, vocals on 14, bass on 10, 13, 14, drums on 23
Peter Elliott – piano on 5
Carl Owen – bass on 29
Emyr Tomos – drums on 18
Colin Dean – bass on 25
Ann Matthews – vocals on 22, sax on 18
John Cratchley – guitar on 6, 12, vocals on 6, 17, bass on 6, 12, 17
Stephen Davies – vocals, synthesiser on 3
Gary Stubbs – vocals, guitar, bass, whistle on 9
Eilian Jones – drums on 29
Ian McMillan – guitar on 11, bass, vocals on 14
Sheila Brook – vocals, guitar on 7
Paul Fletcher – guitar, vocals on 28
Chris ? – violin on 1
Charli Goodall – guitar on 26
Dewi Evans – keyboards on 22, 27, vocals on 22
Scott Saunders – vocals, guitar on 16
Chris Walker – vocals, guitar on 2
Bev Jones – bass on 26
Maria Hycz – vocals on 10
Sean Williams – bass on 18
Paul Hill – bass on 19
Tim McCartney – congas, vocals on 17
Sam Beresford – vocals, percussion on 12
Alun Rhys Jones – vocals on 27
Nicki Dupuy – double bass on 5
Huw Heywood – guitar on 29
Huw Roberts – guitar on 10
Brian Roberts – bass, sax on 1
John Dexter Jones – vocals on 29
Ed Knight – keyboards on 18
Sue Hoy – bass, vocals on 23
Mike Fielding – percussion, vocals on 25
Andy Beaumont – vocals, guitar on 23
Steve Jones vocals, guitar on 1
Mark Thomas – drums on 17,19
Alan Slin – keyboards on 1
John Lovering – guitar on 7
Robert McCawley – guitar on 12
Dave Evans – keyboards on 26
Jo Laxton – keyboards on 28
Gorwel Owen – synthesiser on 1
Martin Wilson – guitar on 16
Mike Penny – drums on 25
Hayley – vocals on 4, 15, 20
Owen Hughes – drums on 7, 26
Anton Hughes – drums on 1
Mike Sweeney – guitar on 25