July 7, 2022

Cherry Red have announced the first two 10” EP releases taken from Joe Meek’s legendary Tea Chest Tapes, which they have been painstakingly restoring and transferring this past two years.

THE TELSTAR STORY celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Meek’s signature tune, telling its story via three demos, the original, overdub free version, an alternate edit, sound effects and a previously unheard reading of ‘Magic Star’, recorded by Glenda Collins.

Featuring Joe Meek, Dave Adams, Norman Hale, The Tornados, Glenda Collins and The Rhythmics, and painstakingly restored and mastered by Meek afficionado Alan Wilson, ‘The Telstar Story’ shines a light on both the song itself and Meek’s working processes. Presented in a gatefold sleeve with detailed sleevenotes and track by track commentary from ‘Thunderbolt’ magazine’s Rob Bradford, this is Meek’s legacy as you’ve never heard it before.

Side One: Joe Meek – Telstar Vocal Demo / Dave Adams – Telstar Clavioline Demo / Norman Hale – The Theme Of Telstar / The Tornados – Telstar (Original Speed Clean Version)

Side Two: The Telstar Sound Effects Tape / The Rhythmics – Telstar / Glenda Collins – Magic Star / The Tornados – Telstar (Alternate Edit)

(All tracks previously unreleased, except for A1)

THE HEINZ SESSIONS VOL 1 showcases select highlights from the many hours of sessions Joe Meek dedicated to his protégé Heinz Burt, via alternate takes, demos, session outtakes and a previously unreleased song, all of which are presented at their original speed

Featuring Geoff Goddard, Joe Meek, Dave Adams and Meek’s crack team of studio musicians, and again restored and remastered by Alan Wilson, this is a fascinating insight into the energy and hours Meek invested in The Tornados’ blond-bombshell bass player. Presented in a gatefold sleeve with detailed sleevenotes and commentary from ‘Thunderbolt’ magazine’s Rob Bradford, this is Heinz as you’ve never heard it before.

Side One: Just Like Eddie (Geoff Goddard’s Guide) / Movin’ In (Guitar Session Take 8) / I Get Up In The Morning (Take 4) / Country Boy (Vocal Session Take 1) / Voices In The Wind (Take 7)

Side Two: Tribute To Eddie (Joe Meek’s Demo) / The Beating Of My Heart (Joe Meek’s Demo) / Long Tall Jack (Joe Meek’s Demo) / You Make Me Feel So Good (Dave Adams’ Guide)

(All tracks previously unreleased)