Written somewhere between ’79 and ’81. This was one of my first songs written for the ARC. Recorded at Earth Media Studios on 3/4″ tape in the good old days one take recordings with no pitch adjustment. Great harmonies from Gordon and Craig made this song what it is.

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©Gary Poulton

Another rehersal recording from lower Rankin St. Somewhere in ’84

A great song that rolled out with a lot of energy whenever we played it. Good times……good times.

Possibly one of the last songs we worked on before the band’s break up. Not sure of the chronology there, but someone’s bound to know.

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© Craig Simpson

Well here’s an absolute corker and one for the record books. Gaz and I heard this tonight for the first time in 25 years and we had shivers up our collective spines from start to finish. Kept playing it over and over and over. Wish we were back on that stage. Happy listening to all of you who remember……Gordon.

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©Gary Poulton

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Have been away for a while busy with other things, time to update some stuff.

Here is another unearthed from Craig (Slim). Recorded on portable cassette (oh for the days of grunge technology) at lower Rankin st, Bathurst in the mid ’80’s. Out of a ‘Book for Boys’. Armed with only two guitars, primitive recording device  and good ol’ doc R.

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©Craig Simpson

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To good to be left hiding on the ‘About’ page so I’m throwing this comment of Gordon’s up front. As Gordon says we’ve spent some time going through the 100+ tapes we have between us and found a goldmine of un-recorded, un-finished, un-plugged songs, many that I had forgotten, and that’s bad, because I wrote many of the ghosts we found on our most recent run.

So this is what Gordon had to say…

“You know, this started off as a fleeting notion to somehow mark the phenomenon of our time writing and playing music together under a number of names: the Arc, Hardwood Falls, A Book for Boys, then under various combinations of two of us, and then individually with others.
It has always surprised me how often people will approach me to ask after the band, after all this time. We thought it might be nice to direct people to a website when they asked after us.

Well that fleeting notion has far outstripped my expectations! It’s worth noting that none of us would’ve believed how much recorded material we actually have, ranging from rough cuts & home demos to polished studio quality. I expected to find maybe 4 or 5 songs but we have spent hours and hours so far going through analogue tapes and we’ve barely scratched the surface!

Little by little our technical wizards will clean these up and post them on the site for you to enjoy as we have.

Meanwhile, we’d love to hear from any of you out there who have photos, newspaper cuttings, old posters, videos or recordings from the 1980s that might help to build this site.

And yes, Slim, Gary and I are inspired by all this activity! Stay tuned….Gordon”

So here’s one we found. I wrote it in the late ’70’s and Gordon added a verse or two after he first heard it and it was eventually recorded some years later.

Can’t you get enough.

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Arranged by Gordon (and what a gem of an arrangement)

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