Jones saw the Sex Pistols 3 times in 1976 in
London. He was subsequently involved in bringing Public Image Limited,
Bow Wow Wow, The Professionals and the Sex Pistols themselves to
Bob explains how
two previously unavailable ("lost") copies of Sex Pistols acetates from
Wessex Studios made their way to Ottawa,
"The 7" and 10"
acetate pressings were fished out of the rubbish bin at the studio back
then by tape operator Richard Drake and have been in storage ever
since. The vinyl was shipped from the West Coast and when it
here in Ottawa, I took it to a studio to have a specific
engineer/audiophile play and record exactly what is on them.
Richard Drake pictured with staff at Wessex
I have our
national TV stations here in Canada, CBC & CTV, interested
in the reveal. While Richard said these are indeed Sex
Pistols pressings, in fact, he had never played them. He just saw
them thrown in the bin and fished them out. So, technically, this could
have been a Geraldo Rivera 'Al Capone's Vault' type thing. I think
that's a deciding factor for
the Canadian press. A chance for a history making event or falling flat
on one's face."
Here is the
opening of the package to reveal the both the 7" and 10" pressings...
here is the video and audio of the big reveal of the 10"....
Although the 7"
skips, Bob points out; "It is not down to defaults on the record. It
was explained to me by the technicians that the cutting was done very
lightly on the acetate which can be resolved by adding more weight to
the needle. They were not prepared to do that. Hence the skips. He said
that with the extra weight the recording would be flawless."
Both the 7" and 10"
were found to contain the Chris Thomas produced God
Save The Queen single - an incredible discovery.