Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Arrows –Touch Too Much - Original Mike Chapman demo (Unreleased Acetate 1974)




Mike Chapman –A Touch Too Much/ A Touch Too Much (louder vocals) –Emidisc Acetate (1974 UK)

Here is the original demo of The Arrows’ first hit Touch Too Much ( listed here as “A” Touch Too Much) as originally presented to Alan Merrill and co. All vocals and instrumentation are handled by Mike Chapman
What strikes you, when hearing this early run through is just how focused and fully realised this tour-de-force is. Mike does a credible American for an Aussie, the blend of electrics and acoustics is splendid, while his backing vocals are more Sweet than Arrows.
Mike probably recorded this at home on a Revox 4 track, but the sound is clear and pristine. I have also heard a lofi copy of Mike’s rendition of The Arrows’ Toughen Up which is also pretty cooking, so it would be great to hear more demos of other ChinniChap classics…
Hear a full version of mix 1 of Touch Too Much

5 comments:

John Medd said...

Wig Wam Bam me thinks.

Edbert in DC said...

Hello RW, I assume you've heard the Chapman demos of Sweet hits bootleg? Found it circa a year ago on some blog and listened to it once. Came across as fully conceived, but the final Sweet recordings won out for me based on the extra pizzazz they added in the studio.

itsallpop said...

This is simply wonderful...

Robin Wills said...

Never the Sweet demos. I would love to hear the demo of Alexander Graham Bell...strangely my favourite Sweet single

Edbert in DC said...

Sorry I can't find the blog where i heard the Chapman demos CD, but I see it for sale on eBay and elsewhere, and it does have A G Bell