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By Anthony James - AJ Steve Wright BBC Radio 2...Moving my music!
  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 6
    Hi all Jmer’s! Happy New year to you all.
    Just a quick note to say I have moved all my Steve Wright In The Afternoon jingle/themes montages etc from Sound Cloud to YouTube because honestly I hate the bit rate downgrade and even before that did not like the artifacts that came with their encoder.
    I have moved all my stuff to

    https://www.youtube.com/user/ProductionMusicCandy
    ]
    I’m uploading more and more as fast as I can for you because it’s a little more time consuming with video (even though we’re only listening to the audio side) I’m even uploading never before heard of stuff before and soon all the recording session vocal snoops.
    I’m first and foremost a radio guy. I love it!! And that’s why to this day, even though I’m mostly involved with other composing activities…I LOVE doing stuff for radio.
    Come over and see me on YouTube, subscribe if you like and soon you’ll hear the SWITA 2017 montage which is the biggest work I’ve ever done form him on BBC radio 2…EVER! ????
    More than anything thanks for your support over the years
    AJ – Anthony James (Composer) oh I’m also on

    Twitter https://twitter.com/AJMusicProds

    Keep on Jingleling





  • Good work Anthony. If you get the chance, I'd love to hear some of the 80s Steve Wright audio again- "summer 87", "another true story" and there was a cool cut "commercial free... Radio 1". Thank you
  • rakrak January 6
    Hi AJ, Serious Jinglin' (no G) - thanks for all the Steve Wright montages, always good to hear. Session videos are good to see as well, if you made any during the Steve Wright sessions.

    The old Power FM package is one of my favourites - like nothing else on air at the time! 30 years this year, I think.
  • AJ you deserve a long service medal - terrific stuff.

    For me I always liked the much underrated package that you made for the original Virgin Radio here in London - ground breaking to my ears. Really hope you'll include some of this eventually including the longer elements ;)
  • ratnobratnob January 6
    Just to echo everyone else's thanks, AJ - great still to have some jingles on air in the UK that entertain and surprise with their range of styles and lyrics.
  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 7
    rak said:

    Hi AJ, Serious Jinglin' (no G) - thanks for all the Steve Wright montages, always good to hear. Session videos are good to see as well, if you made any during the Steve Wright sessions.

    The old Power FM package is one of my favourites - like nothing else on air at the time! 30 years this year, I think.



    Rak that actually made me laugh out loud!!! :-) (serious jinglin' No G) I've just done a few of those Serious Jockin' NO G to be heard real soon! Thanks man for the comments. I was thinking of uploading a new 20 minute outtake session snoop but don't know if it is of interest. It's audio only...but I can put pics to it I guess. Thanks AJ

  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 7

    AJ you deserve a long service medal - terrific stuff.

    For me I always liked the much underrated package that you made for the original Virgin Radio here in London - ground breaking to my ears. Really hope you'll include some of this eventually including the longer elements ;)



    Thanks Graham I think I deserve a medal, but like Mutley (if you know the reference) gimmee gimme!! Virgin Radio Stuff will be montaged just cause you like them! Thanks AJ
  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 7
    ratnob said:

    Just to echo everyone else's thanks, AJ - great still to have some jingles on air in the UK that entertain and surprise with their range of styles and lyrics.



    As always Sir thanks for your support! I think you'll find the new stuff for 2017, of which there is a hell of an amount...will surprise and hopefully entertain. My pleasure. Many thanks AJ Montage of all that coming in about 2 weeks. :-)
  • ratnobratnob January 7
    I was thinking of uploading a new 20 minute outtake session snoop but don't know if it is of interest.


    Definitely of interest.
  • jonnojonno January 7
    I was thinking of uploading a new 20 minute outtake session snoop but don't know if it is of interest. It's audio only...but I can put pics to it I guess. Thanks AJ


    erm, is the Pope Catholic? As well as enjoying hearing the finished product, I find it fascinating to see/hear the production process too.

    Thanks for doing what you do AJ, both professionally, and for the montages and session vids etc.





  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 7
    jonno said:

    I was thinking of uploading a new 20 minute outtake session snoop but don't know if it is of interest. It's audio only...but I can put pics to it I guess. Thanks AJ


    erm, is the Pope Catholic? As well as enjoying hearing the finished product, I find it fascinating to see/hear the production process too.

    Thanks for doing what you do AJ, both professionally, and for the montages and session vids etc.

    Jonno ok you got it. Will upload tonight here in the antarctic in New York City!!





  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 9
    I have uploaded at the request of some of you a session "snoop" and outtakes/bloopers montage. It’s a very condensed version obviously of what happens so as not to bore you all with gaps of normal studio session recording and such! It’s interesting for me alone to hear this back and there are some funny things going on. Also, I should point out that incredibly the group “block vocal” singers you hear working hard to bring our sound together only meets in my studio once a year for 4 hours! They almost never meet each other apart from when they sing for Steve’s stuff as I hand pick the singers for his jingles. The solo vocalists come in a little more often as I work with them on other projects.

    However, the last 1 minute & 11 seconds has an extraordinary vocal performance done in one take by a new vocalist I’m working with who has done some vocal work on Steve’s Sunday Love Songs idents for BBC Radio 2. It is a new Jazz style cut we call “Peggy” and you will hear why. Her vocal is outstanding and bold and blows me away…oh and she’s Rihanna’s lead backing singer! Great voice. Credited on the video description. Happy listening/viewing. Thanks AJ
    Here is the link to the audio/video:

  • rakrak January 9
    Thanks, AJ. Good to see hear the harmonies are done, as they practice and go for the take. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to post this video (and the montages).
  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 10
    rak said:

    Thanks, AJ. Good to see hear the harmonies are done, as they practice and go for the take. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to post this video (and the montages).



    Thanks rak! I sort of only just realised, by a comment on that YouTube clip that I had posted a montage of outtakes of jingles that I only handed in yesterday, so in a way it's an exclusive of what hasn't been aired yet! Oh well...it's only radio and jingles :-) more important things going on. AJ

  • I've often wondered why AJ's material is so rare in the collector world and the story I'm told is apparently simple. When a DAT or CD was delivered, it was immediately carted up or dubbed to MD and more recently, ingested into the playout system. The media was then binned ! Literally thrown away. Not kept on the premises at all. To the station staff these little pieces of gold are just a commodity with no historic value at all.

    Keep them coming AJ !
  • m_hodgeym_hodgey January 11
    Thanks AJ for the audio delights, and now at a much better bitrate. ????

    I’ve always been a huge fan of the Steve Wright jingles you have created over the years; the funny thing is that they are superior to the main station package!

    Please keep the uploads coming.
  • ratnobratnob January 11
    m_hodgey said:


    I’ve always been a huge fan of the Steve Wright jingles you have created over the years; the funny thing is that they are superior to the main station package!



    Absolutely!
  • IainJohnstonIainJohnston January 13
    "I've often wondered why AJ's material is so rare in the collector world"

    Must admit that the only "proper" items I can think that I might have off the top of my head are N&pst*r-era
    downloads of individual-cut MP3s of Whitechapel AM and the "reverb-free" West Sound 2-9-0 here in Scotland.

    AJ...you KNOW what we'd all like very much to happen some day !!!
  • jonnojonno January 27
    I've just re-discovered the Talk Radio package on my hard drive - really classy and laid back :D
  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 29
    jonno said:

    I've just re-discovered the Talk Radio package on my hard drive - really classy and laid back :D



    Hi Jonno, so yes I am planning this week (hopefully) to put the full Talk Radio package created by AJ Productions in 1996 on my YouTube channel, co-composed/produced by myself & Andrew White. I will post the link when it's up. The original Demo was narrated by Sean Bolger and featured Paul Robinson doing the "audio foreword" . Thanks .AJ.

  • petewilsonpetewilson January 30
    AJ.......
    It's great hearing this wonderful material of yours!
    **Weird Request Alert**
    Could you possibly post some of your very earliest Jingles please (What was your first actual sung Jingle?)
    I'm guessing it must of been in the Golden days of The Hot FM (and maybe Paul McKenna one of your earliest Clients?)
    Anyway would be great to hear any of this and your early material for Steve Wright...

    Thanks!
  • rakrak January 30
    I've got a vague memory of hearing a jingle for AJ as a jock on Chiltern, mid-late '80s. How about an aircheck, AJ?
  • IainJohnstonIainJohnston January 30
    Earliest?

    ILR-wise maybe WestSound in Ayr?
  • mbmb January 30
    Here's just a little montage I made - Sorry Anthony its cruddy quality and doesn't do the material justice but thought it would be nice for people to hear maybe somethings they have not heard before. Fantastic range and quality. Enjoy!
    Oh and whoever put those Whitechapel cuts online was a naughty person ! I created the full MP3 cut breakdown and named them, As far as I know very FEW people EVER heard some versions of the cuts yet alone had them! The Titanic cut was called that at WAM because i loved the old PAMS tradition of not only naming a series but each cut.

    https://soundcloud.com/michaelboltona/ajt
  • Nice collection of memories there Mike - enjoyed those. The last time I heard the SWITA bits was off air !
  • gameswizardgameswizard January 31
    mb said:

    Here's just a little montage I made


    Excellent!
    I loved all the City FM jingles (resings) AJ did. The vocals on "Across the North West, 96.7, we play your favourites, City FM" are awesome.
  • IainJohnstonIainJohnston January 31
    Mike, a LOT there "new to me" even!

    On the X-HDD I've found so far some West Sound, Westward, Whitechapel,
    Power FM, and even Spire FM (The line "From Wood's In Salisbury" once heard,
    on Isle of Wight holidays years ago, never forgotten! Jingles DO "work" !).

    Also what appears to be an actual studio session for Chelmer FM.

    Mostly in scabby poor quality MP3 rips from long ago, but nice to listen to again.

    Thanks for posting
    :^)
  • rakrak January 31
    I had a dig around for old stuff this morning - found the package for Hit FM (Power FM resings, mostly), plus some Phil and Bill from Chiltern Radio. Def over 30 years old, I'd say.
  • AJ-NYCAJ-NYC January 31
    rak said:

    I've got a vague memory of hearing a jingle for AJ as a jock on Chiltern, mid-late '80s. How about an aircheck, AJ?


    Hey rak! I actually had a cut done for me in Dallas by CPMG/PAMS . It was the Merry go go round cut. ..I will post that tonight . Nicely sung by the 5 big singers there. Abbey, Kay, Brian, Dan and Jim!! I absolutely hated being an on air jock so this made it more worthwhile . And NO! ! No aircheck of me I was awful. :-)