Shadow Factory


Eventhough there is a compilation called Shadow Factory on Sarah Records, I couldn’t find the location of any of these wartime industrial sites in Bristol.   The front cover shows the view down Welsh Back from Bristol Bridge and I don’t think there was a Shadow Factory there.


This is the first Sarah Records’ singles compilation and it encapsulate everything that is great about the label, “no unreleased out-takes or bonus mix cons, just an honest old-fashioned something we’re proud of, a statement of faith in all sorts of futures tomorrow.”  The text above was created by hand with Letraset and is so enduringly shambolic and beautiful.

These sleeve notes and hardline indie ethos did not shift large numbers of records.  But it created a mystique that enjoys a frantic cult following.

Various Artists – Shadow Factory

download Another Sunny Day – I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist
The Sea Urchins – Please Rain Fall
14 Iced Bears – Sure To See
The Orchids – Underneath The Window, Underneath The Sink
The Sea Urchins – Sullen Eyes
The Poppyheads – Dreamabout
The Orchids – Give Me Some Peppermint Freedom
The Springfields – Are We Gonna Be Allright?
The Sea Urchins – Pristine Christine
The Orchids – Tiny Words
The Field Mice – Fabulous Friend
14 Iced Bears – Come Get Me
The Springfields – Sunflower
The Orchids – Apologies
The Field Mice – The Last Letter
The Golden Dawn – My Secret World


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