The Silverman's flat was not the biggest...Often he would dash up into the sanctuary of his tiny attic bedroom (in fact a small square room at the top of the stairs) just to escape the throng milling around below. When the biggest part of Chemical Playschool 3/4 was recorded, that restless throng would be juxtaposing for a handy inch or two as the music room was filled with percussion (courtesy of long term Dots' friend Clive) and a harmonium dating back to Victorian times.
Phil would be playing that beautiful old instrument while EK, Barry , April and Roland would be tapping, bashing and shaking ....often for hours. That ritualistic passage that makes up most of "Premonition 10" is but a fragment....CP 3/4 came out in 1983 and at the time was meant to represent everything The Dots were. Certainly it was the finest of all the cassette albums.
The decision was to make 83 of the the double cassette all housed in handmade collaged covers. Everybody joined in with the cutting, pasting, writing credits with felt-tip pens.It
was a noble , if exhausting , exercise. Ultimately that first edition ran to 120 , all sold at the price it cost to make them. Some now sadly live in Ebayland.
Since then there have been further editions, all small runs, and even the abridged double cd edition was cursed as the label went bust shortly after it appeared and then disappeared. It remains a proud chapter in Dots history and this (admittedly flawed ) remaster took the best part of a year to put together.Perfecting the imperfect retaining all those imperfections..