1975 John Milner (guitar/vocal) on:  

3 tracks recorded by Qyl at Holyground, Wakefield on May 14th and May 16th 1975, produced and engineered by Mike Levon.

The line-up of Qyl at this time was:

John Milner: guitar/vocal

Ken Gadd: guitar/vocal

Tom Boyle: bass guitar

Andy Thornton: drums

The tracks were:

I Feel I'm Down (Milner)

The Dawning of Another Age (Gadd/Milner)

Curious* (Milner)

(* this track was also performed by 'Zhain')

1977 John Milner (guitar) on:  

One track recorded by Zhain at Spaceward Studio, Cambridge 1977.

The line-up of Zhain at this time was:

Keith Jordan: vocal

John Milner: guitar

Rocky Norton: bass

John (Animal) Morrow: drums

The track was:

Get Ready (William Robinson arr. Zhain)

 

1982 John Milner (vocal, writer, sleeve design)  

Recorded by 'Stolen Pets'.

The line-up of Stolen Pets at this time was:

John Milner (vocal), Andy Linklater (bass), Cliff Stanbrook (keyboards), Stephen (Pecky) Tomlinson (guitar), Mike Seaman: drums

The tracks were:

side one: 'Changes'(Milner)

Recorded at Magritte Studio: Produced by Dan Priest and Stolen Pets

side two: 'No Time For Falling'(Milner)

Recorded at Beverly Studio: Engineered by Andy Linklater: Produced by Stolen Pets

(Buy Changes 7" second-hand)

1982 John Milner (vocal, writer, sleeve design)  
This is included for nostalgic purposes only; arguably 'The Pets' best track, this was originally intended as the first single. Carrere (we found out later) had another release scheduled called 'Back Seat of My Car'. So they released 'Changes' as the first single, and 'Women in Cars' never saw the light of day!
1983 John Milner (vocal,synths, writer, sleeve design)  

I recorded this at Beverley Studios, with Andy Linklater engineering. I played pretty much everything on it. Freddy Cannon at Carrere Records offered me a one-off deal as a solo artist, with a reasonable advance. How strange that, before anything was signed, the French Franc took a dive, and 'unfortunately, his hands were tied!'

 

Looking back, the concept of this Cream cover was great! Nowadays I would have approached the recording in a totally different way (hardly surprising as we are now 20 years on!)

 
1985 John Milner (vocal, bass, engineer, producer, sleeve design)  

4 tracks recorded by 'This Virgin Deep' at Novasonics, produced by John Milner.

The line-up of 'This Virgin Deep' at this time was:

John Milner (bass/vocal), Mark Barret (guitar), Mark Cosby (drums), Ben Coleman (electric violin).

The tracks were:

side one:

1. 'who do you love?' (love and entropy mix) (Bo Diddley)

side two:

2. 'who do you love?'' (energy mix) (Bo Diddley)

3. 'western world' (Milner)

4. 'see me burning' (Milner)

1987 John Milner (producer) on:  

The line-up of Chatshow was:

Jon Burton (guitars)

Alex (bass)

Mick (drums)

Frank (vocals)

 

The tracks were:

Noisy Bad Mix

Noisy Bad High Thing

Desert

1987 IDEA RECORDS IDEA [T] 011

1989 John Milner (co-producer and engineer) on:  

I started working for The Swingles as FOH engineer in 1988; after much nagging, I managed to convince them to record a live album. I organized the hire of the gear, and we recorded a concert at The Ordway Centre, St. Paul, Minneapolis. We remixed it, did some extra tracks, and by selling at gigs, this album turned round the finances of the group.

It was also instrumental (sic) in getting them signed to Virgin Classics.

The album was also later released by Virgin Classics.

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This album was originally a promotional compilation put together by Piers Schmidt, at a vast cost to the group. I suggested that it might be an idea to 'make some of the money back' by releasing it as a commercial CD.

This album features several of my live mixes, recorded direct to DAT.

1992 John Milner (producer, engineer and mastering) on:  

Ah, China Boy Hi! Now there's a happy thought!

I recorded this single (and in fact a whole album) at the first 'Novasonics Studio' in Stoke Newington.

There were, unfortunately, insufficient funds to release the album.

I continued working with Ben Chrisophers, and the ensuing tracks afforded him a deal with V2.

Alas, the whimsy of the sordid underbelly of pop!

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Recorded initially at Leon Berranges studio in Pinner, London, it was mixed and further tracks added at John Milner's studio in Hertfordshire. While continuing the work with loops, it featured the acoustic Celtic and country influences from Auld's increasing solo work on the U.K. folk circuit. The song "Queen of the River" became well known and has been covered by U.K folk artists.

 

Guitars & vocals : Robin Auld

Bass: Pete Sklair, Pete Stroud

Drums: Andy Green

Backing Vocals: Kevin McCarthy, Jo Rowlands

1998 John Milner (producer, engineer, mastering and sleeve design) on:  
 
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Ah, what a pleasure this album was to make! Recorded and mixed in less than a week, with singers as enthusiastic as any producer could wish for. And also, how we laughed! I always told myself that the reason for doing what I do is primarily because I enjoy it! And how both Nigel and I enjoyed this! We worked 13+ hour days, the vibe of this album is awesome!

Produced by Nigel Short and John Milner
Engineered by John Milner

First Eight are:

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Recorded at Novasonics Studio, Hertfordshire and Cheeky Owl Studio, Islington 2002-2003

Produced by The Magnets and John Milner

Engineered by John Milner at Novasonics and Steve Trowell at Cheeky Owl

'The Magnets' are:

Nic Doodson

James Fortune

Andy Frost

Colin Griffiths-Brown

Steve Trowell

Michael Welton

2003 John Milner (producer and engineer) on:  

Recorded at Novasonics Studio, Hertfordshire and Cheeky Owl Studio, Islington 2002-2003

Produced by The Magnets and John Milner

Engineered by John Milner at Novasonics and Steve Trowell at Cheeky Owl

'The Magnets' line-up for this album was:

Nic Doodson

James Fortune

Andy Frost

Colin Griffiths-Brown

Steve Trowell

Michael Welton

Derek Elroy replaced Colin in 2006

2004 John Milner (post-prod, mastering and sleeve design) on:  
 
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ZHAIN - ARCHIVE

CD album

catalogue number: PURCD003

A collector's item - Zhain Archive is a collection of original 70s analogue recordings which have been digitally remastered for this release. This CD captures the excitement of the era, bringing it right up to date! Order now for January/February delivery.

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2005 John Milner (vocal, post-production, sleeve design) on:  

JOHN MILNER - RETROGRAPHY

CD album

catalogue number: PURCD004

A retrospective album from one of the founder members of ZHAIN

A collection of material (including some ZHAIN songs!) which bridges the gap between ZHAIN's demise in 1978 and their reformation in 2006. A collection of 'classic' songs!

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ZHAIN - 'No Hay Cuchara'

CD single

catalogue number: PURCD006

1. No Hay Cuchara
2. Morning Dew
3. Danger Zone

John Milner: gtr/vocal
Rocky Norton: bass
Rob Woolley: drums

2007 John Milner (mastering engineer) on:  
 
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