I’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime recently – to help out someone that has some notable Fairlight disks. Since the owner of the disks does not have a Fairlight to access the disks, the disks were sent to me by this person and then I loaded them up into my Fairlight. I then recorded the sequences that are on the disks for the owner to be able to listen to them.
The disks have sounds and sequences for songs from the Pet Shop Boys first album – Please. The album was recorded from 1984 to 1985, and the PSB made great use of a Fairlight in producing that album (along with an E-mu Emulator II). The disks are still in nearly perfect working condition despite being nearly 30 years old! There is just the occasional bad file on them.
If the disks were used for the album, or for potential live performances, I have no idea. But it’s been quite fascinating to look around in to a bit of music history – I feel part music historian, part computer forensics expert, and part voyeur getting to see and hear what is on these disks.
Here’s some pages which detail what is on the disks: