Black Mountain Records was set up in the
early 1970s by the famed Welsh entertainer Ryan Davies and his manager Mike
They specialised in Welsh music - including
brass bands, with Tredegar recording its first LP, ‘Bound in Brass’ with them
in 1977, and a further release entitled, ‘Sing Lennon & McCartney’ in 1981
alongside the Risca Male Voice Choir and the Richard Williams Singers.
This combination release came in 1981 and
made a great play on appealing to ‘Welshness’ in all its forms - with the LP adorned
with images of a castle, pit-head, a typical south-Wales valley street, choir,
and an action shot from an international rugby match.
The tracks came from a number of the label’s previous LP releases and featured
artists such as the Festival Choir of 1000 Voices, Ryan Davies, Richard
Williams Junior Singers, Bryan Jones Big Band and the Risca Male Voice Choir.
Tredegar was featured performing ‘Men of
Harlech’, ‘The Long & Winding Road’ and ‘Ar Hyd Y Nos’ from its previous