Typically we would work on the album two times a week in the studio or occasionally three, for three hours or so at a time. This would consist of recording drums first, then piano, bass, organ, guitar, then vocals. Brass strings and extra guitar usually came later as these were decorations hung on the main theme and needed perspective.
I would usually take the unfinished track home then having listened, imagined played and sung along, I would arrive the next day with a long list of amendments and ideas and slowly implement and evaluate each one.
Although I have recorded many tracks alone I did often find myself wishing I had George Martin's wisdom to guide me on this my greatest ever, recording project, but I found I could largely imagine what he would have done from recording "Say Something" with him and when I got stuck, Chris helped me and served as an excellent sounding board on many occasions.
I believe these are the best vocals I've ever sung
The vocals were always the crucial part of the recording and though I wasn't always on top form due to illness and age, I made valiant efforts time after time to aspire to the pristine perfection of say something and though a gap of over 20 years cannot be without its toll I believe these are the best vocals I've ever sung. Experience, depth of feeling and a more mature timbre give these vocal recordings a beauty and authenticity previously unattainable for me.
I also worked constantly at home refining the tracks for the greatest effect and trying to retain the initial magic I felt on writing each song and yet giving the tracks a commercial power and slick raw emotive force to grab the listener and take them on my journey. All in all I probably worked on this whole album for about 20 to 30 hours a week for three years or so. Although none of it was work to me, and not once did I ever lose heart. In fact the music gave me energy and a reason to be.
At the same time I was writing new songs and some of these also begged inclusion, including my latest composition, Love is your Soul. As well as living each day as my last I have put this album together as if it is my last and indeed it may well be.
When someone as respected and obviously worthy of his own legendary status as George Martin describes you as "the real McCoy" and compares you to the likes of Elton John and Paul McCartney it can be a huge inspiration and also a burden, and although I have recorded two albums in the meantime this is the true follow up to my debut, 22 years ago. I intend to release the other recordings next year as a retrospective for anyone who needs to fill the gap!
It will remain your inspiration joy and solace for the rest of your life.
Meantime relish imbibe and enjoy this sprawling epic work of Art. Its packed with emotion and love from start to finish and if you give it time to grow in you, it will remain your inspiration joy and solace for the rest of your life.
So much nowadays is throwaway and cheap, but this album is different, Effectively a double album in old money, yours forever, worth every penny, built to last like a 1974 Volvo but made from roses, the Dorian Grey of the music world.. Forever young fresh and beautiful as the day it was born.
God bless you all for listening.