recordings with other artists
Pete Hicks and Nick Magnus :
for full details.
Pete Hicks and I had often
talked about making an album together - Flat Pack is the result;
an eclectic collection of original songs flavoured with elements of rock,
pop, folk, prog and jazz. You can't say we don't do variety! Flat Pack was released in January
2009 on Beach Hut Records.
Spectral Mornings, Defector,
Cured, Highly Strung, Till We Have Faces, Bay of Kings, Time Lapse
Live, Genesis Revisited, Guitar Noir (remastered version), The
Unofficial Steve Hackett Biography, Feedback 86, Live Archive
The years from 1978 to 1989 spent working with
Steve have provided me with some of my happiest and most enduring
memories. Spectral Mornings was my first professional
appearance on record - our time in the Phonogram studio in
Wisseloord, Holland was a truly magical experience, and
Spectral still remains my favourite Hackett album. I'm
delighted to have taken part in it.
Cured was also notable - primarily in
that it was the first album (to my knowledge) to rely entirely upon
the newly-released Linn LM-1 "LinnDrum" for the drumming duties.
The Air Conditioned Nightmare from that album boasts a
stonking snare sound achieved by sending the Linn snare to a mic'd up
Yamaha bin placed at the bottom of a lift shaft - and severely gating
the end result. And all before stone rooms were
Highly Strung precipitated my discovery
of the Roland Jupiter 8 - initially hired for a day to replace one of
my ailing synths. I promptly bought one and used it almost
exclusively for keyboard duties throughout the album.
Till We Have Faces was the result of an
extraordinary month spent writing and recording in Brazil. After a
week of routining in Petropolis, Steve & I decamped to Somlivre
Studio in Rio de Janeiro to record over the following three weeks.
Working with the various Brazilian percussionists and musicians
proved highly rewarding, memorable and educational.
Browne : Songs Of Love And
Released in 1994 on the Zomart label a year
after the untimely death of the artiste, Songs
Of Love And War is a collection of
classic Duncan Browne songs and instrumentals. Amongst the collection
are new pieces we had been working on with a view to producing a new
album for Duncan, together with some wonderful instrumentals
extrapolated from his output as a TV and film composer. His 1973 hit
single Journey has been recreated in a more 'modern' guise, as
well as a remastered version of Wild Places and a number of
posthumously enhanced recordings that otherwise might never have been
heard. This album is a tribute to a sadly missed, multi talented
musician and a great friend.
China Crisis : Flaunt The
Although initially terrified (!) at the
prospect of working with Walter Becker (of Steely Dan) at the
production helm, Flaunt the Imperfection turned out to be a
hugely enjoyable album to work on. A collection of infectious,
memorable songs that was to become China Crisis' most successful
Timeline saw Renaissance adopting a
slightly more 'commercial' approach than previous albums. The band
was a joy to work with, and John Acock (co-producer of many
Hackett albums) engineered as adeptly
as ever. The lovely Annie
Haslam now lives in the US, and is
still singing and recording.
This CD Mini-Album represents the only
recordings made by this highly progressive instrumental band (see
Recorded in 1977 & 1978 they have been lovingly restored by the
band themselves to their original form. There have been no additional
overdubs since they were made.
Karel Fialka : Human
Human Animal (1988) followed Karel's
hugely successful 1987 hit single Hey Matthew (also featured
on the album). Remarkably, the album itself never took off - despite
amply demonstrating Karel Fialka's taste for the bizarre and
unconventional while still remaining commercially appealing. I was
certainly kept on my lateral thinking toes for the
Claire Hamill : Love in the
Recorded in Claire's own studio situated in her
wonderful old Jacobean house, this album conjures up soothing images
of lazy, hazy summer afternoons. Once again, John Acock performed
wonders at the mixing console.
Various : Rime of the Ancient Sampler
- The Mellotron Album
An eclectic collection of recordings to honour
the legendary tape-based sample replay keyboard, the Mellotron.
Features diverse contributions from the likes of Patrick Moraz, Bill
Nelson, Blue Weaver and Mike Pinder. As well as my own contribution,
I sat in the producer's chair for the compositions by Martin Smith
Electronics, home of the instrument)
Reid (of CEDAR
Martin Kennedy : Martin
Despite success as a songwriter in Hong Kong,
Germany and Israel, Martin Kennedy has yet to be recognised on his
own turf - a situation familiar to quite a number of writers and
musicians. This 1991 album is Martin singing a selection of his own
songs, with yours truly at the keyboards and wearing the producer's
Shirlie Roden : The Path Of
Singer/songwriter Shirlie is best known for her
work with The Kinks, guitarist Gordon Giltrap and Christian rocker
Adrian Snell. I had a lot of fun creating the arrangements for these
James Warren (The Korgis / Stackridge) :
Remember Stackridge? A true cult band of the
70's.... latterly the mastermind behind The Korgis, James Warren is
one of the masters of the hooky pop song, and this album is
definitely not short of these! Recorded way back in 1986, this album
comes with numerous memories attached - drinking absurd amounts of
tea, endless fights with the Korg SQD1 sequencer and a recalcitrant
Emulator II, not to mention the Asteroids machine at Sonet Studio
on 'free vend'. Ah, those were the days..........