Face To Face – the new album is almost with us
and this album is very different to my usual electric offerings as I just wanted to seewhat the songs were like when they were completely stripped back to just one guitar and one voice. It was completely unplanned and there was no set list.
I was in Capitol Records in Hollywood to record tracks for my new electric album to be
released early next year and the engineer set up my acoustic and a microphone and as I liked
the sound through the headphones I just said ‘ Can I make an acoustic album while I’m in position?’
Joe the engineer just smiled and said ‘why not?’, so thats what happened and less than 3 hours
later the Face To Face album was in the can – we could have easily gone back and added lots of
other instruments but that would have defeated the purpose so the only rules were no overdubs just one guitar.
Like I say there was no set list so I just played songs that happened to pop into my head at the time and Joe let me know when we had ten tracks. To sum up, although this was recorded in a studio it is in every way a Live album so if anyone comes to my solo shows this is a good representation of what it sounds like. Capitol is a great place to record in and I managed to get started on my new electric album later that afternoon but with the bonus of an unexpected extra album already recorded, so all in all I think it was possibly one of the most productive days I’ve had in any studio.
If Carlsberg made studios … thank you Capitol.