Long daze, with many different shapes coming at you from all angles. Up at 7.30 AM for a sesh with Bob in Boston, then back to bed for an hour. Up with a start and to the studio to work on drums with John and Sarah. We managed to finish all the drums on six tracks and will continue with overdubs after the next pre-booked projects are finished. We are starting with Brian’s second album setup today and on the day that we received the final edits on his first album. We will be sending it to mastering next, and then it will be the artwork and the difficult bit, figuring out how to and where to release it. It’s different these days.
After a while the studio began to fill up with the next crew – engineer Kevin, Polyphonic Spree drummer Jason, and finally Brian, fresh from a flight from New Jersey. Setting up for the next project involves a lot of changing around, especially on a complex project like this one. We have to set up for the first song which is nine minutes long and Jason has to set up his mega kit for the task. This isn’t simple beats and three-minute pop songs, this is complex music and asks a lot of the players and the engineers. I have already listed the range of musicians that will be involved in this project, and we have just nine days to get everything completed. No time for record shopping, or sightseeing, if you call visiting the place where Kennedy was assassinated sightseeing, it seems darker than that, witnessing the place of a famous person’s murder is a horror.
Brian brought his two sixties Rickenbackers, the 6 and the 12, as well as his Les Paul and his newly purchased 1972 Strat. We’ll be looking forward to hearing those tearing out of the amplifiers. We re-set up the room for backing tracks, David will be coming in to play bass on Sunday afternoon and hopefully, we will have all the drums down by Monday so we can begin with all the other instruments by Tuesday. We won’t be doing vocals this session, we are planning on me going to South Jersey (near Philadelphia) to work on the vocals before flying back to Porto at the end of February.
Music of the day has been Queen – Sheer Heart Attack (1974), their third album. I saw this tour at Liverpool Empire on 1st November 1974, and it was memorable. The odd thing is that when I look back at the dates, it was a week before they released the album. Unless I saw them in November 1975, but I don’t think so. Freddie was strutting across the stage with his half a microphone stand, Brian was wearing that winged white get-up and playing ‘that’ guitar, with Roger and John on the rhythm section and backing vocals. Whenever it was, it was amazing, I was 16 or 17.