ANDREW BREL MUSIC
Stories behind some of my adventures in Music production
the beginning: 1989
Tracks that made the album are: Give them enough rope, Gary Shaw, Francine, Burundi Brothers, Mill Valley days, BBHC, Livin, Sofa, Little People, No middle man
GIVE THEM ENOUGH ROPE can be ordered HERE
FIRST LIVE RECORDING: 1991
The songs that made the album are: Get on Board, Shaky Ground, Do you really mean it, On the air tonight, Its all over now, Fire, Cash, I got news for you, Aint nobody, No soul, Moody's Mississippi, You don't know like I know, Hummin.
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BLUES BRITANNIA STORY: 1992
art director on this one was Stuart Catterson, the art director at Music Maker publications where I had begun producing cover mount CD's for Terry Days magazines. For the cover
design I commissioned Stuart to paint a 6 foot square canvas oil of Britannia with one breast
revealed. (This being the blues I felt some breast and a National
Guitar were essential).
the album featured many fine British guitarists, GUITARIST magazines publisher
TERRY DAY was instrumental in helping to promote the players and
the album through his Publications.
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new track was recorded for the release. A song I wrote that year called
Stranger. Recorded at Dave Mackay's studio, the musicians were
- Ronnie Johnson on guitar, Geoff Dunne on drums, Phil Mulford on
bass and vocals by Ken Anselm. The song, Stranger, was always well received at
gigs, so I decided to take advantage of the release opportunity by
making a good recording of the song to be included on the album.
Chris West, a talented musical all rounder and a friend for many years, was the engineer. The
track was recorded first take, and mixed the same day. One thousand
pounds all in for musicians and studio. The vocalist - Ken Anselm,
unable to find a babysitter for his 11 year old son James, brought
him with to the session, and he provided the quite remarkable harmony
on the track.
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NATION - UNDER AFRICAN SKIES:
At that time we had a studio in Ripley (Black Barn Studios) and after playing the songs to Charlie Morgan, we decided to produce a proper recording of this fine writers work using 'down time' in the studio as well as introducing some session musicians to supplement Louis regular band. Charlie Morgan was instrumental in arranging the recordings. Liane Carrol, Roy Villanis and Ken Anselm came in to help the vocal side. Doug Boyle added his distinctive guitar sound, and Mo Foster came and did the bass parts in two cheerful sessions.
Louis always enjoyed a good smoke, and it may be that this contributed to his early departure, to cancer on 23 October, 2007. A lovely musican and a gentle person who helped the lives af a great many people.
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Chris Thompson is a fabulous Rock singer, and the steady flow of 'guest
singers' at an SAS BAND show keeps the excitement factor constant.
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BURNS - MINDWASH:
The engineer for most of the sessions was Robin Black. The designer
was Stuart Catterson.
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SAYER - LIVE IN LONDON:
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CD and Video recorded at Shepherds Bush Empire, February 2000. A lot of work and a lot of fun. John Etchells was the engineer. Every track has its own story. Everyone involved is remarkable in some way. ALmost all the songs were worldwide hits, being performed by the writers.
I particularly enjoyed breakfast at Richard O' Brien's, hearing the background to his fabulous version of 'The Time warp.' Arthur Browns story telling, from his front row seat in British music, at his local in Brighton to discuss the brass arrangements for 'Fire' was another great moment. Admiring the black swans in Roger Taylors magnificent home in Surrey, and .... well I could go on for hours. It really was a fun time. On the sadness side, the lovely Paul Young (No not that one - the Mike and the mechanics/Sad Cafe one) died shortly after recording the quite fantastic version of 'Every day hurts.' that appears on this album.
Blinded by the light | Chris Thompson
Diana loved the music and started using the album at her workshops. The first print of 1,000 pieces sold
out within two weeks via Diana Coopers web site. Subsequently the
album kept being re-ordered. Totally surprising to me, as it transpired
that his album, which had cost the least to produce, was selling the
most, without any marketing. Word of mouth it seems is still the most cost effective
market force. It also started a flow of correspondence from
people who had enjoyed positive experiences from listening to the
music. I was thrilled by the thought that this album has helped people
improve the quality of their lives. This motivated me to explore the genre further, with some success.
'Angel Inspiration' includes
beautiful piano performances by Pete Stone, and the sound of a lovely
Taylor acoustic guitar that was consumed by fire shortly after this
recording was made, consistent with the sequence of unusual synchronicities
that characterised the making of this album, not the least of which was the Twin towers incident the day after the recordings were completed on September 10, 2001.
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for Kumeka 2004
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Angels and Unicorns 2007
This album was featured in the 'Cygnus Review' an influential New Age publication.
This is my fourth album in the meditation music genre, and until the next one, my favorite.
CELTIC INSPIRATION 2007
Nearing the end of the album we felt a few voices would be appropriate in the context. Zoe Zak appears on two tracks, and Alan Tarney, who I had played the work to and who has worked with Hugh for many years, contributed a quite fabulous layered vocal to the track 'Breathe'. I felt that in the making of the album, we came as close as we possibly could to achieving the qualities that make a great meditative recording.
This is my fifth album in the 'consciousness raising meditation music' genre.
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Bach’s transcendent compositional approach is presented here in a unique way,
with a variety of stringed instruments placed in an ambient context around the contemplative guitar styling of Hugh Burns, to explore and extend the composers spiritual intention.
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