Impressive! Casual listener's are surprised to learn that each of the songs on this self-produced project were constructed one track at a time with the artist performing all the vocal and instrumental parts. Both modest open-reel 4-track and PC based DAW multi-track technology were utilized in the recording process. The over-all productions are, for the most part, tastefully understated, and all are enjoyable in both content and sound quality. Phil wrote all the songs, and in fact, "re-cycled" an earlier version of "DRIVE THAT WOMAN OUTA MY MIND". In his personal archives he found his original unmixed 4- track tape "demo" of this song, which was lacking a lead break, but had "the sound" that he wanted to preserve. After digitizing and re-synching the individual tracks, he lengthened the song by "cutting and splicing" a verse passage, less the vocal, then added a new twin lead guitar break. (The only percussion on this song is a single cymbal and a cardboard box with snare wires attached.) The 3/4 time "THE HEART IS QUICKER THAN THE EYE" is also an older recording re-mixed for this CD.
INSTRUMENTS/EQUIPMENT USED ON THIS PROJECT (In various combinations. Not all items listed were used on every song.):
Microphones: Behringer B1, Shure SM 58, Shure SM 57 Mic. preamp and Phantom power: Behringer UB1202 Mixer Custom PC running Windows XP w/AMD Athlon 64 Processor Recording and editing software: Sonar LE, Cool Edit Pro MIDI/AUDIO Interface: EMU 0404USB Analog recorder: TEAC 2340sx Open Reel 4-Track Recorder Hardware sequence recorder: Yamaha QX5FD Compressor/Limiter: Alesis 3630 Analog mixer: Yamaha EM-100 Guitars: Martin D-28 acoustic, Harmony Sovereign acoustic, Yamaha G 60A nylon string, Gibson Challenger electric, Fender Bullet electric. Bass: Fender Precision Box: Cardboard Drums/Percussion: Mostly custom sequences and fills from digitized samples , assorted real cymbals and aforementioned box. Keyboard: Yamaha PSR 510 (Additional musical, drum & percussion sequences.) Monitors: JBL L19 powered by Kenwood KA 4002 Stereo Amp.