On the surface, its a Texas Galaxy album. 12 songs, rock n' roll, continuing on from where "Fix Your Head" left off. But actually, this album has one main difference, and the name sort of gives it away - the whole thing was recorded and mixed in mono.
Why? Well, before I started to record it in early 2010, I had been listening intently to the Beatles Remasters, and marvelling at how good the mono mixes sounded. That, and my general enjoyment of early 60's music led to me to try something quite unusual - not to try and recreate a 60s sound, but take my own sound and make it good with the constrictions of recording in mono. So I couldn't rely on the usual studio tricks of stereo panning or special effects; all the instruments had to "sit" on top of one other, and I had to get the balance right.
A friend of mine said the characteristic of mono recordings is that they tend to guide you through the track - listen to this, now listen to this, and now this - so when the guitar solo comes along, it cuts through everything else; when the vocals start, you have to be able to hear them above the music. So it was difficult and challenging to get this right, but great fun at the same time and something new.
As for the songs themselves, there's some fairly straightforward rockers like "Cardboard Rock" and "That Ain't Your Soul", but the mono sound gives them an entirely different quality. There's two 60s pastiches, "Why Don't You Look" and "Head Out", plus a few tracks in styles I've never done before - the smoky "Illusions"; the funky "Elephant" (with its spoken word verses). And "Free To Repeat" is essentially "Elephant" backwards, but with a new groove over the top!
The recordings are rough and ready, there's nowhere to hide in these mixes, but they are alive and have an energy all their own. This was a great project to work on, freshened things up a bit.
released August 10, 2011
All songs by Robert Crosbie © 2011.
Recorded February - November 2010 at Binn Eadair View Studios.
Produced By Robert Crosbie
Vocals, guitars, drums, bass, organ, piano, arrangements by Robert Crosbie
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