The first three tracks were recorded in Strawberry 2 Studios as a result of a TV show we did. The show was done live as a ‘Summer Special’ in Liverpool by Granada TV. The producer then asked us to do some recording with him in his studio – Strawberry 2 – in Stockport south of Manchester. We recorded these three tracks with a string section from the Halle Orchestra and a session bass player and drummer. Our TV producer provided a record producer who did the string arrangements and some unusual things with the inside of a piano on this version of Casino which he gave an African feel to. Nick borrowed some of the ideas for a later version of Casino released on the MCA album Natural Elements in 1987.
Conversation, A Tune For Phil comes from the original Acoustic Alchemy LP (1982). It was written by me for the jazz guitarist Phil Lee. When GRP released Early Alchemy in 1992 they didn’t include Conversation preferring to showcase my Flamenco skills on a shortened version of my piece Daybreak. Into the Rainbow is the last thing we wrote together in 1997 a few months before Nick’s untimely death. The track was for Antonio Carlos Jobim who died earlier that year. The title is taken from a song by Michael Franks which he wrote after meeting Jobim for the first time.
“We sing a song, forgotten for so long
and let the music flow, like light into the rainbow.”