CD Duration: 66.51 / Year: 2015
2015 release at the Wersi Louvre GS1000, Wersi Pegasus Wing and BFD2 Drums.
You Make Me Feel So Young
Call Me the Breeze
Oh What a Night
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Good Golly Miss Molly
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
Heart of Glass
After the Love Has Gone
I Want to Break Free
Sweet Home Chicago
Once Upon a Time in the West
William Tell Overture
Go Your Own Way
The Second Recollection
Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade Review
This is Brett’s first release since his double-whammy in late-2013 (“Wonderland” and “In The Swing of Christmas II”) and takes his tally up to around 27 CDs. He is again at the helm of the three-manual Wersi Louvre GS1000, plus Wersi Pegasus Wing and BFD2 Drums (a hi-tech drum software package). There is no theme to this album, which Brett sometimes does and he mentions this release is an eclectic mix of his favourite pieces from the seventeen years he has been recording.
The disc kicks off with a faithful version of the Toto hit “Africa”, including all the percussion and those nice solos. Next we have a big-band swing orchestral arrangement of “You Make Me Feel So Young” with Wersi-sound lead and harp glissandos.
A great 12-bar blues guitar shuffle track now with, “Call Me The Breeze” with rock and blues guitar sounds (both backing and solos) with the Wersi-sound taking the lead from time to time. “Oh What A Night” next with a lovely bass-line, synths and funky-clavs in the middle. An atmospheric “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” follows, complete with authentic snare echoes, breathy sax lead and vocal backing.
A classic organ favourites now with “Copacabana” which is a good example of just how much the drums have changed from the early organ rhythm boxes to gigabytes of real drums samples which are pretty-much indistinguishable from the real thing (mainly due to the fact that they ARE the real thing). Add that to the brass sections from the Wersi and real vocals and you get a sound which is somewhat different to the plethora of versions heard on virtually all 1970s organ LPs. We move to the honky-tonk piano track “Good Golly Miss Molly”, complete with scratchy LP intro and organ lead, before we get to sit back and relax a little with “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” with sax and backing strings.
If you don’t know what 1970s organ rhythm boxes sounded like, then listen to the opening bars of the next track, Blondie’s, “Heart of Glass” and it should bring the memory of them flooding back. Luckily we move swiftly into the 2015 digital equivalent and end up with a pretty tasty version of the original with the organ sharing the lead with the vocal “oohs”.
Earth Wind and Fire’s “After the Love Has Gone” next and as far as I’m aware, this is the only keyboard version out there (it’s not on any of the near 3,000 organ albums on my database anyway). This is a fabulous version with the return of the sax lead (and solo) and strings. Good drum programming on this one too.
Queen’s “I Want to Break Free” next, with impressive Brian May guitar parts as well as that memorable synth solo in the middle (originally played by Fred Mandel on a Roland Jupiter 8 keyboard if you didn’t know).
We seem to be working our way through the top 1970s groups on this CD as we have ABBA’s popular “Chiquitita” next with full-on Wersi lead and a nice solo (although I’m not quite sure if this is an oboe or soprano sax). Back to some rocking guitar and piano sounds next with “Sweet Home Chicago” which was featured in “The Blues Brothers” movie. Ennio Morricone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” next and a good chance to use some of the stunning opera voices from the Louvre.
An impressive arrangement of the “William Tell Overture” follows, which I have to say is also a little reminiscent of the “Ski Sunday” theme. This one certainly bounces along and brings back memories of “The Lone Ranger” TV series. The closing track is Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” with a great drum, guitar and synth opening. It’s a complex drum track on this one which must have taken ages to work out. There are great guitar solos on this one too.
This is another fine release from Brett which I am sure people will enjoy adding to their collection.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.