CD Duration: 44.09 / Year: 2011
2011 tribute to Rudolf Paché, playing the Wersi Helios (with rhythm guitar, bass and drums from a Yamaha Tyros 2).
A Quiet Tear
Tema del Concierto de Aranjuez
My Yiddisher Momme
Melina / Spanish Eyes
New World Symphony
Beyond the Sea (La Mer)
A Man Without Love
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You couldn’t go anywhere in Spain during the late sixties and seventies without hearing or seeing Rudolf Paché. Rudolf moved from Germany and I guess found it difficult at first to make a name for himself, but when he finally did, it was massive. However, little is known about the man and so not to be forgotten, I decided to honour him and produce this CD.
In an affluent and up-market area of Palma De Mallorca, on family holidays, I had the chance to meet and strike up a great friendship with Rudolf Paché. We first met in the Pink Flamingo Gardens of the Hotel Phoenix. Right from the start, Rudolf made me feel at ease and he coached me for hours, telling me to let the organ “speak for itself… It must do the work, not you”.
Being very astute, his studio was situated just behind the stage, so he produced albums with his drummer Thomas as live recordings, then multi-tracked and overdubbed afterwards. Basically what you heard on record you heard live when he played for dancers and listeners alike.
Rudolf told me about his early days in Germany and how he and Klaus Wunderlich would play across the street from each other in the heydays of the sixties, then at half time they would swap over, so both men were very good friends. Unlike Klaus, Rudolf chose to exit to Spain and set up (in those days) in a very high class part of the beautiful Isle of Majorca.
I have taken fourteen of Rudolf’s arrangements and tried to relive his music for you to hear. Quirky, quaint and strange arrangements. I have taken some of his mistakes out but left some in as it appears on record. Although I used to own a Hammond H100, I have tried to capture and recreate that classic sound using a Wersi Helios. It comes very close indeed except for technical things.
I will never forget his charm and his kindness toward me and for giving me so much of his time and that’s why, after too many years, I have tried to do him justice and record this CD as a tribute to him.
In late October 2011 I heard that he was well and living in Vienna and occasionally played the organ, Ideally, I hope someone locates him and shares this album with him and sees his reaction.
Recorded between July 1st-26th 2011 at Marina Media, Cheshire.