Never Too Late"
a tribute and thanks from us to the groups, artists, musicians and writers who
kept us sitting in front of our portable gramophones in our teenage-rooms
breathlessly listening to the latest vinyl from England and USA"
The production and
recording of this album is unique in the sense that it combines the delicate
balance between the rather special sounds achieved during the period from 1954
- 1963 while at the same time taking advantage of contemporary recording
In order to achieve
this we have, as far as possible, used the original instruments for example
the Hammond Chord organ in the tracks where Johnny & the Hurricanes was
the aim, and a Fender Stratocaster from 1962 with a Vox AC-30 original Amp
from 1964 for the Shadows tracks. Also a UniVox organ from the 50┤s where the
Tornados song "Telstar" * was the inspiration.
The same philosophy
applied to the microphones where we used RCA’s old classic ribbon microphone
44A from 1934 for all of the saxophones and also as "ambience" for
the drums, STC 4038 for many guitars together with a couple of valve
microphones, all from the 50┤s.
However all of the
efforts to achieve authenticity would have been to no avail without the
creativity and superb musicianship of Bert Ístlund. Not only has he written
and composed all of the songs capturing the spirit of the era, but also made
all of the arrangements as well as playing the guitars and keyboards,
including the piano with thumb-tacks!
In addition to the bass and drums, we also have the renowned Pńr Westling on
Tenor and Baritone saxes on six of the tracks, authentic strings on two and
vocals on further two tracks.
*This track is dedicated to the Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang:
"The Fuglesang Song"
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Ístlund's stunning record Pathfinder, also with