Hi Ken, thanks for popping in with your wisdom and anecdotes.
As a Procol Harum fan from day one, I was blown away when A Salty Dog came out and made a sonic leap over its predecessors. Brooker's voice on the title track and the drums throughout are particularly exceptional. I'd love to hear any comments you might have about the making of this record (I'm listening to the vinyl as I type this). How was it working with the band, especially with Matthew Fisher producing?
Hi Rick, I have to say that the title track is one of my most favourite tracks, of things I've worked on that is. It's the only complete album I did on the EMI TG console and surprisingly it still turned out well. Just kidding. Not really, but thought I should say that so as not to offend anyone. None of us liked that board when it was first put in.
BJ Wilson was the first drummer I worked with that left a lot of space and that always allows for a bigger, more bombastic, drum sound and there's nothing I like more than big and bombastic drums. Bob Siebenberg of Supertramp told me that he wanted to work with me solely because of my work with BJ.
Working with Mathew was great. It's teamwork that always makes a good record and the teamwork on A Salty Dog was perfect. So sad the way it finished up.