By papillonsounds, Jan 15 2017 01:51PM
Last Friday night was a lot of fun! As well as being trusted with the production of the album Joe asked me to record the launch event at The Yorkshire House. I love the immediacy of live recording – it is direct, capturing the event as it happens, warts and all – it can be almost the complete opposite of the polished studio process – but it also offers the chance to capture those moments of beautiful spontaneity. It all hangs on the performance, but this is where Joe thrives. He is making a name for himself up and down the country and further afield due to his non-stop touring and professionalism. Live recording is a great way of recording a band in their natural habitat, like watching an episode of planet earth – there might be some editing and tweaking but when you get to capture something brilliant you share it! I recently recorded The Sue Parish Quartet at Hornby, some great musicians and with jazz this is a fairly natural way of recording, but in other genres it seems to be dying out. I remember buying live albums when I was younger but when was the last time anyone released a decent live album? I imagine that a great deal of this is due to the fact that pop music is so polished now – the big acts can’t recreate their studio recordings in a live setting in a way that could sell on a commercially viable scale. There are recordings out there but I don’t think we will be seeing another The Who Live at Leeds or Otis Redding In Person at the Whisky a Go Go. The best I can think of from the past 25 years is Nirvana Unplugged but that was recorded for television in a studio, hardly the raw show that you could expect of Nirvana at Leeds. I imagine that this is because the live recordings are now released as DVDs because so much of a big live show now is about the visual aspect. Who would you like to hear live recordings from? Put them in touch ;-) Hopefully there will be more opportunity for live recording in 2017.
The Grand Butterfly