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MILLS SOLO ALBUM....
TO THE AFTERLIFE'
NOW AT :- www.heavyrock.co.uk
Well it's sometime
since the last news update, so here it is.
The writing project with Michael Riesenbeck and Eric Ragno is
going well. Four songs are completed and they are :-
Dont Be A Stranger
I Feel Like Dying
What Do You Need But Love ?
This is an ongoing project for us as writers and the purpose
is to try and attain a release through an AOR label this year.
Melodic Rock.com have tipped it as a very promising release
for 2006 , so we'll see what happens as we go.
I am continuing my work with guitar star Tor Talle from Norway
and that is going well, too. In fact Scandinavia is playing
a big part in my life at the moment, as I have developed a working
relationship with Linkan Andersson from Sweden. It was my intention
to write a solo album for Z Records for an April release, but
it hasn't quite worked out that way. As Linkan is such a prolific
writer, I became loaded with material from him and I worked
on that more than anything else over the last couple of months.
So, we have a change of plan. The next release through Z Records
' THE ANDERSSON MILLS PROJECT', and the album will be called
'CRANK IT UP !' . It's a mixture of heavy / thrashy backing
tracks mixed with commercial vocal approaches, but this is turning
darker lately, to the point that it has hints of SIAM appearing
in the tracks.
Alex Cooper will be drawing up the artwork for the new album
Tracks written so far are :
IF THERE WAS ANYONE
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
I expect to complete the project by April and there is already
a download arranged of the first song on AOR DREAMZONES website
as a sample.
The other writers that I have been working with for an AOR release
are still submitting material and I have seperated it from the
Andersson / Mills material as it is considerably more laid back
!!!! This will complete a softer album for release through Z
later in the year.
My brief trip out with The Sweet was a short but eventful one.
All nice guys and a very professional outfit as well. The songs
brought back great memories although I was rather hoping to
play more heavier material rather than the 70's pop medleys
etc. Anyway after a distinct lack of rehearsal, (for which I
started to get sick of the sound of my own voice ) the first
show fell flat for me and warranted a swap around with regard
to who was doing what and this seemed to solve a lot of the
problems. Three of the shows were great in Denmark and things
seemed to be rocking well. There were unhappy undercurrents
though, and after the last night in Copenhagen, we had much
discussion in the dressing room and it was decided that we should
go our seperate ways. Some of me thinks I shouldn't have embarked
on this effective 6 date audition for a world tour, and some
of me is glad I did, because it showed up differences between
us that could never have been resolved as individuals with their
own personalities. Overall, I met a lot of nice people and enjoyed
the audiences in Denmark and now it's over. I made a point of
not alienating SHY before I agreed to play these shows specifically
because I had no intention of calling it a day with SHY and
had every intention of fulfilling all commitments that we would
continue to accumulate. (And I'm not talking about the Crewe
gig that was pulled through lack of ticket sales either.)
SHY have re-established their ties with Oliver Thoens and his
partner Mile Moeller in Berlin of ZYX Records and Change Management
in the hope of securing some plans for 2006/7 across Europe
and The Middle East. We'll keep you updated on the SHY website
with regard to this. We have a meeting pending with theses people
to come to some agreement, shortly.
The Z Rock show looms closer and I have no doubt the band will
be in rehearsal for this show in March. Also the Celtic Warriors
bash in June should be good, although SHY have never played
a bikers rally, we are also in conversations with regard to
the ROCK N BLUES show in Ripley.
Other news is that I have been in conversation with the promoters
of both THE SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL and MONSTERS OF ROCK and I
am waiting to hear back from both parties whether we can get
confirmation on either bill this year.
Sometime in June I will be heading to Norway to play a festival
of some of my own material as well as SIAM's and probably SHY
songs as well. I'll try and fit the recording of backing vocals
to the new WInterstrain album during the same trip, but ' best
laid plans' and all that.
The Anthology release through Sanctuary has been received well
and sort of set up the Classic Rock 3 pager quite well as a
good introduction into 2006 for SHY. We have a lot to do again
as a band and it all starts here, so I'd better crack on !
Thanks to all the fans in Denmark who turned up with SHY product
for signing etc., and my thanks go to Steven Craven for his
continued enthusiasm and support of SHY.
BASKETTS HAS BECOME THE PERMANENT KEYS MAN FOR SHY"
it's been two months again !
As you may already be aware, Joe has constructed the OFFICIAL
website for SHY. A work in progress, he's doing a fine job and
you can find it at :-
Rehearsals are coming to an end for the time being as live dates
are looming ever closer. Live dates are on the tour page on
the new site.
Sanctuary Music have completed the double album release SHY
- REFLECTIONS - The Anthology 1983-2005. This album is due for
A full spread in Classic Rock in December will coincide with
the album's release as will the bands appearance at the Firefest
with House of Lords and Danger Danger on 26/11.
Both solo albums have now been packaged together. CRUISER and
FREEWAY TO THE AFTERLIFE are being released today 10/10/2005,
as a double album through Z Records. This means that it is no
longer available through www.heavyrock.co.uk but will be available
through all major retailers worldwide.
Currently writing 3 projects including the new Northern Light
album for Tor Talle.
I have recently agreed to write another solo album for release
through Z Records in Spring 2006. This album is intended to
be a classic mainstream AOR album.
I am involving Mike Cheshire, Tor Talle from Norway, Marcio
Tex from the States, Anders Johannsen, Rob Wylde, Joe Basketts,
possibly Tony Clarkin, and Charlie G from Hardway in Brazil.
For the first time actually, I'm writing for other peoples album's
and they're doing the same for me on the music side of things.
Very healthy atmosphere.
A new project has commenced also. Having been contacted by Michael
Riesenbeck from Holland, I've been asked to co-write an album
with himself and Eric Ragno, a great keyboard player from Stateside
who plays with Vox Tempus. Also involved is Greg Bisonnette,
a renowned drummer from the US.
Again, a predominantly AOR album.
After many months, we have secured a practically worldwide release
for the Winterstrain boys from Norway.
The band are in process of signing to Z Records for the release
of the 'Return To The Mirror' album which hopefully will hit
our shops before too long.
And the sooner the better ! These guys are itching to get the
second album finished before the first one gets released !
A success story. Ya cant beat it.
Escape Music from Manchester plan a SURVIVOR tribute album which
I've been asked to guest on along with the FM / Virginia Wolf
Not sure of the recording date of this at the moment.
SHY have been approached by Frontiers records in Italy to sign
for two new albums. However, with interest from other companies
as well, we will not be committing ourselves to any fresh contract
before next year.
Hopefully we'll get to talk to many of you at the forthcoming
shows, which I am endeavouring to extend as much as I can. This
is to the point of signing with an agent who can represent the
band and pull decent tours, but nothing is signed as yet.
That's all Folks!
Having been reprimanded
by many people, no less than SHY themselves for not having my
website updated, I've been kicked into check and here it is
I intended to bring an update to the site earlier than I usually
do, but exactly the opposite happened and it's been longer than
usual. C'est la vie !
The plans for playing with Harem Scarem are up in the air and
nobody knows what is going on there at the moment. However,
with the ensuing release of a greatest trax release through
SANCTUARY MUSIC, which is a two and a half hour double CD pack,
the band are looking at a lot of bookings across the UK and
Europe to promote the product for Sanctuary. The album will
stretch right through the bands career from 'ONCE BITTEN, TWICE',
to 'SUNSET AND VINE'. We may head into the recording studios
to re-record some of the tracks from 'MISSPENT YOUTH', due to
the sound quality and to put that right for Sanctuary before
they press up the album.
Rehearsals have been ongoing for some weeks now, with stand
in drummer Alex Cooper who has settled in nicely. Bob Richards
arrives in rehearsals in September, ready for shows in October.
As a regime of gig listings is about to descend on us, it seems
crazy to just print the few that are booked currently, but booked
for October are :-
NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY - Double Headliner with STATETROOPER
MADRID - Headlining to a four band bill from Spain
STOURBRIDGE ROCK CAFE with support from DANTE FOX.
MORE SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED, AS AND WHEN THEY LAND.
Over and above this, we have recognised that an official website
with the majority of the members involvement should finally
be set up, with official merchandise and recent and ongoing
information for people to be able to access. What has gone on
in the past, is for the past to know,
and the future of SHY and the communication between its fans
will lie here. As and when this site is constructed will be
advertised on this site and other inter-connected sites too.
Meetings will be had over the next few weeks to discuss the
finer arts of releasing a new SIAM album. Ian Richardson, Andy
Faulkner and I believe Marcus Thurston are all in agreement,
which only leaves the drummer to find, and ROLF-ERIC NYLAND
is the perfect replaced for Pano Moullaris who we lost contact
with many years ago, now. Indeed, ROLF_ERIC has already re-planned
the drums for 'THE DIGNITY PLAN' which was to be the first track
for the next SIAM project. So, we'll keep an eye on that and
see how it progresses.
So, after much ado, and some raging reports from the press from
New York to Greece, the boys from WS in the Arctic Circle seem
to have made a big impression. With no-one signing a lot in
Europe at the moment, Roy Davis has agreed to release the album
through PHOENIX MUSIC and distribute the album through the CARGO
network. MUSIC BUY MAIL are also involved in Minnesota, USA,
and will be handling the distribution of the product throughout
the USA. (Thanks to Kathy Tozzo from STRIKE UP THE BANDS.NET)
So, an all round success really, music from the North Pole finally
gets around the world and so it should, RETURN TO THE MIRROR
is a fine album that cannot really be criticised by any other
musician, on the contrary; they have a lot to teach other musicians
with their abilities and their dedication. Check out the drummer's
(Rolf-Erik Nyland) interview on STRIKEUPTHEBANDS.NET
After two great shows; one at Cardiff Coal Exchange and the
next at The Jamhouse in Birmingham, in which Julia was dynamite
and sang remarkably well for someone at the outset of her career,
one can only cross one's fingers and hope the business doesn't
bury her. She has a great talent, and at the end of the day,
I guess there are a lot of people all fighting for the same
contract; this has always been the case. She has to fight for
success like we all do ( and did) and it's no quick win. She's
looking good in GLAMOUR magazine this month as well, check that
I am no longer involved with this project, due to various misunderstandings,
and that is the end of that. GOOD LUCK JULES !!!! You deserve
After the great reception worldwide, of 'THE NORTHERN LIGHT'
by TOR TALLE, Tor has asked me to get involved with the sequel
on a writers basis rather than a session vocalist. This I'm
more than happy to do , having really enjoyed the project from
beginning to completion. I'll be working on a song with Tor
in the coming weeks.
I have no doubt I'll be back on soon enough with other dates
PS - Long standing SHY fan Steve Craven came down to meet our
family, with his family ! It's a long drive from Scotland, but
I guess all that IRN BRU would fire up anybody ! Nice to see
you again Steve, say hi to the folks, it was a pleasure.
Well, I've left you
alone for two months, so it's time you had a peek into what's
been going on.
SHY are in rehearsal to play UK and European shows throughout
We have a spanish festival with HAREM SCAREM / DARE in October
and oddly enough, have been asked to support them in the UK
too in September. Shows in Italy, Sweden, Germany and other
shows in Spain and the UK are also planned, so maybe some fans
will finally get what they've been asking for, for quite a while
Sunset and Vine has been received real well and the touring
will primarily be to enlighten people with regard to that album
as well as venting some of the older material as well. We intend
to mix an electric with an acoustic set for these shows.
Norwegian epic metal band Winterstrain asked me to create the
backing vocal arrangements and master the finished product with
MAGNUM's producer Mark Stuart. The album, 'RETURN TO THE MIRROR',
is a combination (for me) of early RAINBOW, DREAM THEATRE and
RUSH. Moreover it's a fine piece of work and I am proud to have
been involved. I have been asked if I would like to record the
next album in Norway with the band and I think I will take them
up on that. It's a real progressive project and very deep, too,
but I like that shit. So, it's definitely a goer.
Things are hotting up for Julia, as she moves ever closer to
being signed, possibly by Polydor.
A Cardiff show this week takes us from rehearsals ( for the
last three months) to actually introducing Julia to the live
circuit and here we go !
The 17 song set runs for around an hour and a quarter and there
is a strong mix of covers and originals written by Julia and
writers for Wham and Andreas Jensen from Denmark; a prolific
She is a star in the making, and being deftly handled by Barry
Keen, SHY's previous manager.
I've shifted from bass player to backing vocals, which suits
me and everyone else fine, so that's that for now I guess.
Tor Talle's album is finished and comes out under the title
'THE NORTHERN LIGHT' It's a strong album with an ex TOTO singer
singing tracks as well as myself.
I recorded two lead vocals on the record and it's a classic
AOR album. Check him out, he's a great guitarist.
I will endeavour to bring the next update sooner than this one.
20 April 2005
After a month in the rehearsal rooms with Julia Coles for BAK
Music, I finally get time to sit down and write an update for
the site !
First of all, the solo album is finally finished mastered, and
the album is being pressed as we speak. When the first press
is complete, you will be able to order them through HEAVY ROCK
RECORDS. At the moment, I have decided to only sell it through
the net, to cut out the middle man/shop as it were.
The company are found at:-
or you can find them through:
The album is retailing at about £11.50 including post
It's a nine track, 47 minute album, so it's not too lengthy.
The albums should land with the distributor in around a month,
so you should be able to purchase the album over the net towards
the end of May.
It's been a team effort, and everyone who has worked on the
record is pleased with the way it's turned out.
Mark Stewart finished the mastering the day before he shot off
on tour with Magnum in Europe.
The final track listing for FREEWAY TO THE AFTERLIFE is:-
Salvation In The City
Somebody Up There
Dont Hurt Me Anymore
Freeway To The Afterlife
sample download available Click Here
So, another journey over with, it's been two years in the making.
Many new friends have been made in the process, and some great
musicians have been discovered. Joe Basketts is a great pianist
/ keyboard player, and now has become the first choice session
player for SHY. I would personally like to thank Joe,
Weazle, Lee McManus, Dave Saylor, Ashleigh Timmins, Jacquie
Williams, Sue Clarke, Chris Aldridge, Paul Waring, Steve Harris,
Mark Stewart and Alex Cooper for all the work they did on this
project. I owe you a drink !
So, SHY are now in rehearsal for Spain, the lousy news at the
moment, is that our red blooded drummer Bob Richards may not
be able to make the tour due to him being a dad again that very
week. Possible session drummer Alex Cooper may save the day,
but rehearsals will tell. It's a 17 track show, both electric
and acoustic and lasts around an hour and a half.
The press for SUNSET AND VINE is raging from Greece to Russia
at the moment, and is receiving very promising chart positions
in different countries.
Julia Coles has been busy rehearsing for forthcoming showcases
and we are looking to showcase at the Jamhouse in Birmingham
in the coming month. The show will include songs that she has
co-written with Andreas Jensen from Denmark, material she has
self penned and cover versions alike. Interest at the moment
is from Mercury and Sony BMG. Mr. Keen has more appointments
at Polydor an Warner Music over the coming week. Another showcase
is on the cards at Ronnie Scotts in London shortly.
Further news will follow, I'll also post album sleeve pages
when the final prints are run.
Well I’ve left
you alone for quite some time, while I’ve got used to
family life again for a while, so I thought it best to drop
in and let you know what’s been going on. For all the
good hearted souls that have been in touch since Holly’s
birth, we thank you. She’s doin’ real well and wails
with the best of ‘em. Maybe a budding vocalist, you never
The last few weeks
have pretty much been taken up with press for the new SUNSET
and VINE release. Reporters from Holland, Sweden, Germany, the
UK and Japan have all been on the phone together with live radio
stations from both home and abroad. I was particularly enamoured
by www.strikeupthebands.net, from New York, who ran a very professional
interview. A sign of the times, I guess, but there has been
considerably more press on the web than in actual magazines.
In many ways, I think that’s a good thing, people get
to log on and see stuff on a permanent basis, whereas the ol’
magazines always get screwed up and lost. I think the net’s
a good thing.
I was contacted last
month by Geoff Nicholls from BLACK SABBATH to see if I was interested
in fronting the tour 'WHOLE LOTTA METAL' standing in Tony Martin's
shoes in his absence from the tour. I thought about this, and
spoke to Tony Martin, who was going to be unavailable throughout
the May period of the tour. As it happens, Tony has managed
to rearrange his diary and is now able to front the shows hisself.
Somehow, I couldn't see myself singing 'Whole Lotta Rosie' ,
but there you go. It's nice to be considered for these things.
I still haven’t
completed the solo album, although half of it is finished mixed.
’Salvation in the City’ came out crackin’
as an opening track for the album, closely followed by an awesome
version of Bowie’s ’Somebody Up There’. These
are followed by ‘The Healer’ and ‘Airwaves’.
The remainder will be re-mixed sometime this month, when Mark
Stewart returns from his travels on tour with Magnum.Alex Cooper
has done a stirling job of the artwork for the album, so I thought
I’d give you a preview of the album sleeve. Here it is
for larger image
So, I need to finalize
the mixes as soon as is feasibly possible and establish a marketing
medium for the album/ distribution and all the rest of it.
with our old manager Barry Keen has been rekindled and I am
deeply involved with the very talented JULIA COLES once again.
Things are slightly different this time though, as I have taken
on the role of bass guitarist along with assisting Barry in
the day to day management of this rising star. As is my want,
Dave (Weazle) Pearce will be playing the forthcoming shows and
showcases, along with Joe Basketts on piano and keys. Lee Mcmanus
will be covering the guitars and I’m still finalizing
the backing vocalists and percussionist. So , if you know anyone
drop the website a line ! I will update the site in around a
month, or should there be any other news, I ‘ll drop it
Finally gettin' back
to ya after a busy Christmas period, hope you all
celebrated in the time honoured fashion, I'm sure you did !!
It was getting late
just before yuletide to finish the solo album and I
finally gave it up on 23/12. We had got real close to mixing
trax when Joe
Basketts came up with another song for the album which I'd been
for, but wasn't sure it was going to make the deadline. I am
still in two
minds about the track, it has great possibilities, but it is
really down to
how much time I let the project roll on before I say enough's
track was titled PROPHECY. Having played the board level mixes
over the break, the responses have been weird and wonderful
! Cries of 'Hey
man, thats Gospel if ever I heard it', and similar things, really
bother me too much, it was a soul feel I was after anyway, and
mediums all have cross over points at some place. Hell, if I've
Gospel album, then what more of a change could you ask for !!!!!
Christmas came and
went and my daughter Holly was born on 29/12 at 7.25am.
What a Christmas present. Family are all well and very alive
QUEST) owner of CARBON 13 Records and Mastertone
Studios in Runcorn, Cheshire had been in touch over the break
and asked me
if I'd like to get involved with a band from Argentina, by the
HARDWAY. Backing vocals were the order of the day across the
and to finish it as soon as possible for guess who...Marquee
/ Avalon in
Japan. Shy's label.
So, I took up the challenge.
It was a pleasant
surprise to find Peter Coleman, producer of SABBATH,
THE CHARLATANS and THE CHRISTIANS, running the recording session
and we got
on famously. It took about 20 hours to complete all the vocals
and we ran
in eight hour sessions. The album has distinct flavours of MR.
The quality of the recordings are excellent and i am sure the
label will be
more than happy with the finished product.
I have to say that
anyone who lives around that area who needs a quality
recording could do a lot worse than record at Mastertone. The
luxurious and the standard of equipment very high. The people
are great to
get on with, they even won design awards from the council for
the way in
which the studio was built! You'll find CARBON 13 on the net,
check 'em out.
The news that SUNSET
AND VINE has become top 3 seller through the chains of
HMV and TOWER RECORDS in Japan is great news indeed ! The band
been busy on phones and e-mail carrying out interviews with
media people for Holland, Germany and Japan to promote the album.
But people have all been asking whether SHY will be touring
live to promote the product. I am afraid that question will
have to remain
unanswered for the time being, as it's difficult to know.
SO, its back to the
solo album. The mixes on the finished ten songs
commence at MAD HAT this weekend. Mark Stewart will be mixing
'virtually', ie- all inside the LOGIC AUDIO computer program
with no real
use of analogue equipment.
People have already
tried to order the album. What I'll do is, when the
album is packaged and ready to go, which hopefully wont be too
I'll put a link on the homepage, that will take you directly
to the company
that you can purchase the album from.
OK, thanks to everyone
who's e-mailed in over the break, let's see what the
new year brings !
Hell, there goes
another month !
After the album was finished we hooked up a couple of times
and drinks regarding the album sleeve and press photos etc.
We decided to take on pro-pics man Mark Hadleigh who we had
many times in the past. He carried out the photo shoot at Roy's
Madhouse rehearsal rooms in Birmingham. Some of the shots will
on the website soon.
Alex has done a
stirling job of the album sleeve, I am very impressed ! In
fact, the Japanese loved the product as we sent it, although
label insisted on making
the logo more dominant on the sleeve. Hmm, so now we have two
sleeves. Oh well, for the collectors amongst you, you'll have
to track down
the Japanese import.
So. On with the
solo album !!
I moved back into
Mad Hat Studios where the SHY mastering was done around
ten days ago. Having completed the songs apart from one, I decided
I left it until after Christmas, we may have to put the whole
and I didn't want to do that. First things first, we transferred
work we'd done with the Mac onto another Mac at the studio and
Dave ( Weazle ) Pearce up into the North Wolverhampton coutryside,
all. The first evening was spent solely soundchecking before
hard drive blew on the Mac. (Oh for 2" tape again.....)
So another hard
drive and two days later, we cracked on with the drum trax and
the little man with the little yellow kit, finished four superb
in one session.Weazle's a star. He certainly dont hang about
There was only one track that I wanted to get onto the album,
hadn't finished in time. I guess I'm gonna have to get Weaz
back in again
to do that one, as it has a lot going for it.
Sadly, I haven't
been able to locate vocalist Sue Clarke. However, an old
colleague popped up when I spoke to Jackie Williams about the
Dave Saylor used to sing for Roy's old band 'Trouble', before
Roy left and
joined SHY. Dave was originally from Texas, and has a great
Different from Sue's but nevertheless blends well with Jackies.
sang for Series Red before I joined in the early eighties.(
There's pics of
me in the rehearsal room blowing sax on the eighties page).
Nowadays, Dave works primarily for the Spanish market as he
has had much
success in that part of the world, attaining no.1 hit singles.
Jackie and Dave
made light work of the vocals on all of the trax, in fact
they finished three on the first night and the last on Wednesday
They also did much in the way of ad-libs for the intro's and
help create the atmosphere I was after for the whole vibe of
the album. I
have since been in the studio working on my own with Mark, re-singing
vocals that I've done at home, and even vocals we mixed a year
bring all the songs up to the same level and to make 'em all
as it were !!
Last night we finished the vox on 'Airwaves', 'Salvation in
The City', 'The
Healer' and 'Freeway To The Afterlife'. Next Wednesday and Thursday
Lee McManus and Chris Aldridge in covering the guitar and sax
things. That only really leaves me to re-sing 'Somebody Up There'
'Sensational' to get better performances.
Then I guess its time to mix the whole damn lot and put it to
bed once and
for all ! The remaining track I'm co-writing with Joe Basketts
and it will
be the last to get mixed.
I will wait until it's finished before I master the album though,
belongs on the same project. I wonder whether we'll get all
before Xmas ? Well, there's only one way to find out and that's
get on with
With regard to the
people that have e-mailed the office in respect of
advance orders of the album, your e-mail addresses are being
as soon as the product is ready to be shipped from the pressing
will be e-mailed with payment details etc. Thanks for your support
If you aren't sure
about how to order the album, all you have to do is drop
a line to:-
and we'll do the
back on with another update in around two weeks.
album has finally been completed and has been submitted to both
German and Japanese parties alike. The artwork for the sleeve
etc is nearly
complete, thanks to the skills of Alex Cooper. 'Sunset and Vine',
SHY's nineth album. It seems a lot, but then the band has now
for 21 years, maybe it isn't that much afrter all. I'm pleased
final result; very similar to 'Unfinished Business' in the main,
fans of the band will link the two albums soundwise when all
the dust has
Open Your Heart
Where is The Love ?
Dont Jump The Gun
You could be Dreamin'
I will be Home
Walk Through Fire
release carries a bonus track to fulfil our contractual
commitment, and that is 'No Way Out'.
Steve Wrote all the music except No Way Out which Ian penned.
I penned all the lyrics apart from Walk Through Fire, which
Joe Basketts saved the day with the transfer from studio to
playing all keys. What a guy, he even came round last night
and laid a
superb piano track down for me in an hour. Will definitely be
time with him !
was finished with Mark Stuart at Mad Hat Studios in Coven,
Wolverhampton. A slight boost to the lower end of the recording
removal of some slight sibilence pretty much cleaned it up.
We cross faded
track one into track two, and topped and tailed the tracks so
were hardly any gaps in between the songs.
This makes the delivery a lot more punchy and upholds the dynamics
else is there to tell ya ?
I've knuckled down to complete the recording of the solo album
Christmas. I haven't given myself much time, but with the baby
forward to, I really need to spend some time with the family.
working on three trax at the moment with one left to write.
Joe is working
on the piano stuff for me, Dave Pearce (Weazle) will be back
in on drums,
Chris Aldridge will be back in on sax, and the two girls, Sue
Jackie Williams will be covering most of the backing vocals;
saves me doin'
it and they sound better than me anyway !
I'll probably finish most of it in the studio at home and then
finish up in
Mad Hat in Coven to lay down the live drums, sax and Bvox.
The album will be available through the website in the New Year,
far are :-
I'm working on this on a pretty much daily basis at the moment.
I'll keep you posted on how I get on.
Well, its now September.
I haven't posted any information through August as
so many things have happened during the recording process with
that it was difficult to tell you what was going to happen next.
As much as
my heart wanted to carry on through the whole album with Simon,
practicalities of Simon being unable to carry out the work overruled
reason to stay with him at Blotto studios in Birmingham. Simon
obviously unwell for a while. Considering that we began the
the beginning of the year and still hadn't got round to solo's
says a lot. The band as a whole decided to move back to Coventry
with Andy Faulkner at Sable Rose studios. For me, this was a
shame, as I
had great hopes for Simon's mixes. This does not detract from
conventional approach, in fact it may have been that Simon's
mixes may have
been a little too radical for the AOR market anyway. Andy knows
side of the business expect to hear in an AOR album, and is
very capable of
delivering it. Not only that, but I got to remake my friendship
which is something I have wanted since we fell out a couple
of years ago.
There was some cleaning
up to do, to ready the recordings for what little
was left to do with vocals etc., and the solos to finally be
This was carried
out a couple of weeks ago now and we have finally started
mixing the trax.
Marquee Avalon in
Japan have announced a release date for the new album,
which is titled 'SUNSET AND VINE'. They release it on December
throughout Eastern Asia.
MTM in Munich have announced January release date for Europe
and the UK.
I am over the moon
for Tor Talle who I've sessioned a couple of songs for,
who has been offered a record deal with MTM in Munich ! Now
Tor has suggested we write some more material together, which
I think is
probably a good idea. Now the SHY album is nearly finished,
I need to get
onto other things, and I still have the solo album to finish.
which, my thanx to Apple Tree Graphics in Bromsgrove, who helped
the first half of the solo album after it got stuck on a firewire
that became unreadable. You guys saved my ass !
The new solo album
will be titled 'FREEWAY TO THE AFTERLIFE'. I guess, if
I'm realistic, then I'll be looking to release this next year
still a lot to do, in fact I have four or five ideas still to
songs and record them. I may finish the job at Andy's in Coventry.
give them a modern edge and give the trax the low edge they
need. If there
are vocals I wanna change as well, he's really great to work
with to bring
out the best with vox and backing vox.
I have decided to
co-write a project with Joe Basketts, who has been
invaluable during the transition from Simon's to Andy's studios
different software and all the rest of it, as well as being
pianist. I'm not really sure what direction it will take, but
tells me it will have a commercial angle.
After Pam and myself
being understandably down earlier in the year, she is
now expecting a little girl at Xmas. This is wonderful news,
and as you
would expect, we cant wait to put the Christmas tree up ! Hell,
do it earlier this year !!!
album is finish mixed next week, I'll post another comment and
let you know how it all finished up.
what's goin' on !!
of all, it was great to hear from Julia Coles, she's just finished
her A-levels - best of luck with that - now you can get on with
For the last four weeks I've been head to head with Simon Bishop
the studios in Birmingham. I'm pretty much done.
I finished the last two songs for the album this week, just
for the sake of
it, here's the track listing.
Will Be Home
No Way Out
You Could Be Dreaming
Where Is The Love
Dont Jump The Gun
Open Your Heart
Walk Through Fire
Lead vox are complete, and so are all backing vox. I'm really
with ad-libs to complete when Simon has finished all his transfer
Joe has been working this week on all the keyboard parts and
complete by next week.
what's left to do ?
next week and the following week is lead guitar hell and some
parts to clean up. Final clean ups and post production will
take us to the
Nearly done. I have no doubt that both record companies will
be glad to
hear that. They have their preparation to ready up for and all
that side of
things, so I guess they'll be happy when the disc's on the table
A few hello's -
Sebastian at MTM
Naohiro Yamazaki @ Marquee Avalon
Augie the rock star
Tor Talle- Should be finished with the new track over the next
Mikk Black- I aint received anything yet !
Aarron Roberts - I haven't forgotten you!
Dean Chambers-Get off this website, ya bugger !
So, after promising
to keep you updated every two weeks, I failed
miserably!! Better make up for it now then.
After what looked
like a promising involvement with rising star Julia
Coles, I lost contact with our old manager Barry Keen. Not really
guess it will remain one of lifes great mysteries. Jesus, how
lose touch with all the communication mediums we have these
its happened, and all I can do is wish Julia the best with her
career as a
singer/songwriter, you have what it takes babe, so go out and
get it !!!!
Tor Talle has asked
me to record a second song on his new album, and that
is near completion. 'While There's Still Time', sounds like
between Dokken and TNT to me, we'll see how that turns out in
the next week
Mikk Black from the
States has contacted me to co-write a project with him,
rock based, more on that later.
Much has happened
in the SHY camp. Over the last three months, Bob came up
from Wales and completed all his drum tracks in three days !!!!
I dont know
whether it was a stroke of genius, or the fact that he couldn't
in Birmingham city centre for any longer than he had to ! Anyway
got to see him, but the drums are shit hot and he's done one
hell of job.
As usual, after listening to months of click track, the drums
all the songs to life. Hell, not to mention tracks of well recorded
The engineer Simon Bishop has bought some beautiful acoustic
life, some of them sound almost synthesized, emulating string
has been beltin' it out as normal, and Simon is transferring
over to Logic Audio, for him to complete back at Madhouse Rehearsals
we get on with the vocals.
I have to say, I
haven't really been around during the recording of the
backing tracks, due to family commitments but the amount of
work that has
been done by the Ian and Steve is colossal. Well done guys!
I should also
mention that Ian is appearing on live TV on July 10 as he has
on his vocals. A Thames TV show being broadcasted from the NEC
for vocalists who can sing in the old style (hell, I been doing
twenty years !!!!) have asked him to sing live for the show
Dude-they're gonna make you a star !!!
I started Vocals
last Thursday,3 June. We spent a day or two settling in,
and started work on 'Open Your Heart'. I spent about four hours
bvox and trying different ideas out for lvox etc. Left with
a couple of
things to clean up during transfers in a couple of weeks time,
much put it to bed. Over the weekend we finished another two
Time' and 'Where is the Love?'. Straightforward, without a hitch.
which, Simon bid me hit the gas in the Camaro and take him to
pub, which I duly did. Last night it was sweltering in the studio
Barford St., and we ploughed through 'First Love'. After we'd
finished, we discovered a low end feed across trax on the harmonies,
had bled through from another room somewhere in the building.
This meant I
had to sing them all again. Still, no hardship.
I'm left with three lines left to clean up on that song and
tackle the moody track 'I will be home'.
I've always wanted
to work with Simon Bishop. I produced demos over ten
years ago when he was engineering for me, and his talent was
at the time he was twenty three. His skills as a sound engineer
on leaps and bounds with the onset of computer aided recording
and all that
goes with that. He works with the program NUENDO, which he knows
front. Unfortunately, during the recording, Simon broke an arm
ribs, which laid him up for a while, but he's on the mend, and
working on a daily basis. I guess by the back end of next week,
looking at finishing all the vocals for the album, and then
Steve and Ian
get to show off their lead guitar skills again. God help us
Joe has finished
all the programming for the keyboard parts and will be in
the studio with me over the coming weeks for transfers etc.
So, when will it
be finished ??????!!!!!!!!
Well, I dont foresee
any hurdles, but you never know with these projects. I
reckon we'll be mixing the album at some stage in July. This
should pan out
well with MTM in Munich and Marquee Avalon in Japan for their
any notes that are of interest during the rest of the recording.
has come and gone and SHY have finally commenced the master
recordings for their 2004 album in Birmingham.
I'm working on lyrics for the last track.
so far is:-
Dont Jump The Gun
I Will be Home
Open Your Heart
You Could Be Dreamin'
Ian are both writing lyrics for one track themselves.
There is already talk of a tour being planned with fellow MTM
later in the year. We'll see how that progresses.
I have started vocal work on Tor Talle's new solo album. Tor
a guitar virtuoso from Norway and some nice guitar work there
is too !
Currently arranging and singing vocals on ''When I Close My
Eyes' on Logic
Audio at home.
showcase was a raging success, bringing a smile to the face
visitors Scoby Ryder and Colin Graham. These guys work under
the banner of
and Plezure Records in London. Scoby is renowned for many achievements
the music industry while Colin has worked on many arrangements
Much interest grows for Julia. Barry Keen is busy chipping away
industry and it seems that Julia may be heading for recordings
personally think a video CD Rom is one of the best ways to attract
in new Artistes, and I've been discussing these things with
Barry. Julia is
strikingly attractive and very young. With such a remarkable
wont be a well kept secret for very long.
performed in the showcase were :-
Dancin in The Dark
Come Into My Life
I am looking
forward to Julia recording these songs and hopefully they'll
be done in Birmingham again at Rich Bitch in Selly Oak.
I'll be trying to keep the updates on a weekly basis from March
depends how many things I've got on the go !
Apart from all of these musical matters, my new wife Pam has
new arrival to our family. The baby is due in November.
What a year, and it's only March !
So, now SHY are pretty
set to move into the studio to begin recording their
new album. I'm spending my time finalising lyrics and things
like that, and
the band are rehearsing the tracks at The Madhouse in Birmingham.
The actual recording start date is 16 February, and we'll be
Simon Bishop in a studio called 'BLOTTO'.
The album is already signed to both MTM in Munich and Marquee
Japan. So I guess it wont take long until its available on the
I guess it will take a month or so to complete the work - but
hey - famous
last words, the last one took a year and a half..........
Other things going
The main surprise
that has swept me off my feet, is that I have encountered
my/SHY's first manager Barry Keen again. I was under the impression
Barry had disappeared to the south coast forever, but I was
wrong. He has
actually built up a very successful business and is still based
Midlands. Barry runs
B.A.K. Music Management, a company based in palatial offices
Barry's company are courting several artistes currently, but
Coles, a very talented young vocalist from South Wales. Julia
gained interest in London and is preparing for an important
I am quite excited
that Barry has asked me to organise the showcase and
construct the band from session musicians that I know. The most
people to involve, were the people who performed so well on
my recent solo
recordings. Julia is very into R&B, and the musicians I'm
jump straight into that groove without any real issues. The
will be Lee McManus, a jazz guitarist/teacher from Sutton Coldfield.
Pearce will be on the stix, Joe Basketts on the keys, and the
Clarke and Jackie Williams will be belting out the soulful backing
When the showcase is complete, we'll be putting together a full
Julia to take to certain venues. Listening to Julia sing, I'm
it wont be long before her name will be on many an A&R mans
the tenacity of Barry Keen, she'll be sporting her recording
before the summer.
An e-mail out of
the blue from guitarist Tor Talle in Norway, finds me
possibly guesting on his new Album along with various other
Trax are in the post.
I'll let you know what transpires with that project when i hear
There'll be more regular updates throughout the SHY album in
Hi to all
and a Happy New Year, time for an update.
The New SHY album
signed to MTM in Munich is nearly finished.
A fairly commercial album all round, with Mr. Harris utilising
his new found habit of playing long guitar solos as much as
he did on 'Unfinished Business'.
A very, very, guitar
based album. However, saying that, we have drafted in a session
keys player in Joe Basketts. Joe worked for me on the first
half of the solo project and can get the best of a keyboard
upside down and inside out. I think Paddy McKenna has moved
to Bristol now, so he obviously didn't have any intentions with
regard to recording with SHY again. Quite a surprise, really.
We have made moves
to record with Sound Engineer and all round sonics whizzkid
Simon has recorded several projects that I've helped produce,
and is front man to an awesome band called SEVEN CYCLES. I managed
Simon for a while in the late nineties and gathered interest
in London for him. Above and Beyond this, he is a remarkable
sound engineer and I am eager to be working with him again.
Simon has his own studio in Highgate, Birmingham and it may
be that we record at his place instead of the Music Station
There are a variety
of tempos on the album, but the ballad 'Where is the Love' is
a real corker. I like it, I like it !!
'SoulSearchin' & 'Open Your Heart', are two classic AOR
mid tempo trax, 'I Will Be Home' a downtempo moody track, 'Don't
Jump The Gun', the anthemic track out of them all if there is
one, 'First Love' a big harmony fast mover and the other trax
are still being finalised.
I have no doubt that
Steve Harris will sneak out the album title without me knowing,
like he usually does, the crafty sod, so I have no idea about
the title as yet.
We look to move into
studio sometime around the end of January.
Line Up as before
Vocals Tony Mills
Lead Guitar Steve Harris
Lead Guitar Ian Richardson
Bass Roy Davis
Drums Bob Richards
Session Keys Joe Basketts
Its lookin' to be
a twelve track album, with a running time of around 60-70 minutes.
I will issue
updates to the website as and when we are in the studio.