Long time ago I was working in the high-tech floor of Rose-Morris, in London when this funny sounding guy came in and asked me to show him how the M1 (Korg) worked. After a brief demo, I went back to my guitar, messing around (hard working days indeed )..
Then he approached me again asking if I wanted to go to a party that night... hmmmm, OK.. and he told me his secretary would have called... sure!
To cut a long story short that guy was Jon Anderson and the party was the launch of another YES album. At the party he approached me asking what I was doing that week... I said working. Could I go to Rome and help a friend of his? The morning after I was sleeping at a top Rome's hotel when a call at 2 in the morning woke me up. "Can you can up to the top floor to talk to 'the man'?"..
Sure. There it was a dinner party coming to an end with various movie people and Vangelis. He promptly sent the other home and sat me down in front of his 'ghetto blaster' to play me endless demo cassettes... "Does this sound OK to you"?
Morning in the studio... well, morning, around 11, fetched by a be-suited driver..
Top recording studio with all his keyboard patched in and blended live by the Man with volume pedals, one key doing the cellos, one strings... all recorded live to tape trough a massive SSL.
My contribution? Patching his new M1 through his analogue-custom made sequencer/arpeggiator.
That was another Vangelis/Anderson album. Me? Within a week, a little, little, bit richer and back in Rose-Morris. Anyone an M1 or even an M3, I throw in the leads?
Then the guy from 'The Final Countdown' popped in.. but that's another story...
Vangelis... a cool-down-to-earth guy whose in love with music. And the trapping of luxury (masseur, etc...).
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