March/April Answers, Part V

Sometime in the 70's the NME put out a Christmas annual. One of the features was about fantasy groups, much along the lines of fantasy football. The writers 'Dream Team' was Grahame Edge (Moody Blues) drums, Paul Macartney bass, Elton John Keyboards, Bob Dylan rhythm guitar and a certain Richard Thompson lead guitar! I wondered what you would have thought about playing in such a lineup and if you had any thoughts about your own dream group. M A Kingsman

That lineup has at least three members who you might build a band around, so there could be too many egos. I’ve never paid close attention to Grahame Edge, but I feel he wouldn’t be my first call. It could work for a song or two before the hissy fits started.

To make these kinds of things work, I think you have to get down to sub-categories. For instance,

Best psychedelic/metal band:
Jimi Hendrix (G, Voc)
Simon Phillips (dr)
Flea (Bs)

Best soul band:
Marvin Gaye (Voc)
James Jameson (Bs)
Al Jackson (Dr)
Cornell Dupree (G)
Booker T (KB)
BarKeys (Horns)

Bands that are already perfect and don’t need anything:
The Band

The Nevilles (Maybe just a guitar player – perhaps Kenny Burrell in his funk mode)

The Beatles were kind of perfect – maybe just add a guitar player…all good bands figure out how to make the best of what they have.

Burns Supper is a favourite, can you tell me if you sang and played this on the same take. If no, do you ever record this way? Also, do you find that you prefer your vocal performance when done while playing or dubbed? Neil Barrodale

It was recorded on one mic, a Telefunken 251, voice and guitar live, about take 2. It’s a great way to work if you can. I always do vocals live, but sometimes, with a band, for instance, I can’t hear everything I’m doing, so my voice might be straining or pushing out of tune, and I have to go back and fix it.