Angels like Jim, Trevor and Van Dyke.
Palm Tree Studios, Los Angeles
Ringo had actually wanted to come to Paul’s studio in East Sussex in May. We had phoned a number of times and he had considered countless possibilities, even flying in by helicopter. In the end nothing had worked due to both of their busy schedules.
As an alternative we targeted Los Angeles at the beginning of August. This coincided with Ringo’s last performance on his tour through the US to be followed by an important family celebration.
Without the incredible support of “Los Three Angels“ and former studio partners Jim Keltner, Van Dyke Park and Trevor Lawrence this session could not have happened. For many weeks the phone lines were running hot despite everyone’s overly busy schedules and many commitments. After much debating I finally decided to do the recordings in Trevor’s Blue Palm Digital Studio in Hollywood.
During those two days there was a great coming and going of old friends and collegueas like Don Preston or Albert Lee. Not to forget Joe Walsh whose solo with Short People prompted me to launch into an impromptu virtual guitar performance in the control room. And when the two world-class drummers Ringo and Jim played “You’re Sixteen“ it was like a very special belated birthday present, truly something out of the ordinary. Inara’s version of “He Needs Me” just excellent, accompanied by Van Dyke’s brilliant piano and top-notch orchestral arrangements so typical of him. Together with Grant Geissmann this highly professional studio crew gave a timeless first class performance.