Somewhat unexpectedly, I have a chance today to finish off Richard Williams’ 2008 notes in the CD insert, which we rejoin on Page 10 of the insert’s 12 pages:
“Thirty years after Sandy’s death, and almost twenty years after Trevor’s passing; the process was supervised by Donahue, now a highly experienced producer as well as a member of the better class of guitar heroes. Mindful of the need to remain faithful to the group’s original intentions, he worked with Donaldson and Conway on underpinning the original tracks, carefully identifying and assembling the best parts of the 1970 recordings from master tapes which had been dispersed to a variety of locations over the years. Considering that all original vocals were recoded live with the rhythm section, with the intention of replacing them during later overdubbing sessions, the quality of the result is remarkable. “Wild Mountain Thyme”, which existed only among the multitrack mastertapes only in a simple voice-and-guitar version, has been placed on the most elegant of plinths and now stands revealed as one of Sandy’s loveliest recordings, as does the still-glowing “Silver Threads”. Trevor’s place in the group, too, is clarified by his own ominous “Restless” and his rousing version of the traditional “Bold Jack Donahue”. Thanks to the most painstaking and loving piece of reconstruction, a band whose future was so abruptly truncated now has, in effect, a new whole past to celebrate.
Richard Williams 2008″.
Next time, God Willing, a few more photos from the insert.
In the meantime, a Happy New Year to all; the very best of wishes for 2013.