Revival Abbey Road

A wonderful day at Abbey Road in the company of producer James Reynolds as he oversaw a string session in Studio 2, led and arranged by master arranger Pete Whitfield. This was the last of three days’ work, all scheduled for vocal and instrumental contributions to the debut release on the Revival label.

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Bramall boxers

I could be found in Sheffield today, at the home of the Blades, Bramall Lane. I had been kindly invited by former striker Tony Agana to their home match with AFC Bournemouth. We arrived at the ground just before 11am and immediately ran into local legend and former England star, Tony Currie, once voted the club’s greatest ever player.

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New era

A busy day, which began with an early visit to Printstore in Kingston to drop off MU promo materials and merchandise. These were added to the newly printed posters and postcards and ready for delivery to the International Centre in Bournemouth this weekend in time for the start of next week’s NEU Conference.

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Blue sky coast

A very pleasant weekend in Bournemouth. On Friday evening I met up with long-time friend Mark Batchelor and a new contact Liz Stacey, violinist in the ELO Experience, at the Hilton in the centre of the town. A short walk to the Pavilion and we took our seats for a performance by the band, who delivered a superb run-through of the Jeff Lynne songbook.

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Vinyl label

Spent a productive morning with Steve at Printstore in Kingston, working on the design of the labels for the vinyl edition of my Waterloo Sunrise album. These now reflect the inner and outer sleeves, in which elements of the skyline and Thames waterline – captured superbly by photographer Jonathan Stewart – are featured so effectively.

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