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Andy Leek’s ‘Say Something,’ A Classic George Martin Production Reissued
Ex Dexy's Midnight Runners Andy Leek has remastered his George Martin produced album Say Something. This special 21st Anniversary Edition of Andy Leek’s first solo album is reissued on Undiscovered Classics on June 24th, Catalogue Number SS1612AL.
To my amazement and utter delight George called back saying he was ‘knocked out by the material and would love to produce the album’. I was on cloud ten! A few months later after various meetings - and twenty one years ago we started recording “Say Something” with the great man behind the recording desk at Air Studios in London.
It is I believe the only debut album of original material that George Martin produced since the Beatles.” -- Andy Leek
Andy Leeks forgotten album ‘Say Something’ originally produced by Sir George Martin in 1988 has been rediscovered, remixed and revealed in its true glory. The reissued CD now includes a sixteen page booklet containing never-before published photos the legendary Beatles producer Geroge Martin and Andy and working in Air studios, London. The sessions included a thirty six piece orchestra plus The London Community Gospel Choir, and some of the finest musicians of the time.
Andy picks up the story. “After 1990 when I returned to the Midlands I couldn’t even bear to play ‘Say Something’ let alone to compensate resurrecting my career. I was so down at the failure of ‘Say Something’ to set the world alight that I just wanted to hide away and forget all about Andy Leek, the artist.
Everyone was into Britpop and guitar bands like Oasis, so my classy balladeering orchestral pop didn’t fit in with the fashion. Also I didn’t realise I could have the master tapes of ‘Say Something’ returned to me until Carol Impney offered them to me two decades later. I had never until then entertained the concept of remixing or re-releasing the album as I was penniless and I thought my dreams were totally broken. Consequently I formed The Blue Angels party band to distract myself from failure and boost the empty coffers.”
Taken from Andy’s Time Line Bio - Full Bio. www.pattynanmedia.com/
2008: One day Carol Impney of Hit & Run Music phoned me asking if I would like to own the master tapes to my original album ‘Say Something’ which had sat in their loft for twenty years or so. I was surprised and delighted to receive the master tapes and the many photos of my time in the studio with George Martin and all the musicians that worked so hard on the album.
The tapes had deteriorated somewhat so they had to be cleaned by hand and baked for several days in order to transfer them to CD. I then added one new song ‘All Around the World’ to complete what is now ‘Say Something Revisited.’
Track Listing: 1. What’s The Problem 2.Golden Doors 3. Holding On To You 4. Attitude
5. Carry Me Away 6. Say Something 7. Prelude 8. All Day Long 9. Please Please
10. Sailors Song 11. Interlude. 12. All Around the World 13. Reprise
Musicians: Bass - Mo Foster, Drums - Stuart Elliot, Guitars - Clem Clemson, Alan Murphy,
Steve Howe, Keyboards - Peter Vettesse, Percussion - Luis Jardin, Martyn David
Backing Vocals, London Community Gospel Choir, (Additional musicians and arrangers see booklet) Produced by George Martin Special 21st anniversary edition.
This special 21st Anniversary Edition of Andy Leek’s first solo album is reissued on Undiscovered Classics on June 24th 2011, Catalogue Number SS1612AL.
For more information visit www.pattynanmedia.com
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