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Mike Sponza

Mike Sponza

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Made In The Sixties

Written alongside legendary songwriter, Pete Brown, the record, which is also being released on vinyl, is the Italian bluesman’s personal tribute to the sixties. In ten tracks, one for each year of the decade, Mike Sponza and Pete Brown recount the brightest and darkest moments of the historic period from the Cold War to the Cuban missile crisis, the murder of John F. Kennedy, the artistic turning point of Bob Dylan and the student movement of '68 among others.

 “An album dedicated to the '60s,” says Mike Sponza, “a decade that fascinates me in so many ways. There is so much to say about it ... I was also born in that period. I had been thinking about writing an album about that decade for a long time. Ten songs, one for each year. Ten stories inspired by events, facts, people, cultures and  ideas that intertwine to look at the Sixties from a double perspective: on one hand the glamor and swing, and on the other, the dark and problematic side. Those ten controversial years, filtered through different musical languages: rock to Latin, pop to acoustic, soul to rock'n'roll, changed youth culture forever. The collaboration with Pete Brown was essential for expressing this.” 

May 16th

Let’s go on with voices today. I start with a powerful rock-blues song (in the morning!), Pete Brown delivers a soulful and deep performance, and at 3PM we’re done with all the vocal tracks.

It means that I can focus on GUITAR SOLOS!!! So, Marshall volume at 12, Les Paul, Stratocaster and go!

It’s cool to have some relaxed hours and focus only on the guitar solos - I would say it’s a dream, actually…

 

In these four days everything has been perfect, the band performed greatly, the vibes have been extremely positive.

Let’s move on!

Next stop: back vocals, horns, strings, percussions, tablas, sitar…

May 15th

Wow, what a long day… We start the vocal sessions, and believe me - when you try to erase the wrong accents you’ve used for years, it’s not an easy work. I must thank Pete Brown and Rob Cass for they work and patience in following every single word I’ve sung. It’s not something you do every day, singing in a booth in front of a super-microphone that enhances every single detail of your voice - the good and the bad ones…

At Abbey Road Studios, new ideas can arrive in any moment. Good musical vibrations are all over, and even a short afternoon break with our brilliant technician Matt Jones can change a song - in the legendary Studio 2 we find a special instrument: the celesta. It’s the one (exactly the one!) used by George Martin for the solo on “Baby, it’s you” of The Beatles and for the Harry Potter Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x9ACT3PXr8

It was the sound I was looking for on an intro of a song.

A good lesson: you can have all the plug-ins-digital-solutions-state-of-the-art-technology-futuristics-whatever. But sometimes, “all you need is a celesta”.

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