Brooklyn Boy In Paradise - The Unreleased Collection
Allan Thomas - Rhythm guitar and Vocals
Bryan Kessler - Guitar
David Anderson - Guitar
Zeke Zirngiebel - Guitar
Chris Templeton - Lap Steel Guitar
Armando Compean & Dave Inamine - Bass
Michael Buono - Drums
Diane Michelle & Michael Ruff - Backing Vocals
Michael Ruff - Pete Wasner - Charles Judge -
This collection of recordings is composed of songs I wrote and recorded between 1980 and 1994 - The beginning of my Hawaii years. Most of the songs were written with co-writers. Some of the tracks were recorded in real working recording studios with actual producers, engineers, and vintage mic's and mic preamps, while others were laid down in my or my co-writers home studios with whatever recording device we happened to have.
For one reason or another these tracks never found their way onto one of my four studio album releases, but having withstood the test of years gone by, my long time producer and friend Stephen Barncard and I felt it was time they saw the light of day - and perhaps momentarily satisfy the legion of die-hard AT fans clamoring for yet another taste.
We tried to find the best versions with the least amount of generations and tinkering. Lucky for me Barncard has always been unceasingly adept at archiving mine and others recorded works.
Brooklyn Boy In Paradise is offered as a single song or full CD download, including a PDF of the artwork and liner notes for purchase with credit card or PayPal.
The audio CD and a PDF of the artwork can also be purchased through www.allanthomas.com
I have included anecdotes about how the songs came to be, as well as details about the recording sessions for those of you who might be interested.
About the recordings:
Speaking for myself regarding the recording of music, I am a much reluctant engineer of the new digital-age school, and only learned - in all my years of recording, from my first singing group demo when I was twelve, right up to 1992 or so - in the last 17 years. I was never that interested in what mic's, compressors, or pre amps the recording engineers used on my records. I didn't have a clue or even care what they used, as I really had enough to think about with leading the band, playing a solid guitar part, and performing a convincing vocal. I thought it best left up to the producer or engineer of the session to figure out what tool worked best for the job. But with the advent of affordable home digital recording rigs, and the price of buying studio time in commercial recording studios rising and becoming unaffordable, it became imperative for me to learn the medium. Instead of paying for studio time elsewhere why not invest what I could into my own rig. So that's the tack I took, and I'm glad of it. But when the shit hits the fan tech-wise, I go the the old-school recording engineers for advice and direction.