Shine & RiseMileHighMusic (Released Nov 2009)

Personnel
See extended notes below

Production
Composed*, arranged, produced & performed* by Christy.

“Shine & Rise is an enjoyable, varied and sometimes crazily joyous collection that sees Christy pillaging from the past and reinventing it in his own image, while transporting the listener back to the 60s, 70s and beyond.
For this reviewer, one of the highlights of the set is ‘Try For The Sun aka Surf Tune’; it kicks off with crazy castanets and the sort of spaghetti western melody that usually accompanies Lee Van Cleef emerging from the saloon to shoot ’em up on Main Street, and explodes into a punked-up Beach Boys stomp – a delight!”
– Rock’n’Reel magazine’s Diane Mason.

The album Shine & Rise – which could quite easily also be called Hodge Podge Stew – has finally been finished and mastered. The track listing which includes 12 songs collected together from latter day Zen tracks, a few Mandrakes tunes and some solo recordings has now confirmed and includes the sweeping La Fille Francaise complete with full orchestration, uptempo rock of Déjà Vu, and death-pop of Crazy Lady, along with a multitude of others which are sure to swirl through your brain like an acid drenched carousel in the land of Oz.

Special thanks to all the artists who feature on the tracks here. I have made an effort on every song to credit everyone correctly.

La Fille Francaise
Bass, drums & rhythm guitar cut live at Orange & Blue studios, Catford, Aug 2007. Additional overdubs completed at MileHighStudio. Strings added via internet from Canada.

*additional players:
Fabulous Drums – Andre St. Clair Dyer (Drezone)
Spontaneous Bass / Mandolin – James Tobin
A big thank-you to both for their playing on this track.

Ian Cameron – Violins & Violas
Corbin Keep – Cellos
String arrangement by Christy.

Too Much Information
Drums, bass and rhythm guitar recorded live in a basement, Ravenscourt, London, 8th Feb 2007 by the Mandrakes. Additional overdubs added at MileHighStudio.

*additional players – The Mandrakes:
Colin Kavanagh – Rhythm Guitar
John Fleming – Drums
Richard Durasow – Bass

Crazy Lady Blues
Bass, drums & rhythm guitar cut live at Orange & Blue studios, Catford, Aug 2007. Additional overdubs completed at MileHighStudio.

Written in 5 minutes on a sunny late afternoon in Shepherds Bush whilst waiting waiting waiting for a band rehearsal to happen…

*additional players:
Fabulous Drums – Andre St. Clair Dyer (Drezone)
Spontaneous Bass – James Tobin
A big thank-you to both for their playing on this track. Neither knew the song, but testament to their skills, we jammed it once or twice, then nailed it in two or three takes, 20 minutes from start to finish.

Who’ll Love Me Now
Bass, drums, both rhythm guitars & lead vocal all cut live at Alchemia studios, Islington, 2004. Only a stereo mixdown survived and the additional overdubs were completed on to that at MileHighStudio during 08/09.

*additional players:
John Hartley – Drums
Ceri James – Rhythm Guitar
Hamid Halbaoul – Bass
John who is an old friend who I met at a film shoot in the 90s and Hamid who I met at this session, hadn’t heard the track before the tape rolled, and Ceri had only had a brief run through of the arrangement the night before. With some waving guitar conducting as we went, it was nailed in two takes.
Hamid, Ceri & I went on from here to form the last incarnation of Zen, along with Drezone during 2004. Check out the Zen single we cut that year.

Try For The Sun aka Surf Tune
Drums, bass and rhythm guitar of main track recorded at a rehearsal studio in Willesden, London, 10th Sept 2006 by the Mandrakes. Additional overdubs added at MileHighStudio.

*additional players – The Mandrakes:
Colin Kavanagh – Guitar
John Fleming – Drums
Richard Durasow – Bass

Rescue Me Rescue You
Drums, bass and rhythm guitar recorded at Alchemia Studio, London, Nov 2005 by the Mandrakes. Additional overdubs added at MileHighStudio.

*additional players – The Mandrakes:
Colin Kavanagh – Guitar
John Fleming – Drums
Richard Durasow – Bass

Déjà Vu
Drums and bass recorded in a room in East London, April 2004. Additional overdubs added at MileHighStudio.

The original recording, made by the band Zen, was unusable due to the way it had been ‘engineered’ for a ‘dense live room sound’ as advocated by the studio owner. Several remixes didn’t solve the many leakage problems, so it was shelved, which was a major disappointment to a band then being courted by Sony. Last year it was dug out, all stripped back, the best drums kept/sampled and then rebuilt. The bass, in two parts, was found to be good but everything else was then rerecorded into the production you hear here. Somewhere between this version and the demo cut at Alchemia in 2003 with John Hartley on the drums is probably where it would’ve been best, judge for yourself, I have just added the demo version (Oct 2013) – if only i could turn that hi-hat down on it…

*additional players:
Andre St. Clair Dyer – Drums
Hamid Halbaoul – Bass

Zen in 2004 were:
Christy – Vocals & Guitar
Andre St. Clair Dyer – Drums
Ceri James – Vocals & Guitar
Hamid Halbaoul – Bass

About You
Drums, bass & rhythm guitar recorded at a Zen band session upstairs at the Royal George pub, Tanners Hill, London, June 2004, using equipment & rehearsal space of the fine band RedRoute, so thanks to Dave for that. Only a stereo mixdown with drums, bass, rhythm guitars, keys and talkbox survived a computer meltdown at the Drezone Plant a month later, so all vocals and additional overdubs were added to the stereo mixdown at MileHighStudio during 05/06.

*additional players – Zen:
Andre St. Clair Dyer – Drums/Keys
Ceri James – Rhythm Guitar
Hamid Halbaoul – Bass
Christy – Vocals, Guitar & Keys

Devil Take Me Down
Drums, bass & rhythm guitar recorded by band Zen at the – now demolished, facade retained, soon to be plush flats – Distillery, Deptford in South East London, 1st June 2004. Additional overdubs added at MileHighStudio & the Drezone Plant.

*additional players – Zen:
Andre St. Clair Dyer – Drums & Vox
Ceri James – Guitar & Vox
Hamid Halbaoul – Bass
Christy – Vocals, Guitar & Harp

Table For One
Bass, drums, both rhythm guitars & lead vocal all cut in 2 hour session at Alchemia studios, Islington, 2004. Only a stereo mixdown survived and the additional overdubs were completed on to that at MileHighStudio during 08/09.

*additional players – Zen:
Andre St. Clair Dyer – Drums
Ceri James – Guitar
Hamid Halbaoul – Bass

Help *written by Lennon & McCartney, published by Sony/ATV
Drums recorded at a Zen band session upstairs at the Royal George pub, Tanners Hill, London, June 2004, using equipment & rehearsal space of the fine band RedRoute, so thanks to Dave for that. Nothing of the other instruments that were added at the Drezone Plant a month later survived a computer meltdown, but having found the drum track I thought it’d be interesting to hear what it sounded like finished, so all additional overdubs were added at MileHighStudio during 08/09. The original idea for the arrangement was taken from hearing 10 seconds of a Lennon demo for Help played at a plodding speed. It made sense, the lyrics and music hint at a ballad that was at the time of the Beatles recording popped up as a new single was required.
I know the Beatles and covering them – or have now become aware(!) – is a touchy subject, I was told by friends I originally tried to jam the arrangement with, that it wouldn’t work. It has definitely received the most critical response to anything I’ve recorded, but I think Andre, who played by himself to a click and my conducting guitar in headphones, laid down a really great drum part, and personally I dig the Beatles and am pretty pleased with the way this has come out.

*additional players:
Andre St. Clair Dyer – Super Bombastic Drums

Busy
Drums, bass and rhythm guitar of main track recorded at a rehearsal studio in Willesden, London, 10th Sept 2006 by the Mandrakes. Additional overdubs added at MileHighStudio.

*additional players – The Mandrakes:
Colin Kavanagh – Guitar (excellent 2nd solo)
John Fleming – Drums
Richard Durasow – Bass

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