"Reborn", now I come to think of it), the 'Opening Tale' runs straight in
to track 2, but I separated it on here for the sake of clarity. So on we
go to track 2 proper, this is "Lights Turn Blue"...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time With Leonie unavailable, I plundered
the Music & Elsewhere catalogue for the ideal guest singers. Inga
Leru-Kelly (who I interviewed a few hours ago, see photo collage) took
vocal duties on this one, borrowed from Twister. The lead guitar solo on
this was provided by Damien Page, borrowed from another M&E band, Hecate's
Dreams. I'll be talking to him at 18:00 BST/UTC+1, so won't go into any
more detail here on that one. The little girl on my knee is Marc Bell's
Magic Moments At Twilight Time There was the one track that nobody
seemed to be able to sing the way I had heard it in my head though, "Kronophobia".
It was a song about 'Old Father Time' mocking man for thinking he could
cheat mortality, and I wanted it done with a sort of sarcastic disdain, so
in spite of being no singer of any quality, I ended up doing it meself
(the 'march of time', geddit? ;) ...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Note the skilful 'telephoning' of
the voice to make me sound much better than I really am! :)
Magic Moments At Twilight Time On the original release, "Kronophobia"
was followed at track 4 by "Purple Eyed & Mystified", but not so on
"Reborn". For this one, as it's based on the original Brain Dead DAT
masters, we've reverted to "Demonic Attack" at track 4, where it was first
intended to be. It was only after the hashed first production run that we
took the opportunity to switch them round the other way. I think maybe the
better way; as Leonie shouts "mummy" at the end of "Purple Eyed", the
sinister bass of "Demonic Attack" menacingly cuts in. Nevertheless, track
4 on here is the latter. Turn out the lights, the time of night is here...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Lead vocals (not to mention the
wonderful simulated orgasm) again by Inga Leru-Kelly, who's been a naughty
girl indeed!? ;) Then somebody else came along and added an even darker
element to this song that really brought it all together. That man was
operatic baritone, Brian John Doran. I'd borrowed him from M&E band,
Operattack, thinking him perfect for the lead vocal on "The Torch" (and he
was), but as he was in the studio, I asked if he fancied giving this one a
bit of enhancement too. "Best thing we've done all day" was his opinion on
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Ooh, ferocious!
Magic Moments At Twilight Time So, I feel like we're going
backwards now, coz track 5 is what used to be track 4! For quite a while
after Inga had completed her vocal duties, the whole project was put on
hold while I searched high and low for someone to do the few remaining
female vocals. In the interim, Leonie had become pregnant and given birth
to a daughter, Thea, which obviously hadn't helped my situation. That
sounds selfish, of course, but as much as I was happy for her to have that
little bundle of joy in her arms (I understand it even more these days,
natch), I really wanted to find a new singer to finish the album. To my
surprise, Leonie just phoned out of the blue and said "If I can help out
with the vocals, just let me know." Before long, we were back up at Brain
Dead and she turned out the first of her contributions ("The Starship
Overflow" was a late reworking), so here is track 5, "Purple Eyed &
Mystified", featuring the voice of Leonie Jackson...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And here's the lady herself at the
microphone at Brain Dead...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time The next track she did for the album
was "Spirit Electric". As the title implies, it was an electrified version
of an earlier acoustic piece, simply called "Spirit", which we'll come
back to. Her vocal range on this one (listen closely to the chorus) was
impressive, even though there was better to come. Track 6, "Spirit
Magic Moments At Twilight Time For some years, I've always thought
the credit for the inspiration on this one went entirely to Alex Cable of
Internal Autonomy. Let me tell you the story; it actually goes back to the
December of 1989 when Al invited me to his Raven Studio to add some synths
to a few tracks for their forthcoming album, "Inquiry"...
Garry Lee Always loved the Internal Autonomy releases. Still have
them! This is a superb album.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time The first of these tracks was one
called "L.S.D.", and there's a tale with that one too...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time The vocalist on this was one
Haigh. I'd first heard a primitive and embryonic demo of it on cassette
some years earlier and the vocal had really stuck in my mind. So, when I
was looking for a full time singer with MMATT on trying to put a band
together in 1987 to back The Charles, I called Anna. She rehearsed with us
a couple of times and sounded wonderful, but her stay with the band was a
mere 11 days and there are no recordings to show for it. Consequently, to
have her and I on the same recording is kinda cool for me...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And, as luck would have it, she also
sang on this one that I did synths for, this is "Awayday To Auschwitz"...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Love the drum patterns on this one.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Long enough for me to have a wee
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And my final contribution to
Internal Autonomy's "Inquiry" LP (vinyl, yes!) was this one, vocal by
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