Post by stevemacdonald on May 1, 2007 23:06:01 GMT
It is my understanding that Hayley recorded a boatload of songs in Dublin in the months prior to her Air Studios sessions in England and that none of those early recordings were used on Pure.
So does anyone know what became of those Dublin-recorded songs? They must be valuable because they capture Hayley at a time when her voice was arguably at its most pristine: betwixt "My Gift To You" and "Pure".
Another question: Since singers typically record many more tracks than will fit on an album, are there unreleased Hayley songs sitting in Decca's vault somewhere and would anyone like to help me tunnel my way inside to liberate these potential gems?
If we start screaming for these recordings NOW maybe we will get them in less than the 35 to 40 years it took DECCA to re release the extras from the likes of Blind Faith and The Moody Blues. If it takes that long I'll have lost my hearing, sight and bearings by then.
WHEN DO WE WANT THEM ? NOW..
I can imagine it
THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS IN ONE 12 CD BOXED SET, All the variations of all the songs, Would it fit on 12 CDs I wonder
" But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the Angels
and then the Angels forget to pray for us. " ......Leonard Cohen
From the reference to these recordings in "The World At Her Feet" they were intended to be for the original release of Pure which was ultimately abandoned. It is dealt with in some detail in Chapter 7 of the book.
Scanning through the chapter it seems they "couldn't get the sound right" Steve Abbott said at the time "It was someone else's idea of how to make Hayley commercial"
There's reference to some of the songs - 'Heaven' The 'Ave Maria' with English lyrics a version of Elgar's Nimrod and a version of Pokarekare Ana with a Bo Diddly beat
Hayley also says in the book "... there were some gorgious songs but we'll no doubt use them on other albums"
So folks, it looks as though the original recordings have been well and truly forgotten about. Do they still exist? That's anybody's guess
As for "Will we ever hear them?" My guess would be a resounding NO!!
Hi Grant. I assume the recordings are multi track which means "THE VOICE" the one and only voice can be separated from the garbage and saved for re recording with a new orchestra or other accompaniment.
I guess that's true Comet, but now Hayley's voice has matured, and with all the technical improvements in recording techniques, there seems a reluctance to let those early recordings loose in the public domain, as is the case with "Walking In The Air".