THE MIGHTY QUINN ( Bob Dylan )
With the liveband and also from the Radio Berlin live broadcast.
I think the idea for this version of the MM 60’s classic came from MMEB being marooned in Boulder, Colorado (1975 I believe) because of a huge stow storm that came on the second day of two warm up gigs in a club (can’t remember the name) before a long US Tour. We could not get out of the town and as Manfred can’t sit still for a moment, we had to rehearse in the club every day, till we and our equipment could get out through the snow. I’m glad we did as this rock version, is the highlight of our live show and we never tire of playing it, or hearing our audiences belting out the chorus’s. SO… I shall take this opportunity to point out that the lyric is……
Come ALL without Come ALL within
I expect you all to get it right in the future!!!
EDDIE WANTS TO ROCK (C.T./ I.P/ Gunnar B./Arno K.)
Musicians same as Dark Side.
Dedicated to Dr. Edward A. Abraham. A man who enjoyed life to the max. He often joined me on the road (or whatever I was doing music wise) whenever it was possible for him. Man, we had some great times! Thanks Ed.
Incredible saxophone playing from Pietro Lacirignola. I wish we could take him on the road!!
REDEMPTION SONG 2006 ( Bob Marley)
Guitars: C.T. M.E.
Organ: Gunnar B.
It was hard to find a version of this song that I was truly happy with. The way I sing it has changed so much over the years, and I feel the early recordings of it that I have, which are better quality than this one, didn’t have the vocal passion I think the song deserves, (perhaps the older man sings it better) and which I try to put in every time we play it now. I came across this version, which has sonic problems, but represented the way I feel I should sing it. I could have recorded it again, but that’s not what this compilation is about. So enjoy and excuse the whistle that somehow appears on the track.
THE CHALLENGE ( C.T. / Harold Faltermeyer)
Written in 1988, used as the German TV theme for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 1989 when Boris Becker and Steffi Graf both won!! Got to number one, couldn’t have been a better year!! Thanks Harold.
LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD ( C.T. / M.E. )
Also recorded in Auckland with the Norwegians. Land of the Long White Cloud is the translation of Aotearoa, being the Maori name for New Zealand and refers to the fact that often if you approach N.Z by boat (something not many people do these days, but I did it twice in my childhood), before one sees landfall, one sees the long white cloud in the distance, a very beautiful sight, especially after 5 weeks at sea. Fantastically interpreted by Mads on his guitar!
This song is about the struggle the Maori people had every time they set out to look for new land on the wild ocean, then the satisfaction of finally finding the land of plenty and starting a new life far from home.
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT ( Bruce Springsteen)
An alternative version recorded in London around the beginning of the 90’s. The keyboard solo, the famous piano riff and all the drums were played by my good friend John Lingwood. Thanks John. Martin Rushent mixed it at the Roundhouse studios in Camden Town. Everything was recorded at my home studio on the fabulous Fostex
16 track recorder. Anthony Glynne played guitar. I love this version, it rocks out!
ANGEL ( C.T. / Marius Muller) 2000
Guitars and everything else: Mike Slammer
I was due to make an album with Marius. He lived in Oslo and we had met and talked about it and agreed to send each other ideas. Unfortunately we never got to work together (we had played together many times though). After he died, I was sent some of his music, one of the songs was Angel. Although he was singing in Norwegian I got the gist of it and wrote these lyrics. Recorded at Mike’s studio an hour north of L.A.
HEART OF THE FIRE ( Julian Litman)
Guitars and Keyboards: Julian L.
Recorded for a TV film in about 1991. We have revisited it live recently, it’s fun for me to sing as it’s in a different style. Sorry for the sonic quality, but it has charm I feel and lots of reverb!! It has a great rolling guitar riff that sets up the mood, great to play live.
DON’T KILL IT CAROL ( Mike Heron)
with the Live Band
I met Mike while working with Manfred. I don’t think I ever heard his original version. This was another song I had to listen to Manfred’s version of it and figure out a way to sing it together with the wonderful Steve Waller. This song is such a pleasure to play every night. Live from Radio Berlin.
IF YOU REMEMBER ME (Carol Bayer Seger / Marvin Hamlish) 1979
Recorded for the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Champ’.
I flew on the Concord from Paris to New York and back on my day off, during a very arduous MMEB tour to re-record this vocal which I had already sung and signed off on in LA, because Richard Perry had wiped my vocal off and recorded Michael McDonald over it. This was before unlimited tracks on Pro Tools! I can still remember every minute of that session and hear it in my voice. Very weird but I love the song. Working with Marvin Hamlish was an amazing experience, such a gracious and funny man. It’s a hard song to due justice to.
MILLIE CHRISTINE ( C.T / I.P / Arno K.)
Musicians same as Dark Side
This song really grew on me as we wrote it. We just had a name and we conjured up the story. One of the songs I enjoy playing on acoustic guitar.
YOU’RE THE VOICE ( C.T. / Andy Qunta / M.Ryder / K Reid)
Drums: John Lingwood
Bass : Lawrence Cottle
Keyboards: Richard Cottle
Guitars: Alan Darby
Bagpipes: Helen McGrath
What can I say about this song. Thank you to Andy Q for being in the right place at the right time and believing in the song as much as me. Thank you to John for singing it so well, and the bagpipe solo.
I once rushed on to the stage when we were doing the same TV show ‘live’ and sang backup! There must be a recording of that somewhere!
I never ceases to amaze me the gusto with which audiences sing this song. Thank you.
Incredible to think it was judged not good enough, (I think the phrase was “nobody wants to listen to protest songs any more”), for the album I was making at the time for Atlantic Records. This song was never a hit in America as John’s record company remixed it for America and destroyed his wonderful recording. That’s the music business for you!!!
DAVY’S ON THE ROAD AGAIN (John Simon / Robbie Robertson)
with the Live Band
Live from the Radio Berlin broadcast.
The original recording of this song by the writers featured squeeze-box and guitar!
How we got to that shuffle arrangement is buried deep in my subconscious. I do remember Manfred banging the chords out on any keyboard available at all times during the day wherever we were and singing in his kind of screechy mumbly voice. Then hour upon hour in the rehearsal room down the Old Kent Road thrashing out “five million” different versions until I guess we either recorded it then or played it a few times on the road. There were of course plenty of mixes and lots of post-production juggling. But it was very successful for us and the great ‘last encore’ song.
QUESTIONS ( M. Mann / C. Slade)
We’ve been playing this song for a while now as the ‘final final’ encore.(That’s why it is in this position on the compilation.) I realized very quickly that this was the song MMEB had always been searching for in gig situations where we had played the set, plus encore and people were still going crazy. We tried loads of songs, but could never find the one with any impact after our rousing finale. Here it was all the time…..! MMEB never played Questions live.
ZU LEBEN (To Live) ( C.T. / John van Tongeren)
All instruments: John van Tongeren
Written around 2003 with JVT. I was very lucky to work and write with John. A great piano / synth/ Hammond player and master of the digital realm. Composer of amazing amounts of film and TV music in the US and a great orchestrator. This song shows it all. I wrote this melody and lyric for my father, who gave me my first glimpse of music through the church choir at the cathedral in Hamilton. Those great hymns are unforgettable.
THUNDERCHILD ( Jeff Wayne / Gary Osborne)
Guitars: Chris Spedding
I think this is the hardest song I have had to record, then sing live. Over the last few years, I’ve tried a few versions of it with my band or just by myself. None of them did the song justice because the original is so big and powerful.
I wanted to put it on this compilation, so it had to be an acoustic version. I was thinking about who could play it and make it sound big and powerful. My wife (what would I do without you) thought the only person who could do this would be Chris Spedding, one of the original guitarists and someone I had worked with on all the TWOTWs tours. He agreed to do it. Thank you Chris, I think we captured the essence. “Come on Thunder Child”.
WHAT WORLD 2002 ( C.T. / A.N. Other)
I wrote this melody and the lyric to a backing track and recorded all the vocals between 10pm and 4am one crazy evening / morning. Guess who I had been listening to for inspiration? I really like the lyric, it’s not the way I usually write, but they gave me a lot of ideas for singing. It is as I wrote and recorded it, in those 6 hours!! Mixed by Pietro at the Music Lab, Brussels. Thanks Pietro.
WE ARE THE STRONG (C.T. / H. Faltermeyer)
I always wanted the world to hear this song. So I put it on this compilation. Written with Harold 1989 / 90. I’ve edited it considerably from the original version, I wanted to get to the chorus!! This is one of those songs that I firmly believe someone will have a hit with one day. Roll on!!!