| My first album ever, for Barclay Records, under Leo Missir's direction. Leo was a fine man, who immediately saw the potential behind each of the 3.14 members. He was (and probabably still is) convinced of my career as a singer. Hence this english song album, openly influenced by all-time heroe Stevie Wonder, in song-writing as well as performance ('Preachin'
But obviously, I did not not become a great singer overnight, far from it. Vocals that sounded 'alright' on the demoes suddenly appeared harshed and uneasy in the full-fledge control room, with the recording engineer, and the tape-op, and the producer all waiting for the best to come up. And my poor accent could only worsen the case if anything. And I was agonizing to see my pieces engender another lifeform, quite seductive on the big speakers, but nothing close to what I had in mind originally. All of which made each listening a traumatizing experience for years.
... more practice, hands on.
Today, I can look at it as a corner stone on my learning path, one that I had to stumble over in order to see clearer through my strengths and weaknesses. I can retain the value of some of the melodies and arrangements. I can see what my voice had to offer, how best I should have exploited it, and what I should have avoided at all costs. And above all, I learned to write and perform outside of my all-time heroe's umbrella.
Last but not least, I learned to treasure my demoes like nothing else. Technology did not allow us yet to build on demoes rather than redo them from scratch in the studio, with a stopwatch over our heads. But it was obvious that soon as it would, I'd make it my primary tool, and I'd never let a tiny change in tempo, nor the smallest difference in fingering or in reverb color, destroy the essence of the painstakingly crafted demos never again.
With my brother Idriss Badarou (bass & vocals) Boris Bergman (lyrics), Dominique Blanc-Francart (engineer), Pierre Dobler (engineer), Vicky Edimo (bass), Patrick Francfort (drums), Sher Komisar (lyrics & vocals), Celia Lacombe (vocals), Monique Lesueur (vocals), Bernie Lyon (vocals), Emmanuel Roche (percussion), Serge Roux (lyricon), Claude Vamur (drums), I never had that many guests again on any of my following albums.
Leo, thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn through my mistakes. There's a song album in the making, and I sure know whom I'll dedicate it to.
... well how do you define yourself, image wise ? (grin).
Those were the days of my pre-MIDI Korg machines, with the 800-DV and Polyphonic Ensemble 1000 at the center stage. On the last days of recording, we were to rent a great new 5-voice keyboard that also had 'memory', the S.C.I. Prophet V ...