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Liberty Takers

Liberty Takers

Liberty Takers


The Album The Heyday of Tony Stone Lance Phillips first came on the scene in 1988 when he produced and engineered the last Chairs record, Crestfallen / Sometimes it Takes a Hammer. Lance was working at the time at AIR Studios in Oxford Circus, owned by George Martin, famed producer of The Beatles. After The Chairs broke up, Paul Sullivan continued to record intermittently with Lance at AIR, usually late at night when Dire Straits or A-Ha had gone home. Read more on Last.fm
The Album The Heyday of Tony Stone Lance Phillips first came on the scene in 1988 when he produced and engineered the last Chairs record, Crestfallen / Sometimes it Takes a Hammer. Lance was working at the time at AIR Studios in Oxford Circus, owned by George Martin, famed producer of The Beatles. After The Chairs broke up, Paul Sullivan continued to record intermittently with Lance at AIR, usually late at night when Dire Straits or A-Ha had gone home. Because they had no intention of releasing the recordings at the time, and partly because they shouldn't have been there, and weren't paying, AIR became a kind of playground for the guys, where they were able to experiment and indulge themselves. The first incarnation of The Liberty Takers would not have been possible without Grahame Davies and Ann Rogers from The Crowd Scene, who contributed keyboards, bass and vocals, as well as their drummer and guitarist, Mick Frangou and Paul Williams. Paul and Mick stayed on when the band was relaunched a year or so later with bass player Graham Mansfield, who was last heard of heading for Norway. Graham's musical and sartorial input cannot be overestimated, not to mention his work on the band's artwork.

It could be argued that without Graham's involvement there would not have been a Tony Stone LP at all. It was Lance who Paul contacted in 1993 when he decided to make another record with The Liberty Takers, and they brought the same approach from the swish AIR studios to the less salubrious Toerag, and made sure they had a ball making the record. Liam Watson had set up the studio, and his vision was to equip the place with vintage recording gear, microphones and amplifiers, in order to recreate the sound of the 1960's. Additional mixing was done at Air and Abbey Road Studios. That's what you hear when I listen to it; that, and the rustling of vintage German pornography. The LP was performed extensively after its release, at such places as the old Marquee Club. The band played against a backdrop of images from Frank Habicht´s Permissive Paradise, a visual essay on sixties London. Due to personal matters the band split shortly after the LP´s release. The LP remains a nugget of sixties inspired pop, a lost gem.

A copy recently sold on E-bay for £35.00. Paul Sullivan - Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards. Paul Williams - Lead guitar, trumpet, backing vocals. Graham Mansfield - Bass guitar, backing vocals. Mick Frangou - Drums and percussion. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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