THE KELLAWAY SAGA (continued from 'Paradise: Lost )
Viewed objectively, a band at the peak of their powers and the last album put together with the full Kellaway method. With Alf’s satellite studio now in good shape and his guitar playing reaching career best form, this one came with Logic-recorded demos, including some fully fledged listenable cuts. The transfer to nascent songs was therefore rapid and the album took shape efficiently, despite the frequency of training runs diminishing.
This was the season in which the consummate back pockets marauded into the midfield and raided down the flanks, seeking sausage rolls. Fists pumping, the Kellaways had crossed the demarcation line of the Pale and moved well beyond the imaginary centre-line – into the territory of more renowned goal-kickers. When all the recordings were done, Ken went to work, took his time and spared no efforts in honing this fine production. Coincidentally, the period of gestation for BTP was a one of brief renaissance for Hawks and Tiges, whose efforts took them simultaneously beyond the middle rung of the parallel footy pale, after years in the doldrums. Goes to show, you are only as good as your back pockets. The good seasons don’t last that long.
released December 1, 2002
Songs and vocals: Alf Davies
Backing vocals, acoustic 6 & 12 string Maton guitars, mandolin: John Dean
Guitars, dobro, keyboards, bass, percussion, backing vocals, engineering & production: Ken Stephenson
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