If The Vicar has done his job even half well (and we'd like to think that he usually does), then you should hear the golden colours of autumn in every note of this song - from the mellow acoustic guitar part though to David Scott's wonderful vocals (recorded on a very wintry day in Glasgow - so cold that his car broke down halfway between the airport and his studio. Which could be why The Vicar insisted on recording all the other singers on this album in his own studio).
A very simple song, underpinned by a repeating guitar and bass figure - but one of the more difficult ones to record. Several illustrious guitarists (including Juan Carlos Quintero, Horacio Pozzo and Tony Geballe) made recordings of the main guitar part, but the one that appears on the album is actually a 'one finger' version, recorded one note at time by David Singleton. He insisted on recording each note of the arpeggio individually on an old bronze-stringed Hofner guitar, so that every note would have the exact tone he wanted.
The bass part is played by the king of the bass guitar - Tony Levin. The song originally had a sequenced bass line, but it was obvious that something was missing. Enter Tony. Enough said..
SONGBOOK#1 Special DVD Edition
Deluxe double digipak version of The Vicar’s Songbook#1. Includes a DVDA of the complete album in 5.1 surround sound, as acclaimed by Dolby laboratories, plus 36 video episodes of Vicar Chronicle The First : “The Mysterious Case of Billy’s G String”. Also fourteen track regular CD.
SONGBOOK#1 CD Edition
CD release of The Vicar Songbook#1. Fourteen songs with The Vicar's unique string and chamber arrangements, played by some of the world's outstanding musicians, and sung by invited guest singers
SONGBOOK#1 Digital Download
Digital download of The Vicar Songbook#1 - specially mastered at Hi Res for iTunes.