Hi. Does anyone know who played keyboards on 'My telly's gong bung' and 'Time immemorial'?

In Something So Strong book, the songs were played (well demoed) when Nick was 'absent' and Mark Hart was there for about 2 weeks. So I'm guessing it's him playing... or it could be Neil or Mitchell Froom.

Thanks.

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I think both of them are Mark, but Neil might have played some too. There are both hammond organ and piano on "My Telly's Gone Bung" and there's a lot of synth and piano on "Time Immemorial" tag, which I guess is Mark, or maybe Mark and Neil.

"I love You Dawn" and "Doctor Livingstone" and "My Legs Are Gone" were also recorded at that time. I think that the keyboards and synth at the end of "My Legs Are Gone" sound really Mark Hart-like to me, but it doesn't feel quite integrated into the overall sound like it would be in Together Alone. 

Neil or "Joe Somebody"-- according to Mark -- played bass. I'd guess "Joe Somebody" played the exquisite bass on "I Love You Dawn", while the baroque piano is probably mark.

I'd guess that Neil could have handled the keyboards on Dr. Livingstone, but that might be Mark. Not much going on with those (comparatively speaking.)

 

 

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Hi Lance

Thanks for responding to my question. I suppose we will never really know if Mark is playing on the songs. I've often thought that quirky playing in 'my tellys' sounded like his sort of playing especially. 

I haven't heard 'My legs are gone'. I'm guessing that's on one of the deluxe CDs?

It would be nice to have some archival recording of Mark playing when he went to Melbourne in 1989.

Still, Paul, Nick and their partners did take him to Angelsea so he had one day of sightseeing!!

Whoever did the keyboards at the end of My Legs Are Gone...I wish they hadn’t. It’s a great track but the last minute or so feels like it was flown in from another song because they couldn’t figure out how to end it.

Whoever did the keyboards at the end of My Legs Are Gone...I wish they hadn’t. It’s a great track but the last minute or so feels like it was flown in from another song because they couldn’t figure out how to end it.

Yes, this is what I meant when I said his sound wasn't "quite integrated" with the with of the band. I quite like the keyboard part by itself, but it sounds like a completely different band during that part and isn't right for the song. However, those sounds are all over Together Alone and they work.

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@Left Hand posted:

Hi Lance

Thanks for responding to my question. I suppose we will never really know if Mark is playing on the songs. I've often thought that quirky playing in 'my tellys' sounded like his sort of playing especially. 

I haven't heard 'My legs are gone'. I'm guessing that's on one of the deluxe CDs?

It would be nice to have some archival recording of Mark playing when he went to Melbourne in 1989.

Still, Paul, Nick and their partners did take him to Angelsea so he had one day of sightseeing!!

I bet it is him playing on "My Telly's Gone Bung." I think he played on most of those songs I mentioned. He also played on some of the Finn Brothers songs from Woodface -- some of those were recorded, basically by Neil, Tim, Mark and Ricky Fataar (among other guests, like Stuart Ellison who played a keyboard part on "Weather With You".) Paul overdubbed his drums, wiping Ricky Fataar's later on those songs, except for "There Goes God", "Weather With You" and "All I Ask" --those are Ricky Fataar's drums.

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Yes, this is what I meant when I said his sound wasn't "quite integrated" with the with of the band. I quite like the keyboard part by itself, but it sounds like a completely different band during that part and isn't right for the song. However, those sounds are all over Together Alone and they work.

I had to listen to the song again!! I thought the keyboard parts matched to the song. It sounded quirky just like the lyrics were. But just my opinion, that's all 🙂.

... He also played on some of the Finn Brothers songs from Woodface -- some of those were recorded, basically by Neil, Tim, Mark and Ricky Fataar (among other guests, like Stuart Ellison who played a keyboard part on "Weather With You".)...

Cool, thanks for the extra info.

I read that post "Interview with Stuart Ellison - Periscope studio engineer (part 1)" to find out Mark was there too (admittedly arrived later than Ricky) and added additional keyboards to some of the songs.

I just wasn't sure if Mark's parts were overdubbed too in the final recording...

No. According to Bourke’s book, Mitchell Froom wasn’t there for the Nick-less sessions in 1989 when these songs were recorded. (And Froom is not credited as producer.)

Nor originally was Froom around for the Finn Brothers songs at Pericscope that were integrated into Woodface. That was mainly Tim, Neil, Ricky and Mark, though a lot of local musicians were hanging out, according to Guy’s Stuart Ellison interview last year.

Though I guess Mitchell produced some overdubs later, on the Finn Brothers songs, in 1991. 

Mark was present and played on both those sessions.  Crowded House necer revisited the Nick-less songs, according to Paul. Again from the Bourke book.

It’s not Mitchell Froom on those four songs; it’s Mark or Neil.

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