A number of years ago, TortoiseClimbing Audio™ produced an extremely limited number of Cassettes for private release of this album for friends and family, titled Solo Collection. Songs on that album are from shortly before, during the WWII era and shortly thereafter, plus several ballads from the 1970's, and two spanish influenced songs. It is entirely solo vocal, and dominantly piano accompaniment. There are exceptions where Karaoke track accompaniments were used on the songs.
The plan is: following completion in later 2023 of the Hymns and Songs for Living project, to then post-produce, remaster and re-release Solo Collection for the public under the new title Nostalgic Solos. The previously recorded materials from the analogue master tapes are already converted to digital, and will be used to create a digitally remastered version of this album. The plan for the Nostalgic Solos project is to similarly work with Bill McElroy at SlippedDisc to post-produce, possibly augment accompaniments, remix and remaster.
In the early 1990's when the Solo Collection project was recorded at Bias Recording Studio in Studio B, it was before the digital revolution in recording became widely commerically available. Thus, almost the same technical recording medium later used to record Phase I of Hymns and Songs for Living was used for recording Nostalgic Solos. Namely:
Bias later upgraded Studio B to use Dolby SR as the noise reduction technology on the 24-track analogue master tapes, as they had previously done for Studio A. (Hymns and Songs for Living, which was recorded years later, was recorded using Dolby SR.)
Subsequent steps will include:
For your background, the playlist of songs on the cassette can be accessed from the above dropdown local submenu. That playlist provides an initial indication of what is expected to become available on the public Nostalgic Solos version of this recording.
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