Thursday, March 27, 2014

Peter Asher on Re-Imagining GYBR

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is regarded as one of Elton John’s most significant albums of his career, and 41 years after it was first released in 1973, this seminal album is getting re-imagined by today’s contemporary artists.

Coinciding with the singer’s birthday today (March 25th), John released a deluxe two-disc edition of his monumental record complete with remastered tracks, plus tributes from big-name artists including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, the Band Perry, Fall Out Boy and more.

Behind the scenes of this anniversary reissue is renowned record producer Peter Asher, who called in to The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show this morning to explain how he got involved in this project, which he says all started with a phone call from the man himself.

“Elton called me up and said he had this idea – they were doing this big repackage, remaster, reissue thing for ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – and would I be interested in…re-cutting eight or so of these tracks to be part of the repackage?” he explained.

This, of course, was a no brainer for Peter.

“I was thrilled to death of the idea, because they’re such great, amazing songs, and getting a chance to re-imagine them with all these cool new artists is incredibly exciting,” he added.

Peter said that he and Elton made lists “by email and by phone” of artists they wanted to be included on the tribute album. As Peter explains, some names came easy to include on the project.

“It’s a brilliant record. And the thing I keep emphasizing is, it was never our intention to outdo or compete with the original record,” Peter said. “There were some people, Elton and I agreed on right away. I think the first two names on our list were Ed Sheeran…and Miguel.”

Was there a certain artists they really wanted to get for the project but couldn’t?

“Yes, but I’m not going to tell you who,” he teased. “I’ll tell you the truth actually, I really wanted Muse to do ‘Funeral For A Friend’ and ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ because they would have done just this huge, majestic – I mean I’m a gigantic Muse fan.”

- K-Earth 101

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