Pictured (l-r) are Brian Wilson and collaborator Jeffrey Foskett. Photo by David Goggin.Hollywood, CA (August 29, 2008)–Brian Wilson returns this September to Capitol Records, his first record company, for the release of his new album, That Lucky Old Sun. Wilson and his music director, Jeffrey Foskett, chose three new microphones from Telefunken | USA for the project.
When asked for the secret of his signature vocal sound, Wilson replied, “It’s always been Telefunken microphones. That’s all we’ve ever used–they’re the best.” For the new album, he sang into a new Ela M 251 recreation of the classic microphone of the 1950s, this one featuring an NOS (New Old Stock) AC 701 vintage tube.
Foskett utilized the Telefunken | USA M16 MkII, described by the company as a cross between the C12 and the U67 large diaphragm condenser mics.
“It is the single best sounding microphone I have ever heard in my life,” says Foskett. “And I have used the best microphones around, in studios all over the world, from Australia to Japan, from England and throughout Europe, to the best studios in the U.S. I have had my favorites among the classics of the past, but this new one from Telefunken | USA beats them all.”
A third microphone acquired by the Wilson camp is the Telefunken | USA AK 47, which is a modern hybrid based on the U 47 and M 49 microphones originally manufactured by Telefunken.
For the vocals on the new album, the three new microphones were set up with the fourth an original Telefunken 251 from Wilson’s private collection. With isolating gobos set up for separation among the vocalists, the singers were able to maintain visual contact during harmonies and when Wilson took the lead as singer, and also as narrator for the transitional interludes spoken by him as That Lucky Old Sun, the storyteller. The narratives, cameos on life and the heartbeat of Los Angeles, propel the album’s musical story.
Wilson describes That Lucky Old Sun as an “interwoven series of ’rounds’ with interspersed spoken word,” and as an autobiographical travelogue of sorts. Wilson produced the new studio album, which was created with his acclaimed band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where he first recorded in 1962.
The new release continues the concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Wilson’s songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious success on the Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by 2004’s critically acclaimed Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE.
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