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Published on Sep 4, 2008
So Said the Lighthouse Keeper by Klaatu
Words By: John Woloschuk
Music By: John Woloschuk
Lead Vocal: John Woloschuk with Terry Draper (as lighthouse keeper)
John: Piano, bass, organ, harmonium, synthesizer
Dee Long: Electric guitars, acoustic guitar
Terry Draper: Drums, percussion
Recorded At: Toronto Sound Studios & Olympic Sound Studios
Recording Period: October 1976 to April 1977 (mixed in May 1977)
Initial Release Date: September 1977 ("Hope" album)
The basic rhythm section (consisting of grand piano, drums, and electric guitar) was recorded at Toronto Sound Studios on October 25, 1976 with producer Terry Brown engineering. This was the last of the bed tracks to be recorded for the "Hope" album.
On January 13, 1977 a 28-piece string and woodwind section was overdubbed onto the 24-track master tape at Olympic Sound Studios (London) with arranger Doug Riley conducting. Later that same day French horns were also recorded onto this track.
The fuzz bass in the "heavy" sections was performed on a Rickenbacker 4001 bass.
The harmonium used on this track (as well as on "The Loneliest of Creatures") is an authentic pedal harmonium which was recorded inside a small enclosed vocal booth.
During February 1977, in order to meet the deadline for delivery of the master tapes to Capitol Records (which was scheduled for later that month), several weeks had to be block booked at Toronto Sound Studios with continuous recording virtually round the clock using two teams working in shifts: one team was comprised of John and producer Terry Brown, with Dee and Terry Draper making up the other working duo.