Al Campos & SoulHarmonic, “Can’t Wait ’til Tomorrow.”
positiveSOUL Productions ©2013
Al Campos, “Old School Lovin’”
positiveSOUL Productions ©2007
Al Campos, “SoulHarmonic”
positiveSOUL Productions ©2011
(positiveSOUL Arhcives. All songs were recorded from 1994-1998, Digitally Remastered)
Once again, Al Campos & his band have released a very soulful, funky and energetic collection of 5 brand new original compositions, giving their fans as well as music lovers in general the very best soul & funk music to come out of this region of the world, precisely, Copenhagen Danmark!
Don’t get it twisted, the band leader, singer, songwriter & trombone player & Executive Producer, Al Campos brings his American musical culture and his roots which can clearly be heard & felt in all of the 5 tracks.
What makes it unusual and unique is when you bring into the mix, the Scandinavian perspective and expression, making this music very funky with a new & different sound.
This Scandinavian spirit is played by the great musicians, Martin Finding (guitar), Thomas Risell (bass) also known as Marlowe DK (the world famous online bass teacher), Daniel Fridell (keyboards & producer) & Michael Finding (drums & percussion).
This EP was recorded in Copenhagen Danmark
Husum Snake Pit Studios
Vocals & Trombone recorded at, The HitShip “Valhal”
All 5 songs were Mastered in Los Angeles by former Tower of Power guitar player, Mr. Carmen Grillo.
Al Campos’s 2007 debut album “Old School Lovin’” was written & recorded in Copenhagen Denmark. All songs were written by Al Campos. 5 of the 11 songs he wrote together with his band in Denmark.
The players: Al Campos (vocals, trombone, exec. producer), Daniel Fridell (keys,producer), Martin Finding (guitar), Thomas Risell (bass), Michael Finding (drums).
The CD was mixed in Memphis, Tennessee.
Turn to Memphis, Tennessee. It is here at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Recording Studios where Al Campos would find his authentic sound and mixes. Willie Mitchell and his son Boo Mitchell would honor Al Campos by mixing all 11 songs on the album.
The late Mr. Willie (Pops) Mitchell is best known as the producer and songwriter for the great American legend in soul music, Al Green.
Quote: “Al, you may not know what you got, but I do. What you have here is a SMASH HIT record. The torch has been passed to you. I love your music. You’ve got something for everyone.” These are the words of Mr. Willie Mitchell, legendary producer and songwriter at Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
SoulHarmonic was originally recorded between the years of 1994 – 2000 but it never was actually released until now, in 2011.
In September 2011, It was decided that these songs should be digitally remastered and then put out for the public to have the opportunity to hear.
Al Campos & positiveSOUL productions took another listen to this album, “SoulHarmonic” and fell in love with the songs all over again.
“Although these songs are older compositions for me, I’m quite surprised how well they hold up, so many years later,” says Al Campos.
There are a few different producers working on this album, and some interesting guests as well. For example, “10,000 Miles” was written in Los Angeles by Damone Arnold & Al Campos. Damone did a great job producing the track and had some very interesting background vocal harmonies for Al to sing beneath his lead.
On “Sweet talking lady,” Al worked together with a drummer/producer in Denmark who was an original member of the Danish funk band, Zapp Zapp. It also features on backing vocals a very talented young lady, Angel Morris. ”Kissing your love goodbye,” is one of the very few songs where Al used a rapper on a track.
But probably the most special collaboration on this album is on the song, “Alone Symphony.”Al recalls this story, “One night I was sitting at home watching TV when I turned to my wife and told her, ‘I feel like writing a symphony.’ So I jumped off the couch and headed upstairs to my small studio. I just started with a piano, searching around for something, chords, melody, anything at all to get me started. Then I found a little theme or some chords that I liked. It took me 24 straight hours on the song but the idea and arrangements, strings, french horns, trombones, trumpets, flutes, everything you’d hear in a symphony orchestra was recorded. But now what? What would I do with this piece of music? I really loved it but it wasn’t until I met an opera singer who was visiting Copenhagen with his Danish girlfriend or wife, who happened to be a girlfriend to my wife, that’s when I got this idea to put an opera singer on the song. At first, Donal Byrne was very reluctant because as he explained, he had ambitions of becoming an important solo tenor singer and perhaps this would not be a smart move for his career to be involved. Well, certainly I could understand his concerns and so I just dropped the idea, that is until the next day when he called me up again and wanted to come listen to the song one more time. Well, after listening, Donal decided that he’d like to sing on the song. I wrote some lyrics immediately on the spot and began recording his voice.”