Hi Steve Firstly many thanks for giving music to us over the Japan albums QL and GTP personal favourites. As a trained pianist / keyboard player for pop/rock groups myself – one of many questions I would ask is – on the tracks – the other side of life and in-vouge – did the band play “live” with the orchestra or were the strings overdubbed after the tracks were put down by the band? – John Punter did a good job making it sound like you all played live together!! Thanks for your time V Best

The strings were arranged around the finished band performance and so were added much later which meant we could sit back and relax while the orchestra would work up a sweat. Well actually they operate under very strict union rules so there wasn’t much chance of overworking them.

Can’t credit the photographer as this contact sheet is uncredited but it was taken in one of the smaller rooms at Air Studios.

Mick, Richard & Steve

2 thoughts on “Hi Steve Firstly many thanks for giving music to us over the Japan albums QL and GTP personal favourites. As a trained pianist / keyboard player for pop/rock groups myself – one of many questions I would ask is – on the tracks – the other side of life and in-vouge – did the band play “live” with the orchestra or were the strings overdubbed after the tracks were put down by the band? – John Punter did a good job making it sound like you all played live together!! Thanks for your time V Best

  1. It seems as if you must have spent a good chunk of your lives, in the late ’70s and early ’80s, with a camera(s) constantly pointing at your faces. This haul of ‘previously unseen’ photos is just adding to the pile.

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