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Starsailor Issue Statement On Working With Phil Spector

The Band's Silence Is Easy was Spector's Last Production Job

Apr 14, 2009 Starsailor
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Britain’s Starsailor were the last band to work with Phil Spector, who was convicted yesterday of second degree murder for the death for Lana Clarkson. Spector worked with the band on their second release, 2003’s Silence is Easy, producing two songs on that album. In light of yesterday’s events, Starsailor’s lead vocalist James Walsh has released a statement about what it was like working with Spector just before Clarkson’s murder. Walsh’s statement in full is as such:

“Recording with Phil Spector was an amazing experience at the time. I had grown up with Imagine and was just getting into the brilliant Born To Be With You (the album Spector produced for Dion) when we got the call. The two tracks ‘Silence Is Easy’ and ‘White Dove’ were recorded in the first week of working with him. He then returned to LA and came back to England some weeks later a different character. The out going charismatic producer we had met previously had become withdrawn and hard to communicate with. We persevered as long as we could out of respect for the man and his reputation but we had to call it a day after a while. Some weeks later while the album
was being mixed we heard he had been arrested for murder. It is hard for me to pass judgment on whether he is guilty or innocent. We certainly never saw an aggressive side to him while we worked with him but like everybody else we do not know exactly what went on inside that house.”

The band is now anticipating the U.S. release of its fourth album, All the Plans, on April 28th.


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