As always, in keeping with our motto “Don’t Feed Kids Junk Music. Raise Them On The Classics”, and our emphasis on quality, we aimed to create a CD with background tracks sounding as close as possible to the original Beatles versions. Given how well The Bingo Kids Sing Beatles Hits For Kids, Volume 1 sounded, we followed the same general path in creating Volume II.
Once again the main players in this endeavor were Brian and Scott Bricklin. Brian again played the role of George Martin (The Beatles producer) and Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick (The Beatles’ main engineers). What was involved for Brian? Lengthy study: reading all he could devour about the original recording we were remaking, and endless listening: repeated plays of each song to make sure we captured every nuance. His organization, perfect ear and dexterous management of the soundboard were key to creating the exact sound and gaining him the title of “Re-Producer”.
Once again, the extraordinarily talented Scott “The Beatle” Bricklin played almost every instrument on every track. He was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all combined into one. He listened to the song, say Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, and played Ringo’s drum part. Re-listened and played Paul’s bass. Re-listened and played all of John and George’s guitar parts, and then, for good measure, added any and all keyboard and piano parts (in addition to adding Beatleque backing vocals where needed). All in all it was a spine-tingling performance to once again hear the creation of these great Beatles songs layer by layer as if they were new.
Two small difference between The Bingo Kids Sing Beatles Hits For Kids, Volume 2 and The Bingo Kids Sing Beatles Hits For Kids, Volume 1: we did not need a harmonica but we did have horn parts this time around. Rather than using synthesized horns, we brought in talented brass player Mike Hood to play the horn parts. Also, we let our talented group of Bingo Kids sing more of the lead vocals to give the album an even greater kid-friendly feel. Our second Beatles Hits For Kids CD is kids music at its best – a fun-filled, spirited children’s music album.
As for the instrumentation, we did the same things for The Bingo Kids Sing Beatles Hits For Kids, Volume 2 that worked so well in The Bingo Kids Sing Beatles Hits For Kids, Volume 1 (read “About The Recording Process of Beatles, Volume I” here). As with that first album, we tried to capture as much authenticity as we could by using vintage, period accurate instruments wherever possible. These included:
Original early 1960’s Hofner Bass (As used by Paul McCartney)
Fender Bass (As used by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison)
Steinway Piano (As used by Paul McCartney and George Martin)
Rickenbacker Guitar (As used by John Lennon and George Harrison)
AC-30 Amps (As used by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison)
Drums modified & mic’ed to sound like Ludwig Drums (As used by Ringo Starr)
Effects modules specifically modulated to 1960’s Beatles Sound (George Martin)