We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Bowers & Wilkins website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.


“Rhodes….A band album featuring Charlie Jones bass playing, (Goldfrapp, Page and Plant), Ged Lynch drumming (Peter Gabriel, Goldfrapp) and David Rhodes singing and guitaring (Peter Gabriel).

Ten songs as live as we could make them; happy winter days recording. Chris Hughes, (Adam And The Ants, Tears For Fears) producing.

For the last three years, since releasing ‘Bittersweet’, which also featured on Society of Sound, we’ve been doing occasional short tours, playing the songs from that album, as a three piece.

There is an economy in the music that three people can make together, without recourse to sequencing or pre-recording, which is deeply appealing. There’s no spare flesh. It works or falls apart by how you do what you do. There’s nowhere to hide. You have to listen, play and be very aware of dynamics and what’s going on between you.

The new album, inspirationally entitled ‘Rhodes’, is a band project that pursues that musical path and grammar.

How We Approached The Recording:

The initial plan with the recording, was to rehearse for a couple of days, to get to know each other again, and for Chris Hughes (the producer) to come in and routine the songs - that is, to make sure they were in good shape to record. It transpired that Chris was ill and couldn’t make the rehearsal time.

We set up in the live room at Ashley Manor Studio, with a small PA, practicing at relatively low volume. The idea was to keep the vibe of our live work, the dynamics and range of what we do together, and then add as few overdubs as possible.

When we came to record, Chris was able to come in and guide and cajole us through the recording. He ended up being heavily involved, which was great, even if it had not been in the original plan. (It was a good way to reconnect, as we’ve known each other since we were teenagers, but not worked together or really seen much of each other in the intervening years.)

The tracks were done in five days; the singing and additional work took another couple of weeks.

The tracks were then sent off to mix engineer Tchad Blake, who works his secretive magic in mid-Wales. He sent an initial approach to one song, which sounded great, so he then pursued that path for the whole album...mysterious and wonderful!

In the mastering process, all we did was place the songs in order. The mixes required no further attention."

Thank you very much to the Judgeday Limited gang: Dave-T - Chris Hayter Beckie Parsons and Isabelle Sully, who make all the practical things happen. Rivera Amplification, who make such great guitar gear. Thank you Paul (Snr) and Paul (Jnr).Peter Leinheiser, at Gibson, who has helped with their MinE-tune system.


Trial Society of Sound for free

Enter your email to start your free trial

If you have a voucher code enter it below

I accept the privacy policy

I would like Bowers & Wilkins to keep me up to date by email about its products, news and events, and understand it will only use my information for the purposes outlined in its Privacy Policy.


Subscribe to Society of Sound to download high-quality albums from Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios and the London Symphony Orchestra. All available in ALAC 16-bit, FLAC 24-bit and studio-quality AIFF 24-bit. If you already have a Society of Sound membership please sign in 

Society of Sound Subscription - £33.95

Get full access to our catalogue of lossless audio downloads, and two new albums a month for a year.

Buy now


Copyright © 2018 Bowers & Wilkins. All rights reserved.