|On Thin Ice.
[1993 - RERELEASED FEB. 2002]
|Musicians||Pat Rowbottom||vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion|
|Dave Conner||electric and acoustic guitars|
|Barry Stones||vocals, electric guitar|
|Mick Whatley||drums and percussion|
Recorded at Soundcraft Studios, Leicester and The Basement Studios, Broadbottom during spring and summer 1993.
Released in November 1993.
During January 2002 the album was remixed and remastered at The Basement Studios, Broadbottom.
Released in February 2002.
Engineered by Dave Forward and Derek Roberts. Remastering by Pat Rowbottom and Dave Forward.
Artwork by Julian Homer. Produced by Pat Rowbottom.
All songs by Pat Rowbottom and Dave Conner except Cried Out Blues,Tears For A Friend by Barry Stones and Rich Man's Song,Fourteen Wheeler Man by Ralph Hall. Thanks to Dave Forward for additional drum programming and percussion.
Additional vocals on Walk Away, Soft Shoe Shuffle, Crying, Rich Man's Song and Fourteen Wheeler Man - Ralph Hall
Background to the album
The studio album 'On Thin Ice' originally released in 1993, represents the first ever Cold Flame record. Work actually began in mid 1991 when the band booked a day's recording at a studio in Leicester that no one can now remember and possibly no longer exists. Tapes still exist from this session, but as no one in the band felt happy with the overall sound, things were allowed to gather dust. A few months later, Dave, Barry Mick and Ralph who were at the time working together in the Leicester area as the blues band recorded some tracks at Soundcraft studios in Leicester. This material included Lucky Man, Cried out blues, Tears for a friend and Walk away. Pat was not involved in these sessions but early in 1993, these same sessions were revisited with Pat supplying new bass parts as the recording process for the 'On Thin Ice' album began to take shape. Two separate recording studios were used during the sessions that took place in the spring and summer of 1993. The initial group of songs came from those same sessions at Soundcraft Studios with sound engineer Derek Roberts whilst the main body of material which included both stage favourites as well as brand new music which had never been played live was undertaken at The Basement Studios in Broadbottom, Cheshire with sound engineer Dave Forward. Early sessions concentrated on a number of original songs that had been regularly played live over the previous two years. These songs, written by Pat and Dave highlighted the blues rock style of the band. Pat takes up the story 'As the sessions progressed, we just carried on recording. It seemed a good idea at the time and in hindsight we were probably right'. This meant some new tracks written by Pat also ended up as part of the final product when the remastered collection was released several years later. An additional musician who featured on some of the material was Leicester blues man Ralph Hall who had played bass parts on the first sessions recorded at Soundcraft Studios. Ralph was a regular on the Midlands blues scene and he kindly volunteered his services, contributing vocals on five songs. Dave Forward then mixed and mastered the whole project at the Basement Studios.
When the band decided to re release the album in 2002, it was suggested adding some extra tracks if they existed. After careful scrutiny of the reel to reel recordings in the vaults at The Basement Studio some unreleased material from these same sessions undertaken in 1993 were found - a big surprise to all the band. In all, six new bonus tracks were added to the original fourteen.
Collectively the twenty songs now available on the 2002 re release, which also comes with a newly designed album cover, reflect how the band sounded in the early 1990's - original blues rock featuring a twin guitar approach.. Several of the tunes found on the album still remain part of the live set today, albeit in modified form. These tunes include Living is for loving,Mamas blues, Lucky Man and Snowy Mountain.
The album 'On Thin Ice' is available via the band website Shop.
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