Crucifiction Lane [Trower / Reid]
House of Usher [USA]
Tom Usher, voice
GS: I always loved the rawness of the original, including Trowerís gritty vocals, but I was never crazy about the guitar tone in it and felt the whole song lacked meat and substance. Redressing that in my version has been the primary mission. I also had this crazy idea of mixing in some surprises, such as adding a couple of hints of Beethoven and the passage from Glimpses of Nirvana between verses (what was I was thinking!). This was all recorded in real time over a two-night interval with me playing all the parts into my then 8-track digital recorder. The toughest part actually was timing my finger 'drums' during the crescendos.
Tom Usher, a super nice guy, didnít know a thing about Procol Harum. He was also going through a separation and, bless his heart, was not in a good mood the day we recorded his vocals. I begged and coerced him, telling him how cathartic it might prove to just do it and let it wail out; let out all his pent-up angst for the world to hear. Wail out, he did. We recorded him in one of my exam rooms (Iím an eye-doctor by day) after-hours, and he nearly wept when it was all over. It was a truly moving experience for us both and a great performance by Tom. To this day he has not heard Procolís version of this song.
SM 58 microphone, Paul Reed Smith guitar, Roland
Cube 60 guitar amp