The "Empty House Sessions" were recorded by Don Tapert and Tim Sparling in the dead of night inside Detroit's world renowned Orchestral Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony, and venue for a who's who of the world's classical music scene. Given the opportunity to record live inside the Hall on a cold dark night in February of 1979, the duo set up on stage in their live piano, acoustic guitar and vocal setup and recorded several original Tapert compositions. With the engineers from Detroit's Eastside recording studio 'Stycs and Lycs' set up in the hall, they let the world famous acoustics take care of the rest. The result is an amazingly large and haunting live acoustic sound, bolstered by a nine foot Steinway concert grand piano, Tapert's aged Gibson J-50 and their two intertwined soulful voices. On three songs that sketched life inside Detroit's gritty Cass Corridor and a plaintive ballad homage to Hollywood movie icon Errol Flynn, the collaboration of these two musicians is captivating - as tight as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, as soulful as Daryl Hall and John Oates. This is a wonderful icon of Detroit music at it's Best recently rediscovered and digitally remastered and release on Noisetrade.
Third Avenue, Where's James Brown, Errol Flynn, Lucky Strike Bar & Grill - 'The Empty House'
Don Tapert - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Tim Sparling - Vocals and Piano
Country Boy and Errol Flynn - 'Studio Tracks'
Don Tapert - Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Tim Sparling - Piano and Vocals
Robert Gillespie - Electric Guitar
Mike Marshall - Electric Bass
Greg Calder - Drums
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