Al Barton & Spirit of Smokie
Alan Barton, former frontman of Smokie (1986-1995) tragically died on March 23rd 1995 in a Cologne hospital. This was the direct result of an accident involving the band’s tour bus.
In the years prior his death (1993 to 1995) he was working on material for his second solo album; a follow up to the succesful top 10 album ‘Precious’. Due to his untimely death the album was never completed.
A decade later Alan’s son Dean decided to finish the project and together with Andy and Graham ‘Room with a view’ was born.
The album features a catalogue of songs written and sung by the late Alan Barton, the original soundtrack recorded on 2 inch tapes, uncovered in Andy’s loft! Over the years storage and time had cemented the old tapes, rendering them unplayable, but a suggestion was made to bake them in an incubator! Miraculously this clever idea was a resounding success and the songs were finally transfered onto a workable format! Musicians who were friends of Alan (including Alan Silson, original Smokie guitarist) were brought forward to play on the album, his vocals and harmonies were kept and new instrumental arrangements added. Dean duets with his father on the track ‘IOU’ and on ‘Storm Damage’ Alan duets with Teri Sullivan (Chris Norman’s cousin).