"Live Well" was recorded during most of 1993 at several studios around Sydney on the Alesis ADAT system. At the time ADAT had just been released and the flexabilty of the system meant we could take the studio to the musician. This was especially handy when fitting into the tight schedules of some of the artists we were working with. Half of the album tracks were recorded direct onto hard disk with Michael Allen playing bass, drums and keyboards at his studio in Crows Nest N.S.W.
The other live tracks were recorded at Damien Gerrards Studios Pyrmont using a core band of Paul De Marco on drums, Ian Lees on bass, Steve Edmonds on guitar and Mike Gubb on keyboards. Once the beds had been done, the guitars and vocals were recorded using some of the finest musicians in the country. This is where the ADATs really came in handy.
Phil Emmanuels guitar parts on "I'd rather be lonely than be alone with you" were recorded in an old radio production studio in Coffs Harbour. Ian Moss recorded his guitar parts on "Dreams" and "August" in Seaforth, Mick Cocks, Stan Mobbs and Dee De Marco recorded their tracks in Paddington and Chris Turner, Pete Wells and quite a few backing vocals were recorded at Big Rock Studios in Annandale.
Live Well is the only Australian studio album featuring members of Cold Chisel, Rose Tattoo and AC/DC. The album was released in December 1993 and sold several thousand copies in Europe and is still selling in Australia through Big Rock.
Tony Ryan is now living in Coffs Harbour and working as Entertainment Manager at Coffs Ex-Services Club. Tony is still performing in a duo called Wild Turkeys and working on a new album due for release in 2004.
Live Well Big Rock Records
LIVE WELL Track listing
1/ DREAMS Tony Ryan - Guitar, Vocals Mike Gubb - Keyboards Paul DeMarco - Drums Ian Lees - Bass Ian Moss - Lead Guitar
2/ TAKE YOUR TIME Tony Ryan - Guitar, Vocals Pete Kekel - Keyboards Paul DeMarco - Drums Stan Mobbs - Bass Steve Edmonds - Lead Guitar
3/ SHE'S LEAVIN' Tony Ryan - Guitar, Vocals Michael Allen - Keyboards, Bass, Drums
4/ LOVE GROWS Tony Ryan - Guitar, vocals Mike Gubb - Keyboards Paul DeMarco - Drums Ian Lees - Bass Dey D - Vocals Bernie Bremond - Sax Mick Cocks - Lead Guitar
5/ BYE BYE BABY Tony Ryan - Vocals Michael Allen - Keyboards, Bass, Drums Chris Turner - Guitars
6/ HOLE IN THE WALL Tony Ryan - Guitars, Vocals Michael Allen - Bass, Drums Pete Wells - Guitars
7/ HEY MAMA Tony Ryan - Guitar, Vocals Michael Allen - Keyboards Paul DeMarco - Drums Mark Evans - Bass Kevin Pratt - Lead Guitar
8/ AUGUST Dey D - Vocals Michael Allen - Keyboards Paul DeMarco - Drums Ian Lees - Bass Ian Moss - Guitars
9/ I'D RATHER BE LONELY Tony Ryan - Vocals Mike Gubb - Keyboards Paul DeMarco - Drums Ian Lees - Bass Dey D - Backing Vocals Phil Emmanuel - Guitars
10/ ONE LOVE AWAY Tony Ryan - Guitar, vocals Michael Allen - Keyboards, Backing Vocals Paul DeMarco - Drums Ian Lees - Bass Bernie Bremond - Sax Dino Cornale - Backing Vocals John Arthurs - Backing Vocals Chris Turner - Backing Vocals Max Paton - Backing Vocals