Session 2 - All Our Yesterdays


ASSR Session Files

Session 2 Title: All Our Yesterdays
Genre: Rock
Composers: Alan Parsons, PJ Olsson
Recorded at: Phantom Recording, Los Angeles
Producer: Alan Parsons
Asst. Engineer: Simon Phillips
Musicians: Nathan East (bass), Simon Phillips (drums), Tim Pierce (guitars), Rami Jaffee (keys), PJ Olsson (lead vocal)
Instrumentation: Drums, percussion, bass, guitars (electric, acoustic), acoustic grand piano, Hammond B3, male lead vocal, harmony vocals).
# of Tracks on Multitrack: 62
File size: 5.11GB

What comes in this product:

  • The complete Session Multitrack (62 consolidated wave files). You will receive a
    link to a zipped folder containing the raw wave files, .ptx file and track sheet
    immediately after your payment has been authorized.
  • You can load the files into your choice of DAW. The .ptx file will also allow you
    to open up the session directly in ProTools, in order, color coded and tempo in place.
  • The PDF Track Sheet contains session notes personally written by Alan Parsons.
  • You will also receive a link to video footage from the original recording session.
  • A folder of photos taken during the recording of the track is included in the original download.

Orders will be fulfilled first week of November. Your content link will be sent directly by email.

If you are purchasing all 10 Session Files on the custom USB drive, links to the supporting video and photo material will be sent to you within 24 hours by email.

Listen to the track:

Alan and Rafi at the PianoGuitar Rig

This is a huge session, with a lot of instrumentation and an absolute ton of vocal harmonies. The song was written specially for the Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series. It was initially recorded by Alan alone on his trusty Yamaha Motif XS which was duly set up and played back to the assembled musicians in the studio 'on the day.'

And what musicians these are too. All LA A-listers LA including Nathan East, Tim Pierce and Rami Jaffe, along with Simon Phillips whose studio it was initially recorded in and who one would have to 'blame' :) for there being over 20 tracks of drums alone!


This being recorded in a drummer's studio--not to mention the drummer himself being one of the real masters of the art--this session is an absolute must if you want to study the recording of drums. The ASSR video (the Recording Drums and Live Tracking Session scenes) will totally complete the picture for you if you want to know exactly how these drum sounds and tracks were arrived at.

Although the basic tracks were recorded at Simon's, overdubs were grown more organically as Alan visited Tim Piece and Rami Jaffee at their own personal studios in order to record guitars and additional keys (mainly the Hammond) respectively. Again, you can reference the ASSR scenes on Recording Guitars and Recording Keyboards to see these sessions in detail.

When it came to recording the lead vocal Alan went home to California and recorded the lead singer of the Alan Parsons Live Project, PJ Olsson, half way across the country from PJ's house in the midwest. Check out how this was achieved on the Internet Recording scene in ASSR.

So we then come to the embarrassing part. Subsequent to the PJ 'remote recording' session Alan was persuaded by his mix engineer Coley Read to take a swing at the lead vocal himself. And so he did, to great effect, and you can hear results on the ASSR video and indeed on the version of this track that was released by Authentik Records. The embarrassing part? We simply cannot locate the drive where Alan's lead vocal was added to the multitrack. So, until we do (and please feel free to send in helpful suggestions, like "have you looked under the couch?" or "Well, I have it!" etc etc, you will have to be satisfied with PJ's nonetheless quite excellent 'original' lead vocal.

As stated, this is a big track and should probably not be tackled by a recording novice. Work up to this by trying some of the less densely populated material in Session Files Vol 1. While everything here is recorded with total precision and will greatly repay examination and your own time spent playing with EQ or effects, drums and vocals are the absolute standouts.

Price: $99.99