Mick Burgess from Metal Express Radio recently sat down with Alex Lifeson for a very in-depth and informative interview. The majority of the questions from the interview focused on the making of Clockwork Angels, particularly Alex's solo efforts on some of the tracks:Your guitar work throughout especially on the likes of “Clockwork Angels” and “Wish Them Well” is your most inventive for a while. Did you bring those solos to the writing process complete or were they a result of a spontaneous jam?Burgess continues the interview by touching upon topics such as Rush's upcoming 40th Anniversary (R40), the remastering of older albums and Vapor Trails:
It`s funny because the solo in “Clockwork Angels” and also the solo in “The Garden” which are two of my favourite solos that I`ve ever done, were throwaway solos. After we`d written those songs and worked on the arrangements, Geddy went away for a few days, so I continued working and filling things in a little bit and I threw down a couple of solos in just a few takes and that was it. The thing is that after a while they kind of grow on you and you don`t think about them when you’re doing them as they were so natural and spontaneous so those solos were two throwaways that I did very early on before those songs were really fully developed. With me, when I don`t think too much about what I`m doing that`s when I tend to do my best work.
Why did you decide to fade out the solo on “The Wreckers”?
Well there`s so much going on, there`s an orchestra playing, strings and keyboards stuff going on. The solo per se is not a flashy solo, it`s more a double stringed screen that exists under there so it`s more of a whole composition of sound rather than a straight ahead solo like in “Wish Them Well”. It just felt right to fade the solo out.Talking of re-mastering your albums, Vapor Trails was quite a raw album which had quite a harsh sound. You remixed “One Little Victory” and “Earthshine” for the Retrospective III compilation and they sounded fantastic and a lot warmer. Are you considering remixing that album?Click HERE to read the entire interview.
We`ve been talking about it for years but every time we try to make a move on it something else comes up and because it`s a back burner issue it gets left. We were very close a while back and Rich was going to start remixing it when we finished this record but other things were slotted in but we`ll get to it one of these days.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the interview.