George Harrison played bass

Star line-up : Klaus Voormann: The quiet rocker

"I'm In Love Again." The old Fats Domino song rocks and shuffles casually in your ear. Paul McCartney sings, plays guitar and organ, Ringo Starr drums, and Klaus Voormann plays bass. Perhaps it doesn't sound quite as rough and crude as it did back in 1961, when they played the song together for the first time, when Voormann temporarily replaced the Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe on bass in the Hamburg “Top Ten Club”. As shy as Voormann was, sitting on a chair in the audience. But this little Beatles reunion demonstrates that the musicians, two stars and their sideman, are still fond of each other.

With her the album "Voormann & Friends - A Sideman’s Journey" begins, which will be released on Friday by Universal. And it really is a long journey into the musical past of the neighbor and bassist. After his 70th birthday, he took the pleasure of recording a selection of well-known songs with some of his famous musician friends, in whose original composition he was involved as an accompanist. After all, the graphic artist, draftsman and illustrator Voormann - whose most famous work to this day is the cover of the Beatles album "Revolver" (1966) - was once the bassist of Manfred Mann and the Plastic Ono Band. Ringo Starr has worked, has recorded with Randy Newman, Eric Clapton, Long John Baldry, Harry Nilsson, BB King. The list is endless.

"So Far", Voormann's only own song, is interpreted by Bonnie Bramlett on the new record as an intoxicating soul ballad. Don Preston, old buddy from times together with Leon Russell and on George Harrison's “Concert For Bangla Desh”, sings a happily bouncing rockabilly version of Carl Perkins ’“ Blue Suede Shoes ”. Albert Lee plays his breathtaking, nimble-fingered country guitar solos. And Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) recalls George Harrison, who died in 2001, in a touching version of "All Things Must Pass". In general, the spirit of Voormann's close friend George seems to waft through the album again and again. Bonnie Bramlett had placed a large photo of the ex-Beatles in front of her microphone as inspiration for her inspired recording of "My Sweet Lord". And Harrison, the forefather of all benefit concerts, would certainly have liked the “charity” idea of ​​Voormann's record: that the proceeds from the sale will benefit an aid organization for the Oglala Lakota Indians in South Dakota, a foundation that Voormann and his wife have Christina founded in 1999.

For nine months, Voormann traveled back and forth between studios and countless friends for his album. In London he recorded their Dylan hits “Mighty Quinn” and “Just Like A Woman” with the Manfred Mann Band, and in Los Angeles Randy Newman's “Short People” with keyboardist Van Dyke Parks. He worked with Bonnie Bramlett in Memphis, with Dr. John in Hamburg. And when Ringo Starr refused in LA to sing “You're 16, you're beautiful and you're mine” again at his age, Voormann brought in the young singer and DSDS finalist Max Buskohl, who was better suited to the text a Munich studio, where his father Carl Carlton also played one of his excellent slide guitar solos.

"A Sideman's Journey" appears in a limited edition: as a single CD, as a vinyl edition and as an elegant box set: with a hardcover book, a signed and numbered art print and a DVD: "Making Of A Sideman’s Journey". Of course, Voormann also designed the artwork himself. On the cover he has drawn himself sitting on a chair with his bass guitar, with his back to the viewer. He's still too shy to put himself in the spotlight. H.P. Daniels

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