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“There’s some nice phrases in this song. It started as an instrumental jam in Germany. The beginning, again, is some common ground between me and Don – Argent, Genesis and even Deep Purple. We love stuff where the guitar and organ work together.
“The riff is something that we collaborated on, another great example of everybody working together where nothing was brought in, but we started working and made it happen.
“There’s some cool guitar and keyboard trade-offs. Bob encouraged us to do this, saying, ‘OK, guys, take your time. Let it happen.’ When we were doing the arrangement, he would stand with us, sort of in a circle, and conduct us. Don would do a string theme or a quote from one of his classical influences, and I would respond to it. It’s a push-pull thing that we do live.
“There was a pretty intense unison line that we had worked up for the end. Don and I thought it was great, but Ian and Bob thought it was corny. [Laughs] Hey, that’s life.”