Recorded in Bearsville Studios, New York, with producers Bob Clearmountain and Jimmy Iovine, Once Upon A Time spawned the huge hit Alive And Kicking. To top it off, the band played Live Aid straight after.
Mel Gaynor says:
“We really took the time to sort out the songs and find some great ideas. I was completely blown away by the sounds Bob Clearmountain got. I guess there was a lot of pressure, but it was from the commercial side.”
“Sparkle In The Rain was very experimental. Now we wanted to get the hits so there was pressure to come up with more singles on that album. We were cracking the American market, which was very important so there was a big transition at that time.”
“The studio was in the middle of nowhere. We spent the best part of five months in it, then came out and went straight into Live Aid. I remember being introduced by Jack Nicholson - that was a real buzz. One of the pinnacles for me was seeing Neil Young and Led Zeppelin. It was a great day.”