JEFF Christie always intended for a brass band to
accompany his song For All Mankind, when
it first appeared on the album of the same name in 1971. But CBS did
not approve of paying for such extravagance, and as such the song
was recorded without any sort of big panoramic musical vista to it.
Jeff improvised with a harmonium and the end result was nevertheless
But 43 years later, Jeff had the opportunity
to record the song with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, a musical
ensemble which itself had some chart success in the UK. You can listen
to the song the way it was meant to sound by buying it as a download
on various digital platforms.
As Jeff himself said: I've got it about
as close as I originally conceived it by bringing in the brass to
give it that rich chording; the blend of the brass with the Hammond
organ, the guitar work. I still have visions of sending it to people
like Rod Stewart, as for me the song is king. It doesn't matter who
sings it, I've just always wanted to get this song out there.