It was a real pleasure to collaborate in the creation of
this record, knowing that Fame is a true iconic show. The work took place in
stages over several months.
I had the luxury that both shows were recorded. Although both shows were of very high quality, I was able to choose the absolute best performance to include on this album.
The entire show was recorded with multitrack recording equipment, which means that each individual instrument was recorded separately with the highest audio standards.
This gave me the big advantage to highlight
the performance of each and every instrument in the mixing process, including
the vocals as well. Details that you might not have noticed when you attended
the concert, sound fresh and clear on this album.
My main goal though was to optimize the audio mix, without ever taking away the naturalness and the energy of the show. My intention was always to restore the originality of the Fame concerts to the fans.
In the final stage of mastering the album, we prepare the audio tracks for
manufacturing the CD. It is a delicate process to maintain the
audio quality after the final mix was made. I think we succeeded very well to
capture the emotions of the cast AND the audience of the Fame phenomenon in
these concerts. Listening to the album, it really feels as if you are actually
As an extra, the CD album contains the track ‘Step Up To The Mike’, which is not available in the streaming services. Surely this CD is one of those unique records to own in your collection.
Claudio Van Westerhout