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  1. Symbiosis

    (Simon Phillips)
  2. You Restless Angel

    (Simon Phillips/Ray Russell)
  3. Midair Decision
    (Simon Phillips/Ray Russell)
  4. Biplane to Bermuda
    (Simon Phillips)
  5. Isis

    (Simon Phillips/Ray Russell)
  6. Out of the blue
    (Simon Phillips)
  7. Starfish Spaghetti
    (Ray Russell)
  8. Indian Summer
    (Simon Phillips/Mitchel Forman)
  9. Sea of Sighs
    (Simon Phillips/Ray Russell)


Recorded at A & M Studios, Hollywood by Jesse Sutcliffe - June/July 1995.

Mixed at A & M Studios and Saturn Sound by Jess Sutcliffe.

Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab, Hollywood.

Ray Russell - Guitar
Mitchel Forman - Keyboards
Wendell Brooks - Horns
Mike Porcaro - Bass
John Peña - Bass
Jimmy Johnson - Bass
Sheila E - Timbales
Chris Trujillo - Percussion
Simon Phillips - Drums

Release Notes

I started writing material for Symbiosis early '93. In fact Force Majeure hadn't been released yet, but I needed to get my ideas down and focus more on developing my writing style.

I was living in an apartment in Studio City and had set up a little writing studio in the living room - no drum kit. I had a DrumKat set up but that is not quite the real thing. However, for composition it was fine, and I believe the first piece that made it onto the CD was "Sea Of Sighs". Ray Russell came over to stay in my new home and we worked together on some new material. Most of it was accomplished with the help of FedEx. I would send a DAT of some ideas - he would send back the same, and then I would arrange all the parts making changes and so on. The little writing studio was pushed to the limit, with various complaints from tenants underneath and around me. Time to look for somewhere else!

Mike Porcaro had a small studio but it was in need of a little sort out. Using my experience and knowledge of running and maintaining a professional studio I proposed that I design and wire his equipment, add some of my equipment, in return for the use of the studio.

Thus Mickey Shoals was born. A modest ADAT studio with a rather fine patch bay - small drum kit, keyboards, Vision sequencing - even a coffee maker! I recorded Toto's Tambu demos there and even one basic track was used on the album - not telling which!

A fellow from a new German Label, Lipstick, had been calling me every time I landed in Germany. Quite how he knew where I was amazed me, but he was sure consistent. I was on tour with Los Lobotomies in '94 and I decided to meet with the fellow in question to see what he had to offer. I drove overnight from Hamburg to Köln in a nice little BMW rather rapidly - I think I made it in less than 3 hours - and met with him over breakfast at the Central Bar. His name was Joachim Becker, and our deal was agreed over Rührei mit Speck, no messing around. At last I was signed to a small, but enthusiastic company.

Recording for Symbiosis started on June 3rd, 1995 at A & M studios in Hollywood and was to date the most successful CD earning a German Jazz Award for 10,000 domestic sales.