A Hammond B3 organ and a multitude of sins…

On Mike Koop’s latest adventures in the recording studio

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ver heard a Hammond B3 organ? Actually, we can pretty much guarantee that you have. Hammond organs provide that classic sound on so many recordings from the 50s through the 70s and beyond. Think “Green Onions” by Booker T. and the M.G.s, or “Gimme Some Lovin'” by the Spencer Davis Group. Think Santana, Three Dog Night, The Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty. Now, think Mike Koop’s Multitude of Sins. Actually, listen to a sample of Al Fehr’s work on a Hammond B3, recorded just this past weekend at Signpost Studio.

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Mike’s version of “I Woke Up this Morning” by Roosevelt Graves

It was well over a year ago now that we first began to talk about sending Mike and his Sunday evening ensemble in to the recording studio to produce the latest in our ongoing series of saint ben’s related recordings, and now over these summer months it is all coming to fruition.

For anyone who has been with us on one of the Sundays when Mike leads, you’ll already know that this little group brings something quite unique to the life of our community. Affectionately dubbed Mike Koop’s Multitude Of Sins, as a band they’ve become tighter and tighter, though without ever letting “performance” become their reason for being. On Sundays in liturgy, they lead us and work with us in offering worship. We get original songs, vintage gospel and blues tunes, maybe a Dylan or a Cash or something by a writer most of us have never heard of… and it works.

Now, on this recording, they’ve got an opportunity to stretch out a bit, and offer up a set of songs – many rooted in our liturgical life, and all reflecting Mike’s unique take on life, faith and truth.

And the addition of the organ is really working. You need to know that these samples are pretty rough mixes, and that there is more work to be done… but they are working, aren’t they?

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“Useful Illusions” by Mike Koop

More information on the project will appear on this site over the coming month or two, with a projected release date of November 2010. We’ll also be holding a big CD release concert and celebration, so stay tuned for that too.

Mike Koop, Al Fehr and recording engineer Jesse Bell

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