Singled Out: Revolution Saints (Night Ranger/Journey/Whitesnake)
. Revolution Saints, featuring Night Ranger's Jack Blades, Journey's Deen Castronovo and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), release their self-titled debut album today and to celebrate we asked Jack to tell us about the song "Turn Back Time". Here is the story:
The way the song "Turn Back Time" is laid out it just screamed for a duet from Deen and me. We were in Portland in the studio and Deen started singing the first verse on the song…kinda low for his voice but he put it down. I took the second half of the verse and kinda played around with the melody still keeping it within the realm of the song.
Well, Deeno took that as a big green light and ripped into the second verse and then the chorus after the blazing solo DA had just laid down…I'm thinking, oh great… these guys are firing on all eight cylinders what am I supposed to do now with a harmony on this wild last chorus that Deen just killed.
The producer Alessandro was in the control room trying to come up with some harmony note for the last chorus and I said to him just roll the song and hit record. He started to say something and I said "just roll it and record", all the while thinking to myself what the hell am I gonna sing????
The chorus came on and boom I just started answering Deen's awesome chorus lines with lines of my own…sorta like we were talking back and forth with each other, line for line, note for note.
When I was finished Alessandro just stopped the song, looked at Deen and Doug, and they all together threw the horns with both hands. Ale said "Perfecto". I said "what the hell did I sing?" He laughed and played it back.
We left it as it was; what both Deeno and I did on the first run through of the song….didn't even try and sing it again. Now that's the way to record a vocal. I inspired Deen, Deeno inspired me and thankfully we didn't try to mess with it!!