Paul Buckmaster was a real fist full of excellence .
I grew up on headphones in my bedroom late in the night with his amazing orchestrations written arranged and conducted for Elton John.
Songs like -
Your Song, Take Me To The Pilot, Tiny Dancer, Levon, Come Down in Time,
My Fathers Gun, Ticking, Madman Across the Water, Indian Sunset...
He did David Bowie’s Space Oddity... He created the generous and genius landscape of Moonlight Mile from the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album.
And the gorgeous Four Moods and Seasons on Elton’s ‘Friends’ soundtrack album.
These were brilliant orchestrations where rock and classical came together in a brand new naturally unpretentious way.
Paul knew the intervals registers and voicings that could coexist in a rock context. More open cords and careful movement leaving room for guitar vocal and piano. Like score music supporting the actors.
From the vast symphonic glut of possibilities he carefully extracted and cooked it all down to the essence of the shapes and sounds that would resonate inside real rock music.
Bravo Maestro Buckmaster.
l was extremely excited and so lucky to take part at the string sessions with Paul on the last Heart album Beautiful Broken.
lt was heaven to hear that signature Buckmaster sound painting colors over these beloved Heart songs like Sweet Darlin ,Cities Burning, Language of Love and the new song l Jump.
This was such a dream that finally came true since there was always great hope we might have a chance to collaborate one day.
Paul Buckmaster was such an odd and exacting fellow in the studio. More like a French chef than an English musician.
Our music intersected.
We grew quite fond of each other and stayed in touch for awhile .
The world has lost one irreplaceable classic rock composer.
l hope Paul that you are somewhere out there soaring along and breathing with your heavenly strings.