‘Thinking of You’
Quarter Century Milestone
Before 'Vision' there was 'Thinking of You', the first album recorded by Sahara. Not a CD, but a cassette of eight original songs. Less than two years after arriving in Australia, Sahara won their heat and the ‘encouragement award’ on the 1989 'New Faces' TV show with their original love ballad 'Thinking of You'.
Trish and Dave decided to record an album and in January 1990, in a small backyard recording studio in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, 'Thinking of You' was born. Recording in suburbia has restrictions. Live recording had to be done on the weekend and there was a 6pm curfew so as not to upset the neighbours. Recording was halted if the phone rang, which it did, or if anyone knocked on the door, which they did. Yes, this was the studio for the budget conscious! All up there was only 20 hours available so the live work had to be first takes and all the backing had to be recorded live in the studio. This album is the end result of two musicians and an engineer in a hot 8 track recording studio. 20 hours to record & mix 8 songs under these conditions is the definition of an independent album. Nerve wracking-exhausting- lots of coffee-worth it!!
Releasing 'Thinking of You' initially increased bookings. The local radio station really took to the title track and to Trish and Dave's greatest surprise 'Thinking of You' became a favourite topping the station's charts!! Dave was Sahara's self-appointed sole distributor hawking copies around to the local music shops. Those were the days when getting an independent release into record shops really meant something. Between the shops and the live shows the album sold out! Last year Sahara Music received an email from a couple wishing to buy a new copy of 'Thinking of You'. Their tape had disintegrated after 20 years of playing and it was one of their favourite albums. Sahara had a cassette they'd saved for posterity so they transferred the audio onto a CD just for them.
This September Trish and Dave suddenly realised that the album 'Thinking of You' was 25 years old. After a quick search the stereo reel to reel was found in a box and hastily brought to Melbourne for transfer to audio files. Not sure of the condition the reels would be in having endured many moves and the heat of 25 Australian summers, it was a relief to find the audio was okay. Sahara has now remastered the tracks in their studio to release the 'Thinking of You' CD in celebration of it's quarter century milestone.
Trish Long: Vocals, Alto Sax, Flute, Flageolet & Synth
Dave Long: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards & Synth
All compositions © 2017 Sahara Music. All artwork © 2017 Sahara Music