NORAH JONES RECORDING SESSIONS HISTORY: July 2009
Band members: Norah Jones (vocals, wurlitzer, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Sam Cohen (electric guitar), Will Sayles (tambourine, hand drum, percussion)
Producer/Engineer: Jacquire King
Additional Engineers: Brad Bivens and Tom Schick
[X] = confirmed to exist, unreleased
[O] = officially released
Best available sources:
Released in November 2009 on Blue Note Records.
The Fall (Amazon.com Exclusive Release)
Available as a 320K MP3 on Amazon.com’s MP3 Store
Notes: The first official “wrap up” session to record songs for The Fall.
King noted that this session was after the first official
recording session, going “back to her place for a week, to follow up on
those two weeks [of the Magic Shop session], and get ready for our trip to
Cohen and Sayles were not present at the main session, so they made their contributions at Norah’s home studio. On “Chasing Pirates,” Norah added a second Wurlitzer piano track to the one that had already been recorded by James Poyser in the first session. Cohen also contributed a second electric guitar track to compliment Smokey Hormel’s existing guitar. Most interesting though was the vocal addition to the track – Norah added a background vocal by singing the track again, but then having her voice digitally manipulated so it sounded almost robotic, and dropped an octave lower.
Norah added an additional layer of piano to “Even Though,” while Sayles added Tambourine.
On Light as a Feather, although Sasha Dobson had already recorded an acoustic guitar track, Norah decided to add a second layer of acoustic guitar herself, while Sayles added a hand drum.
Sayles added a layer of additional percussion to “It’s Gonna Be.”
Norah added another layer of electric guitar to
Background/harmony vocals were added to “Can’t Stop,” although it is unclear if there was anything else added.