The Best Ride Of Your Life is a collection of metaphors about Dans' experiences in 13 years in the trenches playing music at a major theme park. This expansive journey takes listeners though myriad genres with performances from some of LA's finest talent.
released September 23, 2015
Produced by Dan Franklin
Mixed by Brian Scheuble
Mastered by Dave Collins
Art and Layout by Greg Franklin
Cover Photo by Rachel Brogan
Drums on tracks 2,3,5,6,9 and 12, and piano on tracks 1 and 3 engineered by Dan Blessinger at EastWest Studio 1 in Hollywood, CA. Drum tech – Chris Heuer
Drums and bass on tracks 1,4 and 8, pianos on tracks 4 and 5, celeste on track 1, and mellotron on track 5 engineered by Dan Blessinger at Abbey Road Studio 2 in London, UK. Drums provided by Yard Gavrilovic
Piano on track 12, B3 on track 8, synths on track 9, guitars on track 2 and 5, and mandolin on track 6 engineered by Dan Blessinger at Real World Studio in Box Wiltshire, UK
Drums on track 10, horns on tracks 1,3 and 4, strings on tracks 1,4, 7 and 11, and harpsichord on track 7 engineered by Dan Blessinger at MartinSound in Alhambra, CA
Calliope on track 1 engineered by Dan Franklin and David Egan at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA
Percussion on tracks 1 and 11, bass on track 2, resonator guitar on track 10, and electric guitars on tracks 3,4,5,6 and 8 engineered by Mark Keefer at Moon People Music in Northridge, CA
Dan’s lead vocals produced by David Kidd at Sound Chemistry in North Hollywood, CA
B3 on track 6 engineered by Eli Smith at Clear Lake Audio in North Hollywood, CA
Track 13 recorded live to half inch tape, mixed by Dan Blessinger at Abbey Road Studio 2 in London, UK
Percussion on tracks 8 and 12 engineered by Bryan Brock at The Groove Mission in Nashville, TN
Percussion on tracks 1 and 10 engineered by Mark Keefer at Pacific Coast Sound in Santa Clarita, CA
All other instruments and vocals engineered by Dan Franklin at Dan Franklin Music.
Abbey Road – Paul Pritchard
Real World – Oli Jacobs
MartinSound – Derek Endo
EastWest – Jeremy Miller
Sound Chemistry – Kyson Facer
Gun Range – Alexander Suarez
Sarah Franklin, Anna Longstaff, Michelle Blessinger, Marisa Copeland, Marni Imagery, Kylie Hope, Rachel Brogan, and Joyous King.
My loving wife and family for putting up with me, Chris Heuer, Jarrett Borba, Kevin Dukes, Burnley Cook, Doug Lacey, The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, Laurence Bedford, David Egan, John Haskey, Craig Williams, Jon Casel, Johnny Kubelka, Chuck Dickinson at Cathedral Pipes, ADA Ribbon Mics, and ES Audio. My sages – the ears and minds that have gifted their expertise to this endeavor: Patrick Copeland, Dan Blessinger, Mark Keefer, David Kidd, and Tim Gill. My co-writers: Leland Jackness, Fletcher Sheridan, John Flanagan, and Jamieson Trotter. Finally, the Kickstarter backers without whom this would never have been possible.
Dan uses Franklin Acoustic Guitars, Weber Mandolins, G. Gould Basses and Cathedral Pipes Microphones
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