"Excellent version of the Rainbow Classic 'Stargazer'.
A great tribute to the master of rock, Ronnie James Dio."
John Payne of Asia featuring John Payne
"For those who wish to hear an original take on a time honored metal classic, look no further than the crushing vocal prowess of Martin DeBourge of Head Transfer Process on the band's recent cover of Rainbow's daunting "Stargazer"
Robert Williams - Metal-Rules.com
Wow! 10 Minutes and a great performance! You've captured the spirit of the original in a perfect way.Thumbs up for this brilliant version!
Neudi of StreetClip.tv/Manilla Road/Roxxcalibur
"Head Transfer Process have done a great job by putting their own style it without settling for doing a note for note cover version. You can tell they've put a lot of work and thought into this version of Stargazer. Well done lads!"
David Morrissey of Celtic Legacy
In the Winter of 2011 the idea was conceived to do a remake of Rainbow's epic track "Stargazer".
The guys in Head Transfer Process, always with the drive to combine classic prog elements with metal stylings, were naturally attracted to the concept.
Almost immediately, it was decided that we would invite some of our favorite musicians to collaborate on the project.
Simultaneously, it was decided that the profits made from any sales would be given to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.
With that plan in action, it proved effortless to enlist all parties involved. In fact, third parties and fringe parties catching wind of it, stepped forward and donated of their time and services. It was truly overwhelming to see it unfold.
First things were first, and that was securing license (permission) to cover the track... easy enough
Next was recording it... never easy enough.
The challenge was collaborating with artists in different locations. Sure, you've heard of this being done by other bands all the time. Nothing new here. The problem with such collaborative efforts lie in making the track flow and NOT sound like it was recorded in different locations. As it turns out, that format had it's hidden benefits.
As I will show below:
Believe it or not, my introduction to Steve was through his Esseness Project. It wasn't until later that I understood this guitar genius jammed with Nevermore, Testament and now Forbidden. You've heard the expression "fools rush in", well that was me. I think to myself, "oh, I'll ask Steve Smyth to play a solo on the track" - and I willy nilly send him an email asking. He promptly replied with his eagerness to be involved. Which was cool, but when I told band guitarists Jeremy Jimison & Bryant Crawford about what went down - I received an education as to who Steve Smyth really is.
this is really a tip of the hat to just how down to earth and approachable the man is.
Only through hints and following Steve's schedule did I realize the mountain of tasks in this guys lap. Between rehearsals, appearances, clinics, lessons, tour dates, family obligations and recording sessions - he actually found time to squeeze in a session for this endeavor. Absolutely honored to have him on board.
Now, Lisa's career I AM aware of. Her enticing musicianship and involvement with prog rock royalty is unquestioned. Working with members of Spocks Beard, Saga, ARZ and Asia featuring John Payne is a supplement to her impressive resume, her mind for composition and sensitivity to music taking dominance.
When I asked her to do the intro, and she emphatically agreed, but then raised the stakes to play on the whole track... well, needless to say the HTP guys & I outwardly nodded our heads in agreement, but behind closed doors we high fived and braced ourselves like silly teenagers.
Come to find out, since we were on a deadline, Lisa had to find a studio STAT, in comes Mars Hollow guitarist John Baker (and Lisa's husband) - graciously allowing Lisa to record her track at Studio Zero, the studio he operates in Los Angeles.
Now.... here is the man of the hour. All the way in Delaware, and with a full plate of music projects before him, he dropped everything and didn't think twice about agreeing to be involved with the project.
I'm well aware of Acacio as we have a history of working on projects together. He's the drummer for my Quester project that I am recording with Derek Corzine & Bryan Beller (yes, yes, I know I've been talking about that yet to be released project for 2 years - but it really does exist ;-).
Special thanks to Presonus, Audix microphones, Beatnick, Powerclick, Trick Pedals & Gibraltar Racks.