An audiophile Opus 3 press.
Commemorative album dedicated to the memory of Tony Sheridan
In 1964, about three years after he had performed and recorded with The Beatles in Hamburg, Tony Sheridan returned from a tour with a great band to record what was for Opus 3 an unforgettable rhythm & blues album Just a little bit of Tony Sheridan.
In 2006 old friend Anders Aslund who shared an interest in Tony's work and who had been unable to find a re-mastered version of the LP joined Opus 3 on a trip to Hamburg, where Tony was still living, to start discussions on future possibilities.
A further visit to Hamburg early in 2007, but this time together with Roger Ekman, a long time associate of Opus 3 Records, who was very well received by Tony as both producer and bassist.
After several meetings we realized label representatives had discovered a great many wonderful songs, literally a "treasure-trove" of songs including for example "Tell me if you can" which Tony had written with Paul McCartney during their Hamburg period. Later in 2007 Tony came up to the label's studio in Sweden and recorded two songs: "Tell me if you can" and "Indochina" — a song relating to his experience when he performed for the US soldiers in Vietnam during the 1970s.
Sadly, Tony died at the beginning of 2013, leaving not only memories but also recordings which we had made of just him and his guitar in his home in Hamburg. These songs are in effect the jewels in a musical treasure created by Tony Sheridan.
A treasure not locked in a vault collecting dust, but an album performed by Opus 3 artists giving exposure to Tony's creativity. The inclusion of "Skinny Minnie" was because it was known to be one of his biggest hits.
Roger Ekman was responsible for the many different arrangements, later joined by guitarist Peter Melin. On the drums we have Robert Carlsson who was also very good in finding the right grooves!