1991 The Blessing – Prince Of The Deep Water

Prince of the Deep Water was the first of two studio albums by British band The Blessing. Released by MCA Records in 1991, it included the band’s only UK Top 40 hit single, “Highway 5”. The album was recorded and produced by Neil Dorfsman and mastered by Bob Ludwig. “Highway 5” initially reached #42 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was remixed and re-released at the end of the year, and early in 1992 re-charted, this time peaking at #30. Prince of the Deep Water featured guest musicians Nathan East, Nicky Hopkins, Richard Tee, Jeffrey Porcaro, Rickie Lee Jones, and Bruce Hornsby, and went on to sell 125,000 copies.

Frédéric Huybens asked William Topley about Jeffrey’s sessions: Yes – he played on Highway Five, Lets Make Love and Birdhouse.  All on a Sunday at the power plant in NYC.”  ‘Highway 5’ was # 30 in de Engelse charts in 1992.

The album can be bought here.

Tracks

Highway 5* (Kevin Hime-Knowles, Luke Brighty, Mike Westergaard, William Topley) 5:07
2  Flames (John Keller, Kevin Hime-Knowles, Luke Brighty, William Topley) 4:22
3  Hurricane-Room (William Topley) 7:10
4  Baby (Kevin Hime-Knowles, Luke Brighty, William Topley) 4:06
5  Let’s Make Love (William Topley) 4:11
6  Back From Managua (William Topley) 5:14
7  I Want You (William Topley) 7:06
8  Delta Rain (William Topley) 6:05
9 Birdhouse (Kevin Hime-Knowles, Luke Brighty, William Topley) 5:02
10 Denial (William Topley) 3:59
11 Prince Of The Deep Water (Kevin Hime-Knowles, Luke Brighty, Mike Westergaard, William Topley) 5:20

The Band

BassKevin Hime
DrumsSimon Hanson
GuitarLuke Brightly
KeyboardsMike Westergaard
VocalsWilliam Topley

Other Musicians

BassNathan East*
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro*
Background VocalsRebecca Price
Background VocalsReginald Brisbon
Background VocalsCarol Perry
Background VocalsDarlene Perry
Background VocalsLori Perry
Background VocalsSharon Perry
 Nicky Hopkins
 Richard Tee
 Bruce Hornsby
 Rickie Lee Jones

Liner Notes

Producer – Neil Dorfsman
Co-producer – Mike Westergaard
Coordinator (Production) – Rhoda Quan
Engineer (Assistant) – Andy Strange, Katherine Miller, Matthew Boomer LaMonica, Peter Doell, UE Nastasi
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Neil Dorfsman (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11)
Mixed By – John Potoker (Tracks 5, 9)
Mixed By – Patrick Dillett (Track 10)
Recorded By – Neil Dorfsman
Technician (Technical Assistant) – Artie Smith, Francis Manzella, Gary O’Toole

Design – Lanning Stern
Illustration (Cover) – Kim Yasuda
Photography By – Peter Darley Miller

Manufactured By – JVC
Distributed By – Uni Distribution Corp.
Recorded At – Air Studios
Mixed At – Skyline Studios
Mixed At – Mayfair Studios
Mixed At – Skip Saylor Recording
Mastered At – Masterdisk
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.

Producer – Neil Dorfsman
Co-producer – Mike Westergaard
Coordinator (Production) – Rhoda Quan
Engineer (Assistant) – Andy Strange, Katherine Miller, Matthew Boomer LaMonica, Peter Doell, UE Nastasi
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Neil Dorfsman (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11)
Mixed By – John Potoker (Tracks 5, 9)
Mixed By – Patrick Dillett (Track 10)
Recorded By – Neil Dorfsman
Technician (Technical Assistant) – Artie Smith, Francis Manzella, Gary O’Toole

Design – Lanning Stern
Illustration (Cover) – Kim Yasuda
Photography By – Peter Darley Miller

Manufactured By – JVC
Distributed By – Uni Distribution Corp.
Recorded At – Air Studios
Mixed At – Skyline Studios
Mixed At – Mayfair Studios
Mixed At – Skip Saylor Recording
Mastered At – Masterdisk
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.