Pilot Magic


The Magic Collection

Music from David Paton and Pilot

It’s no easy task recording music that already has an identity, reproducing sounds that were recorded almost 50 years ago is a challenge must be done with precision, expertise and passion.

Many hours were spent working on the Pilot songs to make them sound exciting and contemporary. In some cases, new ideas and arrangements unfolded as the songs began to take shape, adding that extra punch and freshness to the music.

So here I am, flying the flag for Pilot, and I’m excited about this album; I’ve gone full circle and back to reliving the Pilot music all over again.

And Pilot music is very much alive on The Magic Collection. It has been a nostalgia trip of pure joy.

I hope Pilot fans enjoy this collection of songs as much as I did in putting the album together.

Many thanks to Ian Bairnson for his amazing guitar work on January and Penny in my Pocket.

To Sadie Paton for superb backing vocals on January, Lucky for some, Canada, Penny in my Pocket, Out of Touch and You’re Devotion.

All other instruments, vocals, programming and production by David Paton

A big thank you to my friend Kenny Herbert for the Artwork kennyherbertdesign.co.uk/

To Kirk Kiester for website design www.davidpaton.com  www.davidpatonsongs.com

To Scott Porter www.digitalengine.co.uk for his web design www.pilot-magic.com

Magic – The David Paton Story – Paperback

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When I discovered The Beatles at the age of fourteen, I had no idea that one day I’d work with Paul McCartney in Studio two at Abbey Road; or that I’d write a number one worldwide hit; or that I’d spend three years touring the world and recording as bass player with Elton John, including playing in his band at Live Aid. These achievements were well beyond my imagination – yet I did them. Making music is a joy and a privilege, but my career as a musician has made it possible for me to meet and work with some of the world-famous artists that I idolised.

I am the singer, songwriter and bass player with the group Pilot. I wrote the worldwide hits ‘Magic’, ‘January’ and ‘Just a Smile’. I was a member of The Alan Parsons Project for ten years. I have done session work with The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Chris De Burgh, Chris Rea and Jimmy Page, to name but a few.

This book gives an insight into the life of a successful songwriter and session musician. I have a lot to say, but as well as telling my story, I also offer a valuable insight into what to do – and what not to do – should the reader be interested in pursuing a career in music.

David Paton first gained recognition as the lead singer and writer of the group Pilot, writing their hit songs including ‘Magic’ and number one ‘January’ in the mid-1970s. He then went on to collaborate with various major artists such as Kate Bush, The Alan Parsons Project, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

He has always had a genuine passion for writing, playing, and producing all types of music, with an emphasis on collaborating with other musicians. Still active in music, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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