The music in "Soul Food Spectacular" is Miki C's (Michel Ciccirella's) and Ruth Finlay's creation in the early 90s. Miki is pronounced "Mike-ie"
The music was never published or released except for a brief time to record companies. Miki C. and Ruth archived the demo tapes in 1994 and went on to a number of other projects. December 20, 2018 is the first time "Soul Food Spectacular" has been made available to the public.
The themes of the Album are romantic love, philosophy and social justice. There were two extraordinarily talented musicians working with us.:Patrick Stephenson and Thomas Duffin.
Miki C. worked all the tracks in his own studio in Scarborough, Ont.on his Sound Craft 16 track analogue-tape board. His studio was called "This is it", Our work was meticulous and detailed taking many months to perfect. There were layers of vocals, reams of samples--many of them which we created ourselves-- and many "punches" (to save ourselves from starting at the beginnings of songs when we were taping). Miki C. was a master at nailing the punches and creating invisible edits and brilliant cross-fades.
This unique and original music is finally, after almost 3 decades, being released from the archives for the enjoyment of our families and friends -- and anyone else who is nostalgic and still passionate about the incredible grooves and cool sounds of the early 90's.
released December 20, 2018
Miki C.: songwriter, programming specialist, lead vocalist, rapper, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, backup vocalist, sound engineer, co-producer
Ruth Finlay: songwriter, lead vocalist, backup vocalist, spoken word vocalist, keyboards, co-producer
Patrick Stephenson: programming specialist, backup vocalist, consultant and all-around amazing person
Thomas Duffin: electric guitar on "Passacaglia", "Cry with Me", supporter and dear friend
The voices of the children on "Cry with Me" are actually my boys, Simeon and Jesse; and Tom's two kids, Jasmine and Dennis
Restored by Urmas Soomet at Studio 13 Live Sound Recording. www.studio3livesoundrecorging.com