The Wedding Present – George Best
I was working at Air Studios London and I’d heard of the band, no one wanted to work on it so I took the Neve V3 room and two weeks later it was done. It had that “punk” style attitude and vibe, no major label, all very low-fi, the band very much in control. I remember walking down Oxford street and seeing the album on display as you walked in, then the NME reviews etc, great stuff.
George Best is the debut album by The Wedding Present. It was released in October 1987 by their own record company, Reception Records.
After self-releasing five singles on Reception Records label, the band turned to recording their first album, continuing their collaboration with producer Chris Allison, who had produced their previous single, “My Favourite Dress”. The album’s somewhat tinny sound reflects the low recording budget. David Gedge‘s songwriting chronicles relationships breaking up or never taking off. A digression is CD bonus track “All About Eve”, which is about apartheid, a subject Gedge came into contact with during his childhood in South Africa. Disagreement on production values with Allison led to the album being remixed by the band and engineer, Steve Lyon. The larger part of these conflicts seemed to lie with the personal and musical incompatibility of Allison and drummer Charman.
The band sought and received permission to name the album after Northern Irish football legend George Best. Best agreed to appear on promotional shots with the band.
In 2007, the band played a 20th anniversary tour of George Best, performing the album in its entirety.