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Nicrastro is better known for his production and sound engineering
work. He recorded and produced the album Suite XVI for
The Stranglers, three singles for Tina Cousins as well albums and
singles for The Wurzels. He is part of Sil Wilcox's Cruisin' Music
Management company, and first came to the attention of Wurzels fans
when he was given songwriting credits on the Come On Santa!
single in 2001. No production/sound engineering credits are printed
on the sleeve of the single, but I suspect it was also Louie at
the controls. Louie has been producer and sound engineer on all
subsequent albums and singles since. As well as being a star behind
the desk, he is also no mean musician and was credited with 'additional
instruments' on Never Mind the Bullocks and A Taste
Of The West.
if all this is not enough for his inclusion as band member, in November
2005 - when Tommy Banner was rushed into hospital with prostate
cancer - it was Louie who took up the baton and allowed The Wurzels
to fulfill their live commitments. Although he is no accordion player,
Louie nevertheless covered the instrument on keyboards, as well
as providing cover on backing vocals. Hhe appears to have declined
to 'uncover' in Tommy place, so there was no stripping on stage
while Tomy's absence! Louie appeared at all The Wurzels gigs over
the winter of 2005 and into the spring of 2006 until Tommy recovered
enough to take his place back with the band.
has his own website at www.louienicastro.co.uk
which is very pretty, if rather information-lite!
is also an interview with him here: Podcast
Solo 005 - More Producer Chat featuring Louie Nicastro on The
Stranglers, Tina Cousins and Camel plugins. "another pro producer
gassing about recording techniques and studio secrets."
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