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Never Came Down Released: July 2011

Allister's third studio album was written in 2008-2009, with the intention of approaching production differently than the first two albums. The goal was for Allister to produce and engineer the album himself, inviting talented local players onto the sessions and later onto the stage, rather than bringing in one-time studio musicians.

After Allister won Mike Pinder's 2008 Songwars competition, Mike graciously arranged for the prize to include two full days of recording in Allister's choice of studio - the fabulous Barber Shop Studio, in New Jersey. This allowed Allister to rehearse a trio to travel to New Jersey and record the bed tracks for seven of the ten songs for the album. The remainder of recording took place in Guelph, Ontario and in Allister's own Left Side Studio in Kitchener, Ontario.

Vocal tracking, orchestration and mixing stretched out over the better part of 2010, and the album was finally released in mid-July of 2011.

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I Win More about this song
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Too Released: March 2008

Allister returned to producer Darren Walters in late 2007 to begin recording his second studio album. The songs revealed a maturing songwriter, taking on a more serious tone and tougher lyrical issues.

Gary Craig was back behind the drums, but this time Scott Alexander was enlisted to add both upright acoustic and electric bass to the decidedly jazzier arrangements. Allister, Gary and Scott recorded the bed tracks for the album live as a trio. Guitars were overdubbed in later sessions, employing Mike Francis, Rik Emmett and Blair Packham to fill out the guitar parts. Steve O'Connor's Hammond organ and accordian were recorded in Steve's home, in Cobourg, Ontario. Ian Tanner provided orchestral and vocal arrangements, joining Amoy Levy and Nicole Sinclair on backing vocals, and Kevin Turcotte added trumpet.

The song "What A Day" had been previously recorded by Toronto/Los Angeles producer Justin Gray, but was re-recorded to capture a sound more consistent with the rest of the album. The finished CD was packaged with both versions of the song included.

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Not Today More about this song
Me and the Ghosts of St. Andrews More about this song
What A Day More about this song
Too More about this song
Valentine's Day More about this song
The Tip of my Tongue More about this song
This House More about this song
Hurt You More about this song
Don't Stop the Ride More about this song
Coming Home More about this song
What A Day (Justin Gray mix) More about this song

No Games Released: November 2004

Allister first met producer Darren Walters in 2003, when fellow artist Byron Jay was recording one of Allister's songs for Jay's debut album. Allister knew instantly that Darren was the right producer to help him take the first step into studio recording.

The songs had been written over a long period of time, so it was a whirlwind for Allister to see the album recorded over a period of just a few months in 2004. Darren brought onboard several veteran studio players - Gary Craig on drums, Ian Tanner on bass, Mike Francis on guitars and Steve O'Connor on Hammond organ. Together, they brought the songs to life in a way Allister had only imagined. For vocal duties, Allister was joined by his stage partners Steve Robinson and Debra Ropp, as the three of them had learned to harmonize over years on stages small and large. A few friends and family members came in to sing-along with the album's closing track, and the album was complete. Allister could not have been happier with the result.

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The Words Are Free More about this song
Ten Years On More about this song
If Ever I Cried More about this song
No Games More about this song
Fall Again More about this song
Goodbye, Bedford Falls More about this song
The Lights Are On More about this song
Remember The Simple Things More about this song
Song About Nothing More about this song
Bring Me A Beer More about this song

October 11, 2016 - SongTalk Radio, 1280 CJRU, Toronto
  Allister speaks with SongTalk Radio's team - Bruce, Neel and Phil - about songwriting and other pursuits Download
October 24, 2014 - Local Spotlight, 99.1 CKSX FM, Wallaceburg
  Allister speaks with Jay Smith at CKSX about his career as a songwriter, recording artist and producer Download
October 23, 2014 - Talking Arts and Entertainment, The Grand 92.9 FM
  Allister joins Vic Folliott to discuss songwriting, recording albums, and an upcoming live appearance Download
June 26, 2013 - Midday on CKWR, hosted by Randy Johnston
  Allister joins Randy for RECIPE CORNER, and shares a recipe for spaghetti sauce Download
September 13, 2012 - Culture Soup, on CKWR, hosted by Randy Johnston
  Allister and Randy chat about the album 'Never Came Down' and listen to some tunes Download
January 14, 2012 - In The Studio on NewsTalk 1010, hosted by Bob Reid and Blair Packham
  Allister discusses the release of 'Never Came Down' with Bob and Blair
(Excerpt only; full podcast available at www.newstalk1010.com)
March 23rd, 2008 - CFRB Rock Talk, hosted by Greg Godovitz and Bob Reid
  Allister and Greg discuss the release of 'Too' at Canadian Music Week 2008 Download
June 9th, 2007 - CFRB Rock Talk with Rik Emmett and Blair Packham, hosted by Greg Godovitz and Bob Reid
  Part 1: Rik and Blair on the Humber Songwriting Workshop Download
  Part 2: Can you teach songwriting? Plus Allister on the Workshop Download
  Part 3: Workshop Faculty, Dates, Schedule, After Hours, etc. Download
  Part 4: Allister Performs "Not Today" Download
February 2nd, 2006 Radio Interview on CKWR Download
July 1st, 2005 Radio Interview on CKWR Download
March 1st, 2005 Radio Interview on CKWR Download
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