Train Records Alive at Last at Birmingham’s WorkPlay Theatre

Grammy award-winning band Train released their latest CD, Alive at Last, on Tuesday, November 2. The CD is compiled from four nights of the band’s performances at WorkPlay Theatre in June 2004.
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Grammy award-winning band Train released their latest CD, Alive at Last, on Tuesday, November 2. The CD is compiled from four nights of the band’s performances at WorkPlay Theatre in June 2004.

Alive at Last features 14 live songs as well as two bonus studio tracks. The live tracks were recorded at WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, Ala., and were recorded and mixed by Brett Eliason. The bonus studio tracks were recorded at NRG Recording Studios and were produced by Don Gilmore, engineered by Daniel Mendez and mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

Train chose WorkPlay Theatre in part because it features two digital recording suites, including Pro Tools|HD systems. Recording Studio A is wired with transformer-isolated splits to the live theater space.

“This is a ‘plug-and-play’ venue in terms of live recording,” explains WorkPlay talent buyer Michael Panepento, “Because of the built-in transformer-isolated line splits, once any instrument is plugged in, it automatically goes to front-of-house position and Studio A.”

“It was a great experience to work with the incredibly well-known and talented members of Train,” said Panepento. “Birmingham helped put them on the musical map and it was refreshing to see them come back here to create their live CD. WorkPlay is a candidate for major audio and video production and is becoming recognized nationally as a great place to work.”

WorkPlay offers audio, video and film production; the complex contains a 400-capacity live venue with complete in-house production facilities, a full service bar, two digital recording suites, a 5,300 square-foot acoustic soundstage, dressing rooms and office space.

The theater was designed by original MTV veejay Alan Hunter (now on Sirius Satellite Radio) and his three brothers.

For more information, please visit www.workplay.com or call 205/879-4773.