Billy's departure wasn't
the only crew change that took place in 1976. In early 1976, the
band took on a new navigator in Roy Thomas Baker who had enjoyed
success as Queen's producer. The squadron touched down in Morin
Heights, Quebec, Canada for about 2 months where they recorded their
3rd album. According to Ian, the band spent most of its time skiing
in the morning, and then recording in the afternoons. Oh yes, there
were some hair-raising handbrake turns in rented giant American
cars in the evening. But that's another story. In the studio the
band experimented with all sorts of things from reflecting Ian's
guitar off a sheet of glass to miking up Stuart's drum kit with
more mikes than the studio owner had ever seen on a kit before.
Sticking the guitar speaker cabinet out in the open snow didn't
go over too well with the village that was only 3 miles away.