I have always loved Two Tickets to Paradise by Eddie Money, it was a hit here in Australia while I was in my mid teens in the late 1970s. It is a song that has stayed with me, and made me a fan of Eddie Money’s music because his follow up albums were great.
His albums Nothing to Lose and in particular Can’t Hold Back are well worth checking out. I was saddened to learn of his passing in 2019 after a battle with cancer, so what better time to honour one of his finest songs.
Two Tickets to Paradise was not the first single lifted from the album, that honour went to Baby Hold On which was a fine song also. In fact the later did better in terms of chart success reaching the number 11 spot, however Two Tickets to Paradise became Eddie’s signature tune regardless of only hitting the number 22 spot on the charts.
His self titled debut album was recorded on an API 24 input console to a 3M-79 24 track tape machine. Effects used were the usual players of the time such as the Urie 1176 compressor, Pultec EQs and a Pye limiter. It is said that Andy Johns used a lot of compression on the various instruments for the recording.
The album was mixed at The Record Plant in Studio D using an API Console. As far as reverbs were concerned, the classic EMT 140 plate reverb and the later model EMT 250 digital reverb which was fairly new at that time, were both utilised throughout.