Session guitarist Mitch Dalton takes you behind the scenes of the recording of Eric Idle's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Session guitarist Mitch Dalton and Monty Python actor Eric Idle
(Image credit: Mitch Dalton / L. Cohen/WireImage)

‘Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood. I’m sure you’ve been to similar dinner parties. The lady to my right had become quickly acquainted with Monsieur Merlot and employed repetition (if not hesitation and deviation) as she prodded me in the chest. 

The gist of her message was the claim that she could acquire any guitar for me at cost price through her extensive connections. I must have mentioned a Guild F50, upon which she thrust a business card into my mitt and instructed me to call her. A couple of weeks later I was driving to Brighton to collect my trade priced, steel-strung, sunburst beauty. 

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