Wilson recalls attending an organ concert in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral and hearing young Stanford University doctoral candidate, James B. Welch. 'I've got to record this guy', he thought to himself. A look at the catalog number for the LP of Recital, W-782, reveals that it was Wilson's second recording, made in 1978.
For the recording, he chose the Flentrop tracker organ in All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. 'I absolutely adore these organs for their articulation, detail, and harmonic structure', he says. 'It's delightful to me'.
For the session, he used AKG 414 microphones in the hyper-cardiod pattern pioneered by the BBC, a 15ips, half-track Revox A77 with modified electronics and cabling, and an Audio Research SP-3 preamp whose phono input was modified to a microphone input. With the AR's power supply separated and isolated from the chassis, Wilson says it sounded "dramatically better" than the stock unit.