"My uncle recorded me singing Estrellita aged 8, when I was a choir boy," Albert says, "We made a 78 record that we sold in Gibraltar. I kept it for I don't know what reason… now we're recording it, so I'm singing with myself!"
"This is a record that's not supposed to happen," he laughs, "The BMG people came to see me after the show and said, 'We want to do something.' I said 'Well, I don't, unless I do my hits symphonically!'"
The next day Albert was invited to a record company meeting in Los Angeles on his return to the US. "The CEO and I had breakfast together," he continues. "I told him my thoughts and he said, 'Let's do it.' I went home and I was pinching myself. What record company today would give a 72-year- old man who's written some great songs but isn't a huge artist himself all this money to do this? My mother was right, somebody is looking out for me."
Albert refers to the 1940s, when his family was evacuated to London from Gibraltar. Living on the eighth floor of a hotel with her sister and young daughter and heavily pregnant with Albert, every day his mother saw what she described as a 'vision' through the hotel window. It's a story she'd recount to Albert over and over, the feeling that something was guiding them.
"And I've felt that ever since," he explains.
"I don't think of money," he says. "I think, 'Oh great, I made all of those people happy!'"
For a flavour of the album and London concert see the video below:
In Symphony tracklisting:
1. It Never Rains In Southern California
2. I'm A Train
3. When I Need You
4. Give A Little Love
5. Alejate ('Just Walk Away)
6. To All The Girls I've Loved Before
8. When You Tell Me That You Love Me/ One Moment In Time - Medley
9. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
10. Don't Turn Around
11. The Free Electric Band
12. The Air That I Breathe