MY FORMER LIFE
From the late seventies to the early eighties, I was hoppin'
from the recording console to live sound, the repair bench and back again,
hoping to be part of that elusive "hit tune" and on my way to fame and
fortune. In the process, I recorded some great stuff and, well, you
know the story. Here's somethign I didn't "mix," but did record while
Graham Parker and the Rumor:
21 April 1979
The first track below, "I Move Easy," was recorded in
1979 with the same Philadelphia R&B rhythm section that played for
Gamble and Leon
I Move Easy:
Recording in 1979 at Earmark's former bank studio at 4th and Green in Philly.
Remixed in 1998 on the Soundscape Workstation.
Nobody Gets You:
Same as above. Rough in-the-box-mix 25th April 2012
JAMAICA 88: Just about the same
line-up as above but from 1975. A rough mix from cassette by Carl
Paroulo at Sigma Sound. (My first studio visit.).
Words of Satisfaction:
Recorded May 1982 at Skyline Studios. TJ Tindall, guitar; Cotton
Kent, keyboards; Denny McDermott, drums; Chas Leland, bass;
Melinda "Hurricane" Jones, lead vocal.
Coming Up: HURRICANE
Williams and the Extremes
The "inspiration" for this music was the need to create
content to test recording equipment for review. All of these were
digitized from cassette. It's silly stuff and you're aloud to laugh
and even hate it. For me, it was a fun exercise.
Let's Pretend: recorded
in 1985 on tascam model 38 1/2-inch 8track with drum loop stolen from the
intro of some 45. I play "everything" but the guitar. The "synth"
is a white toy Casio with miniature keys and presets only.
This is The Doghouse:
recorded in 1986 on a Tascam Model 388 1/4-inch "porta-studio" as an outgoing
Oceanic: circa 1985 ~1988,
this probably went straight to 2-track as it was sequenced using SYNTEK
software for the Commodore 64 / 128. Drums: Roland 727. Synth:
Casio CZ-101, probably in 4-voice Mono mode. I don't think there's
a sampler, but if there is, it's an Akai S-612.