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Robert Palmer and The Vanishing Breed

By on Nov 21, 2013 in Rob's Blog |

This story should be prefaced by saying Robert Palmer and I used to spend hours and hours talking. Robert’s a very intelligent guy and we loved to talk, the two of us. He had a great library of books. He was into all kinds of stuff that I was into and I was into stuff he was into. We had all this in common. Those were the days – we were doing blow and...

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Ray Charles and Joe Cocker Waited a Long Time For This

By on Apr 23, 2013 in History, Rob's Blog |

Back in the 60’s to the 80’s, there was a place called My Father’s Place on Long Island. Joe Cocker had an early show out there on one Friday night. I think he went on at 7:30 or something. We were done at like, 9:30. Ray Charles was playing at Carnegie Hall. Joe had never met Ray Charles. There was this incredible mad dash to get to Carnegie Hall. We...

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Tonio K, an AK-47, and HATRED

By on Apr 23, 2013 in History, Rob's Blog |

“We have everything but the kitchen sink on this record” – Tonio K We were recording Tonio K’s, Life in the Foodchain, at the Village Recorder. At some point, we moved out to Shangri-La Studios for some reason and started recording there. During one session, there was so much joking, screwing around, and laughing, Tonio K (Steve Krikorian)...

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Music Production: Simple Sounds Best

By on Apr 23, 2013 in Music Production, Rob's Blog |

Music production should be about the music and the performance. Don’t worry about the little imperfections and mistakes – often that’s what makes a great performance and a great record. When I worked as an engineer at The Village Recorder – this is 1973 I think – there was a guy, Ron Malo, who worked at Chess Records. Malo came down because the guy...

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