Many of the tracks from this collection were unearthed while Todd was at Bearsville this spring. He was producing the Columbia/Sony debut of Splender,a new band from NYC. Todd and I dusted off dozens of old reels from the Bearsville tape vault,many of which hadn't been played in twenty years or more. Many were 16 track masters recorded by Location Recorders,which was Bearsville's resident remote recording service. When not on the road,the Location track was parked outside of and connected to the Turtle Creek Bam,where it was used for studio recordings.
Quite a few of the tracks had to be mastered from the original two track mixes as the original multi track tapes were not available for remixing. We got a chance to break in Bearsville's new SSL console late one night as we auditioned many of the tapes used here. We had to work fast - Chrisse Hynde and the Pretenders were coming in to mix their new album with Bob Clearmountain!
It was interesting to watch Todd's reaction to some of these performances. As we listened to "Open my eyes" for the first time.Todd remarked with a smile "Luther Vandross is singing back ground in there somewhere"(Todd's reach in this business is truly amazing)! He seemed delighted to find the Who classic "Anyway,Anyhow,Anywhere" but had hazy memories of his performance at Carnegie Hall. Watching him standing,not sitting,at the console,furiously dailing up rough mixes,reminded me of my early days at Bearsville,when Todd would barrel up the hill to the studio in his jeep,unceremoniously dump a pile of tapes on the sofa,and dive into mixing something like "Back ti the Bars."
The "Something/Anything" promotion spots are vintge TR - turning what could be a mundage exercise into something special. it was a traet to go back in time with Todd- enjoy the ride.
|Song Title||Date Recorded||Location||Personal||Recording Studio||Recording Engineer||Mixing Engineer||Be Nice To Me||6/30/71||Sigma Sound,Phila.,PA||Runt Band||WMMR-FM||James Lowe||James Lowe||Open My Eyes||8/23/75||Cape Cod Arena,MA||1st Utopia||Location Recorders||Aaron Baron||Mark McKenna||Broke Down & Busted||6/8/72||Carnegie Hall,NY||Runt Band||Location Recorders||Aaron Baron||Mark McKenna||Believe In Me||6/30/71||Sigma Sound Studio||Runt Band||WMMR-FM||James Lowe||James Lowe||Ooh Baby Baby||6/30/71||Sigma Sound Studio||Runt Band||WMMR-FM||James Lowe||James Lowe||It Wouldn't Have Made...||before S/A?||Bearsville Sound||Runt Band||Studio B||Anyway,Anyhow, Anywhere||11/16/79||Landmark Theater, Syracuse,NY||2nd Utopia||Chris Anderson,Paul Cohen||Todd Rundgren,11/20/79 at BSS||Hold Me Tight||6/30/71||Sigma Sound Studio||Runt Bandv||WMMR-FM||James Lowe||James Lowe||96Tears||11/16/79||Landmark Theater||2nd Utopia||Chris Anderson,Paul Cohen||TR,11/20/79 at BSS||A Dream Goes On||11/9/74||St.Louis,MO||TR||Location Recorders||Aaron Baron||Just One Victory||11/16/79||Landmark Theater||2nd Utopia||Chris Anderson,Paul Cohen||TR,11/20/79 atBSS||Where Does The Time Go?||1985||Utopia Sound||TR||Utopia Sound||TR||TR|