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Nicholas Wedgwood Evans: The True Story by @jmarshallcraig

Nicholas Wedgwood Evans: THE TRUE STORY …

By J. MARSHALL CRAIG

Nicholas Wedgwood Evans
Nicholas Wedgwood Evans

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The time has come for Nick Evans the actor to let the world meet Nicholas Wedgwood Evans the character.

Or should that be characters? Thespian, restaurateur, concert promoter, multi-media entrepreneur, pioneer of third-world cellular communications, and globe-circling captain of his own yacht: They’re all the son of the world-renowned stage and screen actor Michael Evans (Gigi, My Fair Lady and The Young and the Restless). Nick grew up in 1960s L.A. ~ which meant hippies, free love, wide-eyed exuberance and such seemingly everyday things like The Doors opening for Arthur Lee at one of Nick’s North Hollywood High school dances. It meant surfing, cruising Malibu and hitchhiking up to Nicholas Wedgwood Evans to see The Grateful Dead … smoking dope with weirdo “Topanga Charlie” (a couple of years later known to the world as Charles Manson).

Nick began following in his father’s footsteps, appearing on both stage and screen, and met with admirable success but few jobs. He found his calling behind the scenes. And in the case of sailing around the world for six years, beyond the sight of land.

“I’ve been thinking about this for years,” Evans says in his stylish Beverly Hills pied-à-terre, adored with collected artifacts and souvenirs from his world travels – including few choice samples of  rare handmade china from his Wedgwood ancestry) and, he humbly acknowledges, an exceptional portrait of him done by Rolling Stones guitarist (and acclaimed painter) Ronnie Wood.

“I think I’ve got some pretty good stories to tell. Neither my brother nor I have any kids … this is the end of the line for my family.”

Not that the end is anywhere near for Evans: The sixtysomething keeps in such good shape that he beats nearly every opponent he meets on his tennis court. Including, sometimes, his former Wimbledon-veteran tennis coach.

Like every young man his age in 1969, just graduated from high school, a draft card arrived in the mail one day. His horrified father packed up his son and promptly enrolled him in the Guildford School of Acting drama school in Surrey and put him on a boat back to his native England. No way was Michael Evans going to have his British son shipped over to be killed in Vietnam.

“That saved my life in more ways than one,” Nick says. “Those were great, crazy days and we were all having the time of our lives, but things started to get out of hand in L.A. I had no direction, didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I was getting caught up in some weird shit, man.

“My girlfriend was this really cool chick named Nancy Pitman. Suddenly, she disappeared. She’d been introduced to Charlie and Tex Watson and ‘The Family.’ Nancy’s parents called me and asked me to find her.  I really tried to get her out of there but I couldn’t do anything. By this time Charlie and I had a history. It was simply not a good scene. I split. And, what, a year later my former girlfriend’s in prison for murder. It was so tragic.”

When asked more about his “history” with Manson, Evans smiles and says, “buy my book. It will all be in there.”

Once back in England, Evans found his footing. After a year at the highly regarded Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and respectable notices in several large productions and three BBC television shows, he yearned to be a part of the crowd instead of a performer for it.

“I fell in love with this amazing girl, Brigitte. She was a German model who also worked as an assistant to Vidal Sassoon. In the beginning, she helped me open a stall in High Street Kensington Market, selling velvet jackets and all that kinda stuff to rock people. I laughed when I first saw Austin Powers, ‘cause I thought, ‘he could have bought all those clothes from me!’ ”

As Evans became closer to his celebrity clients, he reached out to Ringo Starr and Keith Moon with the idea of opening a nightclub.

“At that time there was almost nowhere in London where you could get a drink after 11 o’clock,” Nick says. “There was the Scotch of St. James, the Hard Rock … there were five places in all, I think. But for a city that size in the height of its rock-and-roll boom, the stars were clamoring for a place they could be until three or four in the morning.”

Ringo and Moon opened their phone books and sent out invites. From opening night, The Last Resort, at 294 Fulham Road, was THE place to be. It became a second home to Anita Pallenburg and Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Steve Marriot, Ian MacLagan, and the hottest horn section in rock and roll, Jim Price and Bobby Keys. Frequent patron David Bowie tended bar in drag as his wife Angie sweated it out on the dance floor.

Evans himself became a fixture on London’s hottest, hippest scene and was dubbed “American Nicky” by his superstar clients and friends.

But after several years, the constant party and all the hard work had exhausted Evans – as had the punitive British taxes.

“I couldn’t take it anymore,” he says. “It was a dream and the time of my life but it got to be too much and wasn’t fun anymore. I began to dread going to work and all I wanted to do was move to France and take a year off. So I did. I sold my interest in the club to partners Charlie Smith and Richard Burden and immediately flew to Paris.”

Evans began to reinvent himself and went to work on his dream of becoming a rock and roll concert promoter. “It wasn’t that big of a challenge,” he says, “because I knew just about everyone in the business. They all liked and trusted me and within the year I had started promoting everyone from Wings to Queen and Miles Davis.”

Having been introduced to South America on a vacation with Rolling Stone pal Mick Taylor, he fell in love with Rio, and relocated there – where some of the days’ hugest rock concerts were put on.

“I was in Brazil when I first started to hear about how things were getting hairy at the club.”

About a year after Evans sold his interest in The Last Resort and moved away from Britain, an Irish man was arrested in Sydney carrying a few thousand hits of LSD from London. He told police he was just a courier – and named The Last Resort owner Burden as the kingpin. The Australian police passed on the information to the UK police. It was a small tip in a much larger, Britain-wide drug sting called Operation Julie. By 1977 there were more than 800 police officers from 11 different law enforcement agencies involved. On the morning of March 26, 1977, after nearly three years of surveillance, the forces swept in on 87 locations all over England. More than 100 people were arrested and enough LSD to make 6.5 million ‘tabs’ (with a street value of £6.5M) was seized. Eventually £800,000 was discovered in Swiss bank accounts.

The 15 ringleaders were sentenced to a combined 120 years in jail. For his part, Richard Burden got six years.

Nick Evans was never even a suspect.

But his name still made the papers, since he was the founder of The Last Resort.

“That absolutely broke my heart,” Evans says. “The newspaper stories, the whole shocking scandal. I mean, of course I had nothing to do with it and had been out of there for more than a year, but my name still cropped up. It was absolutely devastating … my grandfather Josiah Wedgwood – the former manager of the Bank of England – reading his grandson’s name in the paper just because this happened at an establishment I used to own.”

Subsequent allegations that Evans’ phone was tapped and even that there was a warrant out for his arrest began to surface.

“All lies,” he says, “but once it’s in the papers people believe what they want to believe. It drowned my fond memories and destroyed such a great legacy of such a fabulous time and place. I get very angry when I think about it – maybe even more so now with the Internet and anyone who Goggles me can trip upon such slanderous untruths.

“That hurts. It’s one reason I’m writing my book – to set the record straight for once and for all.”

And the other reasons?

“Well … when I got tipped off that the Brazilian death squads had me on their radar to kidnap and shake down because of all the rock promotion money. I had all my cash converted into diamonds, emeralds and rubies and went straight to the airport and caught a flight to San Diego! That’s a pretty cool story.”

Then there is the sailing. Evans says he’s keeping most of his six-year journey around the planet a secret for his book ~ but promises it will be a page-turner.

“I had sailed all my life, and after the club and the music and other business ventures, I had quite a lot of money saved up, so it was time to turn it over to my OTHER passion: Sailing. I bought the Midnight Rambler … a Swan 46-foot … hull #9, manufactured in Finland. She was the Rolls Royce of racing sailboats. It was a gypsy dream of mine to sail around the world, and we set out from Monte Carlo…”

Along the way, Evans teases, there were pirates, a near-mutiny from a crew member, a near-fatal capsize from a 100-foot rogue wave in the Indian Ocean’s treacherous “Roaring Forties” seas that crippled the boat.

“We were adrift for eight days,” Nick says. “Remember, this was before GPS and satellites. We were 2,500 miles from the coast of Africa in the middle of the Indian Ocean on a 12,500-mile journey to Perth, Australia. My mast and main sail were gone but the crew and I managed to rig a slight sail and we limped to a supposedly deserted island that I knew was close because of sea birds overhead. Not only was it not deserted but it was a massive, secret spy naval installation. They were not happy to see us coming.

“What happened next … I’m saving for the book!”

Evans won’t reveal the title of his memoir but promises that it will be published sometime in early 2016.

#IRespectMusic Live #Twitter Discussion via @TheBlakeMorgan Sunday 2-8 7pm #music #artistsrights

Blake Morgan, and so many of us, have been battling for artists rights. We are winning! Here is a chance to add your voice. Tomorrow, Sunday, February 8th 7pm on Twitter #IRespectMusic
Sign the petition http://irespectmusic.org/
Transcript: There are years that ask questions and there are years that answer them.
We’ve asked the question: “Why is the United States the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay?”
Now, Congress is on the move. The United States Copyright Office is on the move. Music makers are on the move. Music Lovers are on the move.
It’s time for some answers from the people who believe that artists shouldn’t be paid for their work.
Join me tomorrow night on Twitter, Sunday February 8th at 7pm Eastern: hashtag #IRespectMusic.
It’s time to take the next step.

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#JeSuisCharlie | Original Song by @GeorgeReece

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Heartbroken by the events that had taken place in France at Charlie Hedbo, singer/songwriter George Reece wrote and performed a profoundly beautiful song, titled, simply… “Je Suis Charlie”… have a listen.

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Je Suis Charlie | Original Song by George Reece | Saturday Song

Je Suis Charlie | Original Song by George Reece ♪ ♫ ♪
LYRICS:
Give me something beautiful,
Something strong, satirical and free.
And if I have to die for it,
I will because it means that much to me.
Between the ways we see the world
There seems to be this big disparity.
Take exception, take offence,
But never try to take my liberty.

Je suis Charlie x2

The pencil doesn’t feel as if it’s
Mightier than the sword as it should be.
With all the talk of martyrdom
We’re looking at the art of them to see.
What kind of man has got it in his head
To have a shot at infamy?
Maybe there’s a feeling
We’re as much at fault in our society…

Je suis Charlie x4
Mais ils sont Charlie aussi.

Tant qu’il ya de la joie,
L’amour et de l’espoir,
Je veux continuer.
Il faut continuer.

Je suis Charlie x4
Mais ils sont Charlie aussi.
Je suis Charlie,
Mais ils sont Charlie aussi.

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#MindBlowing!!! Come Together:Robin Williams & Bobby McFerrin #Beatles “In My Life” George Martin #doc

I’m mind blown! I have no words for how incredible this is!
Just LISTEN!!!!

And watch!The story behind the process….

Come Together – Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin George Martin – In My Life 1998 VHS

George Martin – In My Life (1998) [VHS] FULL Documentary

“I Feel Fine” #TheBeatles Rare Takes and #Isolated Tracks via @IndieStardust

by Karen A. Brown for @IndieStardust

record player 1970sAs a kid, I was always singing.  I’d sit with a pencil and my small plastic record player. They looked like the Crosley Player to the left and came in colors, with a handle for simple carrying to outlets around the house or to a friends place.  There is nothing like vinyl. The textures sounds, the feeling that you are in the same room with the artist. It’s like being there. The sound is full spectrum. Not like what one downloads on an MP3 now. Kids today don’t realize they are missing so much of the true sound of a recording.

I’d move the needle methodically, writing down every word. We didn’t have any other way of finding the song lyrics ….waaay….back then.  Then I’d, hop on the bed a start singing at the top of my lungs. Once I had every word memorized, of course, there was the mirror with my hairbrush microphone.

So, geek that I am, this is the kind of thing I do in my spare time. I research a song, finding different takes and isolated tracks of the same song to hear sublties.

So, have a mghty listen to The Beatles: “I Feel Fine”. Listen to the textures, the harmonies… the subtle sounds and layers. Something tells me you too will feel fine…

“”I Feel Fine” is a riff-driven rock song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released in 1964 by the Beatles as the A-side of their eighth British single. The song is notable for being one of the first uses of guitar feedback in popular music. “ – Wikipedia

The Beatles – I Feel Fine (Live at Paris) 1965

The Beatles HD – I Feel Fine Live in Germany (Remastered)

 

i feel fine“I Feel Fine” is written in 4/4 time with drummer Ringo Starr’s R&B-influenced beat (based on the “Latin” drumming in Ray Charles’s hit “What’d I Say”) featured through most of the song except for the bridge, which has a more conventional backbeat. After a brief note of heavy feedback (see below), the intro begins with a distinctive arpeggiated riff which starts in D major before quickly progressing to C major and then G major, at which point the vocals begin in G. Just before the coda, Lennon’s intro riff (or ostinato), is repeated with a bright sound by George Harrison on electric guitar (a Gretsch Tennessean), followed by the more “electric” sound of John’s amped acoustic. The song ends with a fadeout of the G major portion of the opening riff repeated several times. – wikipedia

“I Feel Fine” (Lennon–McCartney)

Baby’s good to me, you know
She’s happy as can be, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm

Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm, mmm

The Beatles “I Feel Fine” Isolated Vocals

The Beatles – I Feel Fine isolated guitar track, guitar only

Below we have some of the studio recorded versions

The Beatles – I Feel Fine (Take 1)

I Feel Fine (Take 5) – The Beatles Rare Takes

I Feel Fine Take 6, 7 / The Beatles

 

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#10CC “I’m Not in Love” by @WatcherOfTheSky and @StardustBluCEO for @Indiestardust

10cc10 CC – I’m Not In Love by Joe D’Ambrosio @WatcherOfTheSky and Karen A. Brown @StardustBluCEO for @Indiestardust

This has to be one of my all time favorite tunes. Released in 1975, it hit #2 on the Charts on July 26th 1975 and to me it whispers. It takes you to another diminsional time and carries you away in love. Not to mention the backstory. So, I enlisted my friend Joe D’Ambrosio, who is a 32 year veteran of the music industry, to join me on this one.

 

Joe writes:

What may seem like an ‘ordinary song’ for most, 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” was a landmark song for me. Top Ten All Time. The warmth of the vocals, the emotion of it all totally defined in the single line “Be Quiet. Big Boys Don’t Cry. Big Boys Don’t Cry. Big Boys Don’t Cry. (repeat)” gave this 19 year old (at the time-1975) so much more understanding of love and loss, I can’t tell you.

In my mind’s eye, this was not about ‘not’ being in love at all; this was all about being in love:

I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because
I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made

He is absolutely DEEP in love and facing love lost. He’s calling her up and getting no where. Heart b-r-e-a-k-i-ng. And it’s captured so perfectly by Eric, Lol, Graham and Kevin (Stewart, Crème, Gouldman and Godley)that it’s a wonder it wasn’t the biggest hit of the year.

I like to see you
But then again
That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me
So if I call you
Don’t make a fuss
Don’t tell your friends about the two of us

She won’t make a fuss. You’re lucky if she listens to your message. She’s gone.

I keep your picture
Upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that’s lying there
So don’t you ask me
To give it back
I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me

Madly in love, picture on the wall, trying to talk himself into how little it means…when it means everything to him.

Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time
Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh you’ll wait a long time

For all of us who have loves lost, I hope you’ve found yours as I have. After all, those loves lost are not waiting for you or me, they’re on to their love found.

“I’m Not In Love” indeed. What a masterwork, which, by the way, comes from one of my very few PERFECT albums: The Original Soundtrack by 10cc.

Exerpt taken from Richard Buskin’s article 2004 “CLASSIC TRACKS: 10cc ‘I’m Not In Love'”
“At that time my wife and I had been married about eight years,” Eric Stewart recalls, “and she asked me ‘Why don’t you say “I love you” more often?’ I had this crazy idea in my mind that repeating those words would somehow degrade the meaning, so I told her ‘Well, if I say every day “I love you, darling, I love you, blah, blah, blah,” it’s not gonna mean anything eventually.’ That statement led me to try to figure out another way of saying it, and the result was that I chose to say ‘I’m not in love with you,’ while subtly giving all the reasons throughout the song why I could never let go of this relationship.” Evidently, the reverse psychology worked, because the Stewarts recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.

10cc – I’m Not In Love – Making of Documentary

“I’m not in Love” Live

 

Joe D’Ambrosio is a 32 year veteran of the music industry and currently runs his talent mgmt company representing Tony Visconti – Hugh Padgham – Elliot Scheiner – Joe Zook – Frank Filipetti – Kevin Killen – Jay Newland – Rob Mounsey – Larry Gold – Thom Monahan – Lawrence Manchester – Adam Dorn – Dave Eggar – Mario McNulty – Eric Robinson – Justin Glasco – Nic Hard – Brian Moncarz – Matty Amendola – Nathaniel Hare – Jason Moss Follow Joe D’Ambrosio on twitter @WatcherOfTheSky

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#LedZeppelin releases mastered remix of “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)” Official VIDEO

We have something historical in today’s release of Jimmy Page’s mastered remix. The importance of having the original recordings remastered by Jimmy is profound.

Page commented: “This version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn’t have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the original’ and all of a sudden they’ll go ‘No, it’s not.'”

Jimmy Page on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon May, 21st, 2014

From Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) Led Zeppelin’s remastered second album will include additional companion audio with unreleased studio outtakes To be released on multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box.
The official music video for Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)” This title will be released on June 3, 2014.

Jimmy Page talks about performing with Led Zeppelin, how he learned music, influences on his sound and music, and being chosen for an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. 


Jimmy Page is a world renowned guitarist, composer, and producer who has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He began his career as a studio session guitarist in London and subsequently became a member of the Yardbirds, in 1966, before founding Led Zeppelin, in 1968. Over the next decade, Led Zeppelin effectively redefined rock music, drawing on a wide range of influences to create a string of legendary albums that have to date sold an estimated 300 million copies. Through his work with Led Zeppelin, Page became recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile guitarists in history. From acoustic ballads to hard rock standards, his use of unconventional scales and tunings, innovative use of electronic effects, and fresh approaches to records and production took the rock genre to a new level. His solo from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is still widely considered the greatest guitar solo of all time, four decades since it was recorded.

Rob Hochschild: interview
Filmed by 21summit Productions
Joe Barnard: videographer, editor
Simon Katz: audio

Led Zeppelin Rem asters Paris Listening Party – Jimmy Page

 

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The Waltz Sir Anthony Hopkins Wrote 50 Years Ago is played For The First Time by @andrerieu

This is such a beautiful piece of work. This Waltz composed by Sir Anthony Hopkins over 50 years ago is finally performed with him in the audience.
Simply beautiful!!

André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra performing “And The Waltz Goes On” in Maastricht. A Waltz composed by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Taken from “André Rieu – Under the Stars. Live in Maastricht 5.”

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#RARE Billy Joel on 16 Track The Lost L.A. Tapes – 1972 #raremusic #music Interview w/ Larry Russell @LRussellBass #Rare #Photos!

#RARE Billy Joel on 16 Track!
billy joel 4 track demo The Lost L.A. Tapes – 1972
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by Karen A. Brown @IndieStardust @StardustBlueCEO

Larry Russell is a dear friend and when I saw what he had found in his archives I had to share it with you!

These five original songs feature Billy Joel, Larry Russell, Rhys Clark, and Al Hertzberg in 1972!  The sessions were recorded in Los Angeles at Paramount Recording Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard shortly after performing at the famous Sigma Studio, which was the concert that got Billy noticed by Columbia Records.

Thank you Larry Russell for supplying these rare recordings!

Interview with Larry Russell: Original Bass player for Billy Joel’s band 1972

KAB: How did you meet Billy and what year was it?

Billy Joel Miami Convention Center April 1st 1972 PHOTO: Susan Geiser
Billy Joel Miami Convention Center April 1st 1972
PHOTO: Susan Geiser

LR: It was early 1967 my band THE AGE OF REASON auditioned to be the opening act in a long island club called MY HOUSE owned by Danny Mazur. His son Irwin would later become Billy’s manager during my tenure. And that’s how it all began; my band opened up for THE HASSLES every Friday and Saturday night for a few months and also shared lots of shows with them outside of the club, like PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK and HS proms.

 

Original  Billy Joel Band: February 1972 Live at The University of Southern Illinois
Original Billy Joel Band: February 1972 Live at The University of Southern Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAB: How did you come across these lost recordings? Tell us about all these great original tracks!

LR:  I had been looking for this tape for about 2 years now and stumbled across it accidentally, while opening some storage bins. I knew I should digitize it because it was on a cassette that was recorded by a good friend of mine, Alan Diaz, who was present during the sessions in Los Angeles. The engineer took a feed from the board and transferred it into Alan’s little Panasonic mono recorder. That tape was transferred onto another tape that he gave to me and I digitized it in my studio and gave that to the administrator of a great Billy Joel fan forum on Facebook run by pretty cool Billy Joel fan, Mike Stutz. The forum name is called Billy Joel: Completely Retold. the sessions took place in Los Angeles in April 1972 at the Paramount Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard. I believe we recorded there 1 or 2 days in one week to record about six songs. The engineer was the same one who worked with James Taylor on Fire and Rain. I remember those sessions as being a very happy time for us as that was a great momentum for us at that point.

KAB: What was the atmosphere like recording with Billy during this session?

LR: My old drummer bandmate, Alan Diaz. who would later go on to play Sergio Mendez, was attending this session and it was his cassette tape that was used to make the digital transfer of these sessions. The atmosphere was never tense. Between Billy, Rhys and I, there were plenty of ‘NY kidding’ around to keep us loose in the studio. And besides, we had a very successful string of dates that solidified Billy’s future success to come.

Larry Russel Photo by Symie Dahut
Larry Russel Photo by Symie Dahut

KAB: What was the equipment did you guys used to record?

LR:  I used a 1972 Fender Prescision Bass that Billy bought me, mostly because my Rickenbacker Bass was getting played out. Al Hertzberg used his new Strat, that Billy bought him, as well. Rhys used his custom kit with Ludwig hardware. And Billy used the studio’s Steinway Grand. The engineer that day was Bill Lazarus, who two years prior engineered James Taylor’s Fire and Rain LP. He was awesome. The room provided him a 16 track Studer. I believe these sessions lasted two to three days.

KAB: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers, Larry?

LR: Yes, this band is releasing some live material from our reunion show from last year at The Bitter End on iTunes soon. It is called ‘Long, Long Time’ and look out for us later this year when we mini-tour a few shows down the East Coast.

KAB: Where can folks see you play now?

LR: We are planning an East Coast multi city mini-tour and I will provide info relating to this on Facebook. I am also in the midst of mixing the tracks from our Bitter End Reunion Show from last September 22, 2013 and those tracks will soon be available for sale as a download on iTunes as soon as it is completed.

Thanks for dropping in here with me on Indiestardust Larry! Wonderful hearing these incredible stories!

Find Larry on Twitter @LRussellBass and on Facebook 

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The record relates to our famous concert at Sigma in Philly 2

 

#JackWhite did it! He Broke the Record for the World’s Fastest Studio-to-Store Record #music #RecordStoreDay #Vinyl

We all thought this was just a marketing gimmick for Record Store Day and then we saw this! Wow Jack!

Jack White’s World’s Fastest Record RSD Recap!

Sonic 102.9 program director Al Ford stopped by Garner Andrews’s place on his way home from LA to discuss his trip to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville and played the new song, “Lazaretto”.

Original track “Lazaretto” Jack White – Audio