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Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Sideman's Journey

Don't know how I found this video but it's pretty cool. It's a trailer for an album by Klaus Voorman called "A Sideman's Journey." Klaus was one of those guys who was connected with The Beatles but always in the background. A talented graphic artist, he designed the famous "Revolver" cover, but he's better known as the bass player for Manfred Man, The Plastic Ono Band, and albums by John Lennon, George Harrison, Carly Simon and a host of other 70's rock artists. He was also once touted as a replacement for Paul McCartney in The Beatles after Macca left, which obviously never went that far.

You're probably thinking, "Here we go again with that 30 year old stuff again," and you're almost right except for one thing. Check out the way they're recording during the first couple of minutes of the video. They're in a studio without walls - a very large bedroom, if you will. Sure, where talking large format console here, but it's in the same room as the players and the engineers are wearing headphones.

Recording like this is as modern as it gets and the way 95% of us are recording these days. You have to love traditional studios and the sound you can get recording in them, but there's not many left and they're not coming back anytime soon.

This is a pretty good video. It's well edited and goes by quickly, and gives a pretty short, but candid look at the making of the album.

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