History

1971 find Jon out in the real world, working in a men's clothing store not
unlike The Gap. In walks Andrew Loog Oldham, former producer for The Rolling
Stones. It does not go unnoticed, Jon takes down the address and phone
number from the check.

This leads to a very exciting time period, but not without its ups and
downs. It's kind of a painful time, too, as eventually things don't work
out. Sure was looking good for a while though! Quite the ride!



What hap? Oldham was working for The Rare Earth label, a subsidiary of Motown, 

(the white division). The label was going through some changes, a power shift, and

Oldham was on the outs. Truth is, even if he hadn't been? The demo he produced of Jon 

just didnít cut it.

In the studio, Oldham had employed a gizmo hooked to the recording machine 

that made it go even faster. It was a real nice 2" recorder and I'm sure would've sounded 

great without it. The engineer had to root around through the studio to even find this 

device. It wasn't normally used, it was rattling around in a drawer with a bunch of 

other unused items.  The theory was that more tape per second would result in 

higher quality sound. Andrew instructed Jon and band to play faster. He said that when it 

eventually got slowed down, at mixdown, it would sound right. Unfortunately it never 

did get slowed down; somehow it got speeded up even more. Sounded like 

Alvin & The Chipmunks!

Time to move on, Jon picks up and heads for San Francisco. Sure, there were
still hippies out there, but the scene is really no more, the Summer of Love
was over. Damn!

He upgrades his recording gear, he gets himself one of the first 4-channel

decks, a TEAC 3340. Subsequently he spends a LOT of time in his room.


Before long it's back to Connecticut with his new batch of tunes. His dad backs 

another session at Syncron Studios in Wallingford . Jon tracks down Oldham  

in NYC. Oldham initially says he'll produce the session but then closer to the date 

says he can't be there. He promises he will critique the recording. 

 

Jon rounds up a stellar group of musicians, Art Sutton, Eric Pearson, 

Johnny Dotson and Lew Gross and into the studio they go. Left to 

their own devices, this time they emerge with a great recording. 

It still sounds good today!  

 

Here We Go Again                     November 4th

 


But Oldham never heard it. He kind of disappeared. The next door neighbor of
Oldham's said he'd gotten divorced and had moved back to England. The tape
got sent out and around but nothing ever came of it.

 

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