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!
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
didnít cut it.
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
another session at Syncron Studios in
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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