|Febuary 26 - March 5,1988
In between the BW gigs, I spent most of a couple weeks with James Guthrie mixing "Dogs of War" and "One Slip" for Pink Floyd's concert video "The Delicate Sound of Thunder". Talking about an engineer, this guy was awesome.
He actually measured the equilateral triangle out for the NS-10's (nobody does that!) and they did backwards 1/2 in. safeties (the transients are reversed to hit the tape softer). Bob Ezrin's guy Ringo Hrycyna was there and they had some good stories about the recording of "The Wall". The phone operator (I'm sorry there doesn't seem to be any answer) was a real operator they recorded without her knowing it, and talk of doing window edits on the 2" with a long straight edge (nobody does that either!).
March 17 - April 3 1988
Studio D had the best of everything under the hood, and the new G-SSL was supposed to sound great, but "ears" Yakus wasn't happy. I could hear it too, which helped make the Yak not look like a goofball. We had SSL and A&M techs going over everything for 2 days and they couldn't find it. Mikey had X'ed out his ears in red "heads" tape as a joke for a while.
Shelly swore it was the computer, and I did everything possible to make it happen more. I joined mixes, copied mixes, inserted mixes, rewound, fast forwarded, all kinds of stuff for 2-3 hours and nothing, sheen still there. By this time everyone had bailed and it's just me and Shelly. He and Jimmy had a habit of pulling down the master fader to turn down the volume so you could talk (old school), which writes into the computer.
We were about 20 seconds into the mix and I popped the master fader into Absolute and Shelly hit the stop button, we found it. From that point on, the master fader stayed in Absolute for the entire mix until the fade, SSL didn't like us as much, and Shelly knew I could hear!
March 30, 1988
April 4 -7, 1988
April 11 - 27, 1988
U2 Rattle and Hum ruff mixes with Scott Litt in D.
Stevie Nicks - Tracking "Dial the Number" w/Gordon Fordyce and Dan Nash (he'd quit by now) in D. Great song - unreleased as far as I know. All the big-shots from Modern Records were there.
Kim Carnes "View from the House" with Niko - It had been about 8 years since Niko did that ruff of "Betty Davis Eyes" and moved the shaker off the mark. I think we mixed the whole record in two days, but she picked.
Kenny Loggins song "Blue on Blue" from "Back to Avalon" with Brian Malouf. I got to bill Kenny $50 for doing the TV track mixes. Wheee!!, the big time.
A novelty song with Paul Lani - (he kept complaining that Jimmy wouldn't hire him, what a dork!)
U2 tracking in D - "All I Want is You" - This was a three ring circus with Dave Tickle, Marc DeSisto, Claude Achille, and Randy Wine - and they through me into the fire. We had about 9 tape machines going at all times so no one had to wait for cassette's after the gig. Pure HELL!!!