|My comments: This was a group with a 5-piece horn
section, two drummers, two singing keyboardists, and me on bass.
The band was really something, and was at its best live. For some
reason we took a different approach for the record; a little more
like a science project, recorded the drums alone first and then
overdubbed the other instruments individually. One thing I'll say
about the drum tracks: they were recorded in stereo, both drummers
playing at once, with the craziest jerry-rigged mixer and mic setup
you could imagine, with speakers and mics setup all over the yogurt
factory so I could change the sound by sending the signal from
whichever mic into different rooms. For one song we took the
drumkits to a pedestrian tunnel under a freeway and recorded them
there on Bruce's Sony F1 digital two track recorder. In the end
these drums tracks hold up perfectly even after the layers of stuff
that were to come later. I'd learned a lot over the previous years
about recording in basic stereo out of necessity, and here it
really paid off. I still record all the drum tracks for my solo
albums directly to two tracks. In the end I'll simply say it was an
exhausting and extremely educational experience, an "interesting"
album but we probably ought to have done a live album.