I would like to suggest that the intimacy/immediacy/tension of having
to "get it right" on each and every pass had something to do with the
final product. Perhaps this is one reason why good live performances
are sometimes (often?) more interesting than over-worked
multi-tracked studio creations. While both pathways can create
excellent work, there is a difference.
My understanding was that Les never had a mega hit after he obtained
the 8-track machine, which is too bad.
I also understand that Les is still around and living in New Jersey.
You might be able to go and ask him. Please bring a recorder and do
an oral history <smile>.
At 04:43 PM 2008-09-19, Doug Pomeroy wrote:
>After making ten successful sound on sound passes, a mistake during the
>eleventh pass would effectively erase all ten previous passes, and it
>must have occurred to Les that a way to avoid this disaster would be
>to make a
>safety dub of the tenth pass.
>But how could he make a dub if he had only one tape recorder? He
>could have made a disc dub, since he had a lathe. Or, he could have
>tapes to Capitol to have dubs made. But presumably he did
>neither. I sure would
>like to ask him about this.
>It is interesting to me that after he got the eight-track (octopus)
>from Ampex, he never again (in my opinion) made the kind of
>which he'd made with his modified mono deck. (Like the centipede
>how it could coordinate the motion of all those legs, could never walk
>As for tape delay, check out his brilliant "I'm Forever Blowing
>Bubbles", where the repetition rate of the delay fits perfectly the
>tempo of that song.
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