Yes, you are correct, Bill Grauer. Typing off the top of my head always boomerangs on me!
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Levinson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2008 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Fortissimo
> I do believe it was spelled Grauer not Gauer and that many Riverside
> LP's (including the Barretto) actually had a credit at the bottom of the
> label that said:
> Bill Grauer Productions Inc.
> New York City
> Tom Fine wrote:
>> Hi David/Aaron:
>> I just read something somewhat relevant to this, in one of the Orin
>> Keepnews Collection CD reissues booklets. Apparently, Bill Gauer,
>> Keepnews' partner at Riverside, was a racing car nut and was very into
>> making these "environmental audio" recordings. The "super-fi" records
>> were not mentioned in Keepnews' notes, this was to a Blue Mitchell
>> album. The reference was that Keepnews was down in Florida with Gauer
>> helping out on one of these racing-cars recordings. Cannonball
>> Adderley insisted Keepnews go with him and hear Blue Mitchell in a
>> club during the trip, and Keepnews was duly impressed and signed
>> Mitchell to Riverside. To everyone's chagrin, the Mitchell records on
>> Riverside never sold well, and it's a credit to Keepnews that he still
>> felt strongly enough about Mitchell's talent to include "Blue Soul" in
>> the Keepnews Collection reissues.
>> Tying in to Aaron's post, Ray Barretto provided some tasty percussion
>> on that album.
>> -- Tom Fine
>> PS -- one of the earliest "stereo spectacular" albums featuring race
>> cars was "500 Miles to Victory" on Mercury, recorded by Bill Putnam
>> and originally issued in stereo on a 2-track tape in 1956.
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Lennick"
>> <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2008 12:56 PM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Fortissimo
>>> Anyone remember, or even hear of, a label called FORTISSIMO produced
>>> by Riverside in 1961? Super-quiet surfaces (wonder how they managed
>>> that? Riverside never turned out a quiet disc in their lives), discs
>>> cut from the inside out (changer owners must have loved that), master
>>> tapes recorded at 60 IPS "with the heads oriented horizontally"
>>> (whaaaaa..?), a 400hz alignment tone, and repertoire such as Racing
>>> Cars, Jets, Pipe Organ (miked from inside, I think) and Banjo Polkas.
>>> Amazing what turns up in some of these old audio magazines that I've
>>> never run across in over 45 years of record collecting.