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.
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> 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.