The 8-track was given the name "Octopus" by W. C. Fields, it says here. Amazing
since Fields died 9 years earlier.
Fields did record in Les Paul's garage, btw..he made the Temperance Lecture and
"Glass of water" sketches there.
Richard L. Hess wrote:
> Hello, Doug,
> 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
>> taken his
>> 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 brilliant
>> which he'd made with his modified mono deck. (Like the centipede
>> which, asked
>> 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.
>> Doug Pomeroy
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