Hi Aaron:

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]>
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Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2008 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Fortissimo

> Tom-
> 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
> AA
> 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" 
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>> 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.
>>> dl