The Publicist's Handbook
Connie Gates
Professor Markle
James Taylor
B. B. King
Tom Chapin
Bobby Callender
Mark Radice
Jeff Christie
Taj Mahal
Four Days at Troon
Jimi Hendrix
Don McLean
Stevie Wonder
I Love You
George Harrison
Tribute to GH
Cat Stevens
Max Roach
Jimmy Miller
Gary Wright
Dick Wagner
Tim Curry
Michael Kamen
J. de Villeneuve
Clifford T. Ward
Geoff and John
Jemima James
Jeff Lass
Joanne Barnard
J. Geils Band
Pete Wolf
Pat Metheny
Juice Newton
Larry Coryell
Jay Ferguson
Arlo Guthrie
Mick Jagger
Ian Stewart
Charlie Watts
Graham Nash
John Belushi
Frank Carillo
David Reid
L'Anse Fourmi
Deep Purple
Motley Crue
'til tuesday
Grim Reaper
Kings of the Sun
Dan Fogelberg
The Monkees
Laughing Nose
Ahmad Jamal
love at the prompt

Long View Staff



    We were so cavalier in those days. So casual, so unimpressed by what we were doing. So uninformed by the genius of those who would circle around us, meekly, eyeing the open microphones and the weighty reels of two-inch virgin magnetic tape — ready to record music that, twenty years later, would be regarded in many cases as iconic.  We were fools in young men's clothing.
    Not just us, but the artists themselves.  "That's a piece of shit.  Let's roll back over it."  How many times did I hear that?  I heard that two dozen times from Keith Richards alone within a span of two dozen hours, and had the temerity to obey him only half that many times. I wish I had ignored him altogether.
    Other times it was "Why did we even mix that?  Label it an out-take, or Studio Reference.  Do what you want with it. We don't need it.  Don't bill us for the quarter-inch tape."
    Here are five out-takes from five geniuses.  They called themselves "Oregon".  Paul McCandless and Ralph Towner were the two movers and shakers. This was part of the "jazz fusion" hysteria, addressed elsewhere in this collection of essays.
    I wish I had a time machine to jump into.  I would dial up 1978, North Brookfield, Massachusetts and make my way from there.

       Jug City
       Reed Water
       Three Times Four
       Untitled Percussion
       Untitled Wolf




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