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by Bob Kirsch

April 1976

At Long View Farm in North Brookfield, Mass., Baird Hursey has done an album with Richard Mendelson behind the boards. Carmen has been in, with Steve Elson producing and Jesse Henderson and Gil Markle engineering. David-Allen Ryan and friends from Sha Na Na were in the facility for a week or so. Larry Coryell was in, working on a project for the Eleventh House as well as a solo set. Annie McLoone has also been in the studio, working on an RCA project. Finally, Gary Wright stopped by for a few days, putting together some FM spots and making good use of the studio's synthesizers. Owner Gil Markle says the "residential studio" concept is working out well, and he expects to continue things in this vein.


October 1976:

Stevie Wonder flew in to Long View Farm, North Brookfield, Mass., with 150 "guests" to preview his new Songs In The Key Of Life project. Cat Stevens stopped by for a weekend of horse back riding and sauna baths. Van McCoy was in to do basic tracks for Gladys Knight. Alan Douglas was in to mix his Jazz Loft series, Ron St. Germain and Les Kahn at the board. John Peters brought in the Don McLean tapes done by Manor Mobile Unit for mixing. Solo is the name of the double LP. Jesse Henderson and Gil Markle engineered. Gordon Edwards and the band Stuff were in for an extended period doing basic tracks. Herb Lovelle and Tommy LiPuma were the producers: Al Schmidt and Jesse Henderson were the recording engineers while Gil Markle did the mixing.


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