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- May 14, 2017
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I have always loved that song. It has such an incredible vibe and that slide guitar is just haunting. I have always wondered if they knew that it was going to be a hit. Now, you have answered that question! Unbelievable! Thank you!One of my fondest memories is being present when that track was recorded at Randy Chowning's farm house near Springfield MO. I worked for Record Plant at the time, and had brought our remote truck to the farm for the basics ...... then got to assist Glyn Johns during the sessions. Man ............ !
We all knew this was a hit ....... even though the track was only in instrumental form on the 2" master tape; I seem to recall that there was a "guide vocal". The lyrics were completed and the final vocal recorded at Sunset Sound in LA when the mixdown sessions began. That's drummer Larry Lee singing his own composition ...........
One amazing thing happened during the recording of the basic: that night was stormy, with rain and thunder. we had set up a couple of (sheltered!) U87's out in the woods to record ambience, and right in the middle of the guitar solo, Glyn happened to raise the fader on one of the mics just as a ripping peal of thunder occurred .... perfect! It went on the tape that way, but appropriate as it seemed at the time, it did not make the final mix. But I always hear it in my head when I listen to the tune .........
That place was awesome wasn’t it? I was just a lad of 13 or 14. Probably Danny Cox opening but I don’t recall. Also saw Ravi Shankar, Hot Tuna and Loggins and Messina w/ Leo Kottke there. Kottke melted my brain.Cowtown Ballroom,saw several there.
Saw them at Cowtown Ballroom in KC in 73ish. Great show.