Sommarföljetongen: The Making of ”Mama’s Kitchen” pt 4

Ralph ”Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Hello again. I’m Ralph ‘Ralphie’ Ravinelli and you are watching ‘Legendary Albums’ on the Classic Rock Channel, CrC. The studio may be burnt down but the songs of Jones Bros’ legendary fourth album ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ still remain. And did I forget to tell ya? They still rock!

(Stills from Jones Bros’ studio sessions. Soundtrack: ”Wings of youth”, Intro from ”Umalumahuma awakenin'” and never-heard before guitar session with Joe Holland and Taylor ”Tay” Jones.)

Ralph ”Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
One reason why Jones Bros fourth legendary album ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ still manage to attract loads of hungry, entusiastic music lovers is the legendary recording technique. At this point all recordings were made on 64 track channel recorders. The track channels could be expanded but 64 was still considered an upper limit. Me and my good friend Tore Lundgren were hellbent on changing that. The Jones Bros’ ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ gave us an fabulous once-in-a-lifetime-ish opportunity to do that.

Tore Lundgren (junior recording technician):
We built that studio ourselves.

Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
The ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ recording also saw them back together with super producer Vin ‘Screw’ Scrutiacci, studio legend and lifelong friend.

Ralph ”Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Super producer Vin ‘Screw’ Scrutiacci, studio legend and lifelong friend, me, and Tore Lundgren built the Original Lower East Side recording studio where all the recordings for ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ were made. This very special recording board helped to us to lay 73 channel tracks. Listen to this bit for example. It’s the guitar solo from ‘Lady by Day’…

(Guitar solo from ”Lady by Day”)

Now listen to this…

(Guitar solo from ”Lady by Day”)

The first part is played on a, back then regular, standardised 64 channel track recorder. The second part is recorded on that very 73 channel recording board. Wow.

(Guitar solo from ”Lady by Day”)

I remember doing that thing I just did when Al ‘Kowie’ Kowalski, drumming with the Bros ‘til he took up his more famous career as frontman of Yucatan in 1986, came in to the studio. He fell down of the sheer power of the hi hat. Is that me drummin’, he said. Darn right, I told him. ‘Kowie’ later asked me and Tore Lundgren to produce Yucatan’s second legendary album ‘Yucatan II’.

Al ”Kowie” Kowalski (Singer, Jones Bros drummer 1976-1980)
I dunno if ‘Screw’ had some ancestors from Haiti or sumthin’ ‘cause that sound was like voodoo or somethin’.

Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
The drums! At that time, and you’ve got to remember, this was still during the disco years, most drums were sounding something like this. Pat-pap-pap! ‘Screw’ Scrutiacci and his guys were doing those crazy pat-pap-para-pap-pap-pap thingies. I remember listenin’ to the first ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ demos at the now defunct ‘Rox’ magazine editor’s room. Everyone was, like, going ‘Wow’.

Ralph ”Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Me, ‘Screw’ and Tore Lundgren built the Original Lower East Side Recording Studio where all the recordings for ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ were made. Unfortunately that very studio burnt down in 1987.

(Black and white stills showing burnt down ashes of Original Lower East Side Recording Studio. Music: Jones Bros ”Fading away” from 1985 album ”Rockin’ the BRO-thel”)

Curt Erickson (Official Fan club Homepage administrator)
The studio may be gone but the ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ album is still available in your record stores. And it still rocks.

Carl Hansen (Jones Bros guitarist, 1984-1988):
You know that song about music dying? I could have written that song myself in that very moment when I heard about that studio buring down.

Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
A tragedy.

(Commercial break)

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