Sommarföljetongen 2009: The Making of “Mama’s Kitchen” pt 1-5 (complete)

En het sommarvecka 2009 gick följande text som sommarföljetong. Här kommer hela texten som ett treat till alla nytillkomna GoIndy-fans. Glad Midsommar på er!

Speaker:
Tonight on “Legendary Albums” on the Classic Rock Channel, CrC, the making of Jones Bros legendary fourth album “Mama’s Kitchen” from 1979.
Al “Kowie” Kowalski (Singer, Jones Bros drummer 1976-1980)
That sound was like voodoo or somethin’.
Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
Everyone was, like, going ‘Wow’.
Tore Lundgren (junior recording technician):
We built that studio ourselves.
Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
This very special recording board helped to us to lay 73 channel tracks.
Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
Everyone was, like, going ‘Wow’.

(Intro: Legendary Albums on CrC.)

Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Hi there! My name is Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli. I’m a retired senior recording technician. Tonight I’m gonna tell you about the making of Jones Bros legendary fourth album ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ from 1979. There’s gonna be a whole lot a familiar faces, wellknown tunes and even that odd, hidden gem that you might not have heard of before. So, stay tuned, ’cause this is the true story behind the making of Jones Bros legendary fourth album, ‘Mama’s Kitchen’.

(Commercial Break)

Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Hi there, My name is Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli. I’m a retired senior recording
technician and I live just outside Los Angeles, Cali. About thirty years ago I went thru one of the most exciting journeys of my life. I was a junior recording assistent during the recording of world famous stadium rockers Jones Bros legendary fourth album ‘Mama’s Kitchen’.
Speaker:
Formed in 1971 as the three-piece country-rockers ‘Guitar Traders’, frontman Dirk ‘Bud’ Buddenheimer decided to break up his band in June 1973 just in order to reform them as the five-piece country-rockers ‘Jones Bros’ in July 1973.

(Stills of bandmembers, taken from Steve Harringer’s (drummer, 1973-76) private photo collection. Music: “Maria smile”)

Speaker:
Having recorded three albums and done five tours in six years time, The ‘Bros’ took to the studio in order to record what would be their legendary fourth album ‘Mama’s Kitchen’.
Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
During the late seventies the rock acts were Gods. They travelled the world and the crowds just didn’t seem to get enough. Acts like Hammer, Plains of Idaho and Killvermin were rocking places like L.A, Austin, Boston and even The West Berlin!

(Stills from Jones Bros World Tour. Music: “Keep Wheelin’” live from New York City Arena)

Playin’ West Berlin sure mattered to ‘em crazy (beep)ards. I wasn’t with ‘em at that very moment but i remember that Marian Horstheimer of Thunderbolt fame told me in an interview 10 years later how important it was for him and his band to see Jones Bros play live at the Berliner Garten.
Gary Schwimmer (Jones Bros guitarist, 1982-83, 1985-86):
The chemistry in the band was pretty good at the time. The band was mourning the early death of singer Dirk ‘Bud’ Buddenheimer but was happily accepting that songwriter and super guitarist Frankie Waters went from back up singer to guitarplaying frontman. ‘Dizzy’ Joe Jones had been replaced since the 1977 tour by Frankie Fratabucceli and Ken ‘Keys’ Klein was rocking the keyboard.

(Photo shoot, Ken “Keys” Klein” discussing with Vin “Screw” Scrutiacci in the studio. Music: Intro to “The Seventh King”)

Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Ken ‘Keys’ Klein…
Marvin “Marv” Dalton (Keyboard player, Jade Glove):
‘Keys’. ‘The Keymeister’!
Thomas Ludovic (Friend):
Ken ‘Keys’ Klein. Wow!
Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
The way that kid played the keyboard…
Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
That kid sure knew how to play… At this point synthesizers were being sneered upon. You cannot rock on a Yamaha, was the usual slander. Killvermin even wrote a song about it.

(Stills from Killvermin 1978 tour – “No Yamaha Kinda Man”)

Andy Van Der Vermien (Drummer, Killvermin, 1976-)
We sure weren’t into synthezisers back then. (Beep)in’ aren’t still, if you know what I mean?
Gary Schwimmer (Jones Bros guitarist, 1982-83, 1985-86):
The syntheziser tracks were pure gold. Pure gold. But let’s not forget ‘Screw’ and his guys fiddlin’ with their knobs back at the studio…
Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
At this time 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.

(Commercial break)

Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Hi again, I’m still Ralph ‘Ralphie’ Ravinelli. In 1977 the Jones Bros had toured the world on the ‘It’s a Jones’ world’ tour together with the Omaha Rising, The Fred Bohrman Project and the first solo outing of former The Nomadics singer Al Summers. During the tour they had found a special interest in the new syntheziser technology, much thanks to Fred Bohrman organist Ken ‘Keys’ Klein. When the Bros went back to the studio in 1978 they brought ‘Keys’ Klein with ‘em. ‘Keys’ Klein became the sixth Bro at the time even though there had been at least five ex-Bros since the Jones Bros reformed from their former Guitar Traders outfit.
Charles ” Chuck” Havilland (Music Critic, Cultural commentator)
The ‘Bros’ had a very late seventies sounding sound. They pretty much sum up that very period of time. Except disco and that punk thing that was going on over in London… Lyrically they’re very easy to define. It’s steak and potato rock music lyrics. And even though it would be pretentious to put their songwriter Steve Kennan amongst John, Paul, Glenn and Bob, one fact remains: Steve Kennan was born on the 24th of May. Yup. The same day as Bob!
Carl Hansen (Jones Bros guitarist, 1984-1988):
The 24th of May? Really?
Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
This being the late 70ies, the classic album was still around. With it came a lot of classic album covers.
Taylor “Tay” Jones (Jones Bros guitarist, 1973-1980)
We had Ben Behrman, the photographer, to do the photo work for the album. We had met him when playing in Hamburg in 1977. He wasn’t that wellknown back then, still hanging around in some… Let’s say ‘very special’ and ‘experimental’ milieus. He was really up-and-coming and had quite a rep in the underground though. Working with Behrman was very exciting and since he hang out with us for three months he almost became a band member himself.

(Still showing band toghether with Ben Behrman. Music: “Picture This”)

But then of course, Steven Kennan ditched the Behrman photos and went with his own interpretation of our album in water colours instead. It came out pretty good. Not great, but good.
Ben Hammerstein jr (journalist, senior editor Classic Lix magazine):
The ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ artwork hasn’t really caught on but there’s always some crazy dudes still rockin’ it in a ‘Mama’s’-T-shirt at every gig.

(Commercial break)

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)

Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli (retired senior recording technician):
Hi there. I’m Ralph “Ralphie” Ravinelli and you have been watching the making of Jones Bros’ legendary fourth album ‘Mama’s Kitchen’ on ‘Legendary Albums’ on the Classic Rock Channel, CrC. Well, that’s it is, isn’t it Tore Lundgren?
Tore Lundgren (junior recording technician):
It’s still great.

(Outro: Legendary Albums on CrC)

Speaker:
Coming up next: Three videos from one: Jones Bros. Next week at ‘Legendary Albums’: Art ‘Spielbound’ Spielmann on the recording of Lazer’s legendary album ‘Beethoven Burning’.

2 kommentarer till Sommarföljetongen 2009: The Making of “Mama’s Kitchen” pt 1-5 (complete)

  1. Håkan (utan ledtråd) skriver:

    Retired senior recording technicians all over the world, unite!

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