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August 4, 2011 / John Sieger

Takes All Kinds

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Inflatable songs. You take a simple idea and you produce it on a scale that maybe only NASA would understand. If this song was a person, it would be wearing a three million dollar suit and dropping waste in in a million dollar space toilet. From Salty Tears, it is a nicely executed “laundry list” lyric from Michael Feldman. If paraphrasing was a sport, he’d be an Olympian medalist. There’s no doubt in my mind he could cranked out three or four more miles of this idea, but time constraints and all that. My point is that, divide the cost of that record by the eleven songs on it and you would have at least that many budgets for a decent sounding CD. None of them would feature legendary percussionist Alex Acuna, (who seems more appropriate for a Weather Report project than one with the word “Twang” in it) yet somehow they would still sound fine. And you’d also be able to make out the vocals. On top of all that, when you consider the fact that you will never be able to reproduce something like this live, you have a pretty good argument against the NASA school of record production.

© 2011 John Sieger/Michael Feldman


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  1. dave standridge / Aug 4 2011 11:59 am

    Your producer sure gave this one the full 80’s treatment…flashbacks of strollin’ down the boulevard in my Member’s Only jacket, Flock of Seagulls hair-do and Sony Walkman playin’ Joe Jackson’s “I’m The Man”.
    Indeed, I thought I was.
    Still got the jacket, walkman and Joe’s vinyl album.
    As for the hair, well, it’s taken flight….

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