Nuthin Fancy Dec 2, 2009 16:50:44 GMT -5
Post by ekforum on Dec 2, 2009 16:50:44 GMT -5
Original Release 1975
1. Am I Losin'
3. I'm a Country Boy
4. Made in the Shade
5. On the Hunt
6. Railroad Song
7. Saturday Night Special
8. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller
Midway through the recording of that album, some of the band members were getting into the bad habit of bringing their "friends" around to hang out. (Of course, I never have any friends so I'm not a problem!)
Kooper got real annoyed and I couldn't blame him. It was real brutal. Kooper probably did take off for a few days - but doing that record was the main reason he said he'd had enough.
I recall the studio did not produce a good drum sound and Kooper spent a lot of time trying to get it right. Sometimes it's aggravating to show up at a session and sit around for 4 hours while an engineer gets a bass drum sound.
One time Kooper he showed up a few hours late for a session only to find out that I'd taken it upon myself to change the bass drum sound. I'll admit that was a mistake! COUNTRY BOY may have a strange bass drum sound, thanks to me. At least I didn't bring any friends around.
We were on the road and Al Kooper sent us his mix. It wasn't what we wanted. Oh, why sugar coat it? We thought it was dreadful. The band hated the mix and some of the extra instruments that had been added. Roto-toms, in particular. So everybody in the band took down some notes, gave them to me and sent me out to California to help Kooper re-mix the entire album. I hated it but I sat there every day for a week. Like watching paint dry.
It's a lot more fun at home. No wonder there are so many home studios.
Peter Rudge's idea (For the album title) was "Nuthin Fancy"...
Q - Why was Allen credited with "trout voice" on Nuthin Fancy?
Allen did this voice that someone tagged as the 'trout voice'. I can imitate it but can't tell you what it sounds like...high-pitched with a certain Southern drawl. Hard to describe, but I use Allen's 'trout voice' to call my dog sometimes. He loves it - he jumps all over me when I do it. (Obviously, the 'trout voice' is something of Allen's that stuck with me thru the years.)
I don't know why Allen's credited with the 'trout voice' on the album because I don't think he ever did it on record...I could be wrong, though....I don't remember him ever doing it in a way that would LAST FOREVER.
If we should ever meet, make sure you ask me about it! I'll show it to you.
That album pretty much bombed when it came out. To me, it's still largely unfinished...a very rushed project...in and out in 30 days, literally.
On the back cover of that album (where Billy's flipping the bird), there's a dead gator (that's not in the photo) right off to the side of that path. The property owner had just shot it dead that morning! IN THE HEAD.
Q - It always surprised me that the record co. let the bird finger make the back cover!
Billy was SO SURPRISED. He HATED THAT. I'm serious.
NUTHIN FANCY (Jan. '75) was written in the studio ... so that was a departure from Hell House. Actually, I'd have to say that after Nov.'74, we never went back there. We did some rehearsing in a warehouse/studio in downtown Jacksonville. I think that 'upgrading' was not really on our minds. We all had a lot of respect for what had been accomplished out there in the swamp. But the long ride out to Hell House just became inconvenient over time. We sort of ran out of time. Plus we developed that 'up-all-night' mentality. The folks who lived up-river from Hell House wouldn't have appreciated the noise at 3 AM. So we moved it in-doors.