Secong Helping Dec 3, 2009 11:52:20 GMT -5
Post by ekforum on Dec 3, 2009 11:52:20 GMT -5
Original Release - 1974
1. Sweet Home Alabama
2. I Need You
3. Don't Ask Me No Questions
4. Workin' For MCA
5. The Ballad of Curtis Loew
6. Swamp Music
7. The Needle and the Spoon
8. Call Me the Breeze
The Strat on the SECOND HELPING album is a '67 (except for the Alabama Strat, which is a sunburst '73 with a rosewood board.). Like the ALABAMA Strat, that '67 was a lousy guitar, too. (The '67 is shown below) But the '73 is still a bad guitar. And when I say bad, I don't mean good. It WILL HOLD YOU BACK. Oddly enough...that guitar has paid my rent for over 30 years. WEIRD.
I sold that Strat and my SG to a guitar player in Jersey. He's now a cop...and a real good guitar picker. He literally wore both of those guitars OUT. He still has them. That Strat was a 'frankenstein' model...made up from parts. It was ok...but not a keeper.
Kooper put in the titles for the first two albums.
Q - What/who is makin' that weird noise in the interim between DON'T ASK ME NO QUESTIONS and MCA?
I been waiting for that one. I think that's Leon & Allen. The voice you actually hear as the song starts is Leon, I think. I have NO idea where that piece of tape came from.
Q - This is, by far, the fattest Strat ever recorded. What else did you use to get the unique sounds you get on this album? Sometimes it sounds like a little bit of Mu-Tron or another phase shifter. What do you use to get that fat, slightly wet sound?
I never used a phase shifter or mutron...Kooper added some delay on Swamp Music. I know I used a Marshall on MCA and a Fender Twin on Curtis Lowe. The rest is a blurr. But I didn't use any effects. If my Strat sounds fat, well...that's just ME.
One time while touring in '74, we bought a bootleg 8 track tape of SECOND HELPING at a truck stop. WHY? I don't know....but whoever recorded it had added WAH-WAH solos over every square inch of the music. WALL TO WALL WAH WAH.