’85, this was the first digital recording ever released
in Central New York. Greg Spencer had just formed his label, Blue
Wave, which I am happy to say is still in business today after
25 years. I produced a nice run of albums for Blue Wave, until
about 1988 when I left town for Boston and Greg took over the
production reins. Engineered by Bill Scranton at Music One, the
band played live except for one song, which was recorded to 16-track
and mixed digitally.
I’ll never forget the first tune we tracked on the new Sony
F1 system. It was “She’s Tough” and there’s
a break where it’s just Pete McMahon laughing. And with
the digital, there was absolute silence except for his laugh.
It was the greatest thing we had ever heard! So we were sold on
digital recording (even though the record was pressed on virgin
Teldec vinyl, as were all of the Blue Wave records.)
The ‘Snakes were a great live band, and they were responsible
for the “Syracuse Blues Boom” of the ‘80s that
sort of continues to this
David Werner and I used Pete to play harmonica on Mary Fahl’s
version of “Money” on “From The Dark Side Of
The Moon”, finally released in 2011 as a digital-only release.