New Podcast: MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Eric Isaacson Part II

  • MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Eric Isaacson Part II

    Eric Isaacson, founder of Mississippi Records, presents a compilation that seeks to capture the magic of home recordings.

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    “This mix is all over the board. The theme is simply home recorded music, whether by the artist themselves or by field recordists who came over to visit. Some of the artists are very well known like Bo Diddley, who would work out his compositions at home on tape before hitting Chess studios to record, or Charlie Feathers who recorded at home all through his 40 year career using the same equipment... As a result you can’t tell the difference between a recording made in 1955 or 1985 when it comes to Charlie. Some of these artists are not very well known – like Scott Dunbar who never left the small town of Lake Mary, Louisiana. Some of the artists are stalwarts of the Mississippi label like Michael Hurley, Marisa Anderson and Abner Jay.
    The point of this mix is to show that the bloated magic sounds of the studio can take you pretty far in one direction... ain’t nothing wrong with that studio sound when its used right - like on Phil Spector’s genuinely psychotic wall of sound or George Martin’s bizarrely perfect rock on the Beatles Revolver album or stuff like that. I will grant that a fancy pants studio can achieve some magnificent things that a home studio never could. Conversely, home recording can achieve some amazing things that a studio never could no matter how hard it tried. Some things just can't be manufactured outside the home... “

    Eric Isaacson