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The second time, I think it was, I fell completely in love with it. Now the Stage version can irritate me
I read this the other day concerning the version on Stage and was quite disgusted at how it had been hacked about like a child with a tape recorder Tony Visconti wrote...
The only 'cheating' I am guilty of was cutting into the middle of "Station To Station" with a section from another night and city. The beginning and end are from Boston but the middle is from Providence. The possibility of making such edits was planned from the time I set up the sound for the first show. After I made an initial band set up, complete with equalization, dynamic processing and track assignment, I instructed my crew never to change anything on the console from show to show, and to always to use the same exact microphones. After each show a big X was made across the console in white tape, with a written warning that anyone who touches the console would be castrated.
Enormous credit goes to drummer Dennis Davis for consistently playing the same tempo from night to night, making such an edit possible. My reason for the edit was because "Station To Station" was over eight minutes long and we didn't have one great complete take for one reason or another. They were all good takes, but I needed a great one! The Boston/Providence/Boston solution worked like a dream.
London Bye Ta-Ta...