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Prince 'in the Studio' 1975 - 1995

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Featuring Exclusive Interviews from former band members & engineers. Never-before-seen pictures of the studio & the vault!!! "The book that every aspiring musician, producer and engineer should read." - Prince Charles Alexander, Associate Professor of Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music
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Published January 1st 2010 by Amber Communications Group, Inc.
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Alban Jones
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Was An Xcellent Book From A Musician's Point Of View!!! If UR A Fan Of Prince & Want 2 Delve Into His Life, This May Not Be The Book 4 U!!! But If U Want 2 Understand What Fuels Him In The Studio, How He Worked In The Studio, The Gear He Used, & Where The Recordings Took Place, This Iz UR Book In Spades!!!
The Engineers R The Stars Of This Book Bcuz They Shed AMAZING Insight Into How Prince Develops His Songs, How He Lays Them Down, The Gear He Used, & How Intricate The Process C
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Bert
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prince, music, bio
Frustratingly uneven. At best this is the first draft of a much better book: it's still fairly rough and most of the time the text is barely more than copy-pasted sections fro other sources.

There are numerous things wrong with this book, and they all boil down to the author seemingly being locked in a pattern he has established in his other books -- please note that I don't know this for sure since I haven't read any of his other books, I'm just guessing that based on the fact that he's written
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Lee
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly Written, Great Topic

There is a lot of padding in this poorly written book. It seems like half of the book is quoting reviews from a handful of outlets. However, the author apparently interviewed recording engineers who were in the studio with Prince from his first album through 1992's "Love Symbol" album, and anyone interested in learning about Prince's working methods would enjoy reading this. Note to the author - It's Bari sax, not Berry sax. It's SMPTE time code, not Sempty. Hire an ed
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Chambers Stevens
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
For the hardcore Prince fan this is a fantastic book.
No gossip.
No girlfriends.
Just what happens in the studio when Prince records.
Jake has interviewed most of the engineers and they let us know how it all went down!!
Simon Sweetman
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This was kinda interesting - even if it wasn't particularly well written.
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“Expanding further on his own observations of Prince’s writing style(s) during the course of the album’s recording, fellow Paisley Park engineer Eddie Miller, who engineered the recording of ‘Electric Chair’ among other Prince recordings during the Batman era, recalled that “he would write all sorts of ways. I have to admit that I listened to some of his cassette demos that he would sometimes bring into the studio to reference (as I remember, he would hold the cassette player up to his ear, so you couldn’t really hear it.). They were fascinating. His cassette demo technique was extremely crude but ingenious—it’s like something you’d do if you had no access to any equipment. He’d use two cheap cassette recorders. If he wanted to hear drums, he’d record a human beat box rhythm for the length of the song—and most likely, he’d have the form of the song in his head while he was recording this. By the way, it was the same in the studio when he’d do his one man band approach to recording a song. He’d know the song in his head, and start out recording the drums for the song (it would essentially become the ‘click track’—the way a click track should be). Back to the cassette demo—he’d then play his beat box groove over the speaker on the cassette recorder and sing the bass line while recording all this onto the second cassette machine. He’d build up a rhythm track this way, and then add vocals. And there’s your demo.” 2 likes
“Translating how that latter fact came to life in the studio, engineer Chuck Zwicky explained from his own observations during the recording of the album that “the way that Prince’s music comes together has everything to do with how he views the individual instruments, and for example, when he’s sitting down at the drums, he’s derivatively thinking about Dave Gerbaldi, the drummer from Tower of Power, and that’s a real fascile and funky drummer; and when he plays keyboards, he’s thinking about James Brown’s horn player, on one aspect; and when he’s playing guitar, other elements creep in, because he loves Carlos Santana, and Jimi Hendrix, and this other guitar player named Bill Nelson, a rock guitar player from the 70s. And so these aspects all come together to make this unique sound that is Prince, and it’s not rock, it’s not funk, it’s not jazz, it’s not blues—it’s just his own kind of music. I remember there was one particular moment when he started playing this keyboard line, and I’m thinking ‘He can’t play that, that’s Gary Newman.’ And at that moment, he stops the tape, and turns and looks at me and asks ‘Do you like Gary Newman?’ And I said ‘You know, the album Replica never left my turntable in Jr. High School after my sister bought it for me. I listened to it until it wore out.’ And he said ‘There are people still trying to figure out what a genius he is.” 2 likes
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