There has been a lot of discussion on the Minestrone internet mailing list about the re-mastering of 10cc albums. Eric commented at length on this subject and addressed specific enquiries from the Minestrone members. Following this rather serious topic are a few lighthearted questions!! Thanks to Eric for all his input.
Stewart ought to remaster all the 10cc material. There has to be a market
for it! There are some independent companies (like One Way) would take
on such a project but Eric has to want to do it.
fact that someone like Eric cannot stop a bad series of re-releases from
happening is terrible. I wish more artists would stand up and say "This
is a fraud and a bad one at that."
is the record company using to create these remasters? Would Eric charge
them too much? I just don't know how this works in the music biz.
am just waiting for a more Bit and more KHz CD standard and hope that
Eric will be asked to remaster all that 10cc ever made.
I have now copied all of the important 'multitrack masters' to digital tape because the 2" analogue multitrack masters were in fact deteriorating and slowly shedding their oxide coating. I had to take them to the 3M's factory in Berkshire and 'slow cook' them in special 'ovens' for 3 days, then transfer all the tracks to 24 track Sony Digital machines over 3 more days. It was great fun listening to them all again and a good opportunity to put instruments on their own tracks at last. In the earlier 8 or 16 track recordings we would sometimes have 4 or 5 different instruments or vocal bits happening on one single track throughout a song. This made it very difficult for me to mix. Transferring to digital will help me with any future re-mixes of these difficult tracks, along with the 'Automated Mixdown' facilities which I used to dream of in the 70's!
One thing I would definitely do when re-mixing for CD masters is to mix the digital multitrack down to half inch analogue tape and use this as the 'stereo master' for the CD pressing 'master'. It adds a nice warmth to the album that is missing if we stay in the digital zone throughout the re-mastering process. We didn't 'random fly' anything into the tracks as I was mixing them, a la Jeff Lynne, and sometimes I even recorded the echo with the instrument or vocal directly onto the multitrack master so the sound I liked already was there recorded on tape permanently. I have kept all the 10cc 'Voice' and 'Harp' Loops in their individual boxes for each note, but it's very easy to 'sample' them now and play them on a keyboard.
Just imagine a few of the epic tracks like 'One night in Paris' or 'Feel The Benefit' in surround sound, with all those lovely Del Newman string arrangements in the Intro and Outro swimming around your head, WOW.!!! We can already, as I said earlier, re-mix everything digitally after sampling the analogue tracks at 24bit , 96KHz, but until the manufacturers get their act together regarding the format for the future, the public won't be able to play stuff at anything better than 16bit , 44KHz for the time being.
exactly is the real master? The Deceptive bends Japanese CD released sounded
very different than any other release I know.... Does anyone have a clue
if Eric or any band member was involved in the MFSL Original Soundtrack?
Eric consider releasing Frooty Rooties on CD through his own website or
the fan club?
lovely dream! ....A new CD with demos and other lost songs from the 10cc
archives.... A video compilation!.....Ö A re-mastered Run Away! What's
Ericís hourly rate???!!! .....Dreaming about when Eric has finished his
album!! Unfortunately we had a regime, or method of working, back
then where we re-used our multitrack tapes for economic reasons which
meant that a lot of different versions of the various songs, like the
first and 'Latin' version of INIL were erased and recorded over !!!!!
And, to save space in the library of tapes at Strawberry North, we would
compile all the multitrack masters for each album onto as few 2" reels
as we could, and 'bin' most of the rest of the tapes with all the out-takes
and false starts etc.
Any oldies on your new album or any collaborations?
Would you consider selling a CD of the outakes /demos of the album
through your website?
The following questions are just a few of many asked by Roger Spruce!
good is your French?
that you have reached 56 have you developed an opinion on how much red
wine is good for your health? How much red wine is detrimental to your
you prefer left hand drive or right hand drive?
you achieved happiness?
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