Friday, September 27, 2013

Quote of the day

"I think the very best thing you could do at this point is exactly what you are talking about doing: bang a record out in a couple of days, with high quality but 'minimal' production and no interference from the front office bulletheads. If that is indeed what you want to do, I would love to be involved.

If, instead, you might find yourselves in the position of being temporarily indulged by the record company, only to have them yank the chain at some point (hassling you to rework songs/sequences/production, calling-in hired guns to 'sweeten' your record, turning the whole thing over to some remix jockey, whatever...) then you're in for a bummer and I want no part of it."

In a letter to Nirvana, Steve Albini pitches his services for working on In Utero in characteristically frank fashion. He got the gig, of course, but it didn't quite turn out as he'd planned, as he revealed in a recent interview with Chicagoist - there was plenty of record company interference, even from a relatively enlightened major like Geffen, resulting in an album that neither Albini nor the band were satisfied with. Hence Albini's work on remastering In Utero on the twentieth anniversary of its release - he's not so much a "remix jockey" as someone righting wrongs and making things sound the way they should have done originally.

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