Monday, November 24, 2008

Summer Home - a dual FREE MP3 Experience

Greetings and salutations! As we quickly approach Thanksgiving I wanted to say "THANK YOU" to all of those who've been reading my blog. I hope you've enjoyed the free mp3s I've posted. It is rare when I record a song twice (unless we're talking about a "live" version), but there are some songs that I like so much that they end up recorded again in an effort to make a better quality recording (or better version).

"Summer Home" is one of those rare tracks that has been recorded twice (I think three times actually). It is one of my favorite Rain Station tracks. As the story goes...In the summer of 1992, Hoagie Malone (Jay Moores) began coaxing musicians for his recording project "Equator". These sessions produced 33 tracks. Originally released as "Khaki Circus" by Equator, Hoagie felt that the recordings between he and mopehead (Mark Harvey) were going particularly well, so when mixing time came, the 33 tracks became two separate releases. Rain Station was born with the release "Criminal Goat" and Hoagie released the rest as "Equator". "Summer Home" was one of the tracks on "Criminal Goat". Jay recorded drum tracks in his large Mission Street house. I'd come over and record guitar tracks to his tracks and then he'd flesh out the rest. On the original "Criminal Goat" version of "Summer Home" the bass track was played by Jay's buddy Dave Mintim.
I moved out to the Sunset (from the Peninsula) and after a few roommates came and left I convinced Jay to move out of the Mission and out towards the ocean. The place we lived in was fairly large and allowed for setting up and playing (as a band).

Tony Iuppa (my buddy who played bass in The Screaming Paisleys) joined us as did a friend from work, Brian Peet (on drums - pictured with Jay and I). Rain Station (the band) was formed and we recorded a three song demo to shop around for gigs. Jay and I also named our home in the Sunset The Rain Station. I took a photo of our house last time I was in SF that I've posted.
"Summer Home" was one of the tracks we recorded for our three song demo - this time on my 4-track. "Summer Home" was added to "Fancy Fancy" as were the other two songs we recorded - "Widdershins" and "Quiet Morning".

Jay and I have yet to record a version of "Summer Home" on something better than a 4-track. I'm sure someday we will as we both love the tune. you'll find the FREE MP3 downloads of "Summer Home".
"Summer Home" by Rain Station found on "Criminal Goat" (here)
"Summer Home" by Rain Station found on "Fancy Fancy" (here) (links disabled)
I plan to add more early Rain Station and mopehead tracks in the coming months.
Enjoy the FREE tracks and please drop me a comment.
Remember, all of my CDs are available for purchase at Nobody Records.
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Mark Harvey

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