show me the way to go home

Well. This post was prompted by a \’conversation\’ with Brushback on One Base On An Overthrow initially regarding one-time Nazz guitarist and tunesmith, Todd Rundgren, and on the back of that his role as producer for the New York Dolls, and much later down the road, Cheap Trick.

While agreeing about Cheap Trick, I made the point that I was surprised on listening to \”In Color\”† for the first time again in years to find the production far ropier than I nostalgically recalled. In comparison, I had just heard the A&M 1999 remaster of 1976\’s \”Frampton Comes Alive\” and I was amazed at the great sound.

I wasn\’t.

It may have been recorded at Winterland, San Francisco but even during the heatwave of 1976 in the usually rain stricken UK, it sucked. Big time.

And yet. Fast forward twenty years and I found myself tapping my feet to a reasonably faithfull cover version, thinking, actually, it\’s really not all that bad

Tell them Mascis sent you.

DINOSAUR JR: SHOW ME THE WAY from \”You\’re Living All Over Me\” LP / CD (SST) 1987 (US)

PETER FRAMPTON: SHOW ME THE WAY (REMASTERED) from \”Frampton Comes Alive\” LP (A&M) 1976 (US)

† For those of you resilient enough to have persevered thus far, it appears that Steve Albini has re-recorded \”In Color\” with Cheap Trick in a bid to iron out those muddier creases.



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