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Passages – Shultz Park, Simsbury CT 1985

January 22nd, 2010 1 comment

Eric R., came back from college and wanted to play over the summer for parties, and asked if I wanted to put the Generics back together (Eric, myself, Chris Iriarte) for gigs. Chris was off to Europe that summer, so we nixed that. Eric then called up Brian W. and Julie H. to see if
they’d want to jam, and I invited Dave to see if he wanted to participate.  We ended up doing two shows over that summer at Schultz park – we would rehearse over at Eric’s basement.

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Driven to Tears
All Along the Watchtower
I Shot the Sheriff / Crossroads Jam

Dave Cawthon – lead guitar, vocals (on these tracks, rhythm otherwise)
Tim Porterfield – rhythm guitar (on these tracks, lead otherwise)
Eric R. – bass
Chris D. – drums
Julie H. – vocal (track 1)

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Chock Full of Nuggets

January 22nd, 2010 No comments
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With Joe, Diane & Jason

January 22nd, 2010 No comments
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Master Covers

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

tape case reads: “master – walk away I thank you manic mechanic don’t take me alive original” which I condensed to ‘master covers tape’ This sounds to me like some of the first stuff Dave did after getting his first 4 track machine. Dave actually does the lyrics for manic mechanic on track 5!

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01 Walk Away (instr)
02 Walk Away
03 I Thank You
04 Manic Mechanic (instr)
05 Manic Mechanic
06 Don’t Take Me Alive
07 Don’t Take Me Alive
08 Don’t Take Me Alive
09 Don’t Take Me Alive
10 Don’t Take Me Alive (w/vocals)
11 original

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Ernie Tune with Sax

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

[The first track] sounds like Barrett era Floyd!

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01 track 1
02 track 2
03 track 3
04 track 4
05 track 5

This is a much better quality version of track 1 on the Ernie’s Tune tape, hence the obvious if not the actual title. Hard to understand why we never got to hear this when it was recorded; it’s fantastic.

01 Electric Sam

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Originals Mike & Jason

January 22nd, 2010 1 comment

Jason Brubaker explains: #1 thru #7 were probably recorded at the same time–I’m thinking the winter of ’86–when Dave was on break from his first year at Berklee. Mike and I were still in HS at the time.

#1 This was totally based on the opening drum beat…from a Hendrix tune that I am blanking on right now. I used to warm up with it. When I played it the first time, Dave immediately started playing to it and it developed into this. I think Mike came up with the opening key riff. All of our stuff was very free form…we basically just let it fly.

#2 thru #5 are the same song with #5 being the most “complete” of the batch. I am so happy you found this one as I feel that this is some of Dave’s best playing. It’s also the closest to a complete “song” that we ever recorded. I’m pretty sure Mike came up with the chords and minor arrangement and Dave was off and running. It’s very Hendrix–Band Of Gypsy’s type stuff. Love the solo on this one. In my opinion this really gives a good taste of what Dave was all about with respect to playing straight rock.

#6 and #7 are the same song–this was a Dave original. I really like this. Dark, yet bright and free. Very cool.

#8 This sounds like it is from the “shawdow jam” sessions, which were recorded in Pete Jesick’s basement. Probably the summer of ’86. Dave used to turn all the lights off…and see what we could come up with without having the benefit of our vision. I also remember there was quite a bit of experimenting going on that did not involve music that night–you can hear that in the music as well. This was called “shadow jam”.

The thing that strikes me the most about listening to all of these recordings now is how generous Dave was. I mean, he had all kinds of other drummers in town (Ken Lubinsky, Chris Irarte) or elsewhere that that were so much better at the drums than I was at the time. Ultimately though, I feel very fortunate to have had the playing time I had with him.

[The thing that strikes me is that this kicks f*ing ass! -ka]

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01 track 1
02 track 2
03 track 3
04 track 4
05 track 5
06 track 6
07 track 7
08 track 8

Dave Cawthon – guitar
Mike McConnell – keys
Jason Brubaker – drums

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Mike Connors in RI

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

This is an unmarked tape of a recording session at Mike Connors’ in Rhode Island (based on comments between takes). There is a woman musician -to be named later- and it starts off with bass guitar and drums on the first tracks, then keys and sax parts, then vocals on the last track which I think is called ‘spaghetti veins.’ Tucked into the tape case is a note in Dave’s handwriting titled ‘spag. veins (Mike’s tune)’ with number and verse notations.

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01 untitled 1
02 untitled 2
03 untitled 3
04 untitled 4

Jason Brubaker adds: Spaghetti Veins was recorded in Dave’s basement…I’m almost certain it was the Winter of ’88 going in to ’89. Dave wrote everything for this song – all instruments except for the drums. There are vocals on #3 – that is Dave singing with Diane on backup. At the end of the song for the out part he said to me “just do something jungle like” and that’s what I came up with. We had an 8 track recorder with 2 microphones on either side of the room – a classic Dave set up. I remember him and Joe were competing for who could have the worse sounding “trade off” – if you listen to the song you will hear the two of them take turns playing 4 bar riffs on their instruments going back and fourth. I remember they were trying to see who could sound worse and they were laughing hysterically at it. There were other tunes we did for this session, including some covers. I don’t have any copies anywhere of this stuff.

05 Spaghetti Veins 1
06 Spaghetti Veins 2
07 Spaghetti Veins 3

Dave Cawthon – guitar
Diane F. – bass
Joe M. – sax
Jason Brubaker – drums

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Misc Experimental Mixes

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

Dave’s tapes are generally unmarked but this tape is labeled ‘experimental mixes reel to reel.’

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H short take
That’s Allright
The Visigoths Took My Hat (Jonathan Townes)

From an unmarked high speed tape, different mixes
01 drum track
02 All to Myself
03 Going Down
04 That’s Allright
05 instrumental

This is a tune I’m guessing Dave wrote. This track is him putting the idea down for the band to learn. Later in the tape is the same song with a band. That’s good too but I like the demo style solo Dave, besides, the guitar is way too low in the mix with the full band.

Side A, Part 1 – Invisible Heavy Metal Reggae Multitrack Theme

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Watchtower Experiments

January 22nd, 2010 No comments
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Ken’s Apartment

January 21st, 2010 No comments

Both tunes were written by Dave. He came over one afternoon (maybe ’93 or ’94) and asked me to help him record these tunes. I did not offer any opinion on song form or arrangement as he had a very clear idea of what he wanted to do – just not how to get it all on a 4-track cassette player. To this day I feel like these two songs are some of the best constructed rock songs you’ll ever hear (from arrangement to feel to chord changes) and we tried our best to capture it on limited equipment. Of course, at the time, they were just a couple of songs…

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That’s Alright (remix)

Dave – Guitars & Vocals
Ken – Drum programming / Keyboard Bass / Engineering

Going Down (remix)

Dave – Guitars / Bass / Lead & Backup Vocals
Ken – Drum Programming / Background Vocals / Engineering

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