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Classic Tracks: Neil Young's "Heart of Gold"

May 1, 2001 12:00 PM, Elliot Mazer

"Heart of Gold" was recorded during the first set of the Harvest sessions at Quadrafonic Sound Studios in Nashville in early 1971. This project was full of coincidences and surprises. Neil, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Tony Joe White were in town to shoot the final Johnny Cash Show for ABC-TV. I was living in Nashville, working mostly at Quad, which I co-owned with David Briggs — the Nashville musician, not the David Briggs who had produced other Neil Young records — and Norbert Putnam. I decided that the studio would host a dinner for some of the [Cash show] guests and some of our studio friends. I called Elliot Roberts, Neil's manager then and now. Elliot and I had known each other in New York; I produced some demos with a group he called Roberts Rules of Order. He took Neil to the party. I had produced Linda's Silk Purse LP. So, I called Peter Asher, Linda's manager, and he brought Linda and James Taylor. We had around 50 people for dinner. During dinner, Elliot introduced me to Neil, and we started talking about studios and musicians. Neil had heard of our band, Area Code 615, and asked if I could get the drummer, a bass player and a steel player into my studio the next day. Kenny Buttrey was available and keen to play [drums] with Neil. Norbert had gone home to Muscle Shoals for the weekend, and Weldon Myrick, the steel player in Area Code 615, could not make it, because he had to do his regular gig on the Grand Ole Opry. So we found Ben Keith — he's still working with Neil after 30 years [see story in "Recording Notes"].

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Classic Tracks: Dobie Gray's "Drift Away"

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Dan Daley

When songwriter Mentor Williams came to Nashville from L.A. in 1972, he was looking at an interesting proposition. After several years of studio experience limited to songwriting demos in L.A., his naturally entrepreneurial inclination led him to strike out on his own as a producer. He was able to cut a deal with Nashville-based Decca (soon to be acquired by MCA) for his fledgling production company, Third Son. Williams had chosen as his first album project a try at restarting the career of Dobie Gray, the son of a Texas sharecropper whose previous chart success had been nearly a decade earlier with the Top 20 R&B version of Ramsey Lewis' jazz classic, "The In Crowd." Engineer Gene Eichelberger, at Quadrafonic Sound (now Quad Recording) remembers Williams as anxious about his freshman project: "Some of the songs took longer to mix than they did to record," he recalls, as Williams sought to make good on his first major-label outing.              excerpt from mixonline article

Nashville Skyline, May 2008

May 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Peter Cooper

Neither House of David nor Quad caters specifically to a contemporary country music crowd. Though Taylor Swift, Toby Keith and others have recently recorded hit records at Quad, studio manager Mark Greenwood estimates that only about 40 percent of Quad's business is countrified. This is in keeping with the way things have been since late 1969, when Briggs and fellow musician Norbert Putnam opened Quad at 1802 Grand Ave.

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Nashville Skyline

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Rick Clark

It was also a great year for the community's premier non-country music studio, Quadrophonic. Quadrophonic began in 1970 with the partnership of Norbert Putnam, session keyboardist David Briggs and producer Elliot Mazer (Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot). What started as a place for Putnam and Briggs to set up a publishing house quickly turned into one of the hottest studios in the country, thanks to the influx of projects brought to the studio by Mazer. High-profile sessions included those with Neil Young, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffett, Grand Funk Railroad, the Jackson Five, Buffy Saint-Marie, the Pointer Sisters, Joe Walsh and The James Gang, Stephen Stills, Eric Anderson and many others.

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Nov 1, 2000 12:00 PM, Dan Daley

A POEM (excerpt) BY IRVIN EV

My elements quivered, my windscreen fluttered

If I could speak, I would surely have stuttered.

So up on a new shiny stand I arose, ready to rock, ready to roll.

But for four lonely days, and four lonely nights

I didn't do shit and got extremely up tight

So take me back to Quad, my dear old home

And bring on Londin, Buttrey, Carrigan and Malone

And to hell with those stars, singers and clowns

`Cause I'll still be thumpin' when they're not around.             excerpt from mixonline article


Jun 01, 1999, Mix, Dan Daley

Engineer Gene Eichelberger is one of Nashville's links between the past and present of the studio business here. He engineered with producer and Quad Recording founder Norbert Putnam for many years on a variety of music projects at the Bennett House in Franklin, Tenn. More recently, as a freelance engineer, he has worked in virtually all of the rooms in and around Music Row, on projects for artists such as Dan Fogelberg, Tammy Wynette, Steve Miller, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffett and Jewel.                          excerpt from mixonline article


Aug 1, 1999 12:00 PM, Dan Daley

Nashville's already complex studio business environment is getting even more complicated. Lou Gonzalez, owner of Quad Recording in New York City, has come to an agreement to purchase Quad Studios in Nashville. The fact that the names of the two facilities are virtually the same is pure coincidence; Gonzalez founded Quad in New York in 1978 and has built the facility into a five-room complex in Times Square, with all SSL consoles, including a pair of 9000J boards and the first music application M-T digital console in the U.S. Nashville's Quad was founded by legendary producer Norbert Putnam in 1970 as a single-room facility where he eventually produced many of Nashville's nontraditional records of that decade, by artists including Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Kris Kristofferson, Brewer & Shipley, Pousette-Dart Band, Donovan, John Hiatt, J.J. Cale, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.                                                      excerpt from mixonline article