So I was listening to Charlie's "Lines" CD via my iPod (I got all your releases of yours on for convenience) when this song came on. Towards the end of this song the music begins to fade out as the song appears to be all but over. Then suddenly without warning the song jumps back in fairly loud just as a great guitar solo kicks in after which the song fades on out as its finally over. So my question involves this sudden increase in sound which helps further the song's overall length a little bit. Was this done on purpose or was it a complete accident in which a recording technician was asleep at his post and suddenly awakened back to the present? To my knowledge this is the only song Charlie has recorded that has this rather unique sound signature in it. Love the track, heck I love the whole album from start to finish for that matter. I'm just wondering as to what if anything someone would be so kind to shed the light on the recording of "NSIP" for me on this song. I also encourage any/all of you who don't know what I'm talking about to please refresh your memory and give this song a listen before responding. To me the effect whether intentional or not is quite effective. As always thanks in advance for any insight you might have on this particular subject!
Without going into great detail about the recording process of the 70's and 80's, surfice to say that whatever you hear on any album was there deliberately and meant to be there.
No accident or falling asleep.
I thought as much. Still I was just a bit curious never the less. I just finished listening to that song again and I must admit I find the sudden volume change quite "effective". Great song, great album, one of my favorites. Thanks for the quick response!
this was shot in studio 3 at twickenham film studios on may9th 1979
It was, if memory serves, our somewhat cruel commentary/reaction to the then-current preference for fades and, equally, the then-current predilection of audiophiles to crank up the fade-out of songs in order to catch every last drop of audio in them there grooves. We giggled, no doubt under a multiplicity of influences, at the prospect of first-time listeners to the track getting an earful as the track slammed back in. In retrospect it does seem a bit mean-spirited but, heck, it was an awful long time ago.
I love that story! Thanks, Julian!
This is hilarious! Awesome. SO many good songs from a band can't hardly find anywhere. WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids, MI is where I first heard Charlie. Met the band as a broke college student in 1977 or 1978 at a "record store" in Grand Rapids - some autographs on an album jacket somewhere...