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Steven Stanley

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Steven Stanley is a Jamaican an audio-engineer who has since the 1970s worked in reggae and rock genres, most notably with Talking Heads (Remain in Light) and Black Uhuru. He was an in-house mixer of the Compass Point Studios. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Stanley [Jan 2006]

What about Bob Marley?

Around '86 Chas and I were looking for a tougher sound: we found it with Jamaican engineer Steven Stanley at Compass Point studios in the Bahamas: MCI desk and Pultec equalisers. I came back to England, found a third-hand MCI for sale at Jerry Boys' Livingston Studios and bought a pair of Pultec's from Paul McCartney. The MCI was originally one of three boards’ custom built for Island Records in the early '70's for their studios in Basing Street and St Peter’s Square. After API, MCI made the premier tracking console in the States: in a way it was the American SSL, sporting the first commercially available automation system. The + 36 volt power supply (take note, ye boffins) gave humungous headroom; hence it's popularity with the Reggae guys. Our desk came out of Studio 2, Basing Street (now Sarm West, the Horn HQ) whence it was used, amongst many historic recording sessions, to mix "Exodus" by Bob Marley. If only knobs could speak!


Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club March + August 1981
When legendary reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry failed to show up for the scheduled recording sessions, Blackwell allowed Chris and Tina to produce the album themselves with Jamaican engineer Steven Stanley, just 23, at the controls. First they laid down the basic tracks of drums, bass, keyboards and guitar. Then they asked a young Bahamian, Monte Brown, to play guitar on "Wordy Rappinghood" and "Genius of Love." In the studio next door, Chris Blackwell was producing Grace Jones making her classic Nightclubbing album that featured an array of great musicians. So when overdubbing hand claps to "Genius of Love," Chris and Tina thought it would be fun to invite Jamaica's famous "Riddem Twins" of drums and bass, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, to clap with them. Ezikiah "Sticky" Thompson added his percussion magic to "Lorelei" and Tyrone Downie added piano to "L'Elephant." Then, Adrian Belew, who had played with Talking Heads on tour, joined Chris and Tina on vacation to play guitar on several songs. Tina's "Sweetbreath" sisters, Lani and Laura Weymouth, who'd previously contributed their voices to Talking Heads' "Air," flew from New York to harmonize with her. Tina's brother, Loric, sent words of inspiration from overseas for "Booming and Zooming." When asked to describe the eclectic hybrid of music, Chris and Tina thought to call the funky blend "fresh" and "freestyle." On the spot, those tags became part of the dance and hip-hop nomenclature of the day.


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