Talking Heads – Unreleased 1977 Rough Mix Master Tape With Outtake

A unique Talking Heads collectible–an original 7″ studio reel with unreleased rough mixes of “Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town” and the outtake “I Wish You Wouldn’t Say That” (Unreleased until the 1991 compilation Sand In The Vaseline.)  We acquired these from Ed Stasium, who engineered and mixed Talking Heads ’77.  Included is his signed letter of authenticity detailing the history of this tape, as well as high resolution digital transfers on CD made by Ed.

Stasium’s letter explains that “Ruff” mixes are quick one take reference mixes used for artist, producer and engineer and/or record company for listening and evaluation during the process of the recording.  The individual track balances, panning, EQ, compression, reverb/delay effects etc. are entirely dissimilar from the ones used on the final mixes.  In addition, “ruff” mixes often are one before overdubs and final vocals have been recorded–so these vary considerably from the final mixes that appear on record.  “When doing final mixes, we only mixed a song a day (maybe two) spending considerably more time on the mixing as opposed to the “ruffs” which were probably done in one take.”  S

As Stasium explains in an accompanying document, tapes from the 1970’s need to be “baked”–or heated in a controlled enviornment–before playback; the binder used to attach the magnetic particles to the backing can be unstable after many years.  Ed baked this tape before transferring it digitally in his recording studio; we suggest the owner not try to play it.

This auction is for the tapes, CD transfers and documentation, sold as a collectible only.  No rights of reproduction or copyright are included or inferred. As illustrated below, we have commissioned a frame for thise tapes which can be hung on the wall or displayed on a table.  The frame can easily be slid open and the tape removed.  The frame is shown only as an example of how this tape might be displayed and is NOT INCLUDED but can be ordered separately.

A unique opportunity to obtain a truly one-of-a-kind Talking Heads collectible.

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