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  posted on 10/14/2013 at 10:15 PM
Saturday at GABBA I, along with about maybe 25 other lucky people (some of who were not from the US) toured the old Capricorn Studios "complex" in Macon.

This is something I NEVER DREAMED I would have had the chance to do....to see the tape room where so many incredible masters had been stored, as well as go into the Control Room and the Main Recording Room, then down in the catacombs of the basement and see the scary, claustrophobic, tile "Reverb Rooms", with all those little cubbyholes where I'm sure much illicit activity went on, was almost cathartic. I hung with Susea who I know got some killer photos. I even grabbed a souvenir of my own, an old Guitar Player mag from '98 that was just lying in a pile of old junk.....

There was some cool vintage recording equipment, too, including a DBX analog signal processor that looked almost new, and an old dust covered reel to reel that I couldn't even make the name out on. I wonder what songs were recorded on that? NOT knowing is almost as cool as knowing, if you think about it......

It was amazing to realize that later, as I was listening to the demo CD of the new B&S reissue, some of the tunes had been recorded RIGHT THERE where I was that morning.

I told Gregg Potter that I felt very privileged to have been a part of such an extraordinary gathering and thanked him (and Big Dave and bluedad and everybody eles with GABBA) for everything he and they did to make it happen.

I was completely worn out from the LONG drive the night before but man, am I glad I got my dead ass out of bed for that tour. One of the coolest things I have ever done.

Is there an element of "Check out the cool thing I just did and you didn't?" in this post - I'll admit it. But, man, IT WAS JUST SO COOL!

Bravo!

[Edited on 10/15/2013 by brofan]

[Edited on 10/15/2013 by brofan]

 

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  posted on 10/14/2013 at 10:32 PM
Sounds like an excellent experience!

Bravo! In deed.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 03:02 AM
When I was in Macon last year, (Tan)Dan very kindly gave us a tour around the City and we passed by the studios ... I didn't realise there were still elements of the recording studios left inside ... would have loved to have done the tour with you ...

Any chance of the Big House purchasing the building and extending the Museum to include the studios ?

 

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When I was in Macon last year, (Tan)Dan very kindly gave us a tour around the City and we passed by the studios ... I didn't realise there were still elements of the recording studios left inside ... would have loved to have done the tour with you ...

Any chance of the Big House purchasing the building and extending the Museum to include the studios ?


Now ...that would be very cool

 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 05:56 AM
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Saturday at GABBA I, along with about maybe 25 other lucky people (some of who were not from the US) toured the old Capricorn Studios "complex' in Macon.

This is something I NEVER DREAMED I would have had the chance to do....to see the tape room where so many incredible masters had been stored, as well as go into the Control Room and the Main Recording Room, then down in the catacombs of the basement and see the scary, claustrophobic, tile "Reverb Rooms", with all those little cubbyholes where I'm sure much illicit activity went on, was almost cathartic. I hung with Souzy (SIC) who I know got some killer photos. I even grabbed a souvenir of my own, an old Guitar Player mag from '98 that was just lying in a pile of old junk.....

There was some cool vintage recording equipment, too, including a DBX analog signal processor that looked almost new, and an old dust covered reel to reel that I couldn't even make the name out on. I wonder what songs were recorded on that? NOT knowing is almost as cool as knowing, if you think about it......

It was amazing to realize that later, as I was listening to the demo CD of the new B&S reissue, some of the tunes had been recorded RIGHT THERE where I was that morning.

I told Gregg Potter that I felt very privileged to have been a part of such an extraordinary gathering and thanked him (and Big Dave and bluedad and everybody eles with GABBA) for everything he and they did to make it happen.

I was completely worn out from the LONG drive the night before but man, am I glad I got my dead ass out of bed for that tour. One of the coolest things I have ever done.

Is there an element of "Check out the cool thing I just did and you didn't?" in this post - I'll admit it. But, man, IT WAS JUST SO COOL!

Bravo!

Rich, It was so good to see you after many years since that NYE Fox run!!! The walking tour was filled with a ton of info many of us die hard ABB fans knew about but was also filled with tidbits I did not know and to go inside the legendary studio to feel where all that majic happened was surreal!

The studio which is not open to the public but thanks to people like Greg Potter for making this happen for anyone who was part of the Rock Candy Tour and GABBAfest 2013!









40 something year old bottle on a table strewn with various magazines and papers.


Michael, Rich and John! Otherwise known as EasyMichael, Brofan and Bluedad!


The shirt Rich was wearing which has gone viral on facebook since I uploaded the day of the tour!


[Edited on 10/15/2013 by susea]

 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 06:34 AM
Rich, I never pulled out the good camera. Just these mobile uploads. One of my hands was used to pick my jaw off the floor! LOL! I'll post other photos and video in the GABBA thread later!

 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 07:52 AM
Very cool Rich, and thanks for the photos Sue. If I could not do this, you two are the next best thing!
 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 08:07 AM
Great review of the studio tour and great pics! Wish I could have been there with y'all!

 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 11:08 AM
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The shirt Rich was wearing which has gone viral on facebook since I uploaded the day of the tour!





That shirt was gifted to me by JFC at the Beacon in '03, after he had been trying to get it to me for 3 months. I have no way of telling anyone how to obtain one, as I think the artist rarely does "production runs" and I have no way to get in touch with him.....thanks, as always, to JFC for his thoughtfulness and generosity.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 02:44 PM
Thanks for the report Rich - to describe that as "cool" seems like such an understatement. Certainly it could be described as a pilgrimage too. I'm green with envy!
 

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  posted on 10/15/2013 at 05:19 PM
It was stunning to be there.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2013 at 05:20 AM
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It was stunning to be there.


And, if I may quote myself, how unreal to listen to the first two discs of the deluxe "Brothers and Sisters" release on the way home--less than 24 hours after being in the room where it was recorded!

 

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  posted on 10/16/2013 at 01:53 PM
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It was stunning to be there.


And, if I may quote myself, how unreal to listen to the first two discs of the deluxe "Brothers and Sisters" release on the way home--less than 24 hours after being in the room where it was recorded!


Actually you were quoting ME - see my first post about listening to B&S after visiting the studios! *laugh*

 

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  posted on 10/16/2013 at 02:00 PM
Glad you got to see the studio brofan

reading your post took me back to my first visit to Macon for GABBAFEST in 1993. We were also given a tour of the studio; back then it was in use as "Phoenix Sound" recording studio.

Just being in the same room where all that great ABB music was recorded gave me chills. It was indeed magical

 

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It was stunning to be there.


And, if I may quote myself, how unreal to listen to the first two discs of the deluxe "Brothers and Sisters" release on the way home--less than 24 hours after being in the room where it was recorded!


Actually you were quoting ME - see my first post about listening to B&S after visiting the studios! *laugh*


Great seeing you again this weekend, Rich, even if we had similar ideas.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2013 at 07:40 AM
WoW! When I read that GABBA was opening Capricorn Studios for a tour I thought.... there are going to be a lot of happy people in Macon. I have been in front, back and side
of the studio and the offices. I would love to go inside either. As the attendees have all
atested to, it was an awesome experience. To think what happened inside of those walls.
A small, upstart group of believers, Capricorn Records changed music and influenced a countless number of lives. I want to take this tour before I kick the bucket. As I really don't have a bucket list, visiting the studio is something I really want to experience. Its sort of like visiting the Big House. I was there, but not inside, many times when Kirk and Kristen lived there. It was a dream come true when the house was finally made an official
museum site.

Thanks for all of the posts describing the studio and the vibe inside the building. I would
love more pictures if anyone has some they have not posted.


 

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  posted on 10/17/2013 at 04:59 PM
I tried to take a video, but it came out too dark to see anything. Darn it.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2013 at 09:05 PM
Rich, really glad to see you keeping fine!
Seems you had a wonderful time

Take care bro!

 

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  posted on 10/21/2013 at 08:44 PM
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Rich, really glad to see you keeping fine!
Seems you had a wonderful time

Take care bro!



Masahiko! How are you, my friend? Great to hear from you!

Wish you could have been there, Bro......

 

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