View From a Hill
So, You Think You Know Me?
Recorded in 1989 at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, So, You Think You Know Me? is wholeheartedly ambitious considering that I had been playing guitar for not much longer than a year when I made it. It was recorded in stereo directly to tape, so none of this "new fangled" digital editing you kids enjoy these days that would have allowed me to edit out all the mistakes. Also, you could only fit 2-3 takes of each song on the reels, so you just had to pick and chose the best takes and go with it warts and all.
I printed 500 copies on cassette, which was also way ambitious, but as anyone who's reproduced an album on any format knows the price per unit goes way down at 500. Or at least that's how they managed to talk me into printing so many...
I estimate that I sold about 90 of those. I have no idea what happened to the rest of them, but I imagine that at one point moving around they got tossed in my mom's basement and subsequently destroyed due to flooding. Luckily, I kept a few copies in a box, if only for me to listen to what was going on in my head back then. My playing on this is vastly different than what I arrived at by the time I recorded with MOLD years later in 1994, but there are still hints of it on the Hello! demo where I was the only guitar player and therefore had the space to use some of the finger-style chord/melody jazz and classical techniques I was working on during my first years of playing.
Night is a fun little find. I recorded it at home on my Tascam cassette 4-track (that was what everyone made their demos on in those days) and submitted it as a "book report" on the book Night by Elie Weisel for my English Lit class. For the gear geeks out there, the distortion is a Boss Feedbacker/Distortion plugged directly into the Tascam and using the "board" preamps. Needless to say it sounds like utter crap...but endearingly so. And needless to say I got an "A" on that report :)