Mixing John Denver Applause on Lou Reed’s ‘Rock n Roll Animal’ Album

SKF NOTE: This story had me smiling.

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Musician Steve Katz Revisits A Career Of Blood, Sweat, Blues And Rock
05/30/2015 08:22 am ET | Updated May 30, 2016

katz_steveThe Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, and he went on in the 1970s to produce Lou Reed’s classic live album, Rock n Roll Animal.

Katz says one of the stereo feeds of the audience track for Reed’s concert at New York’s Academy of Music, the basis for Rock n Roll Animal, was lost so there was only mono crowd sound. That wouldn’t work, so the engineer went through his archives and matched that with a mono audience track from a concert by the ultra-square John Denver. (Both were RCA artists at the time.)

“I said, ‘That’s perfect. Lou would love that,’ “ Katz says in a phone interview. “Lou went to his grave not knowing we did that. It’s my ultimate prank on him.”

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