American Blood - Summerhill / Frisell

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This concert was recorded on a modified stereo Walkman at OK Hotel in Seattle in June, 1993. It was the second night of a two night run before a mini-tour and the second time we’d ever played this material together live. You can hear us feeling our way through the wilderness of it, and to add to the drama, someone had made off with Bill’s prize delay pedal the night before and he quickly borrowed mine and was using it instantly in new ways I never dreamed possible (his solo on This is Only America is about as strange and mournful as I think art can get in the hands of a practicing master). We were all working without a net that night and having a lot of fun taking risks with the music as we tripped along the high-wire. Bill’s Klein guitar sounds as glorious as I’ve ever heard it, even under less-than-ideal recording conditions, and we ran through no less than two performances of Gone, Just Like a Train, which we had recently co-written together, along with the rest of this material. It feels to me now like it might have been only yesterday. . . .

– Julian Summerhill

Julian Summerhill - spoken word / vocals
Bill Frisell - guitar
Kermit Driscoll - bass
Joey Baron - drums
Song List
01 gone, just like a train
02 dead lovers
03 this is only america
04 sorry for the delay
05 trance
06 it's time
07 all we need of heaven
08 circle/interlude/gone, just like a train II
09 end of the world/strange meeting

* TRT 59 minutes

FLAC:  2.3GB zip file
AAC:  174MB zip file
MP3:  127MB zip file

A note on the restoration process: These recordings were restored and mastered by Jessica Thompson in Berkeley California, using Azimuth and iZotope RX6. The additive, subtractive and mid-side EQ sculpting was done mostly with Fab Filter, and a plug in called BX_refinement was applied to control panning and enhance the stereo imaging. The cassettes were digitized on a Nakamichi cassette deck at 192kHz and 24 bits.

Album cover photo by Robert Cunningham,
from the collection of Susan Fensten