Recorded at The Village – Bob Dylan’s “Planet Waves”

Dylan On DylanBob Dylan recorded his 14th album – “Planet Waves” in Studio A during the fall of ’73. The album was recorded over the course of four marathon sessions held between the 5th and 14th of November. The sessions saw Dylan and The Band move through multiple takes of potential album cuts before arriving at what would become the final 11 track LP.

Interestingly – the version of “Forever Young” that closes out Side A was almost not included on the album. It was Producer/Engineer Rob Fraboni that convinced Dylan to include the take – which Rob described as being “so riveting, it was so powerful, so immediate, I couldn’t get over it”.

Why was Dylan originally opposed to using this take? According to Fraboni it was a result of a childhood friend!
“during the recording…[Dylan’s childhood friend] Lou Kemp and this girl came by and she had made a crack to him, ‘C’mon, Bob, what! Are you getting mushy in your old age?’ It was based on her comment that he wanted to leave [that version] off the record.” 

Though Dylan relented and put that version on the album – the back and forth in his mind would continue over what the best arrangement for the song would be. Speaking on the state of “Forever Young” during the albums third session on November 9th – Dylan told Fraboni – “I been carrying this song around in my head for five years and I never wrote it down and now I come to record it I just can’t decide how to do it.” As a result – during the final session on November 14th – another variation was recorded. It was this final attempt that would go on to open Side B of the album. As it stands – it is arguably one of the “best case” outcomes of indecisiveness in music history!

“Planet Waves” – complete with a hand drawn cover by Dylan himself – was released on January 17th 1974 after a last minute delay had seen the albums name changed from planned title “Ceremonies of the Horsemen”. The LP would go on to reach Number 1 on the US Billboard chart.

2013 National Braille Challenge

Untitled 3Each year the Braille Institute hosts the National Braille Challenge here in Los Angeles – The challenge is an academic competition for the best and brightest visually impaired students in the country. Broken into two stages – the contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with a fun-filled, but challenging, weekend of events.

This year – The Village Studios were proud to have been able to work with the Braille Institute by hosting the recording session for “Challenge Maybe” here at The Village. The track (a clever spin on the Carly Rae hit “Call Me Maybe”) was recorded by the talented Caitlin Hernandez and is featured in the “2013 Braille Challenge Highlights” video.

Everyone here at The Village would like to take a second to thank the Braille Institute for the immensely valuable work they do and the lives they impact each and every day. Please visit bit.ly/17bI8CP to learn more about this wonderful organization.

Check out the “2013 Braille Challenge Highlights” video below –

Sara Bareilles LP “The Blessed Unrest” debuts at No. 2

SaraSelling 68,000 copies of her newest album “The Blessed Unrest” – Sara Bareilles has debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200! As you may recall from our appearance in Sara’s web-series “Sara Bareilles Makes A Record” – The Village was utilized in the recording of this fantastic new record. Wit the album striking a positive note among critics and now achieving the sales to match – it’s safe to call “The Blessed Unrest” another great moment in Sara’s already storied career. If you haven’t listened to the album yet go out and pick up a copy now – let’s get it to No. 1!

See Sara working on “The Blessed Unrest” at The Village Studios in the clip below –

 

 

The Decemberists: Live at Village Studios – Hosted by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

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The Village was fortunate to have The Decemberists drop by for an intimate KCRW LIVE session. With material drawing heavily from the bands breakout LP “The King Is Dead” – the dynamic set is one of our many favorites. Special thanks to KCRW and Morning Becomes Eclectic for hosting the session.

Catch the 44 minute performance in it’s entirety below –

 

 

Feist: Live at Village Studios – Hosted by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

feist-On October 26th 2011 – Hot off the release of her excellent LP “Metals”, the lovely Leslie Feist dropped by The Village Studios for an outstanding LIVE performance. We are proud to present the entirety of the 44 minute KCRW performance/interview below. Special thanks to our friends at KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” for hosting this session here at The Village.

 

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