These songs came through as a transmission. Bits of understandings woven into song.
—Teri Hitt | Grace Gravity

A Real Analog Recording.

 

When I decided to record, mix and master a record to tape I had no idea how long it would take or really what it would take to make it happen. But I did have an idea of how good it could sound and the feeling it could have and that kept me going and to the finish line 4 years later in 2020.

From 2017-2019 we recorded the songs for Dream Analog to tape on a Tascam 16-Track tape machine. The first time I heard a song played back off the tape I got tears in my eyes. Until then I didn’t know what was missing in my previous albums, all recorded digitally and released as CDs. I felt the difference in the feeling coming off the tape immediately and knew I was on the right track.

The final lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums were recorded live to 1″ tape on a Tascam MS-16 using tube and solid state gear.

Because we recorded live we made a deep connection playing the songs.

If you’ve ever recorded live you know it’s like being on a tightrope over a windy canyon… ha ha ha and when you make it and it’s good — it’s very fun and exciting. It’s really quite mystical. We later added overdubs of keyboard, horns, percussion, and background vocals.

In September 2019 we went to Northern California to mix at Laughing Tiger Studio. Along the way visiting the biggest Sequoia Tree. It was named General Sherman but it wanted me to call it Mother Earth Tree so I did.  The following month, mastering legend Bernie Grundman completed the process by adding the final touches. Stoughton Printing did a great job on the jackets and sleeves and RTI (Record Technology, Inc.) made the records into a reality.

 

Teri Hitt – vocals, acoustic guitar
June Kato – bass
James Whelan – Hammond organ, piano, Rhodes, electric guitar
Brian D. Hardin – drums, percussion, cloud sounds
Rebecca Stout – background vocals
James – background vocals
Mike Cordone and Jesse McGinty – horns, sax, flute
Paula Montondo – additional drums
Matt Crocco – additional piano

 

Recorded, Produced and Engineered by Brian D. Hardin.
Mastered for Vinyl by Bernie Grundman
CD Mastering by Brian D. Hardin

All songs ©2020 Teri Hitt
except Whatcha Gonna Do ©Teri Hitt, June Kato, and Paula Montondo.
All Rights Reserved. Chaldea Music [ASCAP] Art/Design: Teri Hitt
Photos: Brian David Hardin, Teri Hitt

Cover photo is the Mother Earth Tree (General Sherman Tree) in Sequoias, CA.
— Made with LOVE in the USA. —

AAA was a signification put on records when a record was Recorded + Mixed + Mastered ANALOG.
Each “A” standing for one Analog stage of the process = AAA

A portion of all sales are donated to people and organizations that plant trees and care for Mother Earth in her myriad of forms.
We are all in this together.