Thrust

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all compositions by Steffen Presley*
© 2010 Steffen Presley
recorded at Crystal Studios and Tamarind Labs, Hollywood
*"Bottom's Up" © 2010 Rick Bozzo and Steffen Presley
digitally remastered at Song-Haven Studio 2006
Steffen Presley:   vintage keyboards and synthesizers
      vocals, alto saxophone
Steve Shirelli:   lead vocals
Marc Glassman:   drums
Rick Bozzo:   bass guitar
Cyndi Wood:   backing vocals


This album was recorded between 1980 and 1983. The rhythm tracks were recorded at Crystal, an expensive commercial studio by engineer Kevin Beamish. Alas, shortly after, the plug was pulled on the use of this otherwise unaffordable luxury. Steffen completed the project on his own at home using a couple of Tascam 3340 four track tape recorders and little else. Recording technology was incredibly primitive by today's standards and home studios were barely in existence. Re-mastered in 2010, the recordings still sound pretty good today, much of it owing to excellent performances by the musicians and singers. Well, you can hear for yourself right here, if you dare.

The instruments and effects used by Steffen on these recordings were quite modern at the time, but are now considered desirable and sought-after vintage gear by aficionados. For the bulk of the songs (written and recorded mostly around 1981) These would include a Minimoog synthesizer. a Sequential Circuits - Prophet 5, a Hammond B3 organ with a Leslie 147, and a Hohner Clavinet. The piano was mostly the Steinway B grand piano at Crystal Sound Studios.



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