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THE HORNS MASTER TAPES

In his Album Review, Paul Cox when talking of the re-mixes says:-

"Woman I Need" also includes the single thing on this album which pays most tribute to Took's past, when the sound of a pixiephone drifts in (for the benefit of the as yet uninitiated, I should explain that said instrument is a child's xylophone, played by Steve amongst many other percussion implements in his imaginative & unique embellishments to the sound of the original Tyrannosaurus Rex duo)."

In light of this it seemed appropriate to include information on exactly what we found on the master tape and how Tookie worked in Pathways studios when recording 'The Horns' session. When Steve Took's Horns recorded the master tape in Pathways studios they worked with an eight track machine in THREE Phases.

PHASE ONE
The drums were recorded using five of these eight tracks, Track 3 plus tracks 5 to 8. The remaining three tracks were used as follows:-

IT'S OVER
Track Number Instrument
Track 1 Organ
Track 2 Trev Guitar 2
Track 4 Steve Guitar

AVERAGE MAN
Track Number Instrument
Track 1 None
Track 2 Trev Guitar 1
Track 4 None

WOMAN I NEED
Track Number Instrument
Track 1 Bass
Track 2 Organ
Track 4 Steve Guitar

PHASE TWO
These eight tracks were then mixed down in Pathway Studios the same day, to produce stereo backing tracks (which appear as 'B/TR R' and 'B/TR L') which were re-recorded further along the master tape as tracks 3 and 6.

PHASE THREE
Once the original eight tracks had been mixed down to Tookie's satisfaction, they freed up six tracks on the eight track machine. For the way these were used please refer to the scan of the master tape box below.

USING THE MASTER TAPE
We were delighted to discover an alternative version of "Average Man" which had been recorded 'live' spanning just eight tracks. This we included on the album with no alteration other than general sound clarity improvements.

For the three original mixes it seemed wholey appropriate and the only ethical course of action to use the stereo mix-downs Took himself had produced in 1977. Therefore we used the second section of the tape (recorded in Phase Three) to ensure that the original authenticity and credibility of the songs was retained.

For the re-mixes we went back to the original Phase One tracks which were used in addition to the six Phase Three tracks to produce new versions of the songs. We then had fourteen tracks from which to work. For "Woman I Need" we were surprised and delighted to discover that the Organ listed for Track 2 had been set up to sound like a pixiephone! One of Tookie's jokes no doubt! Although mixed down in Took's original 1977 mix we brought it forward in the re-mix because it was too delightful not to!

The hand writing on the Pathway Studios Master Tape box appears to be that of Steve Took. You can compare it with a sample of his handwriting on this page. Note his tendency to spell words starting with an 'N' with a 'K'.


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