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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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30. Joe Jackson: Raining with Talent

While Joe Jackson’s songwriting has always been predictably brilliant, his strategy in recording the Rain album was slightly less conventional. Jackson teamed up with his old friends, Graham Mabey and Dave Houghton, the original rhythm section of the Joe Jackson Band, and they holed themselves up in an East Berlin studio with what he considered to be the bare essentials: piano, bass, and drums. Their objective was to record a collection of songs that rose above the mediocrity of many today’s releases.

Sonically, Jackson had a simple vision: big. By sticking to sparse arrangements, simple instrumentation, and selective overdubs, he surmised that he could deliver on this vision and put out a record that the ...

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