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Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione discusses 'live' recording versus overdubbing.

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Q: “You’ve always done ‘live’ in effect, albums or ‘real-time’ records let’s say, that beginning to end are done. You haven’t overdubbed that much…”

A: “Right, and on this album, there weren't a whole lot of overdubs. I mean, in the sense of ... I mean, just the strings and the brass were done in the same fashion as if everybody would happen at the same time. We just did them in a different time because I don't think, for example, that the string riding in this particular album is in the same vein as it was in Friends In Love, for example … Where strings were really carrying melodic passages and you were looking to get the spirit of the music and the time thing happening where it becomes very critical, you know … But I'm beginning to learn about the studio as being a musical instrument kind of. Where you take advantage, if you're going to go in there, you might as well use it to its fullest rather than having strings playing at the same time and leaking into the percussions, mikes and then you want more strings and you're turning up the conga player or whatever is going on. So I enjoyed making this record and the people involved in this record were studio players.”