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Trey Anastasio – 4 Track Project 1985



Trey Anastasio
“A Christmas Gift from Trey”
December 1985



And So To Bed > You Enjoy Myself, Green Dolphin Street -> Harry Hood, Slave to the Traffic Light, Antelope, Divided Sky, Letter to Jimmy Page, Dave’s Energy Guide > Fluff’s Travels, “A Last Surprise” 12/01/84 Skippy the Wondermouse > 12/01/84 Fluffhead (45:37)





*Slave: drums by Pete Cottone, Keyboards by Tom Marshall.
*Back-up Vocals: Marc “Daubs” Daubert, Tom Marshall (Slave, Antelope)
*Slave, Antelope and Ltr to Jimmy Page are from Bivouac Jaun
*Dave Abrahams may sing vocals on one or more of these tracks… (?) I have conflicting info.
*Daubs plays percussion on DivSky
*THE DUDE OF LIFE on Tracks 11-12.

I was generously given this music on a 90 min Maxell XL2S tape by a friend of Trey’s, who (among many others) had received the tape from Trey as a Christmas present a few days before Christmas in 1985. As this friend put it, much of this tape “is the fruit of an entire semester of 4-track experiments by Trey . . . I remember him doing overdubs of all vocal parts on YEM, and using the pitch control knob to vary the harmony.”

Trey’s “4 Track Project” is profound. Most of it was recorded in Fall/Winter 1985, possibly on Mike’s 4 track, but I am not sure. Trey is his own worst critic and he may reflect back upon this music and scoff (or perhaps worse), but his creative genius, his humor, and his love of music brilliantly shine through in this material. Whatever he might think about his early music, he created this tape out of love for his family and friends, and it shows.

The master cassette and my copy conclude with “A Last Surprise,” i.e., 12/1/84 Skippy the Wondermouse > Fluffhead, featuring The Dude of Life. I debated whether to include it here, because it already circulates in low gen, it cuts on here at the very end, and it is “just” filler. But it is what Trey put on here as filler, so here you go.

Source: Schoeps mk41> KC5> M222> NT222> Aeta PSP-3> SD 744t (@24bit/96kHz)
Location: Section 10, Row B, Seat 2, 9′ Stand, NOS
Transfer: SD 744t> Samplitude SE 9.1.1(dither/resample)> CDWave> flac(16/44.1)
Taped, Transferred & Seeded by: taylorc (01/02/2011)


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