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Book Review: Temples Of Sound: Inside The Great Recording Studios
Authors: Jim Cogan And William Clark
By Matthew S. Robinson
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2004-11-30
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Author: Jim Cogan and William Clark
Title: “Temples of Sound: Inside the Great Recording Studios”
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 224 pages
Website: www.chroniclebooks.com
Price:$24.95

United Western. Sunset Sound. Sigma Sound. These were (and, in some cases, still are) the places where the magic happened. Created from renovated gas stations and refrigerator warehouses, or brick by brick according to some sonic mastermind, these legendary rooms spawned the sounds that shaped generations. In this book, engineer Jim Cogan and songwriter William Clark travel across the country – from Columbia’s Manhattan rooms and Rudy Van Gelder’s Jersey Jazz joint to the central centers of Stax and Motown to LA’s legendary Capitol building (which has often been thought to resemble a stack of records itself) – in search of the mysterious elements that made the music possible. Through discussions with the folks on either side of the studio glass, Cogan and Clark try to give a sense of what these renowned rooms were like. Unfortunately, with only a few brief details of the actual dimensions and descriptions that tend to get a bit technical, this book may leave readers more questions than answers. Even so, the profiles of the men and women who made the music happen are informative and empassioned, making “Temples of Sound” an interesting reference for even the casual fan.


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