I Can Free You
A UNIQUE SESSION: What went on during the "I Can Free You" recording.
E.J. was sitting at the dining room table eating a crepe for his Sunday morning breakfast. Jimmi Accardi had just walked in from the recording studio with tape in hand as he sat down at the table to get his food. The tape I Can Free You was put on, ready to play. E.J. began telling those sitting around the long maple table the story of the recording of this album.
He began by saying, "In 1972 while working at RCA, I managed to secure some recording time in the studio. Normally it was not possible to secure studio time like that. The recording session began at 8:00 a.m. and I was in the studio at that time waiting. There were no Institute people there. I told them the recording session started at 8:00 a.m. but they did not take me seriously and no one had showed.
"The engineers were in the control room, and I was sitting at the Yamaha 2000 organ. As I started to play, there were shady things happening behind me which I thought the engineers had set up for the session. In the control room, I saw one engineer looking like this...."
E.J. leaned on the table with his elbow and put his chin in arms straightened on the table leaning forward and staring straight ahead. Another engineer he showed leaning against the board blankly staring at the cup of coffee he held in his hand.
E.J. said that when he stopped playing, they went like this ... he showed us how they hadn't changed a thing. They hadn't changed any levels.
What People Are Saying About I Can Free You
"This tape is very potent! I remember playing it for my study circle in 1985 and watching everyone pass out within minutes. E.J. told me that at half speed it only takes seconds. They were frozen in a posture leaning on his arms over the board staring forward and then snapped out of the stare. They hadn't moved for 32 minutes; So I immediately took the original 1972 recording into the studio, slowed it down to half speed (making it an hour tape), transferred it to 8-track, and together with Claude Needham, proceeded to overdub additional synthesizer parts until we passed out."
—Jimmi Accardi, musician, songwriter, music producer
© 1998 Cloister Recordings All rights reserved.
All music © 1972 E.J. Gold (BMI)
Published by Union Label Music
Produced by Richie Schmidt
Recorded at RCA, 1972
RCA Engineer Pat Iaeracci
Mixed by Jimmi Accardi
Mastered for CD by Oz Fritz
All compositions by E.J. Gold
Recorded on Yamaha 2000 Organ
CD Artwork: inkwashes by E.J. Gold © 1975 E.J. Gold