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The Making of Bent Out of Shape
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Live Between The Eyes
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Straight Between The Eyes:

Cooky says: after multiple tours in 1981 we went to killington vermont for rehearsals for new lp and new member david rosenthal this was another ski resort area where you can get a large house in the woods and not have to worry about waking anyone up at all hours when inspiration struck. they also had multiple bedrooms and were fairly easy to rent for short periods of time. from there to morin heights canada to le studio 100 miles north of montreal in the heart of the winter. this studio had great reputation and great facilities. the Police had just been there for parts of "ghost in the machine". it was the home base for Rush as they did multiple things here. the owner guy carboneau was a great guy and nick blagona was the best engineer around and all around fun guy. ritchie liked the snow and solitude of being kind of stranded up in a chalet with nothing but the people working with him and very few distractions. we burned more wood there for staring into fires than the locals did in 6 yrs and then some of the furniture went ! after breakfast in the morning ritchie and i would walk thru the woods to the main studio bldg which was what ritchie loved as he talked of getting fresh oxygen to the brain and a good workout walking thru the snow.

with new members ritchie was great to be around as they gave him plenty of tricks to play on like his favorite in the morning of leaving the refrigerator door ajar with the milk ready to spill on the floor as the unsuspecting half-asleep newcomer opened the door to get milk for coffee. in the studio ritchie used a few combinations of 4x12 cabinets and marshall major heads in different locations and miking setups. mostly in a very live sounding hardwood floored room. as far as i know the solos ritchie played were all just off the top of his head and seemed to just come to him..obviously the solo in death alley driver was js bach inspired along with his own improvisations and whammy bar bends to put his stamp on it and purely ritchie sound. david rosenthal was i believe the best keyboardist to play in rainbow and was pitch perfect and trained and schooled at berklee. ritchie loved this kind of "competition" with another great musician and it showed by what came out of theses sessions. ritchie seemed to find it inspiring and it really showed that ritchie wasn't only as great a player as a highly schooled and trained musician but actually took it to "another level" much like a true champion athlete. add to this bobby rondinelli's powerful drumming and joe lynn turner and roger glovers lyrics and production skills. straight between the eyes was the first album my name appeared on and ritchie gave me a great suprise by listing my name and title under "guitar". this was the ultimate compliment to me working for a genius. i'm still very proud of this album and to have worked for "THE MAN"....

since i pretty much had ritchies confidence my job was to help with the tricks he would play on new members like putting davids fender rhodes piano out in the -40 degree weather. this was his favorite instrument to play while in his room,but ritchie HATED the sound of as too pretty and NOT rock and roll sounding !!!LOL!..of course anyone who knew ritchie personally knew he did these things for fun and not as anything hateful. he liked to keep people on their toes and opened there minds and kept them thinking they might be the next victim. when ritchie worked he was all business and if he thought you took things for granted he would surely show you door. he only wanted the best result possible. a lot of players came and went in rainbow and i believe mr blackmore just liked new blood in the band for newer ideas and sounds as opposed to any inability to play. virtually anyone who played in his bands were the best he could find and get along with at any given time.
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Gear:

second round of questions ("techniques") to Cooky Crawford (Ritchie's Tech 81'-88 ') Hi Cooky! We have received many requests to make you wonder about the guitar effects (Roland GR 700 , for example...Treble Booster b4 ?) and the amps settings (both studio and live) that Ritchie used while you worked for him. They also consult on strings (gauge) and guitar tuning. Many answers can be found on the Internet but... it's much better to know this by who was right there! Cheers! Ritchierod

Cooky said: anything about this treble booster..wasn't used when i was there..i've been asked about this b4 by other fans,so he probably used it b4 my time....the compact phaser we used exclusively on "catch the rainbow" ...when ritchie was first given a guitar synth by roland in japan he loved the effects it produced but the original funky shaped guitar didn't track fast enough(sorry don't remember part#s).his hands are very fast. this was improved soon after and he got the pick-up installed on a strat...also he didn't like the balance of that original guitar kind of like a les paul where you got to hold it up or it would fall when sitting down playing. we asked someone to make a 25ft cord for that original synth but since it had a 25 pin connector on it the cord built was like a pa snake cord!!! way too thick for any stage use...ritchie like "owner of a lonely heart" by trevor rabin in yes at the time and wanted to get some of these sounds which were actually triggered by an emulator. it was around this time that i left.

ritchies stage set-up when i worked for him never employed any on stage effects other than the phaser on catch the rainbow..he always thought if you had too many things plugged in there was too many things that could go wrong.he is a perfectionist and didn't need anything to turn him off while performing. any sound effects you heard live were originated at the foh sound board like octave dividing for a thicker sound.

ritchies strings were by picato .048,.038,.026,.014,.011 &.010. he also didn't use anything but concert tuning at the time with the exception of stepping down the top string to "D" on "firedance" with rainbow.he also did this in the studio on a track on eyes of fire.

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i really don't that well other than presence about 3/4 up low bass middle maxed and treble less than 1/2 way he used 3 different heads and used whatever sounded the best that night. he wasn't always at sound check so we would go with whatever he'd been using for the show b4.. the volume was usually about 3/4 up! his aiwa tape deck was the real secret weapon in his sound which gave it a huge preamp boost.
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On his first day working for Ritchie:

RBIFC Asking to Mr. Clif Cooky Crawford (Ex-Ritchie's Tech from 1981 to 1988) We'll do the second (battery) question is this: How was your first day of work with Ritchie ? On what guitar you had to work for the first time? Technically, the way it generates the signature sound of Ritchie in those days? Cheers. Ritchierod ! P.S. Thanks once again Cooky!

my first day(night)in san diego i see ritchie, who didn't even know i was there as he was walking on stage. he asked me what i was doing there. i said i came to work for you! he laughed as he knew me but wasn't informed..bobby rondinelli's roadie(tim kelly) had called me the night earlier and said if i wanted the job to get on a plane to san diego otherwise someone else might get the job. i borrowed $400.00 from my parents and flew there. raymond (production manager) just wanted me to observe for the first couple of gigs as there was much to learn about his gear, which was all english. like the power leads on on the marshall majors which are fused at 13amps..i'd never seen this before! after a few days ritchie and i got to talking about his guitars and how he liked the strings put on etc...he handed me strat #1 and said to tune it. i did it in about a minute by ear and handed it to him. he was amazed and told me some of his older roadies could never tune his guitars. they were the easiest guitars i ever had to tune having worked previously for twisted sister whose axes wouldn't stay in tune for more than one song!

as the tour went on i started to make smash-ups and started scalloping the necks everyday, which he really liked and i got so good at keeping the smash-ups playable that we started doing it almost every night. if you watch the video for "live between the eyes" in 1982 you can see how well the cheap imitations stayed in tune and also dawk gave me a bunch of fender pick-ups to install if the guitars were real !@#$. the cheaper the guitar the more they squealed thru 450watts of marshall major power!!! so you can see in this video the black pick-up in the treble position,which was a real fender. as time went on in the purple reunion days we started to get fender squiers which were still tinny but were otherwise very nice guitars and very easy for me to set-up...
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Thanks RBB, that's awesome stuff!
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Its all from Ritchie Blackmore International Fan Club's page on Facebook. I wasn't sure how many people from the board here were on the RBIFC (if any), so thought I would post these here emoticon

Its awesome to read Cooky's thoughts on everything!
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Really interesting, thanks for that RBB!

It's also noted how he mentioned "Dawk"'s help. A certain ex-member of this forum would go into endless tirades about that. emoticon
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a great read!

thanx mate.

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so what exactly does the 2nd circuit in the RBTC do then? ahh! the same as dawks!!

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You're welcome! emoticon

As they post more, I'll post more. So far they've just been concentrating on the Rainbow days...Cooky was his tech until the end of the '88 HoBL tour so I'd be curious to hear some behind-the-scenes stories from that time.
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