Restoration of PARIS tapes


September 2006

Supertramp co-producer Russel Pope recently visited Cups N' Strings Studios in Santa Monica, Calif. to supervise the delicate restoration of 24-track analog tapes recorded at the multi-Platinum band's renowned 1979 Paris concerts. The tapes were recently discovered in the Northern California barn of the band's drummer, Bob Siebenberg.

"The condition of these tapes was appalling," explains Pope, who co-produced the original project with Peter Henderson, the live engineer for the Paris concerts. "And the film footage has been sitting in the vaults since the day it was shot. Everything was stashed away and now it's all being re-assembled. I've worked with Bruce Maddocks on a number of restoration projects here at Cups 'N Strings and without his expertise we could have been in big trouble."

"The 2-inch analog tape masters were a bio-hazard," adds Cups 'N Strings owner/chief engineer Bruce Maddocks. "They were covered with cow dung. We cleaned them up as best we could before putting them in the convection oven for baking, which produced some very penetrating odors. Luckily, we were able to salvage all of the tapes and transfer them successfully to Pro Tools."

After transfer to digital, the tapes will be shipped to London where they will be mixed by Peter Henderson. The final editing and post-production will take place at director Peter Clifton's studios in New Zealand. Clifton is known for such concert films as Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same.

"With today's technology, I think the final results will be even better sounding than the original double album," says Pope. "Everyone thinks we did all sorts of overdubs, but we did only two. There was a buzz on a synthesizer that we had to replace, and there was one harmony by the sax player, John Helliwell, that was redone. The rest was left as it was recorded originally."

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March 2011

From Roger Hodgson management to fans:

"In regards to the Paris DVD, Roger really doesn't like that fans keep getting promised this Paris DVD for all these years because there have been legal problems with the release of it.
We just found out that since December Rick and Sue Davies' attorneys have been in conflict with the band's attorneys on the release of the DVD and basically, bottom line, Rick & Sue Davies don't want it to be released and that is what has held it up all this time.
Roger, John, Bob and Dougie have wanted it to be released for years now, though it seems since Rick and Sue Davies trademarked the Supertramp name they can still do a lot of things that Roger and the rest of the band are not in agreement with."



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