|L-R: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Andrew Loog Oldham, Hassinger, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards in the RCA Studios.|
(Photograph by Bob Bonis courtesy of BobBonis.com)
In this lengthy, fascinating interview, the appealingly modest Hassinger discusses the finer points of his studio gear and set-ups and band arranging, as well as his personal background and history, the wide variety of artists he produced, and the melancholy fact that much of his equipment (including a Gibson Firebird guitar given to him by Keith Richards) and his albums were stolen from him; at the time of the interview—conducted during the early-aughts—a disconsolate if accepting Hassinger had made little effort to replace his collection via CD's, finding the prospect overwhelming.
Hassinger acknowledges that he learned a lot about rock and roll from the Rolling Stones. ("A turning point in my career.") My favorite moment in the conversation comes as Hassinger's describing the arrival in RCA Studios of a four-track recorder. "'Satisfaction' was [mixed] on four tracks," Hassinger recalls. "That was a big thing." He adds:
When I first arrived at RCA there were three tracks. When it went to four tracks we were all thinking. What are we going to do with the extra track?
|Hassinger in 1968|
Bottom photo via The Collectors