Mike Hedges on the recording of The Cure’s ‘A Forest’

Inspired by listening this morning to The Cure song which made me a fan, I found this excellent piece on the recording of Seventeen Seconds album.

“Practically the whole album was mixed on the second-to-last day, and then the mix for ‘A Forest’ took up a good part of the final day,” Hedges recalls. “All things considered, that was very, very extravagant.”
“For some reason the original multitracks of that particular song were stored for a while in the Fiction Records offices and at some point they were lost,” he states. “The band therefore had to re-record the song.”

Sad to think that the original recordings of something so essential can be so easily lost.


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