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“I went up to see the band play at a high school just outside of Boston, and I fell in love with them immediately. They reminded me of The Yardbirds. They were raw and noisy and totally cool. Steven was such a good singer.
“After the show, I went back to their dressing room and started talking with them, and we hit it off right away. We spoke the same language, loved the same music, we loved guitars – I could tell this would be a good match.
“Doing the record was a bit of a training session for all of us. On both sides, we were getting our wings. Their first album was great, but Steven sang in this high voice, so I wanted to fix that and let him be himself.
“On Same Old Song And Dance, I told them that we should bring in some horns to bring out their rhythm and blues side. They definitely had that kind of style and sound already. We got the Brecker Brothers to play on that. The sax solo is Michael Brecker.
“Train Kept A-Rollin’ was a showpiece for them at their live shows. That was the Yardbirds song from the movie Blow-Up. For the live audience sounds, we used what was on the Concert For Bangladesh – it wasn’t from a real live show. I can’t remember if everybody was into that or not at the time. You had the band and you had Steven.” [Laughs]