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“I got a call from Rick Nielsen, who told me, ‘We were really surprised by the response we got in Japan. It was like we were The Beatles.’ He asked me to fix up these live tapes and turn them into something that could be released for the Japanese market. At the time, nobody was thinking beyond that.
“I said, ‘Sure. Bring in the tapes, and [engineer] Jay [Messina] and I will take a crack at them.’ But they were terrible! There was no mic on the snare, no mic on the bass drum – the sound just wasn’t good.
“To get a good snare sound, I put it through a speaker that was tied to a snare drum, and we recorded that. So it was Bunny Carlos’ performance, but it was re-created. I did that with the bass drum too. The guitars and vocals were great, but I did some re-amping. That’s how we got it – and it turned out to be their biggest record.”