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“I got to know their A&R guy, Michael 'Goldie' Goldstone, and he wanted me to work on the record. It was an interesting album to mix because, for the first time, I didn’t actually meet the band – this is a quite common practice now. So I didn’t meet Jeff or Stone or any of the Pearl Jam future members during this record. I just spoke with them all on the phone a couple of times.
“I was locked into Sound Castle Studios in LA. Goldie would come by and listen to mixes with me. Even from the recordings, I thought that Andrew Wood was going to be a star. It’s tragic that his life was cut so short. I, of course, met Stone and Jeff later, during the making of the first Pearl Jam album.
“I liked all of the influences in their music. You could hear a little bit of The Cult; they had the rock thing, but they were somewhat experimental, too. I was given free reign to do what I wanted, really. It’s amazing how you can get things right if you just let the songs guide you.”