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“The album itself is actually a very balanced representation of all three very important studio sessions. New Blues and Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness are from the Bearsville sessions as far as the rhythm sections go, with some overdubbing from the other two sessions.
“The guitar, most of the song Why and most of all the guitars on Summer Song, that’s from the San Francisco sessions; and then once we get to LA and we're working at Ocean Way, and we're finally at Record One with Andy Johns, that's where you got Friends, The Extremist, War, Cryin’ and Motorcycle Driver.
“It took a while, but I have to say that it was a labor of love. It turned out to be one of the bravest moves I ever made, because once again it was completely against the grain in that it was my homage to classic rock at a time when the grunge era was the most important thing happening in the music industry. Even though I was actually celebrating an accepted style of music, I actually wound up figuring out a way of being a total oddball of the moment. It was really pretty funny.
“When the record came out, we got resistance from MTV, which was very important at the time. But an interesting thing happened: It got this crazy offer from Sony and their electronic department. They were looking for an instrumental to sell their Walkmans and boomboxes, and they approached us with the idea of doing a commercial with Summer Song in it. The spot got played twice during every break of the MTV Awards.
“So this created a real buzz for Summer Song, and it wound up being my most successful radio hit in the US and internationally. It was an incredible flipping of fortune for a record that people were saying, ‘Hey, this isn't grunge. We don't want to touch it.’ All of a sudden, it became the one that really solidified my international standing.
“The record means a lot to me. It contains some once-in-a-lifetime performances by everybody concerned. It took persistence; we had to keep tweaking it and just not giving up on it. I’m so glad we saw it through to the end.”