Smithereens 11: Guitarist Jim Babjak Breaks Down 11 Essential Smithereens Tracks
Smithereens lead guitarist Jim Babjak breaks down 11 essential Smithereens tracks.
"Love Is Gone" (Demo)
From The Music from Jim Babjak's Buzzed Meg Part 1 (2001, Tex Remy Music)
By 1993, I was becoming prolific with my songwriting, and, as fate would have it, we were dropped by Capitol Records just as I was gaining stride with a lot of new material. Most of these songs ended up on my first solo album years later.
This recording of "Love Is Gone" was the original demo I presented to the band for possible inclusion on our next album, which ended up being RCA Records' A Date With the Smithereens.
We recorded the new version at the Magic Shop in New York City in 1994. This demo version was recorded at Tracks East in South River, New Jersey, in 1993. I used my 1973 Les Paul through a 100-watt Marshall 800 and later used the same setup for the version on the RCA album. I also played bass on the demo using my Rickenbacker Black Star. I think there were only 200 made, and if I'm not mistaken, I have the last one (No. 200).
The difference between the two versions was leaving out the fourth verse and adding a solo. I rarely add solos to my demos, almost never. That's because I like to keep it fresh for the final version.
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