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ARTIST
TITLE
The Formal Female
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SHAD 099CD SHAD 099CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/25/2008

All tracks on The Formal Female were recorded by JW Farquhar in 1972. At the time of this recording, JW had recently extricated himself from a ten-year marriage, and the lyrics definitely fit the embittered tone. During that time, he lived by himself in a third floor apartment in Philadelphia. It was a street with a lot of traffic. Car horns, busses, police sirens, fire engines, screams, and sometimes even gunshots filled the air. For this reason, he sealed up the windows and any other openings with sound proofing foam, and it was there the album was recorded. JW was the instrumentalist; rhythm guitar, lead guitar, drums, vocals, and bass. However, he could not play them all at once, so he purchased a four-track simulsync Teac recorder, professional version. This allowed him to record on one track and then play it back and separately record on a second, third, and fourth track. The original tracks were recorded at 15 IPS. A final mix was then made in stereo with yet a fifth overdub, when needed. At that time, other effects were limited. It is an amazing electric fuzz album full of effects and it's a masterpiece in the same realm of loner-weirdness as Dr. Hooker: extra-heavy psychedelic.