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Butch Willis & the Rocks

Forthcomings Archival Restoration & Preservation

On December 22, 2013, the original master tape from Butch Willis & the Rocks' second album, "Forthcomings," was carefully (and temporarily) restored it to it's original high fidelity condition at Inner Ear studios by Don Zientara. The tape was then transferred from reel-to-reel tape machine into the digital zeros and ones as to be more portable and pliable. In 1985, Don recorded the album at his first studio location in the basement of his house in Arlington, Virginia.

Mark Robinson had met Butch Willis at his home in Maryland earlier that morning and the two had driven to Arlington with the tape. Butch suggested they visit a McDonald's restaurant. They dined. Butch then smoked a thin Phillies small cigar.

Two minutes after noon, the two arrived at Inner Ear and were greeted by Don. It was decided at about 12:20 that the tape was flaking to much and was playing slowly and would need to be delicately baked. Mark drove Butch home and went back to Inner Ear at 8:00 P.M. At that time, the tape sounded perfect, and the tape was transferred in real time with tapping toes. The session finished around 9:00 P.M.

Four days later, on Boxing Day, 2013, Mark returned to Butch's townhouse home with Teen-Beat's very own Evelyn Hurley and two children. They met with Butch, reminisced, and handed the tape back to him for safe keeping.

BUTCH WILLIS Shopping Bag 7-inch vinyl 45
BUTCH WILLIS Repeats Forthcomings Of album
BUTCH WILLIS Conquerin the Ice album
BUTCH WILLIS Speedballs 7-inch vinyl 45
BUTCH WILLIS The Garden's Outside 7-inch vinyl 45
BUTCH WILLIS Superstitious Mummies album
BUTCH WILLIS Rawed Out of the Bottom Basement album
BUTCH WILLIS Amateur on Plastic film movie
BUTCH WILLIS Forthcomings album
Teen-Beat Number One Record Label album
BUTCH WILLIS AND THE ROCKS, Forthcomings, vinyl LP front
BUTCH WILLIS & THE ROCKS
Forthcomings
vinyl LP jacket (reissue), front


Butch Willis smoking outside Inner Ear Studios Arlington Virginia
Butch Willis
Photo by Mark Robinson.
film still


BUTCH WILLIS AND THE ROCKS, Forthcomings, master tape
Butch Willis & the Rocks
Forthcomings
master tape
Photo by Ken Larsen.


BUTCH WILLIS AND THE ROCKS, Forthcomings, master tape
Butch Willis & the Rocks
Forthcomings
master tape box, front
Photo by Ken Larsen.


BUTCH WILLIS AND THE ROCKS, Forthcomings, master tape
Butch Willis & the Rocks
Forthcomings
master tape box, back
Photo by Ken Larsen.


DESCRIPTION

The digitization of the original quarter-inch mix-down master tape for Butch Willis & the Rocks' "Forthcomings" album originally released on the Love Records label in 1986.



LINER NOTES


BAND REPRESENTATIVE

Butch Willis, guitar


AUDIO ENGINEER

Don Zientara,

at Inner Ear Studio, Arlington, Virginia, USA


PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Mark Robinson



SHORT FILM FOR TEEN-BEAT 514


SOUNDTRACK

"The TV's From Outer Space"
by Butch Willis & the Rocks


FILMED AND DIRECTED BY

Mark Robinson





ALSO

While Don and Mark were transferring the tape, Mark asked Don what the "Forthcomings" sessions were like. Don said "it was kind of a party."

After Teen-Beat 514 was completed, the digital transfer was handed off to Trevor Kampmann for re-mastering for it's resurrection on a re-issue phonograph record.



THANK YOU

Jonny Cohen,
Joe Lee.


+/- PLUS MINUS, Chris Deaner, James Baluyut, Patrick Ramos

DATE

December 22, 2013


CATALOGUE NUMBER ANNOUNCEMENT

January 27, 2014


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 514


LOCATIONS


INNER EAR STUDIO

2701 South Oakland Street,
Arlington, Virginia 22206, U.S.A.


McDONALD'S

3013 Columbia Pike,
Arlington, Virginia 22204


BUTCH'S HOUSE

West Side Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878


DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

The Garden's Outside
Shopping Bag


ALBUMS

Of
Forthcomings
Conquering the Ice
Speedballs
Of 2
Superstitious Mummies
Rawed Out of the Bottom Basement
Locked in This Room (Live at the Black Cat)


COMPILATIONS

Teen-Beat Fifty
Teen-Beat 100
Wakefield: Volume 1
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
1997 Teen-Beat Sampler
1999 Teen-Beat Sampler
2000 Teen-Beat Sampler
2001 TeenTeen-Beatbeat Sampler
2002 Teen-Beat Sampler
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2004
Teen-Beat No.1 Record Label
2010 Teen-Beat / Other Music Sampler


ALSO

Teen-Beat's Fifth Anniversary
Teen-Beat's Sixth Anniversary
Teen-Beat's Seventh Anniversary
Teen-Beat's Eighth Anniversary
Teen-Beat's Ninth Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 10th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 11th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 12th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 13th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 15th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's Sweet 16th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 17th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 18th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 20th Anniversary Commemorative
Teen-Beat Graphica Exhibition


FILM

Bring Me the Head of Butch Willis
Amateur on Plastic [documentary]


SONGS

Amateur on Plastic
Be the 23rd Rocker
Can't Keep Me Away from You
Cigarette Pack
Concrete & Birdfeathers
Dance
Dirt Work
Drugs
Everything's Alright
Everytime I See Her
Falling in Love
Flashback
The Garden's Outside
Good Girls
The Girl's On My Mind
Hank's Song
Heartache
Heartache (Re-Mix)
Here I Am
I Like to Party
I Miss Her Too Much
I Miss Karin
I Need You Too
I Want that Date
I Want To Be a Rock'n'Roll Star
I'll Do It
I'll Never Be the Same Again
It Can Be Forever
Kitty Cat
Lewie Tonite
Locked in This Room
Love Fad
Love On the Loose
Lucky Stars
Luxury or Death
Never Again
Newsletter
Night After Night
November Day
The Only Way to Love
Penny Penny
Pizza On My Jeans
Penny Penny
Private Life
Radical Song
The Radio Rocks Me
Right Beside You
R'n'R Slave
Rock'n'Roll Told
Rock To the Spot
Shake
Shoppin' for You
Short Steps
Superstitious Mummys
Susie C.
Taste Me
The TV's from Outer Space
Titled
Wendy Maine
We're the Rocks
We Can Do It
Wipeout
You're What's Missing in My Life