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Raspberries/Trod Nossel Studio

Lew Bundles

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There is one of the oldest existing recording studios in America about 10 miles from my house...It is called Trod Nossel Studio and is located in Wallingford, Ct...Back in the 70’s, bands would perform live shows in front of 50 or so invited guests to be broadcast “live” on WPLR, the preeminent rock station(still in existence) in Southern New England...Of course, this was all before the internet and the information about these kinds of concert was not as free flowing as it is now...Many bands participated in this concert/studio setting: Fleetwood Mac, Orleans, Foghat, Brownsville Station(whose leader Cub Koda was a Wallingford resident) and of course, The Raspberries... YouTube has many of those concerts but I haven’t been able to find the Berries performance...I don’t have my Bernie Berries book in front of me,  but if I remember correctly, Scott McCarl had documented that this show did exist...Off the top of my head, it may have even been on a New Years Eve...Anyway, I just ran across a “post” on the Trod Nossel website that confirms that The Raspberries did play there...Here is that post...

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“The engineer’s name was probably Danny, that ‘s the guy in the picture up above, with Doc Cavalier standing over his shoulder.
They actually had an acetate 45 burner out back in the barn (which inherited the 4 track stuff after the 8 track purchases) Tom Duffy made a few recordings out back, he called his hand-me-down studio “Rack-a-Track”. Duffy left for the bright lights of NY shortly after I helped with some 10 or so not quite live broadcasts for the local FM station, WPLR, where we recorded the bands in front of 50 lucky listeners. Those bands included Foghat, The Rasbarries, Chick Corea and Return to Forever and Fleetwood Mac!
Great little studio”...

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Anyway, I went there as a naive fella some 30 years ago and tried to get a copy of the tape...The owner, Doc Cavaliere, dismissed me with a simple, “I don’t live in the past, kid”...

Zooming forward to 2019, I have decided that I am going to give it another shot...The original owner passed away and the studio is being run by his daughter...

Anybody have any suggestions on the “story” I should  use to try to wrangle the tape from these people, (if they still have it)?...

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Lew, congratulations!  You just filled in the blanks for a concert previously known only as the "Secret Gig".  I have heard "Overnight Sensation" and the slow version of "Let's Pretend"/"Starting Over".  For years we have speculated where this concert took place.  We heard light applause in the recording (makes sense if only 50 people were allowed in the radio station.  We heard Eric asking for more piano in his headset, so we knew it was some kind of studio.  We could hear that this was more than just an audience recording, and a radio studio makes sense.  It all makes sense, now.  So, congrats to you for solving this puzzle, whether or not you knew one existed!!

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Good going, Lew. And way to connect those dots, Kirk.

This is the performance with Eric's "Need a little more piano in the headphones" comment at the end (but it's supposedly Eric solo, not Raspberries):



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Could be he missed this thread the last time he was on here.  Bernie was in on the original conversation about this gig.  I think that's when we determined it must have been a studio or radio station because you wouldn't be wearing headphones on a concert stage.

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Whoa! "Sherlock" Lew Bundles! Amazing new information! I always wondered where that recording came from because it sounded like it was recorded in a studio, yet there was applause from a small audience after each song! Wow!

The reason the recording is so GREAT is that I somehow got my hands of a DAT of the performance.

And it is DEFINITELY Raspberries, not Eric solo.

Pretty sure I only uploaded a handful of tracks from that show over the years (including the incredible slow ballad version of "Let's Pretend" posted above.) So, here's "Play On" as a thank you to Lew for his insane detective work!



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Bernie, that was great!  I have now heard 4 songs from that set- how about a complete set list?  Better yet, I'm with Dave- how about posting the rest of the songs- we're in the twilight of our lives, B, what are you waiting for ;)  Thanks!  Kirk

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Attaboy Bernie! "Play On"! That's the theme song of this bulletin board! If Sherlock Bundles can solve a few more riddles that prompt more secret tapes to turn up here, we all win! 

I discovered the Starting Over album my freshman year of college, and I turned my friend Dave onto the Raspberries (and he turned me on to Billy Joel, who at the time was sort of a one-hit wonder ["Piano Man" from a few years earlier]). While Dave was tough to please—he was kind of a rock snob—he totally dug that album, particularly "Play On." He played guitar in a band back home in Long Island, and for one of his English 101 essays, he wrote about what it was like to play for hours in sweaty bars and dives. He gave me a look at his paper, and I was shocked to find out that he copped the lyrics to "Play On" and used them throughout. He had all the lines you'd expect: "It's a hard life but you play it for laughs" ... "Your fingers and your throat get sore, but they're out there calling for some more" ... "the lights shine around your head..." 

No doubt Eric and Scott would be pleased to know that their lyrics got plagiarized for a college English paper! 

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Wikipedia story on Trod Nossel studio...

Trod Nossel Studios

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Trod Nossel Studios, established in 1966 by Thomas “Doc” Cavalier, is a recording studio in Wallingford, Connecticut. It is one of the oldest operating large-format studios in the world. Trod Nossel is also one of the longest running recording studios in the US.[1]

Originally an oral surgeon, Cavalier purchased microphone manufacturers Syncron Sound Studios in Wallingford, CT, and turned it into Trod Nossel Recording Studios. He started off his career by managing acts such as The Shags and Bram Rigg Set.[2] Since then Trod Nossel has worked with many artists, including Fleetwood Mac and R. Kelly, as well as placing songs for television.[3]

Andrew Loog Oldham, manager and producer of The Rolling Stones was a close friend of Cavalier. He described “life on the Trod Nossel Studios lot” as “an American movie” in an interview on a Sirius Radio commentary (Chapter 6). The studio has received much press, in many news and magazine articles, including those in The New York Times, for its involvement in the industry.[4] The Record Journal (a Connecticut paper) advocates, “In the ‘60s it was all about Trod Nossel.” Richard Hanley of Quinnipiac University said that Trod Nossel “was the key place for artists” and that Doc “embodied the spirit of the age.”[5] Doc’s daughter, Darlene Cavalier, now runs the studio.


The studio has been nominated for several Grammy Awards for its work.

Year Artist Work Nomination
1998 Pinetop Perkins Born in the Delta Best Traditional Blues Album[6]
1999 Various artists A Tribute To Howlin Wolf
Co-produced by Doc Cavalier
Best Traditional Blues Album[7][8]
1999 Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson and the Magic Rockers "Got To Find The Way" Best Traditional Blues Album[8][9]
2011 R. Kelly Untitled Best Contemporary R&B Album[8]


  1. ^ "CT AUDIO HISTORY: Syncron and Trod Nossel". October 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Hohman, Ralph (June 7, 2001). "There's nothing square about Trod Nossel". Record-Journal.
  3. ^ Trod Nossel Productions and Recording Studios on IMDb
  4. ^ La Gorce, Tammy (February 24, 2008). "In an Era of the Beatles, the Shags Ruled, Too". New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  5. ^ Watson, Robin (April 14, 2011). "In the '60s it was all about Trod Nossel". Record-Journal. Retrieved March 29,2012.
  6. ^ "Pinetop Perkins - Born in the Delta CD". CD Universe. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  7. ^ "Tribute To Howlin' Wolf CD". CD Universe. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  8. ^ Jump up to: a b c Diorio, Tiffany (January 6, 2011). "R. Kelly track was made in Wallingford". Record-Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  9. ^ McCarthy, Gail (May 18, 2011). "Young, 'Junior' taking stage at Shalin Liu". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved March 29, 2012.


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