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    Anyone know what Donn Landee's story is? Where is he now? Is he still alive?

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    Nope, but I'm somewhat curious as to what he's been up to over the last 15 years.

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    Last I heard he's making computer games now.
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    this post got me thinkin', i've seen maybe 2-3 photos of Ted Templeman but I dont know that i've ever seen a photo of Donn. anyone got one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOM_5150 View Post
    Nope, but I'm somewhat curious as to what he's been up to over the last 15 years.

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    Hey voivod, I did the same research, but I noticed that most (if not all) of the records are "best of" or referring to old recordings. I really found nothing recent about Mr. Landee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by batch View Post
    Hey voivod, I did the same research, but I noticed that most (if not all) of the records are "best of" or referring to old recordings. I really found nothing recent about Mr. Landee.
    I wondered myself if they only refer to the OLD original works, or if he partook in the updates to them for that newer year...
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    He's busy mixing Eddie's 10 albums worth of material

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Dangle View Post
    Last I heard he's making computer games now.
    That may not be too far from the truth. I dug a few links up here trying to find a picture of him (never seen one of him before):

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/5/156/6BB

    http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/Perso...sonID=37176366

    ...and a pretty kewl link to an article on OU812:

    http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/yeold.html
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    The only picture I ever saw of him was in the Guitar World Guitar Legends (I think that's what it was called) issue on Eddie from 2004. There is a small picture of him and Ed together that looks like its backstage from the 1984 tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvH_316_5150 View Post
    When was there a box set? I assume this is referring to the Re-masters.
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    Not a very good producer in my humble opinion. He seems to forget there is a bass knob as well, not just treble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixstring View Post
    ...and a pretty kewl link to an article on OU812:

    http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/yeold.html
    Thanks, Six.

    This was my favorite part:

    That wasn't a magical moment but it was the first time in my life I ever beat myself up, hurt myself, punished myself, practically threw things through windows, trying to write the lyrics," recounts Hagar. "I knew what I want and I had it called 'Mine All Mine' from the first opening lick. And I was thinking 'what is mine all mine?' I went through it, I rewrote that song lyrically seven times. And it was the last song I did vocals on for the record. I wouldn't sing it because I was unsure about my lyrics and wasn't really confident about what I was trying to say. Donn Landee, the engineer, kept saying - because I'm kind of embarrassed singing in front of people when I don't really know what I'm doing - Donn said, 'well let's just get everybody out of here and just you and I work this out.' And I said, 'OK, let's try it', and I did it seven different times, ripping papers up, drinking tequila all night one night to where I had the worst hangover in the world and I couldn't even go into the studio to try and write those lyrics. And I'm not like that; I don't hurt myself very often, only on my birthday. So Donn Landee and I locked ourselves in the studio and I sang the lyrics. And when I was finished, I had sung it for the first time all the way through, and the whole time he had his head down on the console not looking at me because he was trying to give me some space. When I finished, he jumped up came running in with fuckin' eyes bugging out of his head and said 'that's the coolest song you ever wrote.' And he gave me a big hug and said 'let me get Ed and everybody in here, they're going to shit' and I said, 'are you sure Donn? Are you sure?' I was insecure about it because it was kind of a new statement for Van Halen, and kind of for me too. I had never really said something quite that deep. And quite honestly, the band came in, and everybody was going 'fuck, yeah!' and it was a winner. That's the vocal take that was done. It wasn't like 'let's try and do it better.' The take was just magic. And before it, was a struggle. When I finished with all that I felt like the world was off my shoulders. But earlier on, trying to write that song, I was so hungover, I could even come in. It wasn't done, and I just didn't feel good. And I said look, no reason for me to come in. You guys go ahead, because all that was left to do was my vocal. It didn't really hold the album up necessarily, but it probably did take me 10 days to write those lyrics and to do the vocal."

    I always felt the Donn Landee VH stuff was much more cohesive than the albums that followed; he was really able to make all the instruments and vocals interact well together in the way he recorded and mixed. And he is probably the "forgotten man" with regard to the organization of VH's musical arrangements. I think "Mine All Mine" is absolutely one of Sammy's top vocal performances EVER, and after reading this bit I understand why.

 

 

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