Zero to 180 wonders aloud whether Gerry Goffin — Carole King’s long-time songwriting partner (who left us June 19th, sadly) — did any recording sessions in Silver Spring, Maryland in connection with his 1973 debut solo (double!) album, It Ain’t Exactly Entertainment, released on Silver Spring indie label, Adelphi Records? Is it possible, for instance, that all the voices and instrumental tracks for “It’s Not the Spotlight,” the A-side of Goffin’s 45 for Adelphi, were laid down at Track Recorders?
Track Recorders, by the way, is where John Fahey and Root Boy Slim and Linda Ronstadt and The Seldom Scene, among many other artists of local and national renown have gone to lay down, well, tracks.
Among the 18 tracks on Goffin’s solo album that was clearly long in the making:
- “Last Cha Cha on Jackson Highway”
- “What Am I Doin’ Here”
- “It’s Alright to Be Alive”
- “Reverend Bottom’s Tojo Saloon”
- “Maryland Again”
Moment of Truth:
Album Credits with Recording Info
Fortunately, the recording credits for It Ain’t Exactly Entertainment go a long way toward dispelling any wild fantasies or wishful thinking:
- Produced by Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg, and Gene Rosenthal.
- Recorded in Nov/Dec 1972 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama at Muscle Shoals Sound and Fame Recording Studios.
- Recording Engineers: Steve Melton, Jerry Masters, Mickie Buckins, and Rick Rushing.
- Remixed in New York at Electric Lady Studios and Hit Factory Studios.
- Remixing Engineers: Bernie Kirsch, Dick Shapiro, Tom Hummer, Harry Maslin, George Lopez, and Steve Weinberg.
- Mastered in New York at Media Sound.
- Mastering Engineers: Jose Rodriguez and Joe Gastwirt.
Gene Rosenthal & Gerry Goffin
LP back cover
Thus, it is doubtful that Gerry Goffin set foot in Silver Spring, but not wholly implausible either.
[pssst – see Gene Rosenthal’s comment below]