Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Van Halen: Ted Templeman talks about how he ended up on ‘Unchained’

Music producer Ted Templeman has worked with legends like The Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Montrose and Little Feat, but it’s the first six Van Halen albums that will likely go down as the producer’s finest hours in rock.

Templeman recorded the first five VH discs at Sunset Sound studios in L.A., where he was interviewed by The Most Interesting Person Project’s Stuart Holt.

The Most Interesting Person Project is a series of interviews in which each person interviewed gives the name of the person they think is the most interesting person they know; that person then gets interviewed, starting the cycle over.

During the session, Ted walks through the main studios at Sunset and tells the story of how he ended up on Van Halen’s “Unchained”…completely by accident.

“In the middle of [recording] it,” begins Templeman, “Dave’s in there [points to vocal booth] and Ed’s here [main room] playing a solo. And I thought the thing was over…I mean, I didn’t like what was going on. Dave said something, and I said ‘C’mon Dave, gimme a break’…knowing that would interrupt him – and Dave goes ‘One break, coming up!’ - so Ed goes whaaaa [Ted plays air guitar].”

Check out the MIP session with Templeman here.

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – Unchained (1981)

See also:

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Michael Anthony: Chickenfoot vs. Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen interviewed by Smithsonian magazine
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Eddie Van Halen photo book due in October
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Van Halen: first 2011 concerts announced