Using a Fender Rhodes electric piano which had been left behind from a "TV jingle" session, John re-does the piano part whilst Terry Brown provides some unusual "echo" effects.
During a short afternoon session John overdubs an electric bass guitar onto the track. The bass is recorded directly into the console without using an electric bass amplifier.
Some electronic synthesizer lines were added using a monophonic Mood Sonic V which was borrowed from a friend. Much of the first Klaatu album was recorded using borrowed equipment and instruments. In addition, John overdubbed an acoustic 12-string guitar and some handclaps.
After many enquiries, Terry Brown managed to borrow an electric sitar which John had requested some weeks earlier. Dee dropped in to play the parts which had been arranged by John.
On a separate piece of 16-track 2 inch recording tape, John and Terry Draper record some experimental effects which later were christened, "The Love Machine", and which were to be used in the middle section of the song. However, it was decided not to use the effects during the final mixdown and as a result they do not appear on the finished master recording.
On a late night session, John overdubs some flutes and strings using a keyboard instrument called a mellotron. (This instrument produces sounds using a series of tape loops on which are recorded conventional orchestral instruments.)
Trumpets and muted horns are recorded with the help of a single trumpet player who is double-tracked several times. Horn arrangements were courtesy of John.
More special effects are recorded for the middle section of the song using a grand piano and some "tape tricks". For one effect, the piano was recorded with the tape moving backwards through the tape machine. A second effect was created by recording the piano at half speed and playing it back at normal speed making it sound much like a harpsichord. Both of these effects were later used in the final mixdown of the tune.
John re-recorded the electric bass guitar and added some wind chimes and tamboura to the track. Later that same day, John, Terry Brown and Terry Draper recorded the background vocals which appear in the middle section of the song.
John recorded the final lead vocals and the song was mixed down to two-track stereo by Terry Brown.
Doctor Marvello was released as Klaatu's second Canadian single by GRT Records. The flip side was a song written by Dee entitled, "For You Girl", which never appeared on any Klaatu album. This "single" version of Doctor Marvello differs in some respects from the album version which was recorded and mixed in 1975.
My, my what a lovely day
Could it be that we've arrived in fair Magentalane
There were times, many times
When I thought we wouldn't make it
I was quite prepared to take it like a man
But here I am
Aye, aye, bring our best champagne
We'll drink a toast, you and I, to fair Magentalane
Now let me see
Well shouldn't I make a speech
Or say something in Greek
Perhaps recite a Browning poem, but why?
When the only thing that's on my mind is
It feels so good
It feels so good
It feels so good to be back at home
Where the Sea of Pink Champagne flows
Under rose'-coloured bainrows... I mean rainbows
Yes there were times, several times
I was sure we'd been defeated
As our Hopes became depleted through the years
But now we're here
So if you please
It's time we took our leave
The road to liberty awaits us on the aerodrome incline
Gonna leave that bad ole world behind
Cos' it feels so good, it feels so good
It feels so good to be back at home
A L E X A N D E R Lucy's amphibious friend D X R N A A E E LH O D A D A stogie-smoking Californian
R E N N I E Film star of "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
I N E N E R
C H E R I E The answer to my question
E C R I H E
H E R O One who precedes Dr. Marvello
Reproduced above is the correct solution to the "Word Jumble" puzzle which appeared in the Winter 1982 issue of The Morning Sun. Judging by the solutions sent to us by our readership, it is apparent that this year's Word Jumble presented a much more difficult challenge than did the puzzle run in the previous year. To everyone who participated by sending in their puzzle solutions we convey our appreciation and to those "winners" who successfully solved the Word Jumble we add our congratulations. Furthermore, as a token of recognition, the names of the Word Jumble "winners" have been printed below:
Todd Jay Buse'
Lenior City, Tennessee
Ralph H. Sidway
Yardville, New Jersey
Steven T. Radley
Thousand Oaks, California
Marcos A. Guerrero
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We'd like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all subscribers. Your continued interest and support have made these eight issues of The Morning Sun no only possible, but worthwhile as well. We hope that The Morning Sun has provided you with an interesting, unique, and entertaining source of information and that the majority of any questions you may have had concerning KLAATU and its music have been answered to your satisfaction in one form or another. The members of the band, John, Dee, and Terry, have asked me to pass along their personal thanks to all Klaatusians everywhere for their appreciation of Klaatu's music - I can tell you that they have found such appreciation very gratifying.
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