Records with Sonobeat circa 1969 to 1970
No commercial releases on Sonobeat Records
Jazzy pop combo Geneva, with an appealing female vocalist whose name as well as those of her bandmates are not documented in the Sonobeat archives, records covers of pop favorites with Sonobeat co-founder and producer Bill Josey Sr. sometime during an 18 month span beginning in January 1969. Although we don't know the exact dates these tracks are recorded, we're able to bracket the time frame for the Geneva sessions because the master tape box is labeled using a Liberty Recorders tracking sheet that Bill Sr. and Rim Kelley (Bill Josey Jr.) don't have in their possession until they deliver Johnny Winter's The Progressive Blues Experiment album master tapes to Liberty Records in Los Angeles in December 1968; that's when they grab a stash of the box labels from Liberty's Hollywood recording studio.
Rim recalls engineering the Geneva sessions, which were recorded on Sonobeat's half-inch 4-track Scully 280, but he leaves to attend law school in early September 1970, which helps us place these recordings between January 1969 and August 1970. Rim believes the basic instrumental tracks may have been recorded at Austin's Club Seville at the Sheraton Crest Inn on Town Lake (now the Radisson on Lady Bird Lake), Sonobeat's favorite venue for recording pop and jazz artists, including the Lee Arlano Trio, Don Dean, Bach-Yen, and Fran Nelson. The vocal overdubs were likely recorded at Sonobeat's Western Hills Drive studio in northwest Austin.
The 4-track session master contains five cuts; two are instrumentals. One, though, is a languid vocal take on Nobody Else But Me from the Broadway classic Showboat, by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, and another is a duet of the jazz classic Mood Indigo composed by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard with lyrics by Irving Mills. We don't know who the members of Geneva are (although there's a reference on the tape box label to a "Duffy"), but we know we like what we hear and think you will, too. Geneva's tracks remain unreleased.
Nobody Else But Me (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II)
Woke Up This Morning
You Got Me
Produced by Bill Josey Sr.
Engineered by Rim Kelley
Recorded at unknown location in Austin, Texas, circa early 1969 to mid-1970
Recording equipment: ElectroVoice Slimair 636 microphones, Sony ECM22 electret condenser microphones, Scully 280 half-inch 4-track recorder, Ampex AG350 quarter-inch 2-track recorder, custom 10-channel portable stereo mixer, Fairchild Lumiten 663ST optical compressor, Blonder-Tongue Audio Baton 9-band stereo graphic equalizer, custom steel plate stereo reverb, Ampex 681 tape stock