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WCA #390 with Steve Rosenthal Part 1 – Driving Cabs, Punching 16th Notes, Bathrobe Sessions, Living in Dreamland, and The Search for the Perfect Console

My guest is Grammy-Winning producer, studio owner, and archivist Steve Rosenthal. The man behind the Magic Shop in New York. Steve has worked on projects for Woody Guthrie, Les Paul, Blondie, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, and Erroll Garner projects. Part one of a two-part interview.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in NY
  • Getting Started on a Development Deal
  • The Recording Institute of America
  • Bad Cab Driver Turned Engineer
  • Early Days at Atlantic
  • Learning the “Atlantic Recording Way”
  • Punching 16th Notes
  • Skully 12 track
  • Learning Business and Engineering
  • Mentorship 
  • Bathrobe Sessions
  • Buying the Fixtures
  • Otis Blackwell 
  • Working in the Basement at A&R Records
  • Buying a Studio in Manhattan 
  • Living in Dreamland
  • New Wave and Punk in the 80s
  • Technology Informing Art
  • Sonic Fashion Trends
  • Alan Lomax 
  • Sonic Cues
  • The Plangent Process 
  • The Magic Shop
  • Building a Studio for Making Rock Records
  • The Search for the Perfect Console

Matt’s Rant: Billing

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Steve Rosenthal
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith