“I believe my first LP that was all mine was ‘Meet the Beatles.’ It changed my life, and I scratched it to death. Then followed many albums that I asked my parents to buy for me, mostly Beatles.
When we mastered ‘Seven Year Ache,’ it was the first time I had seen a master disc cut on the lathe. We mastered it a few days after John Lennon died, and in the matrix of the mother disc, I scratched, ‘Goodbye, John.’ The first 250,000 copies of that album have the message in the matrix. That was real record-making.
But now that I think about it, the first record that I paid for with my own money was Thunderclap Newman. ‘Something in the Air.’ Remember that one?”