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第1-10章:走向美国 - Diggin' the USA

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Air Supply was our debut album, released under CBS Records of Australia, December 1976.

Diggin' the USA

      We Made two albums in Australia with Peter Dawkins and CBS Records, had great success in a short space of time and, after the experience of touring with Rod, really wanted to achieve the same success in the United States.

      We went to Peter Dawkins and Peter Karpin at CBS to plead our case for heading to the U.S. They explained their position, telling us that we had not really established ourselves yet and that if we stayed, we could be the biggest band in Australia. Our response was that we didn't want to be the biggest band in Australia - we wanted to be the biggest band in the world!

      After more discussion and negotiation, we finally parted company with CBS in Australia and signed with Columbia Records in the United States. We flew to Los Angeles for the first time July 4, 1977, and drove straight to Cherokee Studios in Hollywood.

      To our surprise, Rod was recording and was in the alley behind the studio when we arrived. He could not have been nicer to us. We chatted for a bit and headed to our hotel.

      We planned on creating an album taking the best of the two Australian albums and re-recording them. The producer this time around was Jimmy Horowitz, a really nice Englishman with a gentle spirit. Recording in such famous studios with great studio musicians and a great staff was a real thrill for us. I, for one, was bitten by the bug, one that made me want to make the best recordings and begin a career in the United States that we could not realize by staying in Australia.

中文译文:
      我们在澳大利亚已经和Peter Dawkins一起在CBS唱片公司录制了两张专辑,在一段时间内已经是大获成功,在经历了和Rod一起巡演之后,我们确实很想在美国能够获得同样的成功。

      我们在CBS和Peter Dawkins与Peter Karpin会合恳求他们嚷我们去美国。他们解释了他们的立场,告诉说我们还没有建立起我们的声望,如果我们继续待在澳大利亚,我们将会成为澳大利亚最红的乐队。而我们却并不想成为澳大利亚最红的乐队 - 我们想成为世界上最厉害的乐队!

      在更多的讨论和协商后,我们最终和澳大利亚CBS分手,并且和美国哥伦比亚唱片公司签约。我们在1977年4月第一次飞往洛杉矶,并且直接前往好莱坞的Cherokee Studios。

      出人意料的是,当我们到那里时,Rod正在录音,他就在录音棚后的那里小巷里。他对我们相当好。我们聊了一会儿然后前往酒店。

      我们决定把两张澳大利亚专辑中的好歌挑选出来并且重新进行录制。那时制作人是Jimmy Horowitz,他是位相当棒的英国人,很绅士。在如此知名的录音棚里和如此棒的乐手一起录制专辑对我们来说真是受宠若惊。对我来说,就是热衷于此,想要录制一张最棒的专辑,在美国开始我们的音乐生涯,如果待在澳大利亚我们是无法理解这些的。

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