A great engineer and a great guy, Larry Boden, his journey from MCA Studios to Taco Bell & beyond

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Larry, when I knew him was a recording/mixing/mastering engineer at MCA Recording Studios in the 70's and 80's. When I heard he was working at a Taco Bell I was shocked (as were most of the recording community). But his story is VERY interesting. You will be inspired by this. Take a look.

  2. Hamhead

    Hamhead Sinatra promo specialist

    Somebody needs to get him from behind the counter and put him behind the board.

    Boden’s Law — If an experiment works, you must be using the wrong equipment. [Lawrence “Larry” Boden, mastering engineer]

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  3. Steve, thank you for sharing that. Wow, talk about a tear jerker, inspirational, putting things into perspective, story!

    BTW, GREAT avatar!
  4. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident

    Des Moines, Iowa
    Larry Boden is now my favorite human being of all time.
    This is a reminder to never judge people by the jobs they hold, or the size of their bank account, or their station in life.
  5. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

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  6. AJH

    AJH Forum Resident

    PA Northern Tier
    What a wonderful human being and he is an example for everyone.

  7. brettster808

    brettster808 Forum Resident

    Hooray for Uncle Larry!
  8. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    I wonder if Larry would know offhand which of MCA's mastering engineers from the '70's had previously worked at Columbia's Hollywood studios up to that place's closure in fall 1972. The hand-etching of that individual, if one saw the 45's cut by him (such as Cher's "Half-Breed" and "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd), was very distinctive.
  9. I Love Music

    I Love Music Forum Resident

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  10. vanmeterannie

    vanmeterannie Forum Resident

    I have a book he wrote in 1981 called Basic Disc Mastering - I'd heard about it years ago and couldn't find it, and called him on the phone about 20 years ago and he mailed me a copy, and wouldn't take a dime for it.
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  11. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    When I worked in Copyright, Larry would call me from the studio, wouldn't talk to the boss, just wanted to talk to me. He needed recording info and I'd look it up for him. He never talked down to an "underling", he was always friendly but to the point, always thanked me for the info and in a month when a new Patsy Cline LP or something came out, mastered by Larry Boden, I took pleasure in knowing I helped him. A great guy.
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  12. fantgolf

    fantgolf Forum Resident

    Rochester, MN
    Thanks Steve.
  13. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Wow, what an amazing story. Thanks for sharing. I may have to take a road trip to that Taco Bell someday.
  14. poe_man

    poe_man Forum Resident

    I'll have to swing by that Taco Bell some afternoon and see if he's still there.
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  16. xdawg

    xdawg Skating away...........

    Roswell, GA, USA
    Great story! Thanks for the video Steve!
  17. Kevin In Choconut Center

    Kevin In Choconut Center Offensive Coordinator

    Binghamton, NY
    Great post and my, what a truly wonderful person Mr. Boden is.
  18. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    That's Larry.
  19. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    You think he could be a manager or even district manager there at least. He's probably brighter than anybody working there. It scares the hell out of me that I am 36 years old now and I could be "unhireable" within 15 years.
  20. Evan

    Evan Forum Resident

    Petal, Mississippi
    "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances" the Apostle Paul

    Sounds to me like Larry gets it. I, on the other hand, am still working on it.
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  21. gener8tr

    gener8tr Forum Resident

    Vancouver, WA USA

    Perfect summation. I never look down upon anyone's occupation, EVER. If you're working for a wage (or volunteering for that matter), you're alright in my book.
  22. wcarroll

    wcarroll Forum Resident

    Baton Rouge, LA
    I see that his book is back in print as an expanded 2nd edition. Has anybody read it? It does look interesting.

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  23. Beech

    Beech Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Nice story. Makes you stop and think ...
  24. ElevatorSkyMovie

    ElevatorSkyMovie Forum Resident

    The story for the newspaper was from 2002. What's he been doing since then?
  25. chargrove

    chargrove Brilliant Genius

    Irving, TX
    Can anyone confirm when this video was filmed? Thanks!

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