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Mark Guerrero Videos - Page 31

I'm Brown
Studio Recording
Independent Studios
Studio City, California
August 28, 1972

     "I'm Brown" was recorded at Independent Studios in Studio City, CA in August and September of 1972.  The basic track was recorded on August 28, along with the basic track for "Livin' Off the Land," which was to be the "B" side of the Capitol Recording.  The basic track was acoustic guitar with guide vocal, electric rhythm guitar, Hammond B3 organ, bass, and drums all playing together with no overdubs.  It was done in one take.  On September 5, the acoustic piano and dual lead guitars were overdubbed.  The dual lead guitars were also done in one take simultaneously.  On September 8, the lead vocal was done followed by the final mix.  It's arguably my best and most important song because of its meaning, lyrical content, music, and performances.  In 2008-09, "I'm Brown" was featured at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in an exhibit called "Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom."  The display included the 45 rpm Capitol single, the original lyric manuscript, and a photo of the band.  I usually close my concerts with "I'm Brown."

Musicians Mark Guerrero (lead vocal, acoustic guitar, piano, left channel lead guitar), John Valenzuela (electric rhythm guitar, right channel lead guitar), Anthony Baray (Hammond B3 organ),
Richard Rosas (bass), and Ernie Hernandez (drums).

Song performed on video below:
"I'm Brown"


"I'm Brown"
words and music by Mark Guerrero



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