We first checked in on Rochester, New York’s Fine Recording Studio via the Inspirational Gospel Singers in Good God! Born Again Funk. And now, thanks to the hard work of Mark Taylor, the remainder of the Fine archive is being digitized for future generations to enjoy. Here’s the skinny:
In December 2002, a shipping container arrived in Sydney, Australia. Its contents largely unknown, it was unloaded into a warehouse in East Botany. For the next 6 months a story unfolded, a history of the recorded music of Rochester, NY, from the immediate post-war era, until the untimely death in 1977 of studio owner and jazz big band leader Vincent Giancursio, aka Vince Jan, aged 58. The studio later suffered fire and flood damage.
The contents of the container, as they were unpacked, revealed hidden musical treasure representing every genre and diversity of the era. Big band jazz and lounge music, popular songs, country and western, rockabilly and incredible gospel groups dominate the 1950’s. Following this came early beat and pop groups, early garage r&r, northern soul and funk, culminating in a slew of brilliant undiscovered garage punk masterpieces, the reason for the existence of this site. After 1967, psychedelic and progressive styles took hold, and the energy was lost. However, the story must, and will, be told…
Check Mark’s site for a larger rundown of the studio’s musical contents, and oh yeah, grab this face-melting compilation of Fine gospel that another Fine fan put together.
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