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Nimbus - Nezarai

2y ago


A promising pop group from the Mt. Pleasent, MI area in the late 70s, Nimbus pressed a small quantity of their "Children Of The Earth" album, intended for sale at their local shows, before vanishing into complete obscurity in a horrible turn-of-fate. "There was a guy in Mesick, "Doug" they called him, who had a farm and a big barn. He was into music and recording, so he converted his barn into a studio, with a control room and a good sized performance space. Dirt and wood floor, post and beam construction all around and a high ceiling. The album was recorded through what was then state-of-the-art for mid-range recording gear...a big TASCAM 8-bus console and a 1-inch TASCAM 16 track reel machine with a TASCAM 1/4 inch two track stereo mastering recorder. I believe there was an Orban spring reverb. I know they had access to a Moog and possibly and ARP synth. Anyway, the guys would go out to the barn and camp there on the weekends and work on the album. "Doug" was rarely around and just let them do their thing. He thought they had talent and would go places, so he was happy to let them go for it. After the Nimbus album came out, it got some attention from an A&R guy at Warner Brothers Records in Chicago, who arranged to come up to the studio and take a listen to their stuff. They set a date to meet at the studio...and when they got there, the door had been locked and sealed off by the Feds. Turns out "Doug" was one of Central Michigan's biggest pot dealers. I suppose the airplane landing strip in back of the barn should have been a tip-off, but they never put two and two together, being so absorbed in the music. The Warner opportunity dissolved." - Steve Schneider, a friend of Mark Gover, the leader and songwriter of Nimbus Copies of the Nimbus album have gone for upwards of $400 on eBay. A recent CD-only Japanese reissue is available, here: