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June 21, 2016
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Caribou Memories

The Caribou was built in 1972 by recording producer James Guercio after he purchased the site and surrounding 4,000 acres located about three miles outside of the Eastern Slope town of Nederland. A very long list of famous artists recorded at the studio. Colorado connected artists to record there included Michael Martin Murphy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Earth Wind and Fire and John Denver. Musicians continued to record at the state-of-the-art facility until in burned in 1985. Earth, Wind & Fire were the second group to record at the Ranch being stable mates with James Gueirco’s Chicago.  Life around Nederland was interesting during the reign of The Caribou.  Initially, musicians from the Ranch were not welcome in the nearby mountain town.  Attitudes would relax and eventually, over time, this was no longer an issue.

CARRIBOU 1

Many artists came through Colorado and spent time at The Caribou, recording with other artists, beginning a long play project, and so on.  According to George “Doc” Krieger, a Colorado music historian who has researched the Caribou and interviewed artists who worked there, there are no comprehensive recording logs firmly establishing all of the sessions and tracks which were laid down.   However, below are several of the long plays that definitely had significant time devoted in the Caribou studios, if not the entire long play.
1973 – Stephen Stills & Manassas – “Down The Road” LP – “Isn’t It About Time” Single

CARIBOU 1973 - STILLS MANASSAS LP CARIBOU 1973 - STILLS MANASSAS 45

1973 – Joe Walsh – “The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get” LP – “Rocky Mountain Way” Single

CARIBOU 1973 - WALSH LP CARIBOU 1973 - WALSH 45

1974 – Chicago – “Chicago IV” LP – “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” Single

CARIBOU 1974 - CHICAGO LP CARIBOU 1974 - CHICAGO 45

1974 – Rick Derringer – “All American Boy” LP – “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” Single

CARIBOU 1974 - DERRINGER LP CARIBOU 1974 - DERRINGER 45

1974 – Earth, Wind & Fire – “Open Our Eyes” LP – “Mighty Mighty” & “Kalimba Story” Singles

CARIBOU 1974 - EARTH WIND FIRE LP CARIBOU 1974 - EARTH WIND FIRE 45 B CARIBOU 1974 - EARTH WIND FIRE 45 A

1974 – Elton John – “Caribou” LP – “The Bitch is Back” & “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” Singles

CARIBOU 1974 - ELTON JOHN LP CARIBOU 1974 - ELTON JOHN 45 ACARIBOU 1974 - ELTON JOHN 45 B

1974 – The Souther. Hillman, Furay Band – “The Souther Hillman Furay Band” LP

CARIBOU 1974 - SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY LP

1975 – Earth, Wind and Fire – “That’s The Way of the World” LP – “Shining Star” Single

CARIBOU 1975 - EARTH WIND FIRE LP CARIBOU 1975 - EARTH WIND FIRE 45

1975 – Elton John – “Captain Fantastic” LP – “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” Single

CARIBOU 1975 - ELTON JOHN LP CARIBOU 1975 - ELTON JOHN 45

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – “One Size Fits All” LP

CARIBOU 1975 - FRANK ZAPPA LP

1975 – Michael Martin Murphey – “Blue Sky Night Thunder” LP – “Wildfire” Single

CARIBOU 1975 - MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHY LP CARIBOU 1975 - MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHY 45

1976 – America – “Hideaway” LP

CARIBOU 1976 - AMERICA LP

1976 – Chicago – “Chicago X” LP – “If You Leave Me Now” Single

CARIBOU 1976 - CHICAGO LPCARIBOU 1976 - CHICAGO 45

1976 – David Cassidy – “Home Is Where The Heart Is” LP

CARIBOU 1976 - DAVID CASSIDY LP

1976 – Jeff Beck – “Wired” LP

CARIBOU 1976 - JEFF BECK LP

1976 – Rod Stewart – “A Night on the Town” LP – “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” Single

CARIBOU 1976 - ROD STEWART LP CARIBOU 1976 - ROD STEWART 45

1976 – Stephen Stills – “Illegal Stills” LP

CARIBOU 1976 - STEPHEN STILLS LP

1977 – Dennis Wilson – “Pacific Ocean Blue” LP

CARIBOU 1977 - BRIAN WILSON LP

1977 – Carol King – “Simple Things” LP

CARIBOU 1977 - CAROL KING LP

Dan Fogelberg – “Nether Lands” LP

CARIBOU 1977 - DAN FOGELBERG LP

1977 – Supertramp – “Even In the Quietest Moments” LP – “Give A Little Bit” Single

CARIBOU 1977 - SUPERTRAMP LP CARIBOU 1977 - SUPERTRAMP 45

1978 – Waylon Jennings – “I’ve Always Been Crazy” LP

CARIBOU 1978 - WAYLON JENNINGS LP

1979 – The Beach Boys – “Light Album” LP – “Good Timin'” Single

CARIBOU 1979 - BEACH BOYS LP CARIBOU 1979 - BEACH BOYS 45

1979 – Dan Fogelberg – “Phoenix” LP

CARIBOU 1979 - DAN FOGELBERG LP

1980 – Eddie Rabbitt – “Horizon” LP – “I Love A Rainy Night” Single

CARIBOU 1980 - EDDIE RABBITT LP CARIBOU 1980 - EDDIE RABBITT 45

1981 – Kris Kristopherson – “To the Bone” LP

CARIBOU 1981 - KRIS KRISTOPHERSON LP

1982 – Amy Grant – “Age to Age” LP

CARIBOU 1982 - AMY GRANT LP

1983 – Amy Grant – “A Christmas Album” LP

CARIBOU 1983 - AMY GRANT LP

1983 – Carl Wilson – “Youngblood” LP

CARIBOU 1983 - CARL WILSON LP

1984 – Michael Jackson – “Bad” LP

CARIBOU 1984 - MICHAEL JACKSON LP

1985 – Amy Grant – “Unguarded” LP

CARIBOU 1985 - AMY GRANT LP

One Comment

  1. Another really interesting one! As a kid I became familiar with James William Guercio after reading his name on a Chad and Jeremy album. I followed his career with Chicago etc., but didn’t realize how many major acts were recorded at that studio. Thanks for the great info!

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