I was trying to remember exactly when I saw my first LM-1.. I remember seeing it on a session that I was setting up for as an assistant, but I couldn't recall the artist. I checked in with one of my engineering mentors, Greg Reilly, at the Disc ltd. in Detroit. Greg started out at Holland Dozier Holland when he was barely out of high school. He has an R&B history that is longer than the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. Anyway.. He informed me that the first sessions that were done with Linn drum at that time were with a group called One Way. They were a local Detroit R&B band that came into the studio in late ’79 or ‘80.. I believe at this time there were only 40 of these LM-1s in existence.
Once the more compact LinnDrum was actually released we saw them more frequently and their popularity peaked around ‘84 when Prince did "When Dove's Cry." Leave it to Prince to eliminate the bass line and still get a hit!
My early experiences with the Linn were with a group called RJ's Latest Arrival..