The Pine Island recordings on this CD were compiled from four sources:
1. Seventh Annual Banjo Contest Craftsbury Common, VT (9/28/74), Green Mountain Records (GMS 1046) 1974. Cut #2.
2. Live Inside Fretless Records (FR 124) 1977. This LP was based on two performances recorded live at the Chelsea House Folklore Center in West Brattelboro, VT in 1976. The tapes were engineered by Bill Gehman. Cuts # 1, 4, 8, 9 and 17.
3. Pine Island Green Mountain Records (GMS 1072) 1979. This album was recorded at Mountainside Recording Studios, Garvey Hill, in Northfield VT, in the winter of 1978/1979. The sessions were engineered by Robert Hurley and mixed by Pine Island and Robert Hurley. Cuts # 10, 11, 12, 13 ,15, 16, 19, 23, 24.
4. Vermont Public Radio (VPR) Concert 2/6/78. Cuts # 3, 5, 6, 7, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22.
Members of Pine Island on this CD are Tim Mckenzie, lead vocals on cuts # 3, 11, 13, 20 and 22, and guitar on all cuts; Gordon Stone, banjo on cuts # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21 and 22; David Gusakov, vocal harmony and fiddle on all cuts except #2. Jimmy Ryan provides lead vocals on cuts 5, 7, 8, 10 ,15, 16 and 24, and plays mandolin on all cuts except #2. Jim McGinniss provides lead vocal on cut #18 and bass on all cuts. Chris Lee plays banjo on cuts # 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 23 and 24. Gordon Stone plays pedal steel on cuts # 11 and 24, and rhythm guitar on cuts # 17, 18, and 20. Anne Wallace plays recorder and David Gusakov plays prepared piano on cut #23.
For their contribution to this effort, Pine Island would like to thank Brett Hughes for providing graphic design. Al Abair and Joel Snyder, Jr. provided crucial support in the production of the CD. The compilation was mastered by André Maquera, West Street Digital Recording, Fairfield, VT. Special thanks are also due to Marion Ettlinger for permission to use the 1977 photo of Pine Island that appears on the cover of this CD.
We would like to thank Chris Brynes of the University of Vermont, Bailey Howe Library, Special Collections, for making the master tapes of Live Inside available. Thanks also to Fred "Chico" Lager for his support and advice early in the life of the project. We would like to thank Vermont Public Radio (VPR) for providing digital copies of Pine Island's performance on Vermont Artists in Performance, with Frank Hoffman, which first aired on February 6, 1978. The original recording was made by Ira Willner in the VPR studios. On August 8, 2002, this performance was re-broadcast in its entirety in conjunction with VPR's 25th year celebration on All the Traditions, hosted by Robert Resnick. VPR kindly made digital copies of the original broadcast available to Pine Island. VPR also provided valuable support in the form of a media sponsorship for the September 19, 2003 reunion concert at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Thanks especially to Robert Resnick of VPR for his enthusiasm and support in all phases of this project, and to Andy Sacher and the Vermont Bluegrass website (www.vtbluegrass.org). Thanks are also due to the members of Pine Island for their acts of kindness and their feats of memory.