A few weeks ago, I posted about how I've been working on a track for the upcoming Michael Knott tribute album. I just sent Joshua Lory the rough mix. I'm hoping it makes the cut because it was a lot of work, but I won't be overly disappointed if it doesn't make the cut because I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to mixing. Here's what it looks like right now.
For the last month or so, I've been trying to slowly put together a recorded version of LSU's "Pound of Flesh" for some upcoming Michael Knott tribute album. I doubt I'll be able to get it to top notch quality in time, but it would be pretty cool if I did. Here's what it's looking like right now:
Here's a confession: I stole a cassette copy of LSU's Cash in Chaos World Tour from a cassette clearance bin years and years ago, like back in 1993 or so. (I've since bought a legitimate CD version of the album). I'm pleased so see that you can order Cash in Chaos World Tour on Bandcamp. And you should order it. It's one of the most enduring albums in my CD collection; I've been listening to it consistently for the last 20 years or so.
"Pound of Flesh" was the first song I really connected with on the album. The groovy bassline and echo-box vocals really jived with me and I enjoyed the way it was a long song that had enough melodic variety in it that it kept my interest while it also maintained a consistent tone. Its lyrics meshed perfectly with the music. I'd often listen to it over and over again; it truly inspired me to think about the way bass guitar can drive a song.
I doubt that I'll be able to do it justice. I've replaced all the digital chorus-y guitars with wah-wahs, and replaced all the flange-y guitars in the chorus with some straight Marshall distortion; the bass is a clean Jazz Bass doubled with the Rhodes; there's a touch of high-end synthesizer helping to release the recording from the classic "mud" that usually permeates my recordings. But it still sounds like me, doubtless.
I wouldn't be surprised if I don't get to record the vocals before the due date, but it's worth a shot. It's sounding OK right now.
The most frightening thing about it is the following part of the instructions that Joshua Lory posted on Facebook:
You see, I've never sent anything sorta' professional to a stranger. I don't know if my mixes sound real or if they sound absultely, completely amateur. I'm a little freaked out that, if I get it finished on time, I'll send the mix to the guy and he'll laugh at its utter ineptitude. I mean, Joshua Lory's mixes sound pretty good:
So we'll see. Here's to hoping I get it done.
I added a new song to the "Under the Covers with Jeff" playlist today. Here's a little pop ditty, originally delivered by Dusty Springfield.
Although I've known the song for years, it never really stood out to me until I heard it through the overhead speakers at the local A&W one day. I realized that I'd ignored the song for too long.
And here's the original recording.
I've loved Eric Taylor's "Whooping Crane" since I first heard Lyle Lovett's version on his Natural Forces album. Lyle and his band do a bang-up live version too, of course.
I'm not sure if I enjoy Eric Taylor's version, but I have to admit that Lyle's perfect interpretations of songs often ruin the original versions for me.
I tried to perform a little version of it a couple years ago. There are much better interpretations out there, however.
I heard "Streets of Philadelphia" for the first time when I saw Springsteen perform it at the Oscars. I thought it fascinating that he could pull off such a long, repetitive intro, and to have such powerful synth pads. It's amazing that it takes next to no time to get through the lyrics, yet the recorded version breaks a full 4 minutes... and you don't even feel it happen. This was new to me.
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