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#220845 - 11/11/13 05:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
dani48 Offline

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Hi, Janice & Bud !:))

Wow !! A superb tune
brilliantly sung and produced !
Can you say anything else than......WOW !!!


#220847 - 11/11/13 05:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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+1. Excellent mix and performance.
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#220882 - 11/11/13 11:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I'm an admirer of your mixes without Ozone so it's extra gravy. That's a compliment.


Cool vocal especially the slides at the end.
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#220924 - 11/12/13 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Registered: 12/05/11
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Thanks Scott! We appreciate the compliment

Thanks Guenter, pretty cool that we were working on reggae songs at the same time. This is only the third reggae tune we've done -- they are fun. Glad you liked it!

Rog, thanks for the noting the interplay of the blues guitar and the reggae beat. It was a challenge and it is really nice knowing that it worked for you. The mix was an interesting endeavor as I always find it tougher to make a sparse "band" work.

Thank you Dani for the kind remarks!!
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#220946 - 11/12/13 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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That's a good job.... blues and reggae music... who knew? Like peanut butter and chocolate. Goes together just fine.

Edited by Guitarhacker (11/12/13 11:02 AM)
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#220977 - 11/12/13 02:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Frankp Offline

Registered: 07/18/08
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I'm a big fan of Jack Pearson both inside and outside of BIAB. Very creative to match the blues with Reggae.

My only critique would be to experiment with the guitar being removed during the vocals. For me, being a guitar player, my focus became on the guitar playing and not the vocals. I think by just filling in the holes between the vocals with lead guitar you could create some real nice interplay. (Let me know if I'm out of bounds making these kind of comments, I haven't participated much and am still learning the culture.)

Great job on the arrangement and production and Janice's vocals sound great.
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#220983 - 11/12/13 03:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Janice & Bud Offline

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Herb, thanks! You just never know what's gonna happen with BIAB until you try it....and man have I created some stinkers in the experimental process.

Frank, no worries AT ALL about the comments....hopefully that's what we're all about. Several folks have mentioned the same thing (on and off line) about the guitar. I really wanted a rhythm piano or another rhythm instrument to offer some background texture -- mainly because I was worried that the two chord progression would get tedious. But the reggae piano only comps with the rhythm guitar and other instruments just didn't seem to fit the groove. So I cut and pasted some guitar bars that hopefully would fit in the background. I understand your point about how a guitar player would tend to focus more on the riffs than the vocal with it there all the time. I'm always experimenting so I'll fool around with a mix with just the vocal holes filled in and I'll continue my quest to find some other rhythm instrument that will ride over the reggae rhythm w/o bumping up against it. Thanks for the feedback!
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#221248 - 11/14/13 05:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Janice & Bud Offline

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David and Josie, pardon the belated thanks....we've been in and out for the last few days. We both very much appreciate y'all taking the time to listen and comment. Thanks!
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#221278 - 11/14/13 11:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
floyd jane Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5554
Loc: Florida
Hey mon... dat sound so gooood.

Your mixes always sound like the band is just sitting right here in front of me.

Cool organ. Cool drums. Super cool guitar.

Way, Way, Way Super Cool vocal. Janice makes it sound SO easy, so natural. Like she was born to sing. Born to do nothing BUT sing. Like she doesn't ever talk. Everything just comes out as a song. Is that what it's like? I think.

Reggae Blues. Check.

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#221328 - 11/15/13 01:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Achordocaster Offline

Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 518
Loc: Grand Junction, Colorado USA
Wow! What a clean, tight mix. Great merging of blues & reggae. Janice sounds fantastic as always!

Loved it!


#221369 - 11/15/13 07:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
cubanpete Offline

Registered: 08/24/07
Posts: 1147
Loc: Florida, USA
Hmmm,strange and interesting combination, like i said before, experiment , experiment and experiment! Very good indeed!

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#221437 - 11/16/13 12:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
kenbiab Offline

Registered: 12/15/11
Posts: 31
Loc: US East Coast
Really incredible track! That is a compelling mix of styles brought together with world class vocal! Well done.

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#221471 - 11/16/13 04:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Achordocaster]
Janice & Bud Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
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Thanks Floyd, a passing interest in reggae from the "I shot the sheriff" days helped with the grove. Oh, and, yes, she does talk smile

Greg, thanks! glad you liked the blues/reggae melding.
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#221485 - 11/16/13 05:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
gruverider Offline

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1399
you cut that guitar like you were playing it, well done

of course the vocal... ahh the vocal!! ; )

funny but I wrote a song about a brake up. she would light two cigarettes at once and hand me one. and so the refrain is "whose gonna' light my cigarettes when you're gone?" I have not recorded it yet so I may do a one take vocal and guitar and post it this weekend.

#221490 - 11/16/13 05:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Kemmrich Offline

Registered: 02/27/07
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Excellent production -- really enjoyed it. And the singing is really top notch.

As others mentioned, the vocals might be slightly hot (only a tad) and the guitar could be scaled back here and there during the vocal parts. I only got to listen once, so those suggestions are unverified (ha, ha).

I like reggae and blues -- so together is great.
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