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#263086 - 09/21/14 09:29 PM [User Showcase] New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED
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Hello fellow Band in a Boxers. My music is currently homeless (living only on the work CD from which this song is drawn) as I am metamorphasizing my music set up). This is a song I posted recently in a kinder, gentler form. A few people pointed out, and rightly so, that it didn't really work, particularly the horns. Having not a lot of other options, since I can't really play any instrument worth a damn, I decided to take another approach........turn everything to 11. For some reason, the Soundcloud version seems to compress in few areas like my first post of the song (cursed song?) but I think the vibe is apparent. Anyway, see what you think and give your honest opinion. If it is another swing and a miss, I can swing again (3 strikes you know), and Hell, I can even get up to bat with a fresh count again. Take care. Greg

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#263091 - 09/21/14 11:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Well, I like this version a lot. The guitar solos are great and the arrangement fits it much better to me. I like the echo on your vocal too. There's some swirliness going on but that could be SC....

The vibe is apparent and it's a really good one.

Josie

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#263094 - 09/22/14 12:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Sundance]
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Thanks Josie! Actually, the swirliness is in the plugin. I used Waves CLA fx plugin which is pretty wild. I was kinda going for a radical Hendrix thing. Appreciate your kind words. Take care. Greg

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#263109 - 09/22/14 02:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

My first post has mysteriously not appeared, weird crazy

Anyway I agree with the Hendrix vibe, nice guitar solo.

When I first read your post I thought YOU were homeless but soon calmed down when I put my glasses on LOL

take care

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#263124 - 09/22/14 08:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg -

A very interesting treatment. And fun to listen to.

The band is super! The guitar solos are excellent. The mix is good.

I like the vocal treatment (lennon-ish... that seems to be "going 'round" these days smile ). I thought it (the vocal) was a little too loud/out-front. I think it would work better (perfectly) if it were "tucked back" in the mix more - blended in might be a better description...

Which I guess would be hard with your music in an alley somewhere pushing an old shopping cart, dressed in rags, muttering to itself....

It is a very cool song (well sung, btw). It is still bouncing around in my head...

floyd

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#263145 - 09/22/14 01:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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HI Greg ...

Interesting and fabulous! The vocal treatment is super!

And like a couple of folks have already said, has somewhat of a Hendrix sound. And the extra reverb on the guitar is a perfect blend ... and a really nice tone. The vocal is the shining star in this production , though possibly just a wee bit too much in front of the mix. This is some real down and out Blues! Great job! Best to ya ...

Alan & Di
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#263152 - 09/22/14 01:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hey Greg,

Powerhouse guitar, voice, effects. A clean knockout in the first round.

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#263173 - 09/22/14 05:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi, Greg !:))


I can hear the sincerity
in your voice ! That is what
I call "the real thing" !!
I found this a very good listen,
yes, maybe one of your best ?

Cheers
Dani

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#263188 - 09/22/14 08:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
Well, I like this version a lot. The guitar solos are great and the arrangement fits it much better to me. I like the echo on your vocal too. There's some swirliness going on but that could be SC....

The vibe is apparent and it's a really good one.

Josie




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#263222 - 09/23/14 07:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Normally I'm not a fan of the flanged echo sound you got going on here but this works.

I like it better than the first version.
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#263247 - 09/23/14 11:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Zero nits here. It's a thin line from "too out front" and "lost" re mixing vocals.
I seem to always err on the side of too out front. With a great vocal like this it's
a good side of the fence to sit on. I'm never sure where the sweet spot is anyway
but I keep trying to figure it out.

I have no idea what the "swirliness" thing is.....perhaps I've listened to so much
Hendrix for the last 46 years that I don't notice these things anymore :-)

It's amazing what turning it up to 11 can do for some songs. Ozone's
Maximizer is a great way to experiment with that.

I just enjoyed the heck outa this and I know Janice will also.

Bud

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#263285 - 09/23/14 09:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

very interesting version. Like it a lot.

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#263291 - 09/23/14 10:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I like this version, it all fits perfect; thanks for sharing!
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#263312 - 09/24/14 09:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, everything that I want to say has already been said!

As I listen to this I think more Robert Cray than Hendrix. But either way you are with good company!

I like this exactly the way it is mixed. That Spinal Tap treatment really worked.

I am a blues lover and as far as I am concerned this is a keeper!
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#263344 - 09/24/14 04:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

I recall the first version, but this one's much better!
Personally I like some flange and delays on the vocals, so that's much appreciated here.
The guitar solo is very cool too!

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#263377 - 09/25/14 01:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: gibson]
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Fortunately, I'm not homeless and it appears my songs will have their new home (if all goes well) within a day or 2-I'm switching platforms from PT MP9 to UAD Apollo with a Macbook pro. I'm excited about the upgrade. Thanks so much for your kind words. I really enjoy your truly creative work! Take care. Greg

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#263378 - 09/25/14 01:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: floyd jane]
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Thanks for the kind words Floyd. You were one of the ones who correctly pointed out that the horns didn't fit. Tom suggested a live rhythm track, but since that would be disastrous (if I played it), I decided to just pump up the intensity with FX-I used the waves CLA fx plugin which can get pretty much as radical as you want. I liked the edge better and felt like it released the true emotion of the song better (dark blues) but I wanted some honest confirmation. Thanks for taking the time. I always appreciate your great ears and honesty. Take care. Greg

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#263379 - 09/25/14 01:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: Al-David]
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Thanks Al and Di. I appreciate the kind words!! Always watching for new posts from you guys, and I have to say the last 2 were probably my faves! Take care. Greg

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#263380 - 09/25/14 01:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: aleck rand]
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THanks for the kind words Dean. I am always impressed by the tasty treats and fine guitar work you bring to the forum! Also, love your profile pic!! Killer! Take care. Greg

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#263381 - 09/25/14 01:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: Heartbreak Blues (Don't come around) RaDiCaliZED [Re: dani48]
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Dani, thanks for the kind words. You are truly the hearth of this forum!! I always look forward to hearing your stuff, although I think I am late on your most recent-will get on it tomorrow and looking forward to it. Busy week! Take care. Greg

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