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#466225 - 04/09/18 05:07 AM [User Showcase] The Blue Line
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Something a little different from Christiane and me, sort of a 70s soul vibe:

The Blue Line

The band:

Drums: Soul70sEv16^1-a:ClsdHHtSn, b:BusyBss, also see (*) below
Bass: 1433:Bass, Electric, JazzFunkGroovin Ev16 110
Organ: 2619:Organ, Rhythm Funk Ev 100

I'm playing the guitar parts

(*) For the third chorus I needed something different for the drums, so I used EZDrummer2 to build that 8 bar segment

Mixed with reaper using plugins from Waves and iZotope, mastered with Ozone 8 and LMC

EDIT: Uploaded a new mix, and also uploaded to soundcloud.

The Blue Line (2018, Christiane Spruit)

New day dawn
in the limelight
Sun will drag the gloom behind the blue line

Buildings high
at the skyline
waiting for the people to get online

Chorus:
I guess it's just a feeling in the city
People come and go and passing by
I have pondered for a while, but found no answer
Don't or do I feel alive?

Busy Bees
they get the honey
Wear a decent dress to get the money

Camera eyes, mesmerize
a company that offers you free wi-fi

Chorus

Buildings high
scrape the skyline
Sun will drag the gloom behind the blue line

A neon sign
advertise
Selling you a dream in supersize

Chorus

Outro vamp: Don't or do I feel alive

All comments welcome!


Edited by BlueAttitude (04/10/18 06:49 AM)
Edit Reason: added soundcloud link
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#466233 - 04/09/18 05:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave and Christiane,

I'm doing my best to type in real-time while the song is playing....

What a great opening!

Now Chris is singing and I'm stunned by how outstanding this production is! Chris's vocals sound so-o-o-o good! Wow!!!! Her singing style and this genre go together like coffee and cream.

Now it's Dave's turn. As I type, he's on lead guitar and the only thought that's in my mind is "This guitar sound, this performance, they're the stuff of skilled professionals!"

You've both done everything right with this one! To my ears it's top shelf all the way; music, performance, production and mix.

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this.

All the best,
Noel

P.S. I just read your mention of reverb. I'll leave that to others with more experience than I have. In all honesty, I was so captivated by what I was hearing that I stopped having any critical thoughts about beat 2, bar 1.
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#466236 - 04/09/18 06:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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I have to agree with Noel. This song starts great and just continues to improve.

You really have delivered extraordinary quality throughout.

However, that guitar line could not have possibly been delivered better. What a team!
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#466278 - 04/09/18 08:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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What a cool song. Loved the way you panned the instruments in the mix. Loved how it jumped from speaker to speak. Such a cool vocal too. Your guitar was just excellent. Love the sound of your strat. Wah was pretty cool too..
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#466296 - 04/09/18 09:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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This song has such a great groove to it! grin And the vocals suit the feeling of this song so perfectly. Thanks for sharing!
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#466343 - 04/09/18 01:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,

I know Noel already said it, but it bears repeating...

What a great opening!!

Drums sound great! I love a "leathery" snare and this one POPS!

Chris' vocals and harmonies are outstanding.

Delicious guitar! Sweet!

A nice change up at the end to make it even MORE listenable...

Excellent all around. Great listen.

fj

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#466366 - 04/09/18 04:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris

Amazing work - everything comes together - excellent vocal and lovely harmonies, clever production (nice drums) and some blistering and tasteful guitar playing.
Great song.

Peter

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#466370 - 04/09/18 04:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Noel and Floyd said it best!

Great intro followed by an outstanding groove!

Those guitar chops are top shelf for sure!

Super vocals also.

This is a keeper.
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#466380 - 04/09/18 06:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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The opening is killer and sets up a great grooving dose of the blues. Superb vocal and harmony along with some masterful playing make this production a real treat for us blues lovers. Well done both of you. This is the real deal, Tom

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#466385 - 04/09/18 06:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,
Loved this! The feeling is more "up" than some of your work and the vocal treatment (with those two harmonies coming in and out) works well.
There`s energy in all the tracks and the guitars are stellar.
Very, very good.

Robert

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#466391 - 04/09/18 07:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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What a great track. Very smooth and yet powerful.Top marks for the production.
I want to hear more of this. Excellent stuff.Rob

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#466439 - 04/10/18 04:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Dave and Christiane,

I'm doing my best to type in real-time while the song is playing....

What a great opening!

Now Chris is singing and I'm stunned by how outstanding this production is! Chris's vocals sound so-o-o-o good! Wow!!!! Her singing style and this genre go together like coffee and cream.

Now it's Dave's turn. As I type, he's on lead guitar and the only thought that's in my mind is "This guitar sound, this performance, they're the stuff of skilled professionals!"

You've both done everything right with this one! To my ears it's top shelf all the way; music, performance, production and mix.

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this.

All the best,
Noel

P.S. I just read your mention of reverb. I'll leave that to others with more experience than I have. In all honesty, I was so captivated by what I was hearing that I stopped having any critical thoughts about beat 2, bar 1.


Thanks for your very kind words, Noel! Always appreciated smile

I decided to leave the reverb the way it was, may be a bit too much but I like the way it sounds.
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#466467 - 04/10/18 07:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Wow - what a tune smile As others have pointed out, this is spectacular. It starts off great, and just keeps getting better. Both your vocals, the tune, and the groove are on point. I wouldn't bat an eyelash hearing this on the radio.

I wouldn't change a thing here - thanks for sharing!
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#466560 - 04/10/18 02:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave/Christiane, this is fantastic!! Everything about it sounds great! Everything you produce ALWAYS has top level vocals and guitar work! You should try to submit this for a film soundtrack! I can totally hear/see this picked up for something like that! Good luck with it! Thabks, Torrey
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#466666 - 04/11/18 03:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: VideoTrack]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
I have to agree with Noel. This song starts great and just continues to improve.

You really have delivered extraordinary quality throughout.

However, that guitar line could not have possibly been delivered better. What a team!


Thanks very much, we really appreciate that! laugh
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#466667 - 04/11/18 03:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
What a cool song. Loved the way you panned the instruments in the mix. Loved how it jumped from speaker to speak. Such a cool vocal too. Your guitar was just excellent. Love the sound of your strat. Wah was pretty cool too..


Thanks, Scott!

During the chorus I doubled the wha guitar part with a straight guitar and panned them. BTW the wha pedal is a Dunlop Cry Baby pedal that I've had forever, must be 30 years old at least. It's the only pedal I own actually.
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#466669 - 04/11/18 03:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,

Of all of your songs, this is a new favorite for me. I really love what you have done here. The song is excellent and the arrangement, tracks, guitar and vocal are standouts.

Much enjoyed!

Bob
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#466679 - 04/11/18 06:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Strong stuff you two!

- Clever write and delivered with an outstanding performance. Great lead and harmony all through with the killer outro to ice the cake.

- Guitars that bring a lot to the arrangement but never too much. Exactly the right touch for us and, man, played so well.

- All the backing tracks and the comped drum track were hitiin’ the note.

Lastly, but not least, the mix is perfecto.

Kudos!!!

J&B

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#466828 - 04/11/18 11:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi, Dave and Chris !


I gladly join in
with the orthers
pointing out the
professionalsim with
producing this tune,
the tune, playing, singing
and mix !

Really a very good
production !

Cheers
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#466853 - 04/12/18 05:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Blue Line [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
This song has such a great groove to it! grin And the vocals suit the feeling of this song so perfectly. Thanks for sharing!


Thanks, Ember smile

Christiane just did a video for this song, I'm unable to edit my original post so I'll add the link here:

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