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#606227 - 07/13/20 04:15 AM [User Showcase] High Pass
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A funky blues tune this time up, always fun to do: High Pass

The band:

RealTracks in song: 2622:Organ, Rhythm FunkSwing16 Sw16 085

Drums: EZDrummer2

Bass: Marty Straub
Guitars: Dave Bell
Vocals: Chris Spruit

Mixed with Reaper, mastered with Ozone 9

High Pass (2020, Christiane Spruit)

Now that we are cruising
the sun is on the way
Taking the roads wherever they will lead us
we are on a high pass
soon we'll be down by the sea

Time to cross borders
change the state, space and time
down to the beat in lust for life
we are alive
soon we'll be down by the sea

Nothing could be better
forever and for ever
we leave the known behind
whatever we will find
forget about the weather
we are drifting, we are feathers
we are rain and we are sunshine
not matter what we find
right by your side
we are on the highpass
flying by

We are on a high pass

forget about the weather
we are drifting, we are feathers
we are rain and we are sunshine
not matter what we'll find
soon we'll be down
we're on a high pass


Chris also did a video:


I'll get it uploaded to soundcloud in a day or two.

As always we welcome all comments!


Edited by BlueAttitude (07/14/20 06:11 AM)

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#606263 - 07/13/20 08:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Simple, uncluttered hard-blues with a solid vocal performance; I especially liked the little stop that you put in at the end of the chorus, and the unison bass/guitar notes coming out of the chorus. Enjoyed it!

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#606266 - 07/13/20 08:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Well, ya'll have certainly put an HPF on the mood with this one! Chris sounds spectacular. I maybe haven't been listening as long as some, but to my ears she is really finding her zone behind the mic. Love that Marty groove...intentional and song-based. Really NICE! The solo is everything I've come to expect from Dave, emotional and on purpose. The arrangement is solid. Love the little breaks and the production in the bridge and the guitar/bass unison section.

The only thing I might have wished for in the mix was more presence in the funky rhythm guitar...especially in the beginning. "It" felt a bit like the most under-appreciated member of this hard-working BA band.

What a great listen! My favorite BA tune so far.
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#606287 - 07/13/20 12:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Round up the usual suspects.

A good Blues Rock write. I like how Chris write in short phrases - that fit so well. Makes for a very sing-able song.

Excellent vocals and harmonies. Love that "down..." - emotion.

Beautiful bass from Marty. Very musical.

Gorgeous guitars. Needless to say. Cool tone on the solo.

Drums and organ are solid. Excellent mix. Good music.

All the pieces. Tightly in place.

As always.

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#606314 - 07/13/20 04:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Lovely impressionistic lyrics (we are drifting, we are feathers, we are rain and we are sunshine), an excellent vocal from Chris (also love that 'down') and great playing from Dave and Marty. Another really impressive production, folks, much enjoyed.
Regards,
Leon

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#606318 - 07/13/20 05:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Yeah!
That is excellent funky cookin!
Very good vibe and strong artistic bond, especially considering looooong miles between you. EVERYBODY sounds great! Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

P.S. I do wish rhythm guitar, especially before first solo would be a hint louder. It equals out on the second half.

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#606325 - 07/13/20 06:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Yep another lovely blues performance - with great all round performances.
As usual some wonderful guitar playing, excellent bass and Chris sound fantastic.

A great all round group production (even liked the organ player - whose name escaped me).

Peter

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#606359 - 07/14/20 04:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: Tano Music]
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Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Simple, uncluttered hard-blues with a solid vocal performance; I especially liked the little stop that you put in at the end of the chorus, and the unison bass/guitar notes coming out of the chorus. Enjoyed it!


Thanks for the listen and comments!

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#606364 - 07/14/20 05:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Team,

Fabulous.

First up, I DO like Chris's voice and she's flying in this one.

Marty's bass is always exactly right for the style and mood of the song
and this line really underpins the arrangement SO well.

And Dave - man, you were obviously born to play the blues.

Loved the whole thing.

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#606400 - 07/14/20 07:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Some of your best guitar work, a more energetic Robert Cray to my ears. Liked the lyrics and your singer, of course, is gold. Well done!
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#606401 - 07/14/20 07:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Very cool tune Dave and Chris. Martys bass line gave the song the old bar vibe. Took me back to my earlier years. Super vocal and as such a cool tone on your guitar. Smooth with a little touch of nasty. Well done....

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#606440 - 07/14/20 11:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: Tangmo]
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Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Well, ya'll have certainly put an HPF on the mood with this one! Chris sounds spectacular. I maybe haven't been listening as long as some, but to my ears she is really finding her zone behind the mic. Love that Marty groove...intentional and song-based. Really NICE! The solo is everything I've come to expect from Dave, emotional and on purpose. The arrangement is solid. Love the little breaks and the production in the bridge and the guitar/bass unison section.

The only thing I might have wished for in the mix was more presence in the funky rhythm guitar...especially in the beginning. "It" felt a bit like the most under-appreciated member of this hard-working BA band.

What a great listen! My favorite BA tune so far.


I agree about that guitar. That particular part was a last minute thing, I recorded it after I had already sent the bed off to Chris so she could do her final vocal. After a couple of days away from the mix I can hear now that it should be a little more upfront. And I’ll do that at some point, but already started working on the next song.

Awesome review, thanks very much, Tang!

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#606458 - 07/14/20 01:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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"forget about the weather
we are drifting, we are feathers
we are rain and we are sunshine
not matter what we'll find
soon we'll be down
we're on a high pass"

Love that!

This is great. The write and arrangement are tops.

Chris's vocals are soul filled and have the perfect amount of edge to them.

Dave's guitar is soaring...Clapton like.

And, that bass guy got all funky on us! Cool. Janice was scat singing the bass line smile

We most enjoyed it and the vid scenery was great.

J&B
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#606472 - 07/14/20 02:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave, Chris and Marty,

That's a cool Blues you made here! It's always a pleasure listening to your songs and this one is no exeption at all.
I thought you told us Chris will be on a vacation, so I had accepted that this would mean no songs from your hand for a long time...
But luckily that is not the case! This is a Blues mixed with soul I would say. I can agree with what J&B say about the 'soul filled' voice of Chris.
I liked that solo from the leadguitar. Very well done. Again!

Hans
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#606518 - 07/14/20 05:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave, your band sounds awesome! Everything here is really good! Your guitars are always at the top level tone and playing! Marty's bass sounds so good! I can never compliment Chris's vocals enough...they are always spot on! Great!! T
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#606585 - 07/15/20 07:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Round up the usual suspects.

A good Blues Rock write. I like how Chris write in short phrases - that fit so well. Makes for a very sing-able song.

Excellent vocals and harmonies. Love that "down..." - emotion.

Beautiful bass from Marty. Very musical.

Gorgeous guitars. Needless to say. Cool tone on the solo.

Drums and organ are solid. Excellent mix. Good music.

All the pieces. Tightly in place.

As always.


Thanks, floyd!

And thanks for mentioning the tone on the solo, I experimented a bit with the FX chain for this one. Always looking for the perfect tone! wink

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#606662 - 07/15/20 07:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: Leon1]
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Originally Posted By: Leon1
Lovely impressionistic lyrics (we are drifting, we are feathers, we are rain and we are sunshine), an excellent vocal from Chris (also love that 'down') and great playing from Dave and Marty. Another really impressive production, folks, much enjoyed.
Regards,
Leon


Appreciate that, Leon, thanks! wink

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#606743 - 07/16/20 11:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave / Chris,

This is superb all around...

The production on this one is a real stand-out - you guys keep raising the bar!

Excellent!

Bob

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#606775 - 07/16/20 07:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Great track. Outstanding guitar playing. Loved the solo. Bass was in the groove. Great vocals and lyrics. The band was good too. Good one to everyone.
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#606813 - 07/17/20 04:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: High Pass [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Yeah!
That is excellent funky cookin!
Very good vibe and strong artistic bond, especially considering looooong miles between you. EVERYBODY sounds great! Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

P.S. I do wish rhythm guitar, especially before first solo would be a hint louder. It equals out on the second half.


Thanks, Misha!

I agree about that guitar part. I'll fix when it comes time to remix this one wink

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