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  1. Many congrats to all who collaborated on this - great vocals Gary. A song like this is right in my zone - it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and delivers a thump in your chest - exactly what songs like this are supposed to do. A wonderful tribute and I hope it delivers positive memories for those who have lost someone close - thanks for sharing.

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    Very, very nice - I like this a lot - great groove, had me snapping from the start and nodding my head in continuous approval. Do I detect a hint of old Rhodes in there - so many great sounds. Got a big fat grin on my face after listening to that. :-)


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  3. You could slot that track in to any one of a dozen or more Steve Hackett albums and it wouldn't sound an inch out of place - if there's a higher compliment I can pay you, I can't think of it right now. Awesome stuff!


  4. 5 hours ago, Wookiee said:

    This is where the Wookiee offends peeps, I prefer your version to his @garybrun

    Sorry never could get him, as was once said about him in a revealing documentary, he was in the right place at the right time and also quite compliant to his managements requirements.  Sad he died the way he did.

    You're not alone Wookie - add me to the 'not a fan of Elvis' club (good to know there are at least two of us) 🙂 

    This cover however - like Gary's other stuff - is really very good.

  5. 1 hour ago, michaelhanson said:

    I will say that it doesn’t bother me.  I’ve been referenced as sounding like Petty at least 1,000 times.   

    Same here, I don't see the problem. Somebody on here once compared one of my songs to 'something Billy Joel might write. Man was I offended by that (not).

    Took me weeks to get over that one. 🤣😂

    I shouldn't beat yourself up too much over this one.


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  6. 3 hours ago, garybrun said:

    I do have an Ovation 12 string.

    There you go then 😉

    Understood about the backing tracks (they're good by the way). I'm a big fan and user of pre-canned stuff from EzKeys so you won't get any crits from me on that score. 😁

  7. Nice vocal again Gary, reverb didn't trouble me but it's a very personal thing - I also tend to use too much so we must have similar ears. A twelve-string would really fill that guitar track (I know, almost impossible to fake a 12-string sound if you don't have the real thing handy). I was wondering at one point whether it could use some strings but sometimes less is more and often the best approach is to strip it back.

    Nice job, very enjoyable listen.


  8. Gary that's just great - fabulous vocal, guitars and a lovely sharp ending - really good you should be proud of that one. Now how 'bout some Gretchen Peters, she writes some great stuff. 🙂

    Loved it


  9. Cheers Grem - inspiration comes from the strangest of places, right?

    The story behind this song is nearly 40 years old, still too painful to tell it other than through a lyric and a tune.

    Thanks again and to everyone who took time to listen and critique.


  10. Really nice work - that guitar tone absolutely soars away beautifully. Sometimes a song is the best way to say what you really feel and it doesn't always need to words. Best wishes to you and your wife and thanks for sharing this. Andy

  11. On 6/26/2019 at 2:28 PM, Wookiee said:

    No comment on the vocal @AndyB01 (well know fact Wookiee singing kills all none Wookiee life forms within a Par Sec) I like this it has a very heartfelt delivery, I am obviously hearing the remix, though you have said it still needs a tweak or three.  Will keep the furry ears on the lookout for such.

    Ha yes I think my undoctored vocals could achieve similar effects. A mate who really knows his stuff has offered to do a proper mix on this for me, so I'll take him up on that I think and see  what he can do with it.  Thanks very much for the kind words. Time to start working on some more new material now though.

  12. 7 hours ago, amiller said:

    I think I’m hearing pitch correction on the vocals.  If so, maybe back it off a bit.😊

    Thanks for the comment. Guilty as charged and yes, I can hear where Melodyne has generated the odd 'Cher Effect'. I'm not brilliant with Melodyne and I do accept that less is more, but I'm not always able to get the effect I want without warping the odd vocal.

    I could inflict the uncorrected vocal on you but - trust me on this - you'll be glad I didn't! 🙉

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  13. Thanks to everyone for the feedback - I really do appreciate it - I have re-mixed a new version on the original link above which adds a bass track, a guitar solo (of sorts - I'm not really happy with it but I didn't have much time) and lifts the drums and keys a bit. 


  14. 26 minutes ago, emeraldsoul said:

    yep. killer song.

    Hey where are the drums hiding, and the bass? @AndyB01  check the mp3 output or whatever. This render is all vocals and piano, with drums kind of in "bleed" mode.

    @emeraldsoul I did say the production needed more work 🤣 - as it goes I have just re-mixed it to lift the drums (they were a bit lost weren't they) and add a bass track so will upload a new version shortly. 

    @garybrun thank you for your kind comments and I'm glad you liked it

    @bjornpdx some of those chord changes surprised me too but I decided to stick with them - glad we agree it was a good call

  15. Hmm nice result with the vid as well - I can only admire - great guitar and vocal work. A touch of Eagles for me (hope that is considered a compliment - it's meant as one)

    Thanks for posting - enjoyed this a lot.


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  16. Here's a new one for you -  been working on and off for around a year on this one. I originally posted a very raw mix of this on Soundcloud (which is the one Tom heard), this is an updated mix of this. It needs something to fill the Middle 8 and the production needs some serious work still, but it's an improvement on the last version so I am generally pleased with how this is coming along.

    Unlike many of my recent songs that were built entirely from pre-canned EzKeys tracks, this one is an entirely original composition on which I have used EzKeys as a virtual session pianist (by using the replace midi function) which is why there is the odd discordant bit of piano I need to fix in MIDI edit.

    And yes I know I slightly missed the start of the intro (not sure how that happened) and I'll have over-cooked the reverb and delay on the vocals for many ears - but that's kind of how I like them. Although, on reflection, I definitely need to back the delay off a little.

    It's a song that really means a lot - but as to why - well that's for me to know and you to ponder.

    All mixed and produced in Cakewalk by Bandlab for a change from the other DAW I have been using recently (sshhhh). 🙊



    p.s. complaints to @emeraldsoul who encouraged me to post this. 😂

  17. Wow - so many comments - cheers guys

    Thanks @Wookiee agree on Mr Hackett - 100 per cent and I'll try and get some more stuff posted when I find time

    Cheers @garybrun @daryl1968 and @amiller appreciate the critique

    @emeraldsoul no mics involved - the guitar in question is a curious beast - it is in fact a Yamaha Silent Guitar (SLG200N) that I got earlier this year - just DI'd via a Focusrite 2i4 interface and the reverb is an onboard effect. It's a great guitar for recording and comes to bits for easy storage - as well as being less annoying for Missus AndyB01 for when I have to do me some practice. :-)

    @Douglas Kirby I've always loved and played classical guitar since I was a kid (or tried to) and never owned a gut string before this year - how utterly crazy is that. Sad fact is, I rarely get the steel strung out of the case these days - I think I'm better on the nylon that's why. The only downside - re-stringing the beggar - that's a dark art!

    Thanks all for feedback


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  18. On 6/11/2019 at 10:55 PM, John Maar said:

    Lovely, Andy!

    Steve Hackett is also one of my favs.  Good thing he left Genesis after Gabriel.

    Agreed - his back catalogue is an incredible legacy and so many different styles - I saw him most recently last year on his Genesis Revisited tour and was completely blown away - simply stunning.

    On 6/11/2019 at 11:08 PM, msmcleod said:

    This is a favourite of mine also, along with the intro to Blood on the Rooftops.

    Ah yes - I never quite mastered Blood on the Rooftops - another great song - perhaps I'll give it another go sometime - those hammers and pulls at the end of the intro are quite a trick to pull off.

    Thanks for listening and for the feedback - very much appreciated

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