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Original (soft) Rock: Grand Southern View

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Constructive criticiams is welcome as always.

http://soundcloud.com/george-williams-8/grand-southern-view

This is not the final mix, and we are trying to convince a real drummer to replace the programmed drums.

This may be my softest track so far, and it turned out pretty well I think.

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So many things that are right with this.

First thing to hit me, partially because it leads the track, is the slap bass line. Not only does it sound cool, it adds rhythmic punch. You probably programmed the drums to match the bass.

Excellent songwriting. Nice flow, a good line, everything matches, each thing in its proper place. This is how it's done, people, regardless of genre.

Excellent mixing. The right things are in prominence at the right time. That is hard to do. It's easy to pick a pre-set and hope for the best (my usual modus operandi and you can hear my less-than-stellar results all the time.)

Love the guitar solo and the whole groovy 70's balladic style. Every great rock act has at least one ballad. This is how we get women-folk to buy the album and come to the show.

Not one thing is too "showy." It's about the song, not any one particular instrument. This reminds me of the work ethic of Dave Stewart. Something only goes in if it serves the song.

George, I don't know if it's just because I've only seen you in the forum but, now, I could not imagine you as a hired gun singer for some band. It would have to be George Williams, all the way, ala Richard Marx, Dio, Rick Springfield, Sammy Hagar, artists who have been bigger as solo artists than any band they have sang in.

I mean, I know that Hagar sang with Van Halen and they had some of their greatest record sales with him. But I'm old school and he will always be the Red Rocker, to me.

Same with you. Even if you got with a band, it would seem more like George W and his merry band of rascals, something in name like Brian Setzer and his Big Orchestra.

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Thanks Ron for all your feedback. I work with a group of about 20 people in different combinations. We don't have a name. I dont kjnow about "George W and the Rascals", although I feel my singing is developing. I was sorting out some stagnant (stuck) projects earlier today (I got up early with toothache as I couldnt sleep), and I realised how much I have come on.

I loved doing this softer song, it worked out really well. It's fairly understated. Great bass part, as you say. The bass player is of Indian descent (Asia not North America), who lives in Canada, we are very cosmpolitan.

Actually I have just started on a song even more different from my normal fare, sort of 1920's vaudeville/burlesque!

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I'm with Keith and Ron. Great song, just rolls along nicely and leaves nothing to be desired. Satisfying! I have a question.... I'm guessing that's a vintage tube amp on the crunchy guitar? Great warm sound. If that's not a boutique tube amp of some kind, it's a damn good emulation of one!

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Tonight we have finished this track. :) I am really happy with the results.

I have updated it in the link in the original post, repeated here:

http://soundcloud.com/george-williams-8/grand-southern-view

George

I answer to the earlier questions about guitar amps, the guitarist (Mick Lovering) used Guitar rig 4 on this:

Trem Guitar : 800 Clean + Tremelo

Clean Guitar : 800 Clean

Main Backing : Comp Plexi Driven

Lead Guitar : God's Love

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