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barrymk 12-19-2017 01:08 PM

A cover of Hotel California
 
I don't normally post cover versions here but this is an exception. The superb acoustic guitars are by a couple of Estonian chaps, I just loved their instrumental and wanted to add suitable vocals and bass. I don't know what software they used to record but my additions are pure Reaper.
It's quite an exercise with just one voice to layer good harmonies. Let me know what you think. Cheers

https://barrykingsbeer.bandcamp.com/...tel-california

TheMaartian 12-19-2017 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by barrymk (Post 1928315)
I don't normally post cover versions here but this is an exception. The superb acoustic guitars are by a couple of Estonian chaps, I just loved their instrumental and wanted to add suitable vocals and bass. I don't know what software they used to record but my additions are pure Reaper.
It's quite an exercise with just one voice to layer good harmonies. Let me know what you think. Cheers

https://barrykingsbeer.bandcamp.com/...tel-california

That's terrific! Thanks for sharing.

sammydix 12-19-2017 04:46 PM

A cover like this is cool because it's not a carbon copy of the original. I'm REALLY impressed by your vocals here.

mschuster 12-19-2017 06:36 PM

This song gives me goose bumps... and this version is no different!

Fantastic as always Barry..

Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

RDBOIS 12-19-2017 09:49 PM

Nice!

I like your Latin-like version of the song. It has some sweetness to it.

Did you do all the guitars? I'm currently tracking my classical guitar for a song I wrote and would like to get a sound like your. Any tips (mic, mic distance, eq-cuts/boosts)?

barrymk 12-20-2017 02:39 AM

Thanks to you all for the comments, much appreciated. I think I'm getting close to the chorale feel I've been searching for on the BVs.

RDBois I can't take any credit for the guitar tracks. They were recorded by two Estonian players, the lead player is Oliver Tramms. It's beautifully recorded. I've tried to get in touch with him by email to make sure he's happy with what I've done using his backing track but so far I have heard nothing back. I feel bad about using it without prior permission but it was so inspiring; I've tried to go with the mood he and his colleague created and not detract from their work. This is their original https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAKnT0g8MtA

msundh 12-20-2017 11:56 AM

Never heard you sing in this low key. Hardly recognized you.
Sounded really good, this too.
The BV was really good. A bit too loud or some mid, mid low freq that should be reduced.
Stellar!

barrymk 12-20-2017 02:44 PM

Hi Mik

No end to my musical talents :) Vocal attack would have ruined the track. Re the mids and BV volume they're boosted deliberately to where I want them - just a question of taste! Thanks as always for the input.

One day I will re-record the BV's as thirds, fifths and sevenths etc each in a separate take lane so there is more consistency but for now I can live with it. Cheers It's all a learning curve still. BK

onewayout 12-20-2017 03:56 PM

No Doubt, Great job Everyone!! one critic FWIW...All the vocals seem to be too out front of the trks...It seems if you drop them down a bit they would tuck just nice in the mix!

Thx, jeff

karbomusic 12-20-2017 04:00 PM

Great job Barry!

barrymk 12-20-2017 04:05 PM

Thanks again everyone. I deliberately had the vox up high. I may tame them a bit in the light of the last few comments. I still think a re-record of the BVs might be the answer. I recorded them in sections on multiple tracks and next time I will record each specific harmony throughout the song all on the one track and so on for greater consistency. Christmas is coming and I may not get around to it until later. Great input from you all and much appreciated.

Byron Dickens 12-30-2017 03:12 PM

That was awesome. Good mix and I like how you took the song and made it your own.

barrymk 12-30-2017 05:01 PM

Thanks Byron. I've just this minute updated the Bandcamp track. I've remixed to tame the vocals a little in the light of other comments. Happy New Year and thanks everyone for listening.

onewayout 01-01-2018 05:24 AM

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Originally Posted by barrymk (Post 1932621)
Thanks Byron. I've just this minute updated the Bandcamp track. I've remixed to tame the vocals a little in the light of other comments. Happy New Year and thanks everyone for listening.

Happy New Year Barry, very nice new mix! Cheers, well done!

barrymk 01-01-2018 05:39 AM

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Originally Posted by onewayout (Post 1933162)
Happy New Year Barry, very nice new mix! Cheers, well done!

Cheers jeff hope you don't have a hangover!

NowoTone 01-01-2018 06:07 AM

I really like the vocals, which makes the song stand out on its own. As the guitars (which I really like, I had come across the video before) is very close to an acoustic version by the Eagles, the very different vocals work really well! Congratulations!

barrymk 01-01-2018 06:58 AM

Thanks NowoTone. I believe the lead player Oliver Tramm is a policeman in Estonia. I've tried to get in touch with him to make sure he doesn't object to my using his work but no response so far.
The temptation with a cover is to imitate but I'm no Henley and I wanted to put my own stamp on it.

NowoTone 01-01-2018 08:20 AM

You succeeded and your voice fits the song very well.

Btw, just read the book "Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the La Canyons, 1967-1976" by Barney Hoskyns. Very good read for anyone interested in that era.

barrymk 01-01-2018 09:02 AM

I'll look out for it Cheers

Glennbo 01-07-2018 11:02 AM

Nice interpretation of this song Barry.

You do know this is a drug song, yes? ;)

barrymk 01-07-2018 11:29 AM

Thanks for the compliment. The song, however, is whatever anyone wants to read into it. Personally I have no time for drug abuse but it produced some amazing music over the years. I only ever tried playing drunk once and couldn't hack it. Likewise with smoking weed, when I was young and foolish. Once was enough, I don't know how people could play wasted.

Glennbo 01-07-2018 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by barrymk (Post 1936963)
Thanks for the compliment. The song, however, is whatever anyone wants to read into it. Personally I have no time for drug abuse but it produced some amazing music over the years. I only ever tried playing drunk once and couldn't hack it. Likewise with smoking weed, when I was young and foolish. Once was enough, I don't know how people could play wasted.

No worries mate, every song in the 60s and 70s was a drug song! ;)

soundchaser59 02-03-2018 11:47 PM

Superb guitar tracks, love that. My personal preference would have been to have a woman (or two women) sing this.

barrymk 02-04-2018 03:56 AM

Well the guitar track, for which I take no credit, is available. If you can find two ladies who sing you can always have a go. ;)


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