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Come Together

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This was done as part of my university recording project. This was actually recorded in June, but I didn't gain access to a mixed version until October.

I'm on lead vocals and keyboards
Josiah Coutts - electric guitar (left channel), backing vocals (verses)
Michael Cucanic - electric guitar (right channel), backing vocals (chorus)
Cole Catania - bass guitar
Leigh Martin - drums

Because

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OK. Here's what I had committed to do before October blew up on me and I spent most of the month sick with a hacking cough and plugged sinuses. This is not nearly as 'together' and rehearsed as I had wished it to be but ... time's up, what with the Footlings going on candy chase tomorrow and full-time work this time of year anyway.

Thanks for listening!

3 tracks, acappella.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

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I knew beforehand I couldn't do justice to the original (my favorite Beatles song), but at least i made it loud. The tempo and timing changes turned out to be a nightmare in the project. This song is just better played by humans, not programmed.
I sang the beginning standing on a parking deck on the 9th floor, outside our studio, and you can hear the street cars go by.

Something

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George Harrison was a very fine ukulele player and so here is my cover of Something with a few ukulele parts. I've seen Paul McCartney do his version of this and he starts with a very strummy almost George Formby ukulele part before going into a full band section. I always thought that this was not quite right and so here is my way of doing the song with more respect to the ukulele as an instrument and to George Harrison as a ukulele player. I also added a slide ukulele part to reflect George Harrison's slide guitar work.

Something

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My voice is still shot. And I was probably ambitious recording it in the same key as George in the first place, but there you go. As Bill commented, the initial mix was very muddy (and unbalanced) so I've gone back to it and tightened it up.

The strings are two stereo tracks of Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer, the bass is my Ibanez RG-9. So this is what I sound like with one mono and fifteen stereo tracks of guitars...

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Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don't need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me
Don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

You're asking me will my love grow
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around, now it may show
I don't know, I don't know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Come Together

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I read recently Paul McCartney wanted to add harmony vocals to Come Together but John Lennon didn't want him too. So here's an imagined track for Come Together with harmonies, a ukulele rhythm part and a standard tuning slide part that George Harrison might have played. Sorry Ringo but I don't have the skills to add anything to your drumming and so my drums remain a weak imitation of what you did.

What's The New Mary Jane?

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I've always been a fan of John Lennon's songwriting with The Beatles.

This one I think really reveals John's playfully weird side, which is of course why I chose it.

I'm all about playful weirdness.

The lyrics are influenced by The Goons and Edward Lear.

This tune is probably the least-known Beatles track, if such a thing is possible.

I didn't do a straight-up cover, but instead I tried to capture the basic vibe of the song.

Mixed for headphones, of course.

Octopus's Garden - Ringo and Randy

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No Ringo Starr songs so far in Rocktober and so here is a version of his song, Octopus's Garden from Abbey Road. It's a nice track on the album but I seemed to me that rather than copy it I could have a little fun. This is my idea of what the song would be like it it were covered by Randy Newman. Hope you like it.

Golden Slumbers

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While I did not use the original melody for "Golden Slumbers" http://www.lullaby-link.com/golden-slumbers.html
I thought I would use the lyrics.

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Cradle Song
by Thomas Dekker (1572 – 1632)

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise.
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.

Care is heavy, therefore sleep you,
You are care, and care must keep you;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.

Sun King

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Sun King was never my favorite from Abbey Road (and probably never will be), but trying to figure out the chord changes I once again had to marvel their sophisticated compositions. That G11 chord that leads to the vocal part for example took me a while to get right, as well as the transition into the fake Italian outro. Therefore I left the structure as is and just played intro and outro slightly differently.

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