Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Loaner - sound sample

So Reverend Willy Malmsteen (is that a blues name?) finally recorded a version of what started out as a Gary Moore inspired tune. As I understand it, the tune keeps changing so whether this is the final take or not, I don't know.

The tune itself started it's life, as w-boi says, when he was noodling around on some GM songs. And what I like about this one, is that when you start hearing the "obvious" GM song and know what's next, W. then throws in a little run or something as a twist. Which I really like; this separates a tune from being just a cover to something else.

Is it perfect? No, but it's a fun little tune that you really could do a lot with (which Riffin McWilly already has done by experimenting with different time signatures, added and removed things, etc).

So here is Le Samplé as they say in france, The Loaner:


Wilhelm said...

Thanks for publishing this, Reverend A.

As I understood it your main gripe was a lack of flow, or rather that the middle sections didn't really fit in smoothly with the other pieces.

After hearing it now, I actually don't agree with your "flow" assessment. To my ears, the sections fit together quite well. I definitely hear that this particular take has some room for improvement, to put it mildly - I rush the middle bits, there are a couple of ghost notes, and one note at the end is accidentally muted, etc., but I don't feel that some major arrangement issues need to be taken care of. Granted, the variations aren't groundbreaking or anything, but still...

Another thing I hear is that recording an unaccompanied piece in one take is even more unforgiving than I thought, in that you don't have any rhytm section to hide anything behind. For a four-minute piece, you can screw up a good number of times, and just a slight delay due to a pickup-change is noticeable.

Anders said...

So you don't agree with me, he? Somebody needs a beating here... ;-)

No, that was my first impression. And it wasn't particulary the middel section (well, the intro was cool), but rather the small riffs/ runs added. Hard to describe better since I don't have the sound clip in front of me. But as I said, that could just be because I "expected" one thing (e.g. Gary Moore) and got another (e.g. Malmsteen). And due to some computer/ kids problem, I've only listened to it once. Will have another go at it, and then I'll see if I still notice a "lack of flow".

Wilhelm said...

Oh no - Master Anders is here to beat us poor menial folks.....whatever will I do.

Not sayin' you're wrong - just sayin' I respectfully disagree with your assessment of said composition in this particular case.

Anders said...

After listening to it once again, I'm inclined to agree with you. I'm having a hard time trying to nail those specific places where the transitions between the parts aren't smoothly. If I'm going to nitpick, the only place where it may loose some momentum, would be around 3 min.

And I really love the ending. Didn't quite notice that one on the first listening (due to background distrations).

Anders said...

Not sayin' you're wrong - just sayin' I respectfully disagree with your assessment of said composition in this particular case.

Well, there are two ways of seeing this: The right way or the wrong way. You gotta choose one! :-)

Naw, I'm just kidding you. As I said, I had some minor computer problems during the first listen + background noise, and my first impression was that some of the transitions weren't smooth. But after listening closely, I really can't find them.

Wilhelm said...

Around three minutes is where I think I really rushed stuff as well.

It's the damndest thing - for each time I listen to it, I'm finding more out-of-time phrases. That's what you get for playing metal for too long - the metronome/click track really becomes a crutch