Friday, March 1, 2013

I'M A BELIEVER Re-Mix!

I was drumming along with the song, practicing, and then ideas for this re-mix came to mind...
 Anyway, I began by using the vocal-less early run-thru track of the song, extending the ending, adding another bridge, then layering in Micky's vocals (in the left channel) from his early unused take... I then added extra bass, drums (both snare fills and bass in the right channel), cymbals, vocals and harmonizing, electric guitar, cowbell, vibraslap, effects... It all ended up sounding like a big chunky and funky rave! Enjoy!



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NAKED PERSIMMON Re-Mix! Audio AND Video!

Here's a favorite unreleased song, from the Monkees' 1969 NBC-TV special, 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER MONKEE! It's Michael Nesmith's schizo tune, NAKED PERSIMMON (also known as ONLY THING I BELIEVE THAT'S TRUE), re-mixed here as a longer, more rockin' little tune!

To start, I used the vocal-less track included on the recent Rhino INSTANT REPLAY deluxe CD set, and removed the last country stanza of the tune (combining it with the vocals during the 2nd country stanza here), and added more of the "rock portion" to the front, middle, and end. I layered in Michael's vocals, recorded and adjusted from the TV special, letting his voice bounce from left to right channel (where the two sides "argue" with each other)! I added my own backing vocals and harmonies, shakers, cowbell, hand-claps, harmonica, vibraslap, and general percussion throughout, to re-create and re-present this amazing song! Click below to listen!



BONUS! Click below to SEE my accompanying video for the tune, made up of footage from the original NBC special!



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

TAKE A GIANT STEP-Live 1/1967 Re-MIx!

Most fans own the much-circulated tape of the Monkees live show from January, 1967, recorded at the Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona (yes, the same live show that can be seen in the "Monkees on Tour" TV show episode that ends their first season). This concert features the usual tunes that the band performed live then, but also contains cuts of rare live takes of PAPA GENE'S BLUES, SHE'S SO FAR OUT, and GIANT STEP! The problem is, the recordings somehow lack the vocals, having been only miked for instruments! Here is my re-mix of GIANT STEP, with Micky's vocals added from the LP version of the song (with extra effects added to help create an authentic "live"sound)! I also added some additional drumming, and an overall stereo effect throughout, to create a sonic artifact of how this great tune probably sounded live during that early '67 tour jaunt! Enjoy!




Thursday, October 11, 2012

PORPOISE SONG Re-Mix! Audio AND Video!

This is a long one! I took various released versions of the song, some with the vocals pushed to the front, others with almost no vocals (sometimes layering the different vocal takes), and melded them with portions of other artist's versions of the song (such as those done by BongWater, The Church, and Trouble), and I even brought back the famed ending crescendo! I added continuous backward tracking of the song to the left channel, plus additional bass, cymbals, backing vocals, whale songs, and even a bunch of sound drops (many are Davy Jones-centric) from the 1968 Monkees movie the song is culled from, HEAD! I also added some woodblock effects, bouncing from right to left channel, to provide a constant "click-clack" sound, in order to replicate a ticking clock ("the clock in the sky is pounding away..."), etc...All in an attempt to make this already psychedelic song even more mind-blowing! Get those headphones out and enjoy!





BONUS! Look below for my custom-made accompanying video for the re-mix!

Monday, October 8, 2012

STEAM ENGINE Re-Mix!

Another favorite! I took the fan-made "out-of-phase" version of this tune, with Micky's vocal washed out, and used that as my basic track, extending certain portions here and there, including the ending fade. I next added in bits and pieces from various available mixes, layering horns here and there, new modified versions of the guitar bridge, separating channels to boost only the bass on the left channel, etc....I then layered in Micky's vocals, only on the left side, using a number of sources, as he did so many great vocal takes on this song! I lastly added my own percussion, playing drums on the left channel, with kick-bass drum on the right, plus cymbals, tambourine, horns, steam whistle effects, you name it!  Slap on your headphones, crank up the volume, and click below!





Friday, September 28, 2012

SHE HANGS OUT Re-Mix!

Lotsa fun! I took the recent Rhino “Deluxe Set” version (without the horns added and with that wonderful extended fade), and made that the main part of the re-mix. I then layered in the horns, but added some distortion and kept them to the left channel.  A few effects here and there, echo, hand-claps, extra bass drum, etc...The brief opening lead-in (and bits sprinkled thru the song) were taken from the “MonkeeMadnessMixx, now seen on YouTube.




Sunday, July 1, 2012

GONNA BUY ME A DOG Re-Mix!


Here is the original, unused backing track, with Micky’s vocals carefully added, from the “official” release of the song. Sprinkle in some more elements from the LP release, such as guitar parts and chatter bits, and you have the DOG that coulda been! Fun!