Friday, January 16, 2015

THIS JUST DOESN'T SEEM TO BE MY DAY Re-Mix!

Here is my latest! Using the pristine 1966 backing track from Rhino's recent MONKEES debut LP box set, I set to work extending the song, adding extra bass, backing vocals, percussion, fuzz guitar effects, etc…Then layered in Davy's vocals, and….Enjoy!




BONUS! Click below to hear the vocal-less version of the above re-mixed track!






Saturday, December 20, 2014

STAR COLLECTOR Re-Mix 2!

This has to be the first time I've ever shortened a Monkees tune during re-mixing! I took several vocal-less versions of this tune, added effects, extra drums and percussion, backing vocals (all while trying to eliminate that annoying and shrill organ), then went crazy, adding Davy's vocals back in, and creating an odd little rave-up of this psychedelic nugget! Enjoy!




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SUNNY GIRLFRIEND! Live 6/7/2014 Re-MIx!

What? A re-mix of a song that was actually recorded in this century?! True! Dig this re-mix of a terrific performance of "Sunny Girlfriend," from the 6/7/2014 show in Cleveland, Ohio! I added an overall "wide stereo" effect, extra tom-tom drumming, double drumming, maracas, cowbell, vibra-slap, and even some nice backing vocals (thanks to Taryn Miller)! Mike (and the gang) never sounded better, so pop on some headphones, sit back, and enjoy! Thanks also to Sherri Hansen for sharing this cut from the live show!




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!