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101  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: It Takes Two--The Duets Thread on: January 20, 2020, 03:05:21 AM
Another favourite duet of mine is "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League from their superb album Dare! (every track a winner).

Excellent choice! It immediately reminded me of another of one of my favorite '80s duets, "Obsession" by Animotion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIs5StN8J-0

Thanks, bc. Wow, the recommendations are simply pouring in! I've added "Obsession" to my steadily growing list of must-listens. Wink
102  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: January 20, 2020, 03:00:52 AM
The whole soft side of the A&M roster was great: Claudine, Roger Nichols/Small Circle of Friends, Alan Copeland Singers, The Sandpipers.

Ah yes, The Sandpipers! I remember they did this great "soft" version of "Louie Louie":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky4IGw_atto

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sandpipers
103  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The Quotes Topic on: January 19, 2020, 01:31:54 PM
I can't remember who said it, or even what board it was on, but somebody once said that the ending of C50 was like "grabbing defeat from the mouth of victory". I thought that was a great line. It basically sums up their  whole career if you think about it.

Jay, could it have been this?

"But, having been somewhat vindicated by his part in allowing [SMiLE] to come out in 2011 and his participation in a reunion album and tour this year, it’s as if Love couldn’t resist re-snatching moral defeat from the jaws of victory."

[Source]
Nope, it was a post that was specifically about the ending of C50, and the stupidity of something so great ending so abruptly. Whoever it was, was basically making a point of how the group seems to literally go out of their way to mess up a good thing.

This is all I could find by googling assorted strings. Sorry!

Edit: Very sorry to learn at EH about your family member, Jay. Life can be a female dog at times.
104  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: It Takes Two--The Duets Thread on: January 19, 2020, 01:29:23 PM
Thanks to this thread I reintroduced myself to a wonderful album that came out I believe around 2006, "Adieu, False Heart". It was just about the last thing Linda Ronstadt recorded as her Parkinson's was starting to cause some problems with her voice. She recorded this acoustic album with Cajun musician/singer Ann Savoy.

 I find it relaxing, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Please check out the following covers - these are particularly wonderful. Beautiful harmonies:

Walk Away Renee
Go Away From My Window

Thanks for the tip, Lizzie. I have the album lined up for near-future listening. Wink
105  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany on: January 19, 2020, 03:23:15 AM
It's always a joy to come across a composer for the first time. Julian Wachner is one such find. This is "Surge, illuminare", the third of his Three Songs of Isaiah (1998):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5F2qqLaikU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Wachner
106  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: January 19, 2020, 02:27:12 AM
For the cornettist among us, these are Le Concert Brisé playing Buxtehude's Sonata in A Minor, BuxWV 272 (solo cornett by William Dongois). Listen out for the thunderous organ at 5:15! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wXBHSm3bk0



https://www.historicbrass.org/21-features/recordings/229-le-concert-brise-cantatas-and-sonatas-by-buxtehude
107  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: January 19, 2020, 02:16:12 AM
Last week I discovered this great YouTube playlist, soothing and exhilarating by turns, of music by Buxtehude and others.

Consisting of 123 videos, it should keep me going for a while!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWblHQ6jTEjVlKCPSvMuOwXhvIYVg0krz

https://www.historicbrass.org/21-features/recordings/229-le-concert-brise-cantatas-and-sonatas-by-buxtehude
108  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Steve Fataar (The Flame) on: January 19, 2020, 02:09:00 AM
Steve Fataar, member of The Flame, brother of Ricky Fataar, passed away yesterday at the age of 73. He had been on stage the night before his passing and died in his sleep due to complications from lung disease.

At least he was oblivious to his passing. Very sad all the same. Rest in peace, Steve.
109  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: January 18, 2020, 01:53:41 PM
To lift us up a bit, here's a duet from Rodelinda, now getting seven performances in Amsterdam's opera house. Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo (Unulfo in Amsterdam) is Bertarido in this duet ("Io t'abbraccio") from Act 2, with Nuria Rial as Rodelinda (Lucy Crowe does the honours in Amsterdam):       

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDEEBw50n8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodelinda_(opera)
110  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The Quotes Topic on: January 18, 2020, 11:23:50 AM
I can't remember who said it, or even what board it was on, but somebody once said that the ending of C50 was like "grabbing defeat from the mouth of victory". I thought that was a great line. It basically sums up their  whole career if you think about it.

Jay, could it have been this?

"But, having been somewhat vindicated by his part in allowing [SMiLE] to come out in 2011 and his participation in a reunion album and tour this year, it’s as if Love couldn’t resist re-snatching moral defeat from the jaws of victory."

[Source]
111  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: It Takes Two--The Duets Thread on: January 18, 2020, 03:06:48 AM
I was in a bad place when I first heard "Where Is The Love" in 1972. Not so now.

Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway really nail it. Horrific to know that Hathaway jumped to his death seven years later.

Two prodigious talents--RIP, Donny. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcHPNUN-U8E

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberta_Flack_%26_Donny_Hathaway
112  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: January 17, 2020, 01:35:00 PM
I heard this work for double bass and orchestra earlier today on Dutch radio, more specifically this finale with Domenic Seldis as soloist.

I've always been fascinated by instruments whose range descends lower than that of the cello or bassoon. And of course it was once rare to hear double basses or a double bassoon not doubling the cellos or bassoons. Berlioz changed all that, maybe even Beethoven before him.

This is dedicated to JH.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=307iTnePRoU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Dun
113  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: January 17, 2020, 12:10:02 PM
Ha. I must be extremely terrible poster in the Internet that nobody even cares about things I say. Zero wonder enthusiasm to write anything dwindled.

For goodness' sake, RR, stop playing the victim! It doesn't help endear folks to you one jot.

You're doing great at EH. Everyone talks to you there and they respect you. You have a privileged position as a mod. Quite frankly I see no reason for you to complain.

And yes, Chris Montez is cool, particularly his first hit, "Let's Dance". Talk about less is more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Qhw1Z_i3E
114  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: January 17, 2020, 08:08:16 AM
Great production but very depressing. :-(

Sorry to hear that, E.
115  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Video - Sloop John B part II; isolations, corrections, additions on: January 17, 2020, 06:04:17 AM
Thanks for the nice comments; it is really nice to get feedback.

Well thank you, JH. Smiley

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You know, I actually find the whole arrangement thing a bit mystifying.  So many of the session players say the same thing: Brian "knew what he wanted."  And clearly, he was able to eventually communicate these things to the musicians, through singing it to them or writing out crude charts.  But isn't it so interesting that Brian's own playing on piano is always the same sort of poundy style?  I have never heard him play the piano (or bass for that matter) with anything approaching the subtlety we find in his arrangements.  It's also interesting that he has more or less forgotten everything having to do with these arrangements, viz. he couldn't tell you what instruments were used if his life depended on it, it would seem sometimes.

And yet somehow he managed to be, in collaboration with people capable of realizing what he wanted, the most creative arranger in pop music.

I've passed these comments on to the poster doing the asking at the other forum. And wonderful to see you using the word pop instead of rock! Grin
116  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: January 17, 2020, 02:16:43 AM
Okay I will see Wozzeck. However I can't see it on Saturday . The weather here is supposed to be severe. However, thank goodness , the theater will show a repeat next Wednesday afternoon so I'll go then.

Did you make it to Wozzeck, Lizzie? And if so, what was your verdict?
117  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Church Bells May Ring--The Tintinnabulation Thread on: January 15, 2020, 05:37:03 AM
Never been to Osnabrück either. One day perhaps...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSL-kw0Jkbg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Cathedral,_Osnabrück
118  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Great Doo-Wop songs on: January 15, 2020, 04:43:23 AM
Reading about "Fast Freight" (an instrumental by Arvee Allens aka Ritchie Valens), I noticed there was mention of Ritchie have played on stuff by stablemates The Carlos Brothers, not least the awesome "Tonight":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTm_LbmseXo

http://doo-wop.blogg.org/carlos-brothers-c26504232
119  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Video - Sloop John B part II; isolations, corrections, additions on: January 15, 2020, 03:50:32 AM
Thanks a lot, rab. I'll go along with your guess!
120  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Band on: January 15, 2020, 02:22:24 AM
And to get back to The Band when they were The Band...

The best live performance of "Don't Do It" (infuriatingly not to be found on YT) is surely the one they did for The Last Waltz. Seen at the beginning of the film, I believe it was the last song they recorded that day and they were shattered--although you wouldn't know from this shattering performance. When I saw this film in the cinema in the '70s, I jigged around to this song so much that my partner moved to another row. LOL  

Edit: I tell a lie. It's here (at 1:30):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-iW1-xgLEY
121  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: January 15, 2020, 02:09:13 AM
Bless you, rab2591, for your comment at aeijtzsche's new thread. Why it has got so little initial feedback is utterly beyond me! Sad
122  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Video - Sloop John B part II; isolations, corrections, additions on: January 15, 2020, 01:21:17 AM
Like everything else in JH's pioneering project I posted this video at another forum, where it elicited the following pertinent question about "SJB":

"For this particular guitar arrangement, did Brian tell or demonstrate the parts to the session musicians, or did the musicians come up with the parts on their own?"

I would think he gave them a template, so to speak, a pattern to work with, and they took it from there but I may be wildly off the mark.

Whatever the case, I'm glad "Power Mower" is getting the attention it deserves, and not just here.
123  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Video - Sloop John B part II; isolations, corrections, additions on: January 14, 2020, 02:27:50 PM
What to say? First off, JH, thank you so much for priding yourself in being ultra-accurate! If you weren't, we would never have had this wonderful expanded presentation of "SJB". It's another beauty, needless to say. (I've seen the word "heaven" used to describe your previous version.)

On the subject of presentation, I do think it helps when you yourself do some on-screen explaining. It adds warmth to what might otherwise come across as cold and clinical. So please, keep that aspect in! (Missy Hoisington is another welcome addition.)

As for requests, h'mm... After seeing and hearing you play the viola in the introductory video, I'm very keen to hear more string parts, say from the Pet Sounds album. Of course, a lot depends on if or when the other instruments are available. But that's a dream of mine. Another is tuned percussion, once again perhaps from Pet Sounds, a veritable goldmine of fascinating instrumentation. That said, I'm very happy just to sit out the all-guitar isolations for the time being!

Looking forward to the first true episode you mention. I'd say these "trial runs" are pretty darn good by any standards! They are certainly very much appreciated.
124  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany on: January 14, 2020, 01:26:23 PM
It's hard to believe a tormented soul like Philip Heseltine (or rather his alter ego composer Peter Warlock) could pen anything as spiritually pure as "Bethlehem Down":   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKtTFIkP9ck

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Warlock
125  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Church Bells May Ring--The Tintinnabulation Thread on: January 14, 2020, 03:36:42 AM
Never been to Heilbronn (I had to look it up). That's a part of Germany we have yet to visit. Looks like a nice place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dpKANP1q3w

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Kilian%27s_Church,_Heilbronn
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