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Blue Guitar Singles

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p90_flyer.mp3 [2005kB]

"P90 Flyer" from 2003 [BG1004]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the Tweed Deluxe guitar amplification system. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket"... see link at bottom of page.

gospel_blues.mp3 [2207kB]

"Gospel Blues" from 2003 [BG1004]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the Tweed Deluxe guitar amplification system. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket"... see link at bottom of page.

0b1_snapstrg.mp3 [2170kB]

"Snappin' the Strings" from 2001 [BG1002]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the Blues Express guitar amplification system. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket : Volume Two"... see link at bottom of page.

0b2_bluzin_e.mp3 [2552kB]

"Sleazy Blues in E" from 2001 [BG1002]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the Blues Express guitar amplification system. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket : Volume Two"... see link at bottom of page.

0b3_ slobluza.mp3 [2631kB]

"Slow Blues in A minor" from 2001 [BG1002]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the Blues Express guitar amplification system. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket : Volume Two"... see link at bottom of page.

0c1_ shuffle.mp3 [2061kB]

"Shuckin' Around Again" from 2002 [BG1003]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of my Tweed Deluxe guitar amp. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket"... see link at bottom of page.

0c2_ beepin_blues.mp3 [2378kB]

"Beepin' Blues" from 2002 [BG1003]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the ZVex Nano Head guitar amp. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket"... see link at bottom of page.

0c3_ minor_blues.mp3 [2096kB]

"Minor Blues" from 2002 [BG1003]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of my Tweed Deluxe guitar amp. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket"... see link at bottom of page.

0c4_ stormy_moonday.mp3 [2261kB]

"Stormy Moonday" from 2002 [BG1003]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the ZVex Nano Head guitar amp. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket"... see link at bottom of page.

0c5_ hometown_blues.mp3 [2135kB]

"Hometown Blues" from 2002 [BG1003]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of my Tweed Deluxe guitar amp. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket"... see link at bottom of page.

0a1_shufflea.mp3 [2063kB]

"Shuckin' Around in A" from 2000 [BG1001]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the Blues Express guitar amplification system. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket : Volume One"... see link at bottom of page.

0a2_slowbluz.mp3 [2095kB]

"Slow Blues in B minor" from 2000 [BG1001]:
...featuring the dulcet tones of the Blues Express guitar amplification system. Backing tracks courtesy of "Band in the Pocket : Volume One"... see link at bottom of page.

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MP3 Archives

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subcowbo.mp3 [3662kB]

"Suburban Cowboy" from 1981:
. . . Under the Double Eagle
. . . Sailor's Hornpipe
. . . What a Friend We Have in Jesus
. . . Steel Guitar Rag
. . . You Are All I Need
(remastered 6/10/99 from original r-to-r tape)

medley82.mp3 [3194B]

"Medley" from 1982:
. . . In the Jailhouse Now
. . . Dock of the Bay
. . . All I Have to do is Dream

btlsmdly.mp3 [5224kB]

"Beetles Medley" from 1987:
. . . I Should Have Known Better
. . . I've Just Seen a Face
. . . And I Love Her
. . . Something
. . . If I Fell

for_jd.mp3 [1386kB]

"For J.D." from 1987 (A real production number with layered guitars and multiple synths and drum machines. )

let_it_be_me.mp3 [899B]

more from the "Medley" recordings in 1982:

crazy.mp3 [964kB]

more from the "Suburban Cowboy" recordings in 1981:

The Jams

Not Ready for Prime Time!

bumblebb.mp3 [1107kB]

"Bumble Bee Boogie" ~1985 (The guitars on this always reminded me of bumble bees...)

kit_sync.mp3 [961kB]

"Kitchen Sync Jam" ~1985 (I ran the rhythm gtr through my modded DOD Noise Gate synced to the drum machine, hence the "sync" in the title.)

reggbach.mp3 [590kB]

"Reggae Bach" ~1985 (like if JS Bach grew up in Jamaica...)

Sound Samples

Demonstrating Amp and Guitar Mods

odsample.mp3 [667kB]

D'Clone sound samples

hrtsamp.mp3 [1178kB]

Hot Rod Tweed sound samples

bluesxpr.mp3 [1567kB]

Blues Express sound samples

snappy.mp3 [209kB]

Hot Rod Tweed mod for SF Bassman

higain.mp3 [210kB]

Hot Rod Tweed mod for SF Bassman (Pre-gain set to 10)

longjamb.mp3 [814kB]

Hot Rod Tweed mod for SF Bassman (longer sample)

noodlin.mp3 [384kB]

Tweed Bassman mod for Peavey Classic 50

morenudl.mp3 [1307kB]

Tweed Bassman mod for Peavey Classic 50 (more of the same)

enufnudl.mp3 [1132kB]

Tweed Bassman mod for Peavey Classic 50 (enough, already!)

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Notes on these Recordings:

Legal Disclaimers:

    Except as noted all of these files were recorded in my own home studio and are being distributed on a not-for-profit basis.


Blue Guitar Singles:

    The backing tracks are courtesy of the "Band in the Pocket" cds available at Guitar Center or use the link below to contact the Five Feathers site. After digitally extracting the tracks I loaded them into Cool Edit Pro and used a Behringer MX2004A mixer to monitor, mix down and master the tracks. The 2000 songs used a Fernandez Strat with Lindy Fralin pickups plugged into an earlier incarnation of my own Blues Express amp. The 2001 songs used a MIM '69 Thinline RI with Lindy Fralin pickups and a Custom Shop 4-way selector switch plugged into a later version of the amp. The 2001 songs were miked with an SM57 right on the Jensen C10Q RI speaker inside the amp cabinet while the 2000 ones used two Mesa Boogie cabs(4x10 and 1x12) with one SM57 right on the 4x10 cab and a second SM57 in the air maybe 8 feet away. An ART tube mike preamp was used on the main SM57, and the output was sent to a GINA digital audio card in my 600MHz PIII computer.
     As for the computer recording details, I ran the backing tracks through a BBE into the MX2004A routed to the main channel while all of the guitar parts used the Alt 3/4 buss. Most of the tracks were monitored through Sony headphones but the most recent ones used an old Magnavox CD boombox as a monitor so I could shed the headphones while playing guitar (Hooray!). For mixdown the backing tracks were routed to the mixer as noted above, while the guitar tracks were sent to mono channels routed to the Alt 3/4 bus, with plenty of reverb using the gold plate patch on my Lexicon Alex. By using the Alt 3/4 bus I was able to control the overall level of the guitar(s) and the reverb signal, and then patch it into the main bus which was then sent back to the computer through the GINA card. I recently modded the MX2004A so that post-fader aux sends for the 1st 4 channels aren't muted when you route them to the Alt 3/4 bus (I wish I had the bucks to get a Mackie, which has separate switches for Mute, 1/2 and 3/4!) So for the final mixdowns the signals were translated from digital to audio through the GINA card, mixed on the MX2004A with FX added in and then converted back to digital through the GINA card. While some people do all of their post-production mixing in the digital domain, I like having real knobs that I can fiddle around with...
     The final version of "Sleazy Blues in E" added a second (and third) guitar track which used a H&K Tube Rotosphere between my guitar and the amp for the rotating speaker sound.


Sound Samples:

    The sound samples were recorded to a computer hard drive with an SM57 mike up the speaker grill cloth at a 45 ° angle from the speaker cone, using a cheap ART tube microphone preamp. No processing was used at all except for fade-ins and fade-outs, and adjusting the levels for a max of maybe -3dB. Amp levels are set at a "comfortable" level for a 1000 sq ft condo (my guess would be 5 watts or less). Unless otherwise noted, the guitar is my Fernandez vintage strat copy with a set of Lindy Fralin pickups wired up with my Sup'rStrat harness. The bright sound used a lot is the neck/bridge parallel linkage, the deeper sound would be the neck by itself. The lead sound with a lot of mids is the bridge pickup with a Fralin magnetic reflector plate mounted on the bottom. The thick, muddier sound is the neck/bridge series linkage, and I occasionally use the position next to it which adds in the middle pickup in parallel (one of 4 different notched positions available with the Sup'rStrat).


Earlier Recordings:

    All of the electric guitar parts (LP, Tele, Mustang) on these home recordings were sent directly to a mixing board through various stomp boxes (like a Tube Screamer, and Boss Chorus and Delay pedals). The earlier recordings were made on a Sony stereo reel-to-reel deck bounced over to an Advent cassette deck. In 1984 I got a Yamaha 4 track deck and added a "store-bought" mixer in 1985.


Here is a link to my site at SoundClick.Com which has some of my tunes:

http://www.soundclick.com/steveahola



For information on the great backing tracks from "Band in the Pocket" check out the following site:

http://www.fivefeathers.com/