CROSBY STILL NASH and YOUNG – ” Four Way Harmonies ” 1968-1969 Unofficial Release

Originally posted on The Fat Angel Sings:

Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young),
Four Way Harmonies  Unreleased Outtakes and tracks from the early years, plus a few live recordings.

Major thanks to David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young… and to the years 1968 and 1969

00:00 Our Mouse 00:18
(Crosby-Nash dialogue)
00:18 Wooden Ships 1:47
(embryonic first demo – no lyrics yet)
02:05 Laughing 4:06
(1968 Crosby demo)
06:11 Wooden Ships 4:54
(first studio take by Crosby and Stills, 1968)
11:05 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes 4:48
(instrumental with bass and drums)
15:53 Marrakesh Express 2:43
(early rough mix; overdubs missing)
18:36 Guinnevere 5:01
(alternate mix)
23:37 Guinnevere 5:09
(early acoustic version)
28:46 Lady of the Island 2:50
(rough mix with discarded Crosby duet vocal)
31:36 Pre-Road Downs 3:03
(rough mix with missing chorus vocal)
34:39 Helplessly Hoping 2:37
(with full band – guitars drums and bass)
37:16 Cinnamon Girl 2:41
(1969 instrumental studio take of Neil Young’s…

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Gediz

The fantastic Sonokinetic team has a free Kontakt 5 vocal instrument currently available. Gediz can be found here.

My first experiments with the Turkish vocal based instrument show it to be up to the usual fantastic Sonokinetic standard.

Thanks

Graphic from Gediz Kontakt 5 instrument. Copyright Sonokinetic.
Graphic from Gediz Kontakt 5 instrument. Copyright Sonokinetic.

Realitone – Blue

The Embertone instruments led me to Realitone Kontakt sets and their amazing Blue virtual female vocalist.

Here’s the home page.

Here’s the rather fine Blue Kontakt interface:

Realitone Blue graphical user interface. Copyright Realitone.
Realitone Blue graphical user interface. Copyright Realitone.

And a Youtube video explaining the instrument:

Embertone

There are some truly groundbreaking and bizarre contact instrument makers / programmers out there. Embertone is the newest one that I’ve found. They have a small selection of sets available and many are free. I downloaded a few of the free sets to try out – Arcane, Harmonette and Intimate strings and was pleased with the results.

I’ll be going back to pay for the Jubal flute set.

Nice work gentlemen!

Graphic of the Embertone website banner / header. Copyright Embertone.
Graphic of the Embertone website banner / header. Copyright Embertone.

Unplugged at the Castle, Fleur de Lys

I went to the unplugged jam night at the Castle pub in Fleur de Lys, near Caerphilly last Wednesday and had a very enjoyable time. A great bunch of people playing quite a diverse set of tunes. The next meet will be Wednesday march 11th and I’m going to try to make it. Thanks to Kelvin Smith for making me aware of the evening, for joining in on keyboards and for sending me the photo below. Thanks also to Nigel Hodge for the flute work (he has a fantastic ear for a tune) and to whoever took the picture.

Facebook page is: https://en-gb.facebook.com/castle.fleurdelys

Photograph of myself and Nigel Hodge at the Castle jam night. Copyright info to follow.
Photograph of myself and Nigel Hodge at the Castle jam night. Copyright info to follow.

Steven Wilson

As always I am years behind the hip but I have just found out about the music of Steven Wilson. I bought “The Raven That refused to Sing” and “Deadwing” and enjoyed both immensely.  Not like anything I normally listen to but a great melting pot of sounds, styles and ideas. Recommended listening.

Here’s “Luminol” from the Kscope Youtube channel:

And “The Watchmaker” from Steven’s own Youtube channel:

Sharpies and guitar decoration

I’m currently messing about with Sharpie pens to ‘customise’ some the cheaper guitars I have. At the moment, I am using a panel that was included with my Fender Super Champ that helps improve bass tone. Tesco was selling a pack of bronze, gold and silver Sharpies for £1.50 stock clearance so it was worth a punt. I’m using automotive clear lacquer to varnish the panel but it makes the Sharpie line ‘bleed’ if the coat is even a little too thick. If anybody has any experience with lacquering Sharpies I would like to know what clear coat to give them. The design is taken from an Indian Art book. It’s a relief carved wall panel that was none too distinct but fitted the piece of ply.

Here’s the result thus far:

Photograph of a Sharpie decorated plywood panel.
Photograph of a Sharpie decorated plywood panel.

This scratch plate that I created a few years ago would have been a suitable partner:

Photograph of Krishna scratchplate
Krishna scratchplate

The graphic was taken from an internet picture printed onto thin paper and given many, many coats of clear automotive lacquer.