December 8, 2006

Twenty Miles from Waterloo – the unfinished mix

Filed under: Announcements,News — Drew Johnson @ 7:17 pm

Here is an mp3 of Twenty Miles from Waterloo. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that this is one of three songs that were never finished for the album. Kristopher Curtis has been a big advocate of this song and was a major influence in the push to have it be one of the final ten so I figure I at least owe it to him to post it and let everybody hear how far we got. I spent a few hours one evening getting it mixed just enough to see if there were enough elements there for it to work. There aren’t. However, the drumming on this tune is so stellar that it really needs to be heard.

Here are the reasons I don’t consider it finished. There were a bunch of keyboards in the verses that we never got tracked. The lead vocal doesn’t exactly give me chills. The big, fuzzed out guitars in the chorus are too fuzzed out. I was so impressed that a vintage Deluxe Reverb could sound so nasty that I thought it would be cool to keep it that way. It wasn’t. There are no edits in this song and no fade out so when you hear me humming to find my next note, and plucking my guitar where I shouldn’t, you’ll know why.

Get the mp3 here.

2 Comments »

  1. I just caught the “What’d you think Kris?” at the end…Nice.
    Well, with such a direct question concerning a subject for which I have undying zeal – I will answer:
    First of all, the “no chills vocals” is only in comparison to the earlier demos where the bass line called for a “less laid back Jack”. The rythm and flow of this laid back version leads the listener like a calf to the climax “Savior’s bloom” (or, as I thought “Savior’s blues” – still not sure!?). Anyway, I loved that little surprise!!
    The chorus always perlexed me in that we don’t hear more “Drew’isms”. Maybe that was the point. Tammy cringes at (any song with) splash/ride cymbals, so I can’t hear much over her cursing at Dino. 🙂
    Keep the song on record and my bid to buy will always go up…

    Comment by Kristopher Curtis — December 19, 2006 @ 11:26 am

  2. And of course, He meant Chris Hughes…but a boy can dream!!!

    Comment by Kristopher Curtis — December 19, 2006 @ 11:40 am

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