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Americafan
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Enhanced America recordings
Posted on: 07/03/2017 11:57 PM

There is a guy on YouTube that "enhances" older songs by adding backing guitars and drums. He has done a couple of America songs:

DON'T CROSS THE RIVER

AMBER CASCADES

They sound pretty good. Still not sure if I like them better than the original though.
Mark
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MyUserNameIsKevin
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Re: Enhanced America recordings
Posted on: 07/04/2017 04:25 PM

Is he adding his own, or just bringing out what is already on there?
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Americafan
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Re: Enhanced America recordings
Posted on: 07/06/2017 10:42 AM

He adds his own. It is usually subtle and in the background. On different songs he will add another layer of guitar or percussion/drums to try to give it a fuller sound. He may also add to the backing vocals or add handclaps, etc... It is almost like a slight remix, except he does not have the original studio recordings so he cannot manipulate what is already there. All he can do is try to add layers to it.

Sometimes I think it works, sometimes not.
Mark

Edited by Americafan on 07/06/2017 10:43 AM
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bluey
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Re: Enhanced America recordings
Posted on: 07/12/2017 06:44 PM

I suppose the question is - "Does it do the song justice?". I personally feel his enhancement doesn't distract from the original. Great to see someone taking an interest in the band's music.

Sometimes a remake or remix just doesn't add anything to the original. After looking at Gerry's VFTHWs of Redding,CA I personally believe one of the exceptions is a remix of Otis Redding's
"Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" by Will.i.am - which was made for a commercial.

"There is nothing like being creative to reinvent a classic"




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