Old Man (cover)
May 31, 2011 3:22 PM
posted by cortex (8 comments total)
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My best effort to turn a Neil Young song I've always disliked into a big blustery rock thing.
I'm pretty happy with what came together; I played with the arrangement off and on over the last couple of weeks, and I think the result is a more cohesive rhythm section than on some of my more rapid-turnabout recordings.
I accidentally got the distance mic instead of the close mic track for the three electric guitar tracks on this, which made for some nice happy-accident ambiance on the lead fills and such but did make the whole thing a little muddier and less crunchy than I had been intending. Backing track wasn't intended to sound quite so much like my entire basement.
Vocally, doing this in this key was probably a dumb idea; the original melody sits too low and is too low energy to really stand up against the rocker background track, but the gutsy bluesy stuff really was too high for me and tore the hell out of my throat. And, ironically, landed me in reedy territory vocally despite my intent to get the hell away from Neil's timbre. Oops. But by the time I really figured that out it was too late to try and rerecord everything, so here we are.
I'd love to hear this belted by someone who can indeed belt.