Ring of Fire

December 14, 2008 8:08 PM

A cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."

Recorded in 2001, after my physics teacher found out that although I was somewhat mediocre at physics, I was a pretty good musician. Done in the band room of my high school on our physics teacher's mini mixer with four mics strategically placed to avoid bleeding. Pretty much learned by rote, though I transcribed the trumpet parts and some of the female vocals.

Physics teacher on guitar, students (inc. myself) on trumpets, as well as lead vocals, and background vocals. This was done in one take. Live, if you will. Reverb was liberally added later.

Be brutal if you must.

posted by Kimothy (5 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Nothing brutal about it.
To me it seems like the recording is all about the mariachi horns, which are, to be brutal, great.
But the timing is a bit weird and the lead vocal seems kind of like an afterthought.
Love those horns.
posted by chococat at 10:01 PM on December 14, 2008

Hey, thanks. Yours truly on one of those horns. I don't think we're that great, but for a live cut they're fine And yeah, after re-listening, it does seem like the lead is a little in the background.

Yeah the timing worked out funny on some of the entrances, and I'm not entirely sure what happened. Blame it on inexperience, I guess.

Glad you liked it. If you ever need some horn work, FWIW I play much better now...
posted by Kimothy at 8:58 PM on December 15, 2008

I agree with what chococat said. The horns are terrific. That's a sweet offer about the horns! Or is it just meant for chococat? That's fine, too, just making sure.
posted by Corduroy at 7:27 PM on December 19, 2008

Thanks, and no, it's a universal offer. If people need some horn work, I'm pretty much willing to offer my services.

You know, reasonably speaking
posted by Kimothy at 9:14 AM on December 20, 2008

This is pretty cool, timing issues and plosives aside. Sweet horns!

If you're serious about the horn work, you should add yourself to the Collaboration page over on the Wiki.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:19 AM on December 21, 2008

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