If I Can't Have You

December 17, 2020 7:00 PM

Cover of the Yvonne Elliman song.

I've always loved this song and thought it was one of the standout tracks on the (amazing) Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and Yvonne Elliman's version is killer.
Recorded this on and off over the last month, trying to briefly forget that everything is awful and do some music again. Features electric and acoustic guitar, Moog, fake TR606 beats and lotsa echo and reverb. I fired up my old Tascam32 2-track for the first time in years and mixed down to 1/4" tape to try and add some...I don't know...something. I'm still learning.
Written by the brothers Gibb.

posted by chococat (10 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Well done! I really like the vibe of this version. It's hard to do something new with such a great song, but you nailed it.
posted by ba at 12:46 PM on December 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Wow, so good! Great vibe throughout, love the synths. Love the intimate vocal quality as always, but part of is curious how this would sound if you really let it your voice rip at the end? Just a screaming chococat as the song fades.
posted by Corduroy at 12:48 PM on December 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Ha, thanks folks.
My voice doesn't really 'rip', believe me I've tried.
posted by chococat at 12:55 PM on December 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Ahaha I feel that so much it hurts
posted by Corduroy at 2:31 PM on December 18, 2020

and lotsa echo and reverb

...and nicely employed. This sounds great.

Cool take on the tune!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:25 PM on December 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Super cool take on the tune. The "small" beatbox works very well with the rest. I don't know the original, but I suspect I wouldn't like it as much as your version.
posted by micayetoca at 2:15 PM on December 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

So good to hear your voice again! I hope you will be posting more to Music.
posted by jaruwaan at 10:13 AM on December 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

Really love it. Great sounds, great washy verb. And man, what melancholy.

And the synth! I bought myself a Behringer Moog clone over the summer ... it just makes such fun sounds. I was having a blast with it until I got too busy to do anything. Will need to give it a workout soon.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:54 AM on December 23, 2020 [1 favorite]

posted by peterkins at 6:01 AM on December 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

I love this. As listeners, we don't just listen to it, we swim around in it.
posted by umbĂș at 8:09 PM on January 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

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