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Mania- w/DavisAmerica-The 'Sprout' Remix


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Alf says:

Since joining the MacJams community around 8 months ago, DavisAmerica (Jack), has struck me as a talented vocalist and songwriter. In addition to those qualities, he is also one of our most active, supportive and positive members on this site.

The original posting of ‘Mania’ (as well as the subsequent repost), bears testament to DavisAmerica’s talents and I was delighted when Jack gave me permission to ‘tinker’ with his song- around 8 months ago. (Which I guess also makes Jack one of our most patient members as well!)

There have been quite a number of ‘permutations’ of ‘Mania II’, I have ultimately decided on this version.

I’d like to say a quick ‘Thank You’ to my friend Myshkin (Ross) for his terrific suggestions with this arrangement- I’d still be sitting and staring blankly at the screen without your help!

Jack says:

Mania was posted very early in our time
here and Alfred was just amazing in his comments and support for a
"newbie" Macjammer. I was floored when he asked if he could work on
the track because I had listened to some of his work and was duly
impressed. The thing about Alfred is he works at a project until it
is done to his satisfaction .. and you can count on months of
anticipation. He was kind enough to send small "fixes" of where he was

at in the project and it kept me smiling every time I received one. I

think this tune is now just as much his as mine ... and I am very
proud of that. Alfred my friend ... thanks for the ride .. it was
"killer" !

(Artwork by Jack)
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Lyrics
goodbye... goodbye... goodbye...goodbye

i know how to cry
i know we must die
i know you are gone
i don't know why
you said goodbye..goodbye

here is the noose
you are the tree
please take great care
you are holding me

you are the key
i cannot see
did you just whisper
you are leaving me

i know how to cry
i know all things die
i know you are gone
i don't know why
you said goodbye..goodbye

what can you say
i say too much
i need to breathe
it's killing me

i break the rules
you pick them up
you have been there
each time i look

i know how to cry
i know all things die
i know you are gone
i don't know why
you said goodbye...goodbye

inside the book
i think is me
i am afraid of what i see

is it a dream
i can't wake up
i cannot feel you next to me

i know how to cry......
Song Stats
Hits: 5755
Comments: 72
Fans: 45
Plays: 283
Downloads: 194
Votes: 12
Uploaded: May 15, 2008 - 07:35:05 PM
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2009 - 04:04:11 AM Last Played: Apr 09, 2017 - 09:29:27 AM
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Comments
drakonis said 3270 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
even wilder...
Excellent work from both of you, really turns up the manic-factor, Alf! But then, it is planted firmly in the creative soil of Jack's writing/singing. I'm afraid I'm reduced to Jack's almost speechless "right then..." and Jack's cool artwork too. Sigh. Wonderful collaborative effort here. I don't even mind the fade out, seems proper in this context.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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alfalpha said 3268 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
even wilder?
Eduard,

There is no doubt that this is firmly planted in the creative soil of Jack's writing/singing, hence, this wee 'alf sprout' found growing quite easy- albeit the time it took to 'take root', however, alfalpha genus is quite well known as a slow growing plant.

I know well that you don't favour fade-outs, but had I taken another option- I might've taken another 8 months to 'reach maturity', so to speak.

This was a particularly enjoyable collaboration- it frightened me that Jack had no qualms in the direction I was 'growing'. No matter how many drafts & requests for his critique, he gave each draft hid lessing & left me to my own devices...brave soul that he is.

Thanks so much for the visit & listen, I always appreciate your comments- they mean a lot to me, as I know how closely you listen to everyone's music.

Regards,

Alf
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jiguma said 3270 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
Shades of Sgt Peppers ..
.. and a little Plant/Page and Gabriel for added value.

Great re-interpretation Alf. I know how busy you've been lately and am really glad to see you've finally been able to get this together. Great keys/strings and whatever else you're doing here - is that bass you?

What a cool song - I'm going to have to listen more to Jack's work - I'm afraid he's one MJer I feel like I haven't given enough listening time to.

This is REALLY REALLY good!

Neil
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alfalpha said 3268 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
Neil, you're too kind...
...Plant, Page & Gabriel?! Sounds like some kinda 'super band'!

You know how busy it's been for Jane & I over the last few months, & I really wanted to 'get my teeth' into this collab. Happily, I've had a little extra time over the last couple of weeks.

The bass is me- as much as a keyboardist can 'play' bass- (on the keyboard)

;)

Jack is certainly worth checking out & he's a nice guy to boot.

I REALLY REALLY appreciate it!

Thanks for popping over- see you next collab!

Cheers,
Alf
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ktb said 3270 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
absolutely
luv this. Very Gabriel, Murphy, like. Outstanding vocal work Highly original. The synth's sounds delicious
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alfalpha said 3268 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
absolutely
appreciate your listen to this, as well as your comments...
nice to see you visit KTB!
Cheers,
Alf
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bud said 3270 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
Golly this is good
I feel like I'm swimming in this song - floating on the pulse and sturdy vocals. All the percussive touches and strings are perfect. This really pulls from a lot of directions and builds a beautiful home of it's own. Fantastic collab gentlemen - one of the finest I've heard in some time. Alf - you amaze me.
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alfalpha said 3268 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
Bud,
YOU'VE always amazed me...I just wish I had more time to listen to all my favourite MacJammers- especially YOUR music- I should apologise for not being more attentive to your uploads on this site- I've been so busy with things non-musical...alas....

Jack's vocals are quite distinct & clearly, you've been listening to the rhythm of this wee 'soundscape'...well, I guess I should have made mention that Jack's original GB file was not subjected to any 'stringent grid' in his GB file...therefore, I was working with an 'ad lib' file as far as tempo & time signature goes. The result was that I edited Jack's vocals to 'fit' a tempo in 4/4, but his phrases were varying from 3/4 to 4/4 to 7/4, over some strict 4/4 beats, so I thought, 'what the hey- let him do his thing, & I'll just go with his flow' ...which resulted in a kinda 'floating pulse', as you've described so poigniantly.

Sorry, I'm raving...you are one MacJammer who really LISTENS to what is going on & I'm so delighted you've had a listen & enjoyed this collab.

Many Thanks for the listen & kind comments Bud!
I really appreciate it!

Cheers & Regards,

Alf
Check out my latest song called Mania- w/DavisAmerica-The 'Sprout' Remix
davisamerica said 3270 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
right then alfred
.. oh my ... this is too much ... so much work and such a great artist to work with ... am pretty speechless .. and have song on a loop ... give me a sec my friend ... is amazing
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alfalpha said 3268 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
right then Jack...
...stop it OK?!

;)
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Fourth Window said 3270 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
love
it alot such a satisfying sound very cool and well done
chears
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alfalpha said 3268 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
thanks...
for the visit & listen- I really enjoyed this collab- Jack's original really inspired this remix...

Cheers,
Alf
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Feter said 3270 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
Mania
Welcome to the Progressive rock world
whata colab ..I dunno whats left havnt done with this
song ..
Hats off guys ...whata colab ..
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alfalpha said 3267 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Feter...
....I'm always glad to see you here!
Prog Rock? Maybe, I'm not sure, but I'm sure glad you like this!

Thanks for the lovely comment!
Best Wishes,

Alf
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caroline said 3270 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
you really know when ...
you've been alf'ed and davis a ... you have been!!! this is hippy/trippy and a brilliant build on a terrific foundation - bravo both of you! is there an ice-cream flavour that would go with it?? thank you for the music xoxoxox
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alfalpha said 3267 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
you really know when ...
Caroline likes something!

I hoped being 'alf'ed' isn't conducive to getting some kind of virus!
In any case, Jack's foundation would probably prevent any mishap!
I'm so glad you like this tune- I'm not too sure about which flavour would go with this- but I'd hope the customers would like it! :)
Many Thanks for the visit Caroline!

L.

BP

xxxxx










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said 3270 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
W0W!!!
Alf Fantastic !!!
Couldn't get any better .
Brilliant Job.
Well done guys. I love you Alf for this too. You done a wonderful job.

I love Jack also as one of my best mates and I love to hear him sing.
DL LOL
Peace Dee xx
alfalpha said 3267 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Great to see you...
Dee,
I'm so glad you like this version. It was an absolute pleasure to work on this with Jack and he's a really nice bloke.

Many Thanks for the comment & the visit!

Cheers!
Alf

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said 3270 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
Peter Gabriel joins the Beatles
Great work - great music - great singing
alfalpha said 3267 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Peter Gabriel joins the Beatles!?
Jeez, we're talking serious superband stuff here!

What a nice combination to be compared to...

And really nice of you to come to visit this song...
Thank You so much!
Cheers,
Alf
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said 3269 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
Nice!
I've always enjoyed your work. This piece is a very nice one, great orchestration and good delivery from Sir Jack. Thanks for sharing, really good collab!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
alfalpha said 3266 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
Nice...
...to see you here Yeman!
I always appreciate your visits & comments.
Take good care of yourself my friend & keep up your wonderful music.
Best Regards,
Alf
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Macaudion said 3269 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
Oh yeah...
This little tunage has an open welcome to a place nearest to my soul - dat be somewhere near the sweetness of darkness department...

My ears made a mess after being worked by this little tunage.

Everything is just freakn' right!

If I weren't so turned on, I'd be little green w/ the worthlessness of envey - and plus, it adds to the pleasures here to be happy for you guys for turning it out on this...

Though, a little foreplay wouldda been nice...

Congrats to both of you, heavy hitters! Macca



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alfalpha said 3266 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
I was turned on...
...by Jack's original, which, in turn, turned on my soul's section of the darkness department. I guess we all must have some kinda 'dark soul department'!

Dion, I love it when you visit, & your comments are just so poetic, entertaining & really appreciated!

Oh, about those ears of yours- you might invest in some earplugs (or give them a good cold shower) ;)

Thank You & Best Regards, my friend!
Alf



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gail60 said 3269 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
YES
I have always loved this song and I really appreciate the extra work and attention that is has been given. It sounds wonderful! Awesome song!
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alfalpha said 3266 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
Yes...
Gail, what a wonderful 'surprise visit' to our wee collab page....I really enjoyed having a 'bash' with Jack's tune, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
I really need to take some time off to listen to more of your music....
Many Thanks for the kind comments!
Cheers!
Alf
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lengold said 3269 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
I absolutely
love Jacks original version of this. But I must say that this takes it to a totally new level. A truly amazing production. Love the Eastern vocal fills. just playing it for the second time and even more amazed than the first. Definite download and you have a new fan.
Cheers
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alfalpha said 3265 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
I also...
...love Jack's original version, and was delighted when he allowed me to 'put in my 2 cent's worth'.

The Eastern vocals were suggested by Ross (Myshkin), after he heard this take in on of its' earlier drafts, so I'll attribute him for that idea.

I'm so pleased you like this version, Len, & now you also have a new fan!
Cheers & Regards,
Alf

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magnatone said 3269 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
Mania II
wow you guys, this is exquisite! I love everything about this - great collab - worth the wait (in gold!)
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alfalpha said 3263 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Karen,
...its really nice to see you here & many Thanks for the lovely comment!

Coming from you, it means a lot to me- your music skills speak for themselves & you are a very talented artist!

Cheers!

Alf
:)
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Vic Holman said 3269 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
very cool
& mesmerizing. great team work!
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alfalpha said 3263 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Thanks so much!
Vic!
Great to see you here!
Regards,
Alf
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apb said 3268 days ago (May 17th, 2008)
Awesome ...
.. more than a touch of Peter Gabriel in this .. and my only gripe is the keyboard electric guitar sound .. if I could play that fast I would offer my services to replace it .. but .. sadly, I can't .. perhaps Pickquick (Chris) could do the honors.

Minor gripes over .. this is just (insert expletive) marvelous!! Right then .. one hat off (I've only got one!) :o)
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Moviz said 3268 days ago (May 17th, 2008)
I didn't
hear the original, but my, this hits the mark. Excellent production and feeling in this superb song.... quite a Peter Gabriel feel to it, love this, regards M
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lavalamp said 3268 days ago (May 17th, 2008)
Gabriel
P.G. popped to mind right away. Funny that others mentioned that before I looked.

Brilliant job,

LL

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dajama said 3268 days ago (May 17th, 2008)
Very cool
Love this. Great vocal - what a terrific voice, and great performance. Love the musical backing - great sounds and lovely use of rhythm and beats. I like the keyboards throughout, with that lovely almost Middle Eastern feel. Very nicely done. Kudos to both of you. Awesome. Peace.
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MarkHolbrook said 3268 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
Heavyweights weigh in
with a heavy (=great) tune. Nicely done!
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Dragonas said 3267 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Wow...
This is your first song that I've listened to, and I am sure glad I did.
There is a lot of great stuff here!
First impression:
Very Peter Gabriel feel (as previously commented on.)
I also picked up the Beatles and Jimmy Page vibe, all of which are my musical hero's.
Just amazing work, Alf.
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guitapick said 3266 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Definitely...
...a lot to be said for perfectionism...

...this is extreme in the extreme...the original song/lyrics and this interpretation/production. Just awesome...

Congrats to everyone involved. No brainer download...thanks. Thanks for the heads up, davis...busy is no excuse for missing this.
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Peter Bauckham said 3266 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
There's
really not much I can add having read the comments - it too reminds me of PG - which can only be good. I really like the bass sound - there is lots going on - I suspect more will reveal itself on future listens. The amount of time that has been spent on this has really paid off. Excellent work!

Peter
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Heightened said 3266 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Brilliant job!!!
This brings out so much in the song. Of course I love the original but this gives it a whole new feel. Fantastic collaboration - one of the best I've heard so far!
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Outtaorbit said 3266 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
i thought this was good
when i first heard it.... wonderful body and depth now.
hats off to both of you.
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dirigent said 3266 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
Mania
Wow - this is so intense, an abundance of sounds, great vocals, fantastic songwriting, a pro-mix: A very cool masterpiece, what a collab!! Bravi!!!
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Go_Turtle_Go said 3266 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
Whoa!
Fortunately, someone pointed me to this (ahum! ;-)). Very pro, sheez. Very very Peter Gabriel, and THAT is a compliment. His productions always had these fantasy story like qualities, and where packed with secret audio gifts . Ross and you did a terrific job, in that department. Ok, over to the vocals. Dang Jack!!! Subtle and authentic. Nuff said. DAng. What I like the most of this song, without trying to belittle the before mentioned are the lyrics ( I am a lawyer, so that always turns me on...text...). They are just perfect, a rare poetic quality and very emotional. They almost made me, well you know..I did on the inside, I can relate to them so well. Big hugs to the team for this one! a Flabbergasted Turtle

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rsorensen said 3266 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
cool
i love this. musically sounds like something robert plant could've done post zep., with Peter Gabriel singing. really cool ideas and sounds, and i love that slappin' bass.
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rsorensen said 3266 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
downloaded
also, just so you know, i had to make room on my 'music only' hard drive for this. damn you! haha thanks for the download.
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michael2 said 3265 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
wow
this is so good. great production touches abound, this is truly a work of art. nothing left to say that hasn't been said, so i'll just leave it at very impressive. the time you take on your work really shows, i would never have the patience to do something of this caliber. great stuff.
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***itiswotitis*** said 3264 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
very nice
this is a great song
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egobandit said 3263 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
brilliant
A great tribute to Mr DA Excellent!
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teptep said 3256 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
oh
wow, once again great stunning work, and jack was great.
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Soundhound said 3206 days ago (July 18th, 2008)
Very Cool Track
What would you want others, to do to this Masterpiece.....
I fail to see what else it needs, but a Masterful Mix....
All the working parts are Cool including the Vocals....
Anything add to this may hurt it, rather then help it....


I......... REALLY LIKE IT.........
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Char said 3169 days ago (August 24th, 2008)
I know I have heard the other version
So personal. Still like it very much. Thank you.
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Alimar said 2999 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Kudos...
...to both of you! Excellent arrangement with subtle nuances, cool soundscape. Art-Rock for sure. Were the Beatles any influence?

Peace,
Alimar
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alfalpha said 2999 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
You're very kind...
...actually Al, I was thinking of Peter Gabriel (circa early RealWorld) when I heard Jack's original version...

...but the Beatles is pretty much fine with me!

Many Thanks for the listen!
Cheers,
Alf
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davisamerica said 2873 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
alph...
still listening man and thank you
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alfalpha said 2867 days ago (June 23rd, 2009)
Jack...
Thanks for keeping the torch alive...

All The best!
Cheers,
Alf
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Char said 2725 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
Oh, I had
not missed it, just a bad memory. It is perfect. Thanks.
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alfalpha said 2725 days ago (November 12th, 2009)
you hadn't missed it...
I reckon my memory is worse!
Many Thanks Char!

Cheers,
Alf
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SmokeyVW said 2725 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
totally PG
a very Peter Gabriel kinda groove - that's good. in fact, that's excellent!

thanks

ha: looking through the comments, i'm not the only one...
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alfalpha said 2725 days ago (November 12th, 2009)
PG...?!
Yep, ;) I think you're part of the general agreement...and I love it!
Cheers Smokey!
Really nice to have your comment on this song...
Best,
Alf
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davisamerica said 2725 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
87 downloads???
alf...whot have you done?
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alfalpha said 2725 days ago (November 12th, 2009)
Darn It!
Jack! We shoulda charged for this song!

My terms are 90% (your royalties), 9.5% (your royalties on the original)....0.5%...your patience...

xxx

Alf
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awigze said 2593 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
alfalfah
very personal.
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alfalpha said 2592 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Thank you so much...
...Jack is a great songwriter, nice person, and very inspirational,
Cheers!
Alf
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alackbass said 2559 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Funky & Dramatic
Love the funky bass. The synth sounds do a great job of creating an east meets west vibe. Amazing guitar solo. Great percussion tracks.
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alfalpha said 2556 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Many Thanks...
...for the kind comments! Its always nice to see extra comments for a song one's submitted so long ago.
I hope to get some time this year to record more.
Cheers!
Alf
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shavingronaldscar said 1735 days ago (July 28th, 2012)
nice one!
I love all the little funky bits and bobs in here, it's a sweetly polished arrangement.
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alfalpha said 1732 days ago (July 31st, 2012)
Wow!
Many Thanks for your input- great to see another nice comment after all this time.
Cheers!
Alf
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