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HOTRS


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MarkHolbrook

 Genre: Ballad

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The first song I ever learned on guitar was House of The Rising Sun. I practiced that song until my fingers bled. Still I could not play it like my guitar teach could. He had more soul in his guitar work than I could hope for.

When I got into MIDI many years ago I started trying to figure out how to do HOTRS. I kept starting it and then throwing it away. Fast forward to recent times. For almost 3 years I've been working on a version of this song. I finally got the guitar down about as good as I was gonna ever get it about 2 years ago. (trust me... there are lots of little timing errors!).

I then set to work on the organ and man-o-man... I had a lot of work to do and even after lots of practice I simply could not get it right. So I admit to quite a bit of MIDI nudging on the organ. I ended up doing two tracks and overlaying the more complex parts with two different sets of right hand fingering. Even still I must have botched it up a thousand times!

I went between listing to just about every version I could find then back to my version and kept tweaking it until I liked the sound. It's probably not spot on but I don't think it ever could be.

The bass and drums are MIDI.

I did a primary electric guitar track and two acoustic tracks for the strumming parts.

Then I ran into my typical vocal problem. I simply could not sing this. For over a year I would lay down a vocal take and back away for a listen and close the project in disgust. I finally gave up and laid down two tracks, a primary and a harmony. I think I must have done that harmony about a billion times before I got something that was marginally decent. LOL... Once again just watching far too much of The Voice!

So there is a main vocal, harmony vocal and a couple of tracks of AHHHs after the organ work.

Since this was my first song I ever learned I wanted my take on it to be as I hear it in my head. So it's pretty traditional.
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Lyrics
I think we all know them!
Song Stats
Hits: 2540
Comments: 44
Fans: 34
Plays: 106
Downloads: 27

Uploaded: Apr 23, 2014 - 01:39:27 PM
Last Updated: May 20, 2015 - 09:29:22 PM Last Played: Jan 31, 2017 - 01:01:48 PM
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Hardware:
Gibson electric, Ovation Balladeer, MIDI
Software:
Logic Pro X
Comments
rok41 said 1158 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
HOTRS
Always loved this song, Mark and it's cool that you have given your own spin on it. Vocals are fine, the more you do em, the easier it gets. Good job!
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Thanks
Chris! I know a comment from you is worth a lot!
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FEEL said 1158 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Nice version
Liked your take on it. Clean mix and kudos on the vocals.

Venus by Bananarama was the first I attempted on guitar.

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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi John
Thanks so much! I used to play Venus too!
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Bob Rodgers said 1158 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
A
great version of this song Mark, nice guitars and keys. I really like your vocals and harmonies.

Excellent work and very much enjoyed.

Bob

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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Thanks Bob!
Glad you enjoyed!
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slopartner said 1158 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
HOTRS
I've always loved this song and YOU have really done it justice. I love this version of it. Glad to hear you're doing some more music! Don't waste your talent by not doing anything, please!

MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi Jeannie
Thanks so much! Glad you came over for a listen. I have been trying to find "talent". I think I clipped it off the last time I clipped the nail from my little toe! :)
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sammydix said 1158 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
really like
that vocal effect, just eeeeased me into the whole song. as many times as i've heard this song, this version still pulled me in. *extremely* nice harmonies. thoroughly enjoyed the slightly eerie take on this, gave it a smokey character.
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
My mom was
a huge smoker! Maybe thats where I get that smokey vocal thing from!? Thanks Sammy! Comments from you are gold in the bank!
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PeterB7858 said 1158 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
HOTRS
Classic song. Classic rendition, Mark. Three years of devotion, man, that shows some persistence. You really nailed the organ. It sounds fantastic. The guitars drive/support the song, just as they should, and your vocals are always gonna be better than you give them credit for. Fine work, indeed. I think one of the first songs I learned on the guitar was "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright". I still sing it as a warm up pretty regularly :-) Take care, Peter.
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi Peter
Thanks so much! We all have a starting song don't we?
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guygrooves said 1158 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Awesome
I love this song and your version of it.

Peace
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi Guy!
Thanks!
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stratcat said 1157 days ago (April 24th, 2014)
Wow
Very good, live the tone you get on guitar, such a classic!
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Pod farm 2
That is my secret. There are so many sounds in there I have trouble choosing! This one was "Purple Rain".
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Garni said 1157 days ago (April 24th, 2014)
HOTRS
Really enjoyed this version.
One of the first songs I learnt on guitar too :)

G-)
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi Gerald
Thanks so much!
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davisamerica2 said 1157 days ago (April 24th, 2014)
Still rising.
My first song too, Mark, and I never get tired of hearing it. This is an excellent version of it. Great performance!
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi Terry
Seems like many of us learned on this one. It was a fun sound for sure.
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Vic Holman said 1156 days ago (April 24th, 2014)
super
nicely done Mark. i like the animals approach but there is a difference that still sets it apart, mostly in the vocal styling. a pretty slick organ solo!
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi Vic
Well just remember MIDI nudging rules when it comes to things like organ solos!
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groovehounds said 1156 days ago (April 24th, 2014)
HOTRS
This is such great tune and you've done a great job. We did a gig this last weekend and we got this song requested at the end of the night ... it still is big fav. Good vocals and I love the organ! Nice build at the end... Oh ... and the first song I learned on guitar was Secret Agent Man.
Cheers
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hey Stan...
Well I hope it's Stan! You are secret agent man!!! Thanks so much!
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Sigmund said 1156 days ago (April 24th, 2014)
HOTRS
Man I haven't heard this song in years and what a treat to hear your version. Nice and solid arrangement, very decent vox and I dig the organ! Nice work man - all your hard work paid off - enjoyed!
Sig
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi Sig!
Thanks so much. Pretty rough version but best I could do I guess. Sometimes things click, sometimes they grind and this one was a grind!
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KCsGROOVE said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
house
the first song I ever learned to play on da guitar :-)
cool version
enjoyed
KC
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MarkHolbrook said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Hi KC
Thanks man so much for the listen!
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egobandit said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
The first thing that stuck me
was the vocals very cool organ work, wow you really nailed this!
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Outtaorbit said 1156 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
Mark....
Nice
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Philip18 said 1155 days ago (April 26th, 2014)
HOTRS
Those guitar and organ tracks take me back - I love the Animals version of that song. Thanks for this treat, Mark!
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JazzIsTvRicky said 1155 days ago (April 26th, 2014)
Takes me to memories of my younger days...
So very appropriate for the times..a poet speaks through this wonderfully written song...and you my friend do it more than justice...JAM BABY....

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jfisenne said 1154 days ago (April 27th, 2014)
HOTRS
I have to laugh at your description of doing a vocal track, listening, and then closing the project in disgust. I think we have all been there! Anyway, I love this song and I think you did a fine job with it. I don't care if you had to nudge the midi notes, I think you got the organ part sounding pretty darn good!
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thetiler said 1154 days ago (April 27th, 2014)
I remember playing this
with my first group when just a kid. Good thing I didn't actually have to go through what the song actually said. But It sure was popular then wasn't it! Way to go, to bring back those memories. I ENJOY your approach to this tune, GREAT ORGAN and love the guitar and how close you get to how Eric Burden and the Animals did it. At least I think that is how you sell his name. I love to hear these tunes online by others and how it brings back such terrific memories!!!!
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TobinMueller said 1153 days ago (April 28th, 2014)
Fab photo
I have always dug this song. Thanks for keeping it alive. Nice organ. Traditional is good for this tune.
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LisaHawbaker said 1153 days ago (April 28th, 2014)
Never heard this song!
Sounds like you put alot of yourself into this. I just sing so I don't know about everything you did but I like it and think it turned out well!
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paul f. page said 1095 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
Guitar track...
...is really super, Mark. The clarity of that track is especially nice in this rendition of HOTRS. Classic number that suits your singing quite well, I think — at least as much as the original!!! The vocal harmony works well, too. It was very enjoyable to hear this number again with a slightly new take on it. Ah, the organ is a great addition.
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bronco said 1078 days ago (July 12th, 2014)
1001 Versions
No that is not a criticism. I love this song so much you can't have too many versions of this. Your vocal gives it new meaning over the Animal inspired backing. Good organ work.
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J.A.Stewart said 1076 days ago (July 14th, 2014)
Another One IN THE HOUSE!
Way to go, Mark. We're starting to have quite a collection of takes on this classic on the site. You've done a good job of melding The Animals' version with your own interpretation, giving it a more airy and plaintive feel. Vocals are really a matter of reps and attitude... as Chris pointed out, "the more you do 'em, the easier it gets." ;)

--- Joe
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HOKEY POKEY said 981 days ago (October 16th, 2014)
Very deep
This sounds great on good headphones! Well done and kudos!
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thoddi said 937 days ago (November 30th, 2014)
Way cool
You really nailed this one. It's brave to go after such a well known classic. It all works and you have given it the needed energy to separate it from being just another cover song. Love the organ :-)
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Hydrogen3 said 907 days ago (December 29th, 2014)
Very Nice Rendition!
I really like the vocals with the harmony. I have always heard vocal as solo. Very nice touch! The guitar and keyboards are awesome!!
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Warren Smith said 872 days ago (February 3rd, 2015)
First Efforts
First song learned on a guitar? That'll stretch the memory! For me I think it was probably the folk song "The Golden Vanity," learned around a scout campfire (although recognized from a version done by the Chad Mitchell Trio).

For a first song, hey, it doesn't get any better than "House of the Rising Sun." This sounds great. The struggle with it was worth it.
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Calchas said 178 days ago (December 28th, 2016)
A classic that..
(for me anyway) NEVER gets old. I always enjoy new takes on it. This is another good one bro. Really enjoy your Byrds-like folky vocal delivery. :-)

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