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This is my contribution to the 2nd 'Loop it or Lose It' challenge, as organised by Chikoppi.

The original loop is the GB '70's Ballad Piano'.

OK, I admit it, in my younger days, I was a major fan of progressive rock...I guess that's how its defined these days.
Thanks to Elfdaughter for the use (or abuse) of her vocals.
Apologies to ELP, King Crimson, Rick Wakeman, Yes, etc, etc...!
Everything here, (except 'Elfdaughter's' vocals) has been pencilled...
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Lyrics
Lah Dee Dah Dah,
Lah Dee Dah, Dah
Lah Dee Daa Daa
Dee Dah, Dah
Lah, Lah, Lah
LahdeeDah...
(repeat)
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Hits: 4863
Comments: 46
Fans: 15
Plays: 235
Downloads: 140
Votes: 10
Uploaded: Dec 09, 2006 - 10:59:11 PM
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2007 - 06:07:11 AM Last Played: Jun 09, 2019 - 05:40:30 AM
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Comments
peacepiano said 4573 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
70's style
Smartly done. I don't think any of those guys would be offended. Elfdaughter sounds nice here and the arrangement around the loop is pure 70's. Thanks for sharing.
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alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
very kind of you..
...thanks Peacepiano, I hope they wouldn't be offended!
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Alannah said 4573 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
I like the fact ...
.. that you added some vocals to the loop thingy .... they sound nice and make this one stand out against a sea of similar sounding tunes ... due to the whole use the same loop thing .... funnily tho .. this almost had a harpsichord sound to it ....
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alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
a harpsichord you say...?
...he, he, he you guessed correctly!
Thanks for the comments Allanah!
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Magritte said 4573 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
I'm so embarrassed.
I can't comment on this song without admitting my secret fondness for prog-rock. Because I really dig what you did with this. It's totally a prog-rock loop, how did I not notice! The synth trills really make it. Also, the vocals are lovely.
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alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
ssshhhhh!
...don't tell anyone else about our secret fondness for this stuff!
They might find out!
LOL!

Thanks Margritte!
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elfdaughter said 4549 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks for the nice comment on the vocals, magritte! OK, now I REALLY need to get back into the singing aspect of things....

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bud said 4573 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
Prog rock - no shame
love what you've done here - ELP I need somebody. the vintage synth lead tone from Lucky Man made a brief appearance showing great restarint on your part. Fun and creative entry. Thanks man!
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alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
restraint...?
...Bud, I don't know about 'restraint'...indulgence is probably more to the point...LOL!
I'm glad you picked out the 'Lucky Man' KB sound...it seems I am not alone!

Thanks Man!
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announcer said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
Nice Playing
and some really nice percussion on this too. It all really fits with the 70s feel. BTW I did not like a lot of the overly produced stuff of the 70s but for this piece I will make an exception :-)

Good stuff
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alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
...regarding the percussion...
....I guess I should also make an apology to Carl Palmer...!
Many Thanks for your comments!

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DeputyDoofy said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
I don't care...
...what you call the style, because I liked it just the same. Very nice, and the vocals are a nice touc. Too bad I just got done watching the Grinch and the vocals here sound exactly like the song they sing at the end. :P
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alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
what do you think...
...the Whos call this style in Whoville?

Thanks so much Doofy!
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said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
:)
This brings back memories. I'm more of a King Crimson fan than ELP or Yes, but this was enjoyable.
alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
well,
...I guess I won't have to apologise to King Crimson then! ;)

Many Thanks DN!
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Youra said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
alfapha time machine
works quite well. Great organ and voice. One the songs that made this contest an enlighment. Thanks for sharing.
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alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
perhaps...
...I'm digging up the past?
I'm not sure how this could be 'enlightening'...LOL!
Cheers & Thanks Youra!
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said 4572 days ago (December 11th, 2006)
Years ago...
this would be a "cool" song. But today, hmmmm? Really neat? heheh. Great tune here alf, really enjoyed it.

Jack
alfalpha said 4572 days ago (December 11th, 2006)
'cool' eh?
...I'm not too sure about that! LOL!
...thanks for listening Dadai!
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jiguma said 4572 days ago (December 11th, 2006)
Bottom Pub!
I am a prog rock fan from way back Alf - amazing work here - good thing you have so much spare time : )
So we can expect to hear this live at the next Bottom Pub "singer/songwriter" afternoon I guess.
Love the drums.
Neil
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alfalpha said 4571 days ago (December 11th, 2006)
hmmm...the Bottom Pub, eh?
...I just have to get my head around an acoustic version!

(Are you up for the vocals?)

LOL! Thanks Neil!
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SmokeyVW said 4571 days ago (December 11th, 2006)
those were the days
nice selection of instruments - the keys sound stellar - nice drum break in there (at just the right moment) - a bit more keys, and that smooth finish with those voices from on high was perfect.

aaah! this gives me a nice mid-70's kinda feeling - they just don't make songs like this any more
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alfalpha said 4571 days ago (December 11th, 2006)
this is probably the reason...
...why they don't make songs like this anymore ;)

Many Thanks Smokey, you're way, way too kind!
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elfdaughter said 4570 days ago (December 12th, 2006)
I'm hardware??
*chuckles* Hehehe - glad we finally got that sodding vocal to work! Ooh, I like what you did with it!!!! Actually, scrap that - I LOVE what you've done with it!
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alfalpha said 4570 days ago (December 12th, 2006)
...or maybe software...
...hey I don't discriminate!
Thanks again for all your hard work Averil!
We'll have to do some more!
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j2morrow said 4568 days ago (December 14th, 2006)
Progressive
Some of those musicians back in the 70s may have had elitist attitudes about their music but that doesn't take away from the fact that they did make some great music.
This is very creative. You've got that 70s organ sound down, for sure. And the inventive vocal track is clever and fresh. Nice work.
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alfalpha said 4568 days ago (December 14th, 2006)
...elitist, (moi?)
I wouldn't know what the word means!

heh, heh, heh, Thanks J2, you're very kind!
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Macaudion said 4562 days ago (December 20th, 2006)
Wow!
Impressive!!! Crazy amounts of focus and effort went into to this. Inventive and beautifully performed. Very nice work. Thanks! D
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alfalpha said 4561 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
I guess I AM...
...a little crazy ;)
Many Thanks Dion, your comments mean a lot to me!
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TobinMueller said 4550 days ago (January 2nd, 2007)
Refreshing
I really enjoyed the passing back and forth of phrases among your keyboard instruments. Your titled threw me off, since I thought the song would sound pre-made loop-based, but it was compositionally driven, with enjoyable classical touches. As a piece, I thought it might have benefited from lyrics, or, if you were making it more of a "vocalese" style song, of more vocal variations; altho the main theme was fun, reminding me of late 60s sounds, Gene Puerling, Singers Unlimited among others. A refreshing, clean composition that uplifts.
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alfalpha said 4549 days ago (January 2nd, 2007)
...loop based!
LOL! Tobin, you know, I SHOULD get into the habit of fully explaining my pieces in the song description in more detail ;)

This piece was one of the submissions in response to Chikoppi's 2nd 'Loop it or Lose it' challenge last month, the criteria being that the GB loop '70's Ballad Piano' had to be utilised in one way or another.

I had originally intended to combine Averil's (elfdaughter) vocals with a 'mash up' of the loop to create a sort of 'Francoise Hardy meets the Swingle Singers' type of sound, which, due to some mic level probs, tyranny of distance (& a deadline), never came to fruition. After some serious automation of the levels on the vocal track, I decided to take the 'Prog Rock' route!
Many Thanks for stopping by to listen & comment!
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haribo said 4549 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
exciting blend of styles
phrasings are really cheery and uplifting! vocal is eerie, was it recorded?? however it was done sounds really great. with the beat, wholesome sounds provide a very positive energy. thanks for sharing !
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elfdaughter said 4549 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
*chuckles*
Vocal is me! :D Actually, we had a lot of problems with my vocal track - I've recently moved houses, and have yet to find somewhere um....quiet to record! lol! Alfy did an excellent job with a not-exactly-perfect recording of my vocals.

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alfalpha said 4544 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
yes...
...the vocals were recorded, in a manner of speaking LOL! Just ask poo Averil (Elfdaughter).
Many Thanks Hun, for popping by...I'm really glad to have you visit...I'll be around soon too!
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elfdaughter said 4522 days ago (January 29th, 2007)
Pardon??
'Poo' Averil?? You'll pay for that, Alfy!! Lol!!

By thew way, how DID you make my voice sound 'choiristic'? ;)

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alfalpha said 4522 days ago (January 29th, 2007)
Elf Poo...
...the 'r' went missing during a battle with my typing skills...
many apologies...
....'choiristic' effects include reverb, equalisation & much, much auto-leveling!

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elfdaughter said 4522 days ago (January 30th, 2007)
Hehehehe!
Aye, I figured it was a mistype.

Hmmm....shall have to play around...;) Thanks!

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Leon said 4549 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Unique
Alfa, you have a unique sound... a melding of both classical and pop. The juxtapositions of these styles sound bold and amusing. Part of it wants to rock yet there is a sense of world music serenity and finesse! Really enjoyed this... I admire the unconventional approach... ranks high in originality and creativity for sure. Elfie's voice adds a layer of calm and soothing quality to an otherwise dynamic and energetic arrangement!
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alfalpha said 4544 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Unique...?!
...heh, heh...uniquely plagiarist more like!

I simply could not have done it without the help of the ghosts of 'prog-rock past'....

Thanks for the comments Leon!
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Macaudion said 4544 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Wow
At present, I'm in a hotel and listening to this on some fairly craptackular speakers, and still, I'm blown away by what I think I'm hearing... This is probably a good time to go and read your bio, huh...

Sec... ... ...

Oh geez!... Christ, dude! Boy do you have it in your blood...

Aww god... I just thought of something... Do I recall seeing your name in the 2007 'Drumoff'??? LOL...

I'm so stupid... - Well, I can't wait - LOLOL That's maniacal laughter you're seeing - Now, I can't wait to be able to hear this on a nice system. I can't wait to hear it on a less than average system...

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alfalpha said 4544 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
...what's a 'drum-off'...?
LOL!
Dear Macca(dion...!), I had to 'immerse' myself into the heart & soul of Carl Palmer's drumming style...& with a LOT of pencilling, semi-lateral thinking, 'air-drumming', coffee in the morning, a glass of wine at night, (although this proved somewhat unhelpful for the drum track, except for 'medicinal reviewing' purposes), and a deep, deep breath...erm...the exercise left me somewhat breathless!

Cheers D!

'...alf goes off to find the meaning of a 'drum-off...' ;-}
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paxeden said 4520 days ago (January 31st, 2007)
this is AWESOME
it's like... if 70's rock had a love child with the band Air.
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alfalpha said 4520 days ago (January 31st, 2007)
thank You!
I'm not sure if Air would really like to have a love child like this! (Heh!)
Thanks for popping on by Paxeden,...!

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PentaRay said 3563 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
it's a bit over the top
and yet it isn't... like many prog things music.

I stumbled across this one because most of my own music is labeled prog rock as well, just checking out the other likewise minded. I see you didn't upload anything recently. Can we expect anything new from you in the near future?
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alfalpha said 3563 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
heh...
Prog Rock isn't the only genre I like to tinker with!

In this case the loop provided somehow reminded me of the category, I'm not sure why...

As far as 'new stuff' is concerned, I've been very busy over the last year, as my wife & I run our own business, however, there are a few things in the pipeline. I'll be posting once I get an opportunity.

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