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apb

 Genre: Rock (instrumental)

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.. 'avin' a larf and rejuvenating an old song as stadium rock to celebrate my soon to be one year at MJs. Inspired by Guitar Hero 2 for the Playstation: red, green, yellow :o)

Written and performed by APB, influenced by all the stuff I was listening to back then: Kiss, Poison, Smashed Gladys, Van Halen etc etc.

Originally performed by an old band I was in the late 80's (under the title "Long way home") when I was still a teenager, dedicated to them:

Rab/Heather: lead vocals
Dave: bass guitar, b.vox
Stevey/Stuart: lead/rhythm guitar, b.vox
APB: lead/rhythm guitar, b.vox
Shuggie: drums
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Hits: 4794
Comments: 56
Fans: 10
Plays: 380
Downloads: 29

Uploaded: Apr 19, 2007 - 05:44:38 PM
Last Updated: May 31, 2007 - 02:30:34 PM Last Played: May 31, 2019 - 07:02:07 AM
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Hardware:
Intel Mac Mini 1.66GHz, 2GB RAM(iVor)
MOTU Traveler Firewire audio interface,
Fender USA Telecaster 60 (Diamond Anniversary Edition) - borrowed (thanks Tomas).
Software:
GB v.3
Drums on Demand
Comments
said 4442 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Rock out!!! Oh Yeah!
I got my fists in the air! cool fun song!
apb said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
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thanks Tom - that's the spirit! Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi!!! :o)
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jiguma said 4442 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Heavy fun!
Love the power of the guitar Alan - wot, no vocal?!
: )
Neil
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apb said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
...
thanks for stopping in Neil. I lost count around 7 tracks of
guitar, it's got at least 7 anyway .. lol. Vocals: yeah,
of course .. my voice just doesn't suit this kind of music
very well - I'll see if I can arrange something.
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Estella said 4442 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
fake crowd
I like them - very enthusiastic. I especially like the whistler.

You know, it never ceases to amaze me how talented a guitarist you are.

But that crowd sounds like they're cheering for the lead singer, too, where is he? Putting on his elevator shoes or something?
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apb said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
Yay Estella :o) !
.. the crowd comes as a handy couple of loops in the
standard loop library with GB v3. I did like the whistler
too .. but I think I need to supply my own occassional "Freebird!" and "taxi for the band!" for authenticity :o)

I wanted to a) have a laugh and b) actually not just stick
live noise onto this but go for a "live sound" in the
production and arrangement ie. sound like two guitarists,
sound like the drummer was faffing at the start and one
guitarist missed the ending lol. So it was a bit of an
experiment.

Yup, a singer may eventually turn up - he went into the
crowd and never returned .. perhaps he's the whistler? ;o)
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said 4442 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
bring back the ROCK!!!
you knew i would love this one..............
Awesome....
apb said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
I was ..
.. kinda hoping you would :o) Glad you enjoyed it.
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Vic Holman said 4442 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
SPANDEX IS BACK!
and the crowd. what fun!
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apb said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
SPANDEX IS BACK!
..and only a couple of sizes bigger :o) Cheers Vic - glad
you got a kick out of it so far ..
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composerclark said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
APB Rules!
Fun fun fun 'till her daddy takes the T-bird... oh, wait; wrong decade. But fun nonetheless! Definitely could use vocals, in my arrogant opinion (IAO). It's great fun as is, but I think vocals might further enhance the experience. Give Rob and Heather a call! Or maybe invite collaborations?
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apb said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
LOL
..rules? Nah .. behave now Clark .. I'll make you sit at
the back in the corner, with the other real musicians ..lol.

Well of course it needs vocals, I just didn't want to do
them ..I'll see what I can arrange. Sadly, I've lost
touch with the majority of that crew - Shuggie is the only
one I still see about once a year when I visit my homeland
and it's always a hoot. He doesn't remember much of what
we played to be honest, this might jog his memory but he
can't sing for toffee.
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apb said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
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.. oh, and your not arrogant either, when have you ever been
arrogant??

I hope just because I added crowd noise to this people don't
take it the wrong way- it was just for fun and a genuine
experiment for the production to 'try' for a live feel & sound (which this track lends itself to IAO LOL) two guitarists, faffing drummer, little 'classic' live
ending etc - you get the picture.
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FEEL said 4441 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
This is fantastic
And the crowd goes wild...nice chops! Sweet tune..and congrats on your anniversary.
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apb said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
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thanks John. Glad you stopped in. Blimey, one year already, seems like only yesterday.
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said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
concert opener!
Really crunchy guitars with bite! love it

Encore!

where's that confounded lighter?

. - Harold
apb said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
...
thanks Harold, glad you got a kick out of it. Best save your
Bic for the rock ballads if you find it.. and lighting yer smokes.. hmm might turn up with my darn glasses, who knows?? lol
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Scott Carmichael said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
G R E A T
RIFF Drivin' arena rock... OK now my neck is sore.. I'm going to call the Chiropractor
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apb said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
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thanks very much Scott, appreciate it. Your comment made
me think of Kiss (Paul Stanley) introducing a song on Alive II.."I know everyone's got rock'n'roll pneumonia .. lets call out Dr.Love" .. I just imagined him going "I know everyone's got sore-necks, let's call out the Dr.of Chiropractice" instead .. lol. Man, I need to see a shrink ;o)
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musichead said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
thank you
Thank you and goodnight people!!!!!


Real comment to follow
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apb said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
Freebird!
cheers Steve- share that dream, live that dream .. and
take a few girls home too ;o) lol ... now I'm
really dreamin' ..
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Doadars Uncle said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
There now
my ears will be ringing for days!
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apb said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
...
cheers Doug .. try recording highland bagpipes in your
home, that works wonders for ringing ears I find ;o)
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said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
Lighters Up
Rockon dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
apb said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
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thanks Tim - I have at least a couple more of these up my
sleeves .. I'll put them out at my MJ anniversaries, start
a tradition... if only a personal one. Was fun, if a little
hard to remember going this far back .. I've since recalled
the final repeated solo section was slightly more
elaborate .. I'll fix that when I get some vocals on this (besides- you can hear me hitting the tele pick-ups as a palmed out the beats too hard making some clicks all through that bit ..*doh*) .. might use the Les Paul, go for more
two guitarists sound too.
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said 4440 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!
. Y E S ..... LOL !!
HAPPY 1 YEAR ALAN : ) Don't be TOOO LONG with the Next (!) This could be a whole CD . Donno 'bout Lyrics :( In that case TWO versions with & without that WOULD BE COOL !! Hope You get in touch with Your old Bandmates THANX :)
apb said 4438 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
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who knows, I might finish enough for a CD sometime .. tack Lena, would you buy it?? I will give Shuggie a call and hopefully catch him, Jerry and Mathew (all old bandmates)for a pint or ten in our usual pub next week when I'm back in my homeland. I try to
be as quick as possible with a vocal version. The R.A.D. Project has kindly agreed to supplying some of his excellent lead vocals for this, as soon as I can remember some of or re-write some lyrics, fingers in many pies- so don't hold your breath :o)
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caroline said 4439 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
OOOOOOHHH ALAAAANNN...
it's JUST like LIVE-AID all over again - brian may would be PROUD of you and i hope freddy is out there somewhere working on the lyrics - thanx for the memory - mwah xoxoxo
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apb said 4438 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
:o)
Brian May be proud of this, Brian Cant would playaway with this and Brian Blessed your cotton socks for the comment ;o)
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Day For Night said 4438 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
Get the Spandex trousers out of the closet!
This takes me back to the days of 80's Arena rock...with a touch of prog in there too...nice guitar work Mr APB
S
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apb said 4438 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
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thanks S. Job done :o) .. well almost (vocal version
later). Closet spandex, well er, urm, how did you know? hahah
we can save that story for MJ UK, first round on me.
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Roxylee said 4438 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
Rock ON!!!
Grooving... Yeah!!!
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apb said 4437 days ago (April 24th, 2007)
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thanks Roxanne.
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Parichayaka said 4438 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
Rocksolid!
I don't usually listen to this genre of music, but this track is great!! So much good energy (I like how the crowd is screaming in the background throughout the whole song). Timing and mix is quite excellent too, is that a live recording?
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apb said 4437 days ago (April 24th, 2007)
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.. I don't usual post this kind of music either ..lol.
Thanks for stopping by. Oh the crowd is a GB loop ..
see keywords and replies above, hence endless enthusiasm ;o)
Fun to try and simulate the production for a 'live album'
sound though.
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Cori Ander said 4436 days ago (April 25th, 2007)
Nice
Sounds terrific!
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apb said 4435 days ago (April 26th, 2007)
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tack Johannes, vi få se hur det gå med texten och en duktig
sjungare. Jag hoppas det bli bättre i alla fall ... :o)
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craft said 4434 days ago (April 27th, 2007)
rock it
Nice guitar playing... Great vibe... I'm feeling this powered song..
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apb said 4432 days ago (April 29th, 2007)
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thanks very much Craft, glad you dig that vibe.
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Feter said 4419 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Rock On !!
cool guitars my friend ...very tastey
changes in the chords ... rock on my friend!!
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apb said 4418 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
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glad you liked this Feter. Wish I knew what some of those
chords actually are called ..hmm *scratches head*. I must admit I still quite like the bridge changes (I seem to have been experimenting at that time with those 4 fret stretch chords alot, as it's not the only piece I've done featuring chords like that ..you'll hear but have to wait until my 2nd year anniversary :P)
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dajama said 4419 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Terrific playing
and a great vibe all round. I had visions of big hair and pumping fists. Great fun, but also extremely well done. Your playing is outstanding. Nice work. Rock on. Cheers. Peace.
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apb said 4418 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
Thanks very much ..
.. ah, back in the day when your roots were a problem and you were extremely wary of naked flames and ripping your
trousers... >:o)

Really enjoyed all your posts to date .. and a fellow Celt
abroad is always good to hear.

I thought your overall sound/vocal style is shown off best
in Shooting for the Moon but the chorus in Falling Angel is particularily awesome.

I think your style and stevel could
really blend together well .. er .. as well.

Looking forward to your uploads Hugh, quite a gap between
your first upload and your MJ come back you had there.
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apb said 4418 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
..er
.. David .. (not Hugh) *nonce*
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jamorama said 4414 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
wow, great tune
authentic vibes takes me back. I love the swooping guitar leads and the audience sounds. As is, this would make a great soundtrack for movies of that era.

I been away too long. I have to work my way thru your list here, my friend!

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apb said 4410 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
Thanks Stephen ...
... glad you got round to it, no rush. You'll get MJ
burn-out if you try to keep up all the time - just relax
and enjoy your MJs experience in your own time.

Now, hurry up and comment on some more :) lol
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jamorama said 4407 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Just wanted to listen again!
Thanks, great playing, great tune.
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apb said 4406 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
...
on 'other' songs!! *sheesh* ;o) (you can download it and
listen whenever you like - but be warned I am still trying
to come up with some lyrics to give to The R.A.D. Project ..
so another posting of this will occur sometime.)
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ic42 said 4407 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
virtual stadium setting
it is a realistic sounding stadium performance. the mixture of music and audience noise created a believable atmosphere. the swaying and aroma of people was nearly palpable. the music and performance was a reminiscent memory. it burns like a lifted lighter. it is good. 0x0
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apb said 4406 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
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thanks. Mission accomplished - vocal version to come.
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said 4407 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Hail Hail Rock&Roll
I love this song and it's funny you should mention the band Kiss because I swear they would be great singing this. You Rock dude.
apb said 4406 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
...
glad you enjoyed it and commented. It's not very representative of my other posts - I'm a bit diverse...at
least 3 fairly distinct writing styles/bands I wrote for and
played in - hence the variation, although it's been mentioned
I have a style ... hmm ..

I think I might just add some flash-pot/explosion sounds
in now you mention the Kiss influence being quite prominent.

Thanks for listening.
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said 4348 days ago (July 22nd, 2007)
i really dig...
the backing audience!
the whole vibe really does take to a stadium event!
killer rocking here, bro!
lovin it... nice playing!
apb said 4348 days ago (July 22nd, 2007)
Thanks Jason ..
this was just the earlier instrumental version of
Long way home that Allen sang on later and you faved already :o) I fished a little with this ..thinking it was a song he could really finish off for me- so I was thrilled when he liked it and accepted my offer to sing. Thanks for liking it again all the
same :o)
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said 4348 days ago (July 22nd, 2007)
i like both versions...
... but even stand alone as an instrumental, it does not lose the 'arena rock' feel.
granted, allen's vocals really add to it, but you created the solid musical bed, and it rocks!!!

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Heightened said 4174 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
Atrociously good!
This is smoking even by today's standards.
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