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Takin' it all down (w/steck)


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apb

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One from the vaults. Recorded: the old BBC Scotland studios across from the Botanical gardens in the West End (when noone was in) and over a recording of Aly Bain & friends, analog 24-track: 8th and 9th Feb 1992, mixed 23rd Feb.

I took a cassette I had and recorded it into GB, no treatment.

'Catch' were:
Graham S. - vocals, synths, composition, arrangement, lyrics and sequencing. Welcome to MJs my old band mate!
Iain McD - drums
Graham K - bass, bit of Talkin' Heads tsk tsk & all recording & engineering & mixing (still working at the Beeb)
Pavla? - backing vocals (just this session)
Edwina - sax
Alan (apb) - guitar

© 1992 Graham Steel & Catch, used with permission.
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Lyrics
Takin' it all down, even the words you say.
I'm takin' it all down, even the words you say.

To be on the road again,
Is what I want right now.
I wanna be free from the rush,
Cos it's about time,
I should find the reason,
That makes me wanna say ...


I'm takin' it all down, even the words you say.
Show me a sign gimme a number
I don't want it any other way

What's on your mind?
Is this for real?

Shouldn't be alone,
Or have enemies
It's what you say and do
The thing to catch out,
Are the ones that try to spin you around,
When they try to ignore,
I bet they notice everything,
But I can see right through your stupid little games,
Tryin' an' losing, cos it makes me wanna say...

Say that you want me to ...

© 1992, Graham Steel
Song Stats
Hits: 4605
Comments: 33
Fans: 13
Plays: 277
Downloads: 0
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Jul 31, 2007 - 04:51:25 PM
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2007 - 12:51:23 PM Last Played: Jan 10, 2018 - 02:36:45 PM
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Hardware:
24 track analog reel-2-reel
the bands gear ..
I used a J.P.Player guitar (it had a wireless thing built-in .. cool :o))
VOX AC120 amp, BOSS ME-5 FX, Cry Baby Wah.
Software:
GB v3 used to record from cassette.
Comments
jiguma said 4101 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Is that ...
... Aly playing the fiddle solo?? Cool look back Alan.
Neil
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apb said 4098 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
:o)
felt good to get that off my guilty conscience for so many
years .. hahahah. Have you any idea how much a new 24-track
wide tape reel cost in those days? Me neither .. but it was
alot ...so Aly had to go. It was funny when mixing ..
we took it in turns to get to hit 'stop' before the return
of Aly's shindig ... dee dee diddly diddly diddly dee .. ;o)
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lengold said 4101 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Alan...
That was a good band. Something to look back on and be proud of. Excellent.
Cheers
Len


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apb said 4097 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Thanks Len ..
good times, fond memories .. I don't think I've ever left a
band on bad terms ... I just kept moving somewhere (in this
case I left to go work in England .. my folks were kinda
keen to get me out the house hahahah)... but I do recall that at my audition for "Catch" .. the lead singer at the time (not steck) stormed out .. never to return... I thought ..
wow .. what a band! hahahah... he and the drummer had been on
each others nerves for some time .. and it just the stress of
my audition to bring everything to a head.

Ah... memories .. lol.
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said 4101 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
great drums
man, they sound fantastic... no substitute for the real thing, no offense, d.o.d......
great tune, alan!!
apb said 4099 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Allen
I recall a fair amount of time went into getting the drum
sound right .. the foundation .. still one of the best drummers I have ever had the pleasure to play with .. and
a good pal too ... he played to the sequence click .. and
did his recording of the song from start to finish without
any backing (could do this with all our songs I believe) .. never listened to us .. hahahha :o) .. well more in rehearsal
and live .. from bleed and positioning of his cans.

Drums on demand (DOD)loops is the next best thing ..I agree,
though I've heard some pretty good alternatives .. still I
think those alternatives take much longer time to get as good sounding results.
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said 4101 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
alan..
great, fun track!
nice funky playing!
sounds pretty good for an old analog, too.
great stuff, bro!
apb said 4099 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Jason
.. unless MJers had heard the collab So invisible with Craft et al they might not have known I am a bit partial, from time to time, to a little pop/funk INXSish guitar playing :o) The playing I did in steck's band illustrates this side of my playing. Probably one of
the reasons I went for it in Craft's song.
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said 4101 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Straight outa
the studio You guys are tight Realy good wow!
apb said 4097 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Thanks Ego
we did rehearse/practice alot .. Clydeband in Glasgow first .. then nearer the town centre .. where was it again steck? ..
we had a dedicated rehearsal room in a warehouse .. and built
a bar in the corner too .. called "splashos"... drums had a
little platform too built from old palette crates. Great times ... *gets all teary* .. lol.
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said 4101 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Wow
Alan, what a nice suprise this is too me.
Like this music a lot.... Did you do a CD or was it only a tape for the band?
Nice flashback love it.

Take care
--
Kenta
apb said 4099 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Kenta
..we never got signed or a deal, so we never distributed a
CD sadly. steck did mention he backed up some of the studio recordings from DAT to
CD about 5 years ago. If you send him a note, he might be
able to send you (and me!) a copy :o)
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Feter said 4101 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Takin' it all down
super !!! what a cool band and recording
this is alright !!! Rock rock rock !!!
the guitar work so remarkable ..the singing
so cool ...the bass as well ..thnx for sharing
this cool one here !!!
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apb said 4097 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Thanks Feter
too kind. I think at this stage I was the slopiest player of
all the members ... got a bit tighter and more confident later ..I was still finding my niche in their sound at this point.
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steck said 4101 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Thanks apb
Seems like it was only a few years that we recorded this but 15 - wow......

Having free and open access to Studio 2 at the BBC in Glasgow was way cool.

Kudos to Alan for pulling this one out of the vault and we're in the process of hunting some some more trax...... Oh yes, sorry Aly Bain for recording over your tape lol

Graham S aka Steck
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apb said 4096 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Thanks
.. glad you hired me! It was great times ...do you remember
we did an impromptu cover in a restaurant/bar in Italy too?
(just us two on hols) .. man that grappa is nasty .. lol.
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steck said 4090 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
"More than Words"
performed inpromptu in deepest Tuscany....

How could I forget

*Mr Volcano Pizza* minus the Grappa..

Steck
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bronco said 4101 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Cool Sound
Your vocal here was really cool! Reminded me of The Band and The Subdudes. Backing tracks were superb as usual. Haven't heard you do a bad one yet!
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apb said 4099 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Tom
not me on any vocals, it's the man above, steck. It was an existing band I auditioned for and surprisingly got hired as their guitarist. :o) We meet up in pubs in Scotland from time to time, or on whisky trips to Islay too... quality. :o)
Been a few years since we met now .. also saw the old bass player too on one such visit, albeit briefly, 1 pint drop-in..was great to see him too ..he was always a busy man ;o) .. and now steck is becoming MJ addicted!! hahaha.
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bud said 4101 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Cool guitar tones
Tasty rhythm work. Very tight outfit you got there. I hear the T Heads bass quote after the break. Cool track - strong groove.
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apb said 4098 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Thanks bud ..
.. that T.Heads 'quote' was quite blatent and cheeky.
To be honest, I think out of all voices recorded, the production on the guitar sound is perhaps the weakest ..I mean, this was a VOX AC120 mic'ed up played loud .. but it
sounds so distant in the back in the mix .. I think some
duplication and panning might have been the trick ;oP
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Moviz said 4100 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Super
recording, great song and sounds all round. This still sounds like it was recorded yesterday, M
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apb said 4098 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Thanks ..
almost cheating posting a 24-track analog studio recording ..
that I could have waited and got a from DAT to .aif-> .mp3
rcording of .. but in keeping with the spirit of the idea, I opted for throwing in a 'from cassette' recording... besides,
I needed to do that for the other earlier ones anyway.

Glad you liked this, steck should
take most credit for this and the bass player/engineer.. I just played a bit of guitar. :o)
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J.A.Stewart said 4098 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Hearing This Reminds Me...
how much musical talent there is in the world that has gone undiscovered for lack of that elusive *hit* that resonates with the masses.

Lots of talent in this group... and now 1/3 of it is on MacJams! ;)

--- Joe
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apb said 4097 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Thanks Joe
.. still time to hone those skills and crafts .. I hope to
do some procuding of my nephews band... but I'm still learning
all the new technology I feel .. it does bog you down from
writing new things but .. I get round to everything eventually.

There seems to be two distinct approaches: listen to what is
charting .. and emulate or just do what you like to do.. but try to make it a bit different .. and hope for the best .. I tend to be more in favour of the second approach... although
what I do like in 'different' music .. hasn't had much
commercial success. ie. the folk/rock/pop/metal/psychedelic mix :o)
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echoroom said 4095 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Bass!
Great bass sound - kinda late 80's/early 90's - this woulda been a chart hit if you'd had the publicity. Reminds me a little of Deacon Blue (probably the backing vox), but a lot better.

Great stuff ... how deep are your vaults???

Steve
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apb said 4091 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Thanks Steve ..
. I don't recall really what the band attempted to do with these recordings .. we could have done with a manager ..
was great fun to play and the experience too.

My vaults aren't very deep... I think prior to 1987 .. I
just have a few Tascam 4-track recordings of my first ever
band...they are priceless .. hahahah.
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apb said 4091 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Actually ..
.. funny you mention 'Deacon Blue' .. when I joined, the
band did do a cover of "Dignity" .. which I had to learn for our "set" .. we dropped doing covers fairly quickly in favour
of our own material... but we instead played all covers under a pseudo, for some cash :o)
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thetiler said 4095 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
cool
rockin!
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apb said 4090 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Thanks Bill
.. for stopping in.
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Estella said 4089 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
nice voices
got a college folk sound to it, too. wait, I would say college folk, electronica. hee hee.

Funny cover art. poor man. I'm glad you've made your retributions.
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apb said 4088 days ago (August 14th, 2007)
:o)
.. they all were (and still are) great singers. The bass player did backing live until he left .. that's when I first
started in the role as backing singer and had to learn some
harmonies etc... but for this recording it's all just steck and Pavla.

Nothing poor about Sir Aly , he's "minted" as they say in
Scotland... still was good to get it off the conscience. :o)
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Heightened said 3951 days ago (December 29th, 2007)
Another solid
rock piece. Great work!
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