Joined: Dec. 2007
||Posted: April 03 2008, 11:55
Yeah, I was listening to it very closely thru headphones and pausing it as I wrote my reply that day, as each new instrument or vocal was added. Although I really don't care for that section much, I enjoyed dissecting it. I did agree with the idea someone proposed that maybe MO might have recorded the foundation keyboard part slowed down.........my thinking was a primitive sequencer. But on top of that I counted a rhythm guitar, 2 maybe 3 lead guitars, a bass, keyboard imbellishments and varying intensities of female backing vocals. I don't want to debate it, if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. But I believe I'm right. With just that many instruments I listed, it would have been a very clever studio job in 1974. Either way it worked. I just.....have listened to it so much since 1974(I was 13 then and I'm 46 now)......more than Dark Side Of the Moon or anything else. My fav. album next to several other MO or -other deleted artist names-. I've worn out many copies. I do think it could easily have been done live(just the thunderstorm part by itself). That would have been cool. "My" official version is the 100% organic Porky cut. The CD I bought in the '90s will be in a box somewhere buried forever. The CD is not Hergest Ridge to me. It's Hergest Ridge's master tape(some tracks, probably edge tracks went bad to to edge curling or it was iron oxide shedded off)salvaged and modified. So later, some parts were added that buried other parts, like the acoustic guitar at the beginning of side one was buried deep, and additional female vocals were added. Some on here have referred to "the mix" being changed later.....after 1974. IE, certain tracks recorded in 1974 might have been "turned up/changed/altered/turned down" on a later date. Presumably 1976 since the term "boxed version" has been used so much. Whatever the date, if you listen closely, the added parts were not recorded in 1974. The sound quality of the added parts is different. Higher quality recordings overdubbed onto older, salvagable tracks. Not recorded the same day, week, or year. I just hear things as they are, having been involved in several studios including my own. I hope I dont piss of any Tubularians, but we all have our own perspective, thats why I love this website. The "interaction" revolving around someone we all seem to hold dear, or admire greatly.
Thats about all I can say about 34 years of HR listening. I've listened to it more times than "Trick of the Tail" or "Dark Side of the Moon" or "Close to the Edge" or "Seventh Sojourn" combined. I love it to death. But I'm done dissecting it. I love it too much to treat it like a frog in anatomy class anymore.
We raise our voices in the night
Crying to heaven
And will our voices be heard
Or will they break Like the wind