Joined: June 2001
||Posted: May 29 2003, 22:07
Well, I don't know about you pansies, but I'm open about loving Tr3s Lunas, myself . Well I don't love it but I really really like it. *Almost* reaches TSODE goodness.
I've managed to have a listen to TB2003 finally. I know it's contradictory to everything stated here but I got a hold of some online MP3s (don't ask me how cuz I'm not tellin' you ), though I believe they are the low quality WMV files that are on the 'CD' because it's mono and it's highly compressed to nothing lol. And I'm still buying the album when it comes out this tuesday anyway so I don't look at it as I'm breaking any rules. I'm just sampling it anyway....though I would have liked to have my first listen to the great CD quality version first....but I just couldn't wait!...anyways...don't want to turn this thread into internet-music-download debate...
Anyways, I loved TB2003 just as I thought/knew I would. I agree with what most people said about the middle parts of part 1 being the most changed.
I like it. Though I couldn't really hear it well because of the low-quality-ness. Some people have said the whole entire atmosphere is ruined. I think he was going for more of a Sentinel-ish more groovy kinda feel (much like Sentinel what Sentinel is) and not a...hmm...let's say: organized, 'professional', classical-like, serious piece. Overall from what I heard I really like it. Though I wish I could hear it clearly!! And I like the acoustic part much more than on the original.
I like the bedroom-guitar feel much like other people have said. Definitely more....gooder...lol.
Basses really caught me offguard hehe. Didn't expect to hear it so heavy. I love it though. It works great!
I've liked this version ever since I heard it on the radio interview thing. Very calm and mellow and mysterious...my favourite!
A Minor Tune:
I liked the version on TB2 (end of Clear Light), particularly the TB2 Embryo version, waaaay better than the old TB version. I think he's done a good job on the new recording, though. Made more of a TB2 feel to it but kept the TB73 'stillness' and no building up (which IMO is a loss because I love build ups lol but it's still ok). But I still like the TB2 version better, I think.
Very good. Though I'm trying to decide between it and Blue Saloon as my favorite 'bluesy' MO song. I'm glad the distorted guitar that starts after the blues theme is finished isn't so ear piercing now lol. That sound always drove me nuts when I listened to it...made me cringe. Just sounds so corny. Very good now, though. And I don't mind the grand piano version of the honky-tonk and nasal-choir version of the original.
Not as powerful as I imagined it to be. Still good. More like a fun jam version. Everyone picking up anything they can and all playing the same power chord thing. Groovy, man.
Jazz is also much more interesting. The kind of percussion used really gives the song a beat and almost gets you dancing in your seat. The original had a more mysterious/scary/uneasy/suspensful/something feel to it while this one is more 'fun'.
Lovely bell sounds......yes..
One person said there was too much reverb...I couldn't really tell because of the low-quality-ness. But it sounded alright to me. I like reverb anyway....(maybe not as much as Booster but I do ) A new fresh sound to a good ol' Oldfield fingerpicking song.
Excellent. Need I say more? I like the drums.
Exactly like the original except way way better. This track is exactly the kind of example of how TB2-ifying it would make me like it. The original tune, but just much higher quality and better playing.
I never liked listening to the original version, but this version was really interesting. Even though it's pretty much the same lol.
Very similar to the original. Almost seamless. With the exception of the sounds being better. Until the acoustic guitar comes in. Very nice way to take away the reptetivitiness of it. It's very good. The transition from Bagpipe Guitars to Caveman is very powerful. You hear this deep BOOM when the piano has come in and played for a bit and then timpanis come in and these cool sounds...building up. And the guitars go nuts and play stuff much cooler and wilder than on the original. But still, the original and this has their own good way of building up. I like the piano on the original better because you can really hear it and the really low chords banging away and then it goes all the way up the keyboard and hits those 2 keys and it goes silent abruptly. On the new version it does the same thing but the piano is a little quieter and it doesn't stop abruptly but echoes out abruptly....if you can understand the difference. Both are good. Not sure which is better....not sure if either can be better than the other.
Caveman made me laugh lol. I doubted it would but there's something about a high-pitched male's voice that brings the chuckles. I never thought I'd laugh at Mike's sense of humour before . The voice effect is much like Galadriel's effect on Fellowship of the Ring when Frodo offers her the ring. Almost the same. The same 'harmony'.
Definitely a big highlight of the album. The ultimate in chill-out goodness. Beats anything on Tr3s Lunas, IMHO. Though maybe not Return To The Origin......or To Be Free (lol j/k). I loved how he's using his compressed clean sound for this part. The original's sound was more in the background and almost like playing a guitar a little more fiercly but in the distance. On the new recording their more up-front but played calmer. Very intreseting. And the organ solo is also a another good way to take away the repetetiveness of the theme.
Excellent. The electric guitar is a nice touch. Reminds me of the old 70's through 80's handplayed songs like this and some with Elec Guitar in them. Ie- In Dulci Jubilo, In The Pool, Blue Peter, Mike Oldfield's single, Mike's Reel, etc.
Overall: Excellent. Just pure Oldfield. It's interesting. You can hear the 'old Oldfield' playing the older themes and almost in the 'old' way but then on top of that you have the 'new Oldfield' playing the old themes in a newer way and combined with synths. It takes the best of both eras so you've got new and old Oldfield mixed together. You've got handplayed old Oldfield instruments playing along with the new Oldfield synths and guitar style and sounds. I'm really intrigued to hear his future projects if he combines the to again like he had said he was interested in doing.
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