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Harmono Offline




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Posted: Mar. 14 2014, 13:24

I think some demo tracks are better than the ones on the album, especially Moonshine which is quite different. The idea to have an Irish singer on Moonshine was good, but that idea I guess was thrown away when Mike decided Spiller would sing all songs. I really like Spiller on Man on the Rocks, Castaway, Minutes, Dreaming in the Wind, Nuclear, Chariots, and Following the Angels, but the other songs I think need another voice. Mike could have sang Moonshine himself.
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Posted: Mar. 14 2014, 15:06

Quote (Harmono @ Mar. 14 2014, 13:24)
I think some demo tracks are better than the ones on the album, especially Moonshine which is quite different. The idea to have an Irish singer on Moonshine was good, but that idea I guess was thrown away when Mike decided Spiller would sing all songs. I really like Spiller on Man on the Rocks, Castaway, Minutes, Dreaming in the Wind, Nuclear, Chariots, and Following the Angels, but the other songs I think need another voice. Mike could have sang Moonshine himself.

Spiller is a talented singer, but I think that a range of different singers (as in past song-based mike's albums) would have been a better choice for the variety of the album
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Posted: Mar. 14 2014, 16:18

Agree that the demos are really good. I've had a few thoughts about them.

I think while Mikes vocal is good on quite a few of them the vocals *do* to me sound like demos rather than the sort of vocal sound from a recording studio to use in a final mix. Fair enough since they were only supposed to be demos in the first place :) Some of the tracks (e.g. I give myself away) I thought Mike should have provided the vocal track for the final album, wonder how good it could have been with a proper recording studio vocal!

The exception to that (not final mix quality) is the guitar solos. They are superb in the demos. In fact I wonder if many of them are the same recordings used in the final mix? Haven't checked carefully enough but it sounds like it to me. They're great!

I've said elsewhere that it is interesting that the general production of the demos so closely matches the production sound of the final album. Steve Lipson must have been using them as sort of template for what he was trying to reproduce for the album mix I reckon. Which makes sense since that was Mikes vision for them album :)


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Posted: July 31 2014, 11:26

I like the lyrics to the "Moonshine" demo version better than the regular album version and I can't understand why such lines as "journey's at an end, nothing left to defend" were taken out.  

The instrumentation and beat to the Spiller version has more of an impact on me though.
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Posted: Jan. 31 2017, 04:03

i did something stupid and bought the deluxe version asuming it had the demo's without checking it xD

Why are the the instrumentals on the deluxe version and not the demo's? and why is the super deluxe version 80 euros and can you not just buy the mp3's you want? :S
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