By: Ann
Category: Miscellaneous

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! 🙂 I wish you all wonderful cozy days with your families/friends! All the best, Ann 🙂

Thanks and to you too

By: Val
Category: General discussion

December 24, 2016

Hi Guy! Best Wishes for a great Christmas with you and yours and a happy and peaceful 2017. I’m hoping to hear lots of amazing music and maybe other goodies from BG sometime soon. Cheers, Val.

Thanks Val, to you too and to all.

By: Mara Nikitina
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 24, 2016

Merry! Happy! Lucky!

Joy, prosperous, kind

By: Julio
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 23, 2016

Dear Guy and friends of the forum, wish you merry merry christmas and a very interesting and exciting new year! Come on Guy, give us a little christmas present, I'm sure there is something you can do safely! 😉

By: Gary Whits
Category: General discussion

December 22, 2016

Festive greetings Dr. A technical question regarding live shows. Marks guitar signal goes through effects then into an amp with many valves and then mic’d up and the sent onto a desk and then sent through hoooge amplifiers and into a line array PA. What happens to say? drums, acoustic guitars, Johns violin, Mikes flute and your keyboards? Do they each have their own amp and then mic’d and sent to the desk or are they just sent to the desk? Same for vocals really, do they go straight to the desk ? Many thanks. Merry Christmas & happy New Year….old bean

we use microphones and mic amps for these instruments (condenser and dynamic)

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

December 22, 2016

Are recordings or work on them already finished or next year will see more work at BG for this projects?

By: Erwin
Category: Tour

December 22, 2016

Hello Guy, reading Richards diary i assume there will be not a lot off touring going on in 2017??

No but lots of recording

By: Iris Cardozo
Category: General discussion

December 21, 2016

Good evening Guy, i hope you’re well (and hope the same for all the members of this forum). In this period, i just want to give you my best wishes, all the best to you and your family, friends and your bandmates in this christmas 🙂 and also, during this period, I want to deeply thank you once again for all your work on your website and the change on this, wich is wonderful and it surprice to me very much day by day..
I’d like to tell you that i have visual disability (i can see but not very well since i was a little child), but i always read your diaries and the stories that you share with us, i am very gratefull with you for this and for sharing you music with us, that is a great soundtrack for all the moments of joy, pain and emotions in our life and in our hearts…… God bless you Guy!!

ALWAYS!! share your creativity, keep Going!!! 🙂

Iris.

Thanks Iris, I will.. and I very much appreciate your time on my site. All the best to you for 2017

By: Noclaimtofame
Category: Competition

December 21, 2016

Good afternoon Guy. When Mark and yourself were recording Bob Dylans, performance for the new album and he broke out the harmonica, did you have to ask him to put that thing away or did you let it happen in the s hope of a little piece of spontaneous magic happening? Just a random question, kind of thing!
Merry Christmas……please tell me it’s not a Christmas album.

Predictably, Bob never showed up

By: stearman
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 19, 2016

Guy,

Well done on High Roads. One of those albums where it’s hard to pin a “best song” label on any one track…they are all very well done and a joy to listen to. The 3/4 time songs ending each side are both gems and sound so lush and creamy on vinyl. So glad you opted for it ! A beautifully produced and engineered album…you should be very proud !

All the Best ,
Greg

Thanks Greg, I am.

By: Jagry
Category: Miscellaneous

December 19, 2016

Hey Doc,
As for the forum (new and old), one can adapt to every new format after all, but it’s great to have the old forum back! 🙂
You did a great job with HR, the more you listen, the better it gets, … Margaret, Smuggler’s, Greenhouse & April springs directly to my mind! Was personally directly touched by the great musical arrangement on Greenhouse.
Btw: since my daughter is learning to play the cello from this year on, …. it’s a bless to hear live music in our home. I feel she has already a richer life, musical wise…. And it struck me that my wife (who learned to play the piano in her child time) has no problems to find her way playing the cello as well.
So now that we have the ” the warmest week” (fund raising for charity) here in Belgium, I want to wish to you Doc and everyone here on the forum “THE warmest week of the year”!
Best, Dom

Thanks Dom

By: Tommy
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 16, 2016

Awesome track with Bruce Molsky! Really beautiful harmony.

Many thanks

By: TJ
Category: General discussion

December 16, 2016

So why is so much compression and leveling done on CDs? I’m sure I’m missing something important, but it seems like the clarity of the CD should allow for more range, so why compress it all out?

Yes, it beats me too. The fact is, it's a legacy from trying to get more apparent level (or loudness) from a recording. 'Louder is better' or so they say. Radio stations limit broadcasts even further.. In my mind, if the arrangement and production is good, there's really no need for it..at all.

By: Gary Whits
Category: General discussion

December 16, 2016

Hi Guy. Where can one of those 300 ’58 Les Pauls be purchased. It’s not for me as it’s way out of my price range but I know a serious guitar player who would like to get his hands on one. He saw Marks brief video endorsing the beast and he has similar styles of playing. He’s not famous (nor wants to be) but would like to get his hands on one. It doesn’t have to be signed, just a reproduction. Any help would be cool

I don't know Gary, try their website. I would imagine they have been distributed via Gibson resellers

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

December 15, 2016

My last post of today, really 😉 This is about vinyls as well, and it’s a question to Guy. I read in many interviews that the fact that vinyls had two sides, and that the beguining of the record had more space for some music frequencies and the end of the record less, that were factors to consider when deciding the order of the track list, which songs should be at the beguining and the end of each side, which one inwhich side etc etc. That surely changed the way to sort them when cd arrived but, not that vinyl is back, it´s being considered again which song should open each side, which one should close it, or it’s just decided thinking in the cd, and good luck to the vinyl tracks order?

Yes, tracks at the beginning of each side of the vinyl are able to deal with more 'headroom'...so louder tracks are placed there.. This is because the disk is literally moving past the needle at a faster rate than the grooves nearer the inside. The result to the ear is that high end is better replicated at what is in effect a slightly higher resolution.

By: Julio
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 15, 2016

I could answer Natalie question about the difference of release a cd or a vinyl, but I rather let Guy to answer as he´s a pro, and he would do better than I would. But I want to add something about this, is great that vinyls are back, in this days where the music sales had drop dramatically, vinyls sales are increasing and that has to do with what I always say like “those people who used to buy vinyls in the 70’s and 80’s, that continued buying cd’s, and that despite the digital downloads, still feel the music like something you can hold on your hand”. To me vinyls are wonderful, they have a nostalgic feel, when I was a kid I used to go to the stores and search between them, those big covers, the smell of the vinyls, the fact that you had to sit and enjoy the more or less 25 minutes while reading the lyrics of the songs or just looking at the art, because you had to wake to turn the record and play the other side. That ritual… I´m grateful that now that I can buy them (I couldn´t when I was a kid) the vinyls are back, and that MK is releasing his catalogue (even some of their are out of print or never released in vinyl) and I´m grateful that Guy has released its last on vinyl too. I´m sure that like me, there are more romantic music fans that would love to have your previous records on vinyl, and with a preorder (maybe a crowfunding) is easy to stablish if it´s economically viable before to do it.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

December 15, 2016

Hello Doc. It´s quite clear that by the nature of the project Mk and you are working right now, you cannot inform us as usual or publish your very interesting and ilustratives diaries, bit I was wonder if you are doing a diary for yourself than can be published on your site when the project is finally announced and it´s safe to do it.

Oh, there will be plenty, when time allows

By: Nathalie
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 15, 2016

Hi Guy, your response to Julio about how you enjoyed making the vinyls got me thinking. Can you briefly explain what the difference is with producing a record on CD? What do you have to do that you don’t do with CD (the enjoyable bit) ? I know vinyl sounds much better than CD (even I can hear the difference and I have 2 left ears) but why is that? Is it compression levels, mastering, different brand of tea drunk while mixing?

Apart from my discovery of 'Dorset Tea'..the main difference is that the types of compression and mastering used on CD's is not the way ahead with vinyl. As a consequence, the 'High Roads' vinyl master is completely UNMASTERED, that is to say that the normal limiting and levelling algorithms have not been applied (the physical limitations of the lathe would not be able to deal with such levels)...also, the master remains as analog as budget would allow. The cutting engineer at the vinyl plant deals personally with levels-to-disk. The result, hopefully, is a warm and open sounding record.

By: RobZ
Category: General discussion

December 15, 2016

Doc, Congratulations on the inclusion of your work on Princess Bride being added to the National Film Registry!
Great even after 30 years on. One of our household favorites.
Merry Christmas.

» http://www.ew.com/article/2016/12/14/princess-brid...

Oh, that's nice

By: JMW-R2R1013
Category: Miscellaneous

December 15, 2016

Hello Guy

Like many I welcome the return of the old format. I tried stumbling through the new one with minimal success. I tried posing a question for you and/or the readers there but maybe I’ll have more luck with a response here. I am wondering if anyone knows a source for sheet music or (preferably) a tab for Father and Son. It is such a beautiful and haunting song that I thougholy enjoyed from the last few tours. I am a very amateur nylon string player and would love to be able to work on that without guessing. I can’t find it on any of my usual online sources. Any help would be very appreciated.

Looking forward with everyone else to the next chapter.

Sorry I can't assist with the sheet music but maybe the forum can....