By: Arthur Brendler
Category: General discussion

June 2, 2017

Hi Tom.
I read your question, and you are right.
My bad.

Thanks for the reply.

By: Jackal
Category: Miscellaneous

June 2, 2017

To Arthur Brendler: No, I didn’t ask about a Dream Band (I underlined that even). I was just curious as to whether Guy had an opinion on whether one role in the band was more important than others (in my opinion the drummer is as it is so darn obvious when he/she are not the right fit), to which he answered what he did.

Indeed

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 2, 2017

Hi Doc.

Reading your answer for Tom’s question, i believe he asked about a ‘Band of Dreams’ like Jimi on guitar, Jaco on bass, etc…
The funny side of these Dream Bands is the possibility tho make “dream bands” who attend different genres.
In other hand, we have the ‘furious admirers’ who are capable to literally fight with people who not put their ‘famous player’ inside one of these ‘dream bands’.

One point that you talked about musicians who LISTEN the other musicians, i believe, is the unique thing that people dont learn on YoutTube. Fortunately, ‘learn to listen’ comes with age and a lot interation with other musicians.
I play guitar and bass since my 16, and i played with many ‘noisy / desrespectfull’ musicians (i made a lot of noise/desrespect too), and some of them are good players and have some respect/fame in my city/state.
Here, the public loves those guys, but his musicians simply hate to play with them.

Well, back to one of my many ‘dream bands’, here comes two of them.

‘The Funky Listeners’
– BB King (at his prime)
– Marcus Miller
– Buddy Rich
– Dave Brubeck
– Cannonball Adderley

‘The Noisy Rockers’
– Jimmy Page
– The Edge
– Gene Simmons
– Doug Clifford (CCR)

Dear Guy, sorry my poor english and my choice of rock musicians. 🙂

bb!

that's ok, it's all subjective

By: Cheney Coker
Category: General discussion

June 2, 2017

I’m not suggesting that an album can’t be good if it takes a long time to make. Pretty sure Steely Dan’s Aja took forever and it is amazing and Goucho took two years (due to lots of non-musical issues) and turned out well. I’m just suggesting that there is no direct correlation between time spent on an album and the quality of that album. Great albums happen. Sometimes they happen quickly, sometimes they happen slowly. Speaking of slowly….. how’s things in the studio?

Snail's pace, but it's a quality snail.

By: Jackal
Category: Competition

June 2, 2017

Doc, if you were putting together a backing band (drummer, bassist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist and keys player), which musician do you consider the most important? Or, in other words, on which musician would you drop the most coin to get the best possible talent? Who would be the least important? (Strictly talking function here, not imagined band of dream musicians.) Cheers, Tom

Impossible to answer as each project and indeed song requires different elements of the various talents available. The answer is to have a band of capable players who LISTEN.

By: danielsili
Category: Gear

June 1, 2017

Hi Guy,

I’m an audio engineer and a big fan of your work with Mark. I love the way Sailing to Philadelphia sounds, at that time you uys worked with Chuck Ainlay, and of course the two last albums, Privateering and Tracker, as well as Altamira that sounds Gorgeous, clear and huge, Lots of transients..

Can you talk about compressors, how is your aproach with them on tracking and mixing, if you use them a lot for colour, if thats a big part of the sound since you dont use equalizers too much these days, wich ones your prefer, and what do you use on your mixbuss please?

I am a big fan of that type of Natural recording sound and you guys have it like no one.
Thank you very much,
Daniel Sili

Hi, yes indeed. we use VERY little EQ and infact very little compression also. Mark's vocal is usually squashed slightly on the way in and in this case it's using the unique qualities of the Decca Limiter. As for mix bus compression - hardly any but we do love the SSL Adam Smart unit.

By: Cheney Coker
Category: General discussion

June 1, 2017

Unfortunately it has been my experience that quite a few albums that were obviously labored over ended up not so ‘classic’. The production values on an album can’t make up for a lack of musical interest. On the other hand, some very good stuff can result from a minimum of tweaking. The Beatles – Please Please Me, most of which was recorded in one very long day. Of course it helps to have been The Beatles. Led Zeppelin’s debut album had a total studio time of 36 hours. Page paid for it himself so he knows. That included setting up, playing and mixing. Again, it helps to have been Led Zeppelin. Both of these examples may be unfair because The Beatles had George Martin making sure they got good stuff and Page was no slouch behind the boards. It still boils down to the band and the music. A great producer can only do so much. A great band can throw up a mic in a barn and sound pretty good.

Steely Dan's Can't Buy A Thrill was clearly laboured over and is in my book, a classic.

By: belljon1
Category: General discussion

May 31, 2017

I was wondering, has there ever been an album that has been laboured over that has turned out to be a classic?

Surely all classic albums were laboured over.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

May 30, 2017

Hi Doc. Went to London last week to attend Clapton concert at the RAH. Great show considering his last health issues. Also paid a visit to the Mawson Arms pub, great place, superb beers, ESB and Sticky Wicket were as splendid as I thought. Worth the visit.

Nice. Yes, Sticky Wicket is a winner.

By: The String Taylor
Category: Gear

May 30, 2017

Dear Guy, a question for Mr. Saggers. With all the vintage guitars he have to take care and knowing MK’s vibrato technique, has any of them required a refret?

Yes of course but it's usually due to the guitar's age and not Mark's vib technique.

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Gear

May 29, 2017

Hi Doc!

I was listening to the GuitarWank podcast with the great John Suhr.
At some point he talks about his relationship with Rudy and the the Pensa-Suhr guitars and of course, the real story about the MK1 guitar.
He talks about Neil Dorfsmann (during the BIA recording) and MFN as well.
For the guitar afficionados like me, he talks about Tom Anderson and the 80’s Schecters.
And for the MK-gear afficionados, he talks a little about Mark.

Worth the listen.

Sorry my poor english.

» http://www.guitarwank.com/podcast/2017/5/15/guitar...

I just love the name - GuitarWank. Says it all.

By: Miquel
Category: General discussion

May 29, 2017

Hi again, Doc.

Last week I asked you to share some beers at the Mawson due to my business trip to London, do you remember? I was completely sure that you answered something like you did. (But I had to try!!) XD

It was my first time in London and I enjoyed a lot visiting what I could during a lonely afterrnon. So, I will try to come back to London in close future. (what an Amazing city)

Thanks for your suggestion about the brewery. I took note for a next time.

Regards

You're most welcome and yes, London is a great city, arguably the greatest. (slight bias)

By: bombur
Category: Competition

May 27, 2017

Hi Doc. Sounds like you are having fun in the studio at the moment. Quick question. As you have moved (I presume) from one project to another and in a short space of time, tell me do, or have, some of the ideas from the first project naturally flow into the new one? Bits of songs, amps, instruments, guest singers. Or is it all a totally fresh project, new ideas, clean page? Don’t suppose you can mention if Ruth is popping in for a cup of tea on this new record could you. Her voice is that of an angel and adds some more of that ‘Factor X’ that Tracker has! Go well.

No, projects don't crossover unless it's by design

By: sv
Category: General discussion

May 26, 2017

Hello Guy, I had fun relistening to your recommendations. Nice JJ Cale touch to Broken Bones and Junkie Doll (Same Old Blues)! Listening to Privateering, I was reminded again of Jethro Tull. I’ve always wanted to know whether you all had ever considered working with the old JT. (I was sorry when Martin Barre left, it’s not the same anymore, I read somewhere that MK had been in touch with Martin Barre in the very early years). Speedway has always been magnificent, sets my heart pounding from the opening bars. Love this version with Emmylou Harris:  Nice shirt on you in the video, btw!

How does the band describe that section during the solo of Speedway, which I always refer to as the “brackets,” when Mark points to keyboard (Matt in this video) for his section and then fiddle (Stuart in this video), and it’s signaled by that higher pitched skidding-like sound (couldn’t think of any other way to describe that sound) to start and end. I literally wait for that sound (wait for it, wait for it, there it is, and then again!) Keep the recommendations coming, please. I really enjoyed listening to these songs yesterday! Thanks.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYuBYlO49Gg

Glad you liked it.

By: Jagry
Category: Guy Fletcher

May 24, 2017

Happy birthday Guy,

Hope you had a nice and sunny (thirsty) one! 😉

Best, Dom

Thanks

By: sv
Category: General discussion

May 24, 2017

Dear Guy: happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day at work and at home with your family. Here’s a request: would you recommend a song from a MK solo album in which you feel you played a big role as music director or where there was an a-ha moment in the band because you helped to work through a “stuck-ness.” I’ve been recently listening to some of the lesser known songs from the last 20 years and really finding new gems. Would love to find some with your influence as well. Thanks! Have a great day.

Speedway at Nazareth, Junkie Doll, Yon Two Crows, Broken Bones, River Towns...and others

By: david murdock
Category: Competition

May 24, 2017

hi guy happy birthday mine is on sunday hope all great work is comin on way you want it; someone on forum said they would love to see brothers in arms redone again brill idea only unplugged and then all of us could have that box set of live in 85 live cd/ bluy ray album unplugged and loads more .you have 8 years so after this why not do it .thanks guy ;please please

Thanks. why not, cos we have other much more interesting things to be doing.

By: Isyrider
Category: Guy Fletcher

May 24, 2017

Wishing you a very HappyBirthday! Hope you’ll have a great day! Birthday-Question: what’s your favourite cake? Big hugs!

Thanks. Rainbow cake

By: Ann
Category: Guy Fletcher

May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday! 🙂 Have a wonderful day with your family! I wish you all the best, Ann 🙂

Thanks

By: MartinChittock
Category: Guy Fletcher

May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday GF! Hope you have a good one

Many thanks