Cool rock song, the original. Singing pretty mediocre here, guitar solo doesn’t fit either. Skynyrd had great guitar parts, really good players. Being a technically better player doesn’t translate into appropriate here
"I love what you guys are trying to do up there" ...from an audience member at one of my gigs. Gear: Fender Medium pick
He did do it 3 piece He throws in 1 or 2 of the piano riffs. Also, I'm sure he couldve pulled off Allen Collin's guitar solo if he wanted to. He just gave it a personal touch. The riff at 2:46 sounds like the Allen Collins riff (2:12) but backwards.
I bought that album when it first came out and was all I listened to for months afterwards.
If Jeff Martin was their singing, they'd probably do this one too
He's a really nice guy. In the early days on the "internets", he used to respond to every email. I sent him a # of questions and he answered them all. He probably would now if he had the time. Back then, he maintained his own website too.
Loc: Litchfield, NH, USA
Well…Lynyrd Skynyrd had a particular formula, and the keyboards were an integral part of that sound. Without them, there was NO ‘Skynyrd’.
Paul is an excellent guitarist, but WAY out of his league performing a cover of these guys. Especially THIS one. It was nothing more than cringeworthy, at best.
These damn Guitar Center recording sessions with Paul being featured are just ridiculous. They are incredibly overpriced for two days (plus hotel and food prices).
I told my Professional Sales Engineer (at Sweetwater) that I wasn’t planning on traveling down to Fort Wayne, even if they WERE willing to pick up the tab for the airfare and hotel this time in late April. (A Paul Gilbert recording session - 2 days)
However, he told me their recording engineers gleaned extensive knowledge from the last visit for setup, placement, and tech shortcuts (non-conventional) that didn’t come from a book; which has been saving a lot of time before and during sessions.
Yeah, Shawn, lead recording engineer asked me, “Dude, why are you even here? These are all a bunch of newbies starting out.”
I told him I just wanted to see how it’s all going down between the mics or D/I, everything in between, and then to digital these days in a fairly large sized studio.
Plus, I got to help out with setting up the headphone mixes, setting up the basic tracking sessions on the recording software, keeping logs of multiple takes, and many more things on the second day.
Oh, recorded in Studio A, the band was mostly metal and called 'Elegant Weapons', and was a conglomeration of the following artists:
Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest) Ronnie Romero (Rainbow) Dave Rimmer (Uriah Heep) Christopher Williams (accept)
This is the reason my Professional Sales Engineer gives me extended discounts when I order items that are costly. I needed a sub to round out my audio mastering system, and I chose the Dynaudio 18S Dual 9.5 inch 500W Powered Studio Subwoofer. Having a list price of $2,150, and a street of $1,800, I got it for 22% below street price. Three percent above cost, and my Professional Sales Engineer made absolutely NO commission on the sale.
So, I guess I was shown their appreciation in the form of a deep discount in equipment, and that one wasn’t the only item. They been good to me, in turn, since that last visit. Perhaps I WILL take them up on the new session for the end of April.
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I'm pretty sure that this was just for a guitar clinic. He used to play to tracks at clinics but started bringing a bass player and drummer. I think that the purpose was to get people to jam more and worry less about fast guitar licks.
Paul was my hero growing up. When I read that he was from Pennsylvania too, I checked out Mr. Big and Racer X records. His playing on the early Mr. Big stuff is extremely musical, especially on their big record. To me, that record (Lean Into It) had perfect pop/rock guitar solos. I don't like everything that he's done. I don't like instrumental guitar music very much at all, and the last Mr. Big records that they made after reuniting sound like they didn't spend much time writing them. He's managed to work as a solo artist since quitting Mr. Big and hasn't joined a "supergroup" like so many other people have done. I'm sure there is a reason for that.
Well, I'm a sucker for pop music. What can I say. One of the cool things about Mr. Big is you had three virtuoso musicians (4 if you count the singer), but the band was about having good pop songs. They'd put at least one crazy tune on each record, but they could keep it simple too. This is probably my favorite MR. Big song, which was written by Paul Gilbert. This is from their 2009 reunion concert in Japan. Their amazing drummer developed health issues not long after this.
To be honest, I never liked the Bowie version. Not a Bowie fan, really. I could take or leave the Racer X version. The studio solo is better though. I think they chose odd covers to avoid paying royalties. They did Heart of a lion by Judas Priest. That was a song cut from Screaming for vengeance, and added as a bonus on a re-release.