Reviews for "Mr. Williams Blues"

Mr. Williams Blues
by MC Jack in the Box
Recommends (43)
Sat, Aug 28, 2010 @ 10:25 PM

Uses samples from:

permalink   Sat, Aug 28, 2010 @ 10:49 PM
I cannot find the words to express myself more eloquently, but I like this one a lot. A great collaborative effort.
permalink   Sat, Aug 28, 2010 @ 11:39 PM
thanks for including me in this! you rock MCJ.

doesn’t frank’s voice just make you want to cry? :)
permalink   Snowflake Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 8:52 AM
listening again - you’re the best Steve :) i am very impressed with your chorus of live handclaps!
Admiral Bob
permalink   Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 1:07 AM
I just don’t have anything to say. I am literally speechless. What an honour to be in such company!
permalink   MC Jack in the Box Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 1:21 AM
funny how your backing mixes inspire me to tackle the group singalongs.

also, thanks Per. hopefully Emily won’t hate her vocals this time. :P
permalink   Snowflake Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 8:53 AM
i am particular, sorry bout that, but i think they sound pretty decent now :)
permalink   MC Jack in the Box Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 10:31 AM
No worries! I think you always sound good, but I’m glad we worked out the glitches.
permalink   Admiral Bob Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 9:34 AM
I’ve taken another couple of listens this morning. I’m still just as impressed with everyone’s efforts. The song even collected a new verse, which is particularly cool! Who wrote that?

BTW, the attribution is not correct, just FYI. The samples you’ve used are from “The Remixin’ Blues” and not “Dear Mr. Williams.” Just a heads up. :)
permalink   MC Jack in the Box Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 10:30 AM
Thanks AB! Just fixed the attribute. Emily riffed nicely over the “organ break” section, and Frank gets the credit for the last verse lyrics and obviously nails it. Thanks to all my friends who helped out!
permalink   Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 5:49 AM
completely unadulterated real life music for real life people. i hear lots of subtle JIB touches that keep the mix moving. this one’s dripping with talent, art & craft. 900 ’s UP.
permalink   Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 7:03 AM
love it!
essence of collaboration…
perfect in every way and a great addition to the “freedom to share” project.
permalink   Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 1:54 PM
This is incredible! Love this collaboration - sounds like you would have been in a studio together. Although I guess you aren’t, right? Can all this be done by email? Would be very grateful for a “how I did it”.
permalink   MC Jack in the Box Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 2:54 PM
Yeah, it was all done by email and no, we weren’t in the studio together.

In a nutshell, here’s how I did it. I took Admiral Bob’s original source files (his vocals and the acoustic guitar track) and created a basic arrangement for it. Since his original source consisted of basically 3 verse tracks (each with a chorus built in), I decided to structure it around a similar format, but have different people repeat the first verse (which let me split up Admiral Bob’s 3 verses over 5 minutes).

I then added:

an electric bass guitar
an electric tremelo guitar
an electric piano track to the “instrumental bridge” section
a synth track to the “instrumental bridge” section
A stereo mix of about 10 tracks of me “ooohing” and “aaaahing” harmony vocals
A stereo mix of about 10 tracks of me doing handclaps for the arrangement to give it a “live” feel

With this, I created a “click mix” that I sent people a link to. They downloaded it and recorded their parts and sent them back to me. Most of what I got back I cut up further and placed to best effect. For instance, I really cut up and moved Frank’s stuff around, while Emily’s track is pretty much intact. I also tried to use the panning space with so many vocal tracks. I hard panned stereo tracks of my vocals, Susan’s vocals, Emily’s backup vocals, and Frank’s backup vocals to different degrees to minimize the center of field overlap.

All of the live tracks were recorded in ProTools, and the final mix with vocals was done in Logic.

Thanks everyone!
permalink   rocavaco Mon, Aug 30, 2010 @ 12:15 AM
Thank you!
permalink   Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 2:50 PM
Ah yes The Freedom to share, and collaborate.
An all star cast with our very own all star producer. Great work all.
permalink   MC Jack in the Box Sun, Aug 29, 2010 @ 2:55 PM
thanks J!
permalink   Mon, Aug 30, 2010 @ 12:09 PM
DAMN! That’s hot! Well done, MCJ! I’m glad you got the stamp of approval from The Admiral & how could I not appreciate such kind and generous compliments from Snowflake! Thanks for reaching out to me, Steve - it was fun & I’m really glad and proud I could be a part of this!
permalink   MC Jack in the Box Mon, Aug 30, 2010 @ 1:54 PM
Thank YOU mon frere! You far exceeded my already high expectations. I really appreciate the time and effort you put in here Frank. Your stamp is all over this, as it should be.
permalink   Tue, Aug 31, 2010 @ 12:59 AM
Very hot track. Great to hear you capture the “down home blues” feel.
permalink   Thu, Sep 2, 2010 @ 10:38 PM
This is great! Sorry it’s taken me so long to let you know how terrific I think this track is! As you know, I’ve been craaaaaazy busy with some real life demands, but am so pleased that I was able to be a part of this swell track — and I continue to be so pleased that I am able to be part of this awesome creative community. Bravo Steve! Bravo!
permalink   Fri, Sep 3, 2010 @ 12:19 AM
What a honor for me to be in the mix on this one…Thanks MCJ

I enjoyed how this colab worked out, on many levels sharing throughout the process, exchanging files, recording parts, mixing, remixing…its what happens when artists work with less restrictions.

ccMixter Rules! Please come on down!
permalink   Wed, Sep 8, 2010 @ 5:59 PM
Fantastic work.

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and am catching up on listening, and this is just such a treat.

Excellent, excellent job.