Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ultra motion, May 4, 2011.
I can't think of a better example than this:
Absolutely 100% authentic Motown sound.
I think it's hit and miss, but he absolutely nailed the sound on "Uptight" 100%! It sounds like the original backing track! The sonics on that song are 100% snakepit! Other than that, the drums are way too low in the mixes.
ONLY one I've ever heard,that even came close,was the Dukes Of Stratosphere...
XTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear. Captured the 60's psychedelic sound in the late 80s.
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black is an obvious choice.
The Last Shadow Puppets (Miles Kane with Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner) is another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8YRx47oylM
edit: Oh wait, RETRO albums... Nevermind then. (Still good music though ).
Denis, you were thinking the same way I was, you magnificent b*****d!
You must really mean:
When I first heard 'A Girl Like You' by Edwyn Collins, I was convinced it was from the 60s. I think the penny only dropped when I realised they were playing it far too often for it to be an old song.
See also: 1996-era Lilys.
Melody - Sharleen Spiteri
Songwriting and the instrument sounds really nailed that earlier period for me - I've not seen/heard anyone else talk about this one!
Great album, and great sound.
But Sharon Jones really dislikes being called 'retro',...... . "There’s nothing retro about Sharon Jones" she says.
And who can blame her. She's the real deal. Being called 'Retro' can pigeon hole you into some young hipster kitsch amusement thingy. (Like all those young faux Sinatra Fans.) It's just good solid soul music with really good production.
I agree with her point that she's not 100% "retro" since she grew up in the 50s/60s - she has an honest claim to the music that she heard as a kid.
However, it's pretty clear she's trying really hard to replicate the sound of a certain era, and whether she likes it or not, that's pretty "retro". You can make "good solid soul music" that still acknowledges it's not 1971.
I mean, look at that album cover - how can she use a cover like that and claim NOT to be retro?
- Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement
- Lucky Soul, The Great Unwanted
Well, now do you mean musically or sonically? some people separate the two, to some, they are one and the same.
hahahahahahaha .. never heard of the dukes of stratosphear before. Their stuff will be pretty cool to listen to when I'm in the mood to hang out in the third week of January 1968 for extended periods of time.
They also nail the drums-in-the-glovebox-of-the-car-out-in-the-driveway sound on a few of their songs. That's really hard to do now.
They Might Be Giants' "I Can Hear You". Recorded straight to wax cylinder!
If you record all analog with tube gear, good microphones & recording technique, that's the sound you get. Nothing retro about it..... People got that sound for years. It's really the 'modern' recording sound of today that's out of the norm.
The album cover I agree looks 'period'.
This thread has gone along too long without James Hunter being mentioned.
Andrew Gold's Fraternal Order of the All has is moments. It's probably a bit too copycat and not in the league of Dukes of Stratosphear but still fun.
Revolver - Northern Songs is a great album of the songs the Beatles gave a way but don't just like the Beatles. Tough one to find.
My personal favorite is Liverpool Echo. Nailed the Beatles but with great original songs:
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Crazy, Gnarls Barkley. When I first heard it, I was certain it was an old Spinners or Ohio Players song circa 1976.
Check him out here:
Try Broken Mouth Blues or Down Home Girl for starters!
Gonna have to agree to disagree - what I've heard from SJ has sounded self-consciously "period"/retro.
If that's the sound she wants, that's fine, but I think it's odd to whine about being called "retro" when you pursue it like that...
The "That Thing You Do" Soundtrack album.
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