The Mavericks new album "Brand New Day" set for release on 03/31/2017

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  1. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    The funny part is that he's a constantly busy engineer. His AllMusic listing is huge - too long to include in a post, but he'd been working since 1984, and I'm sure you're going to find a number of your favorite albums on it. Spoilered for brevity:

    2016 Fire on the Floor Beth Hart Engineer
    2016 Live at Montreux 1991 [Video] Toto Mixing
    2016 Quiero Creedence Mixing
    2016 Rita Wilson Rita Wilson Engineer
    2016 The Definitive Anthology Dan Fogelberg Drum Programming
    2016 What I'm Feelin' Anthony Hamilton Mixing
    2015 4 Nights of 40 Years Live Robert Cray Mixing
    2015 A Fool to Care Boz Scaggs Engineer, Mixing
    2015 Bluenote Café Neil Young Producer, Mixing
    2015 Gates of Gold Los Lobos Mixing
    2015 Heartbreaker of the Year Whitney Rose Mixing
    2015 Into the Sun Robben Ford Engineer, Mixing
    2015 Mono The Mavericks Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Digital Editing
    2015 Today Is Christmas LeAnn Rimes Producer, Engineer, Mixing
    2014 Billy Thermal Billy Thermal Engineer
    2014 Black Beehive Big Head Todd & the Monsters Engineer
    2014 Engelbert Calling Engelbert Humperdinck Vocal Engineer
    2014 Frozen: The Songs Engineer
    2014 In My Soul Robert Cray / Robert Cray Band Engineer, Mixing
    2014 Lonely in a Crowded Room Pegi Young & the Survivors / Pegi Young Producer, Engineer, Mixing
    2014 MKTO MKTO Engineer
    2014 Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crue Engineer
    2014 One Christmas: Chapter One LeAnn Rimes Engineer, Mixing
    2014 Out Among the Stars Johnny Cash Mixing, Percussion
    2014 Storytone Neil Young Producer, Engineer
    2014 The Best of John Doe This Far John Doe Mixing
    2013 Balin/Lucky Marty Balin Assistant
    2013 Frozen [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Christophe Beck Recording
    2013 In Time The Mavericks Producer, Engineer, Mixing
    2013 Loved Me Back to Life Céline Dion Vocal Engineer
    2013 Memphis Boz Scaggs Engineer, Mixing
    2013 Robby Armstrong Robby Armstrong Engineer
    2013 Spitfire LeAnn Rimes Engineer, Mixing, Associate Producer
    2013 iTunes Session Third Day Engineer
    2012 Around the World Raul Malo Mixing
    2012 Casey Abrams Casey Abrams Engineer
    2012 Hero's Dose Infantree Producer, Mixing
    2012 Mr. Bad Example/Mutineer Warren Zevon Mixing
    2012 Year of the Witch Races Mixing
    2012 iTunes Session Mayer Hawthorne Mixing
    2011 A Holiday Carole Carole King Engineer
    2011 Anthology New Model Army Engineer, Producer
    2011 Apocalypso The Motels Assistant
    2011 Icon Melissa Etheridge Producer
    2011 Lady & Gentlemen LeAnn Rimes Engineer
    2011 Little Ride in the Country Colton James Mixing
    2011 The Bridge School Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition Mixing
    2011 This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark Engineer
    2010 Country Strong [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Engineer
    2010 Emotion & Commotion Jeff Beck Engineer
    2010 Journey On Ty Herndon Mixing
    2010 Michael Sarver Michael Sarver Engineer, Mixing
    2010 Original Album Series Warren Zevon Assistant Engineer
    2010 Original Album Series Linda Ronstadt Assistant
    2010 The Commitments: Rarities Edition The Commitments Engineer, Mixing
    2010 The Secret Sisters The Secret Sisters Engineer
    2010 Vintage Vinos Keith Richards Mixing
    2010 Would Work Infantree Producer, Mixing
    2009 A Moment in Time Lorrie Morgan Engineer, Mixing
    2009 All Four One/Little Robbers The Motels Audio Engineer, Assistant Engineer
    2009 Big Dreams & High Hopes Jack Ingram Mixing
    2009 Earthquake at the Avalon Larry Coryell Engineer, Audio Engineer
    2009 Fork in the Road Neil Young Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Recording
    2009 La Piedra del Sol Azteca Engineer
    2009 Reflections [Box Set] Graham Nash Producer
    2009 Revival Radney Foster Engineer, Mixing
    2009 Soulbook Rod Stewart Engineer, Mixing, Horn Engineer
    2009 Steve Conte & the Crazy Truth Steve Conte / Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth Mixing
    2009 The Very Best of Don Henley Don Henley Engineer, Mixing, Audio Engineer
    2008 Awaken/Deeper Life Natalie Grant Engineer
    2008 Boston/Don't Look Back Boston Mixing
    2008 Cadillac Records Engineer, Mixing, Audio Engineer
    2008 Deeper Life/Stronger Natalie Grant Engineer
    2008 Déjà Vu Live Crosby Producer
    2008 Forgiven Los Lonely Boys Engineer
    2008 Greatest Hits [Steel Box Collection] Toto Mixing, Audio Production
    2008 If the World Was You J.D. Souther Engineer, Mixing
    2008 Natalie Grant Collector's Edition Natalie Grant Engineer
    2008 Original Album Classics The Jackson 5 Mixing, Audio Production
    2008 Randy Rogers Band Randy Rogers Band Audio Engineer, Mixing
    2008 Street Talk/For the Love of Strange Medicine Steve Perry Engineer, Mixing
    2008 The Guitar Music of Paganini Scott Morris Producer
    2008 Veracruz The Deep Vibration Producer, Mixing, Audio Production
    2008 Yes We Can: Voices of a Grass Roots Movement Engineer, Audio Engineer
    2007 Chrome Dreams II Neil Young Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Audio Production, Recording
    2007 Don't Look Away Kate Voegele Engineer
    2007 Evolution of the Groove Miles Davis Engineer, Mixing
    2007 Have Mercy The Mooney Suzuki Producer, Audio Production
    2007 Join the Parade Marc Cohn Engineer
    2007 Mondo Trio Jeff Babko Engineer, Mixing
    2007 The Definitive Collection Robert Cray Engineer
    2007 Toto IV/The Seventh One Toto Engineer, Mixing
    2007 Truth Robben Ford Engineer
    2007 Under the Influence Zak Alister Composer
    2007 Watching Waiting Todd Carey Engineer
    2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, Vol. 3 Kiss Engineer
    2006 And Now... The Verbs The Verbs Mixing
    2006 Cars [Original Soundtrack] Mixing, Recording
    2006 Collections Dan Fogelberg Audio Production
    2006 Cool & Collected Miles Davis Engineer
    2006 Living with War Neil Young Producer, Audio Production
    2006 Reconsider Me: The Love Songs Warren Zevon Producer, Engineer, Mixing
    2006 She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: Tribute to Barbara Mandrell Engineer, Mixing
    2006 Small Town Computer Crash The Terms Engineer
    2006 This World We Live In Radney Foster Engineer, Mixing
    2006 Voyage [Box Set] David Crosby Producer, Engineer
    2006 Which Way Is Out? Venice Maki Mixing
    2005 Different Strokes by Different Folks Engineer, Remixing
    2005 Duets/Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition Frank Sinatra Engineer
    2005 Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled Melissa Etheridge Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Audio Production
    2005 Possibilities Herbie Hancock Engineer
    2005 Small Town Computer Crash [DVD & CD] The Terms Mastering
    2005 Small White Town Danielia Cotton Engineer, Audio Engineer
    2004 A Better Life Remedy Motel Producer
    2004 Ashes Michael McDermott Engineer, Mixing, Assistant
    2004 Greatest Hits Neil Young Producer, Engineer, Recording
    2004 Happenstance Rachael Yamagata Engineer
    2004 Lightning in a Bottle Mixing
    2004 Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel Billy Joel Audio Production
    2004 The Very Best of Jackson Browne Jackson Browne Assistant
    2003 Bleed Together The Contes Audio Engineer, Mixing
    2003 Broken Promises Rusty Truck Mixing
    2003 Deeper Life Natalie Grant Engineer
    2003 Great Expectations: The Singles Collection New Model Army Audio Production
    2003 It Still Moves My Morning Jacket Assistant, Studio Assistant, Studio Construction
    2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey Mixing
    2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Best of the Blues Mixing
    2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Soul of a Man Mixing
    2003 Mi Pequeno Animal Christina Producer, Mixing, Recording
    2003 The Best of James Taylor [2003] James Taylor Engineer
    2002 At the Movies Sting Engineer
    2002 Favorite Enemy Eman Engineer
    2002 Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon Warren Zevon Producer, Engineer, Mixing
    2002 I Am Sam Engineer, Mixing
    2002 Real Live Becky Barksdale Engineer, Mixing
    2001 Best of Mr. Mister [Buddha] Mr. Mister Remixing
    2001 Collections Toto Audio Production
    2001 Ecstatic Kevin Salem Mixing
    2001 Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow Jonathan Richman Producer, Audio Production
    2001 Stronger Natalie Grant Engineer
    2001 The Box Set Kiss Engineer
    2001 The Tiki Bar Is Open John Hiatt Engineer, Mixing
    2000 Daddy Don't Live In Heaven Michael Ballew Engineer, Mixing
    2000 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 James Taylor Assistant
    2000 II Kinleys Engineer
    2000 The Greatest Hits Collection, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 Billy Joel Engineer, Recorder
     
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  2. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Well hey, it isn't your fault I don't like the sound!
     
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  3. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Hmm. In Time sound good. Maybe he is starting to like a different sound. Or the band is. Or, his hearing is starting to change. Who knows. And most of us hate modern mastering, but they still compress the heck out of it, so I guess being in demand doesn't always mean giving audiophiles a sound we like.
     
  4. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    If there was ever a response based on pure speculation, this would be it. But, I used to own a recording studio so a bit of experience is involved. Here is what I thought before I heard their new album. And it still could be the case. Regarding MONO, what I heard is that one of the band members was listening to some old music and liked the vibe of the mono sound. I think mic placement and type, plus other elements, were critical to that classic sound. Why else do some music from that era sound so bad, while others are breathlessly beautiful? Kinda like what we hear now with more modern recordings...if the engineer and mixer knows what they are doing, and cares, and the band wants a great sound, that's what they get. I don't know if they had already started the recording process with MONO or not prior to deciding to making it a mono recording, but I am going to speculate that their engineer was not specifically trained to produce a mono recording, like the engineers of the 50's and 60's. And I don't know if he recorded them as a band or individually, but they are good enough to certainly be recorded all at once as a band, and then overdubs can be done. I suspected from the start that this turned from a mid stream traditional recording into a mono project, and that it was likely simply mixed and mastered in mono after being recorded in a traditional fashion. Which I doubt was how the very good mono recordings were done...I'm sure a lot of planning was done with mono recordings. And instruments placed differently. With MONO, you have some obvious elements that should have been brought up much more in the mix, so that is why I'm concluding a mono sound wasn't necessarily planned at the beginning. So, perhaps an inexperienced enginner/mixer with the mono sound (perfectly understandable given the era) is what what my guess would be.

    However, that doesn't explain imo the veiled blanket over the speakers sound we've been getting over the last three albums. I could live with the rest if the audio was at least studio quality, which I really feel it isn't. These sound like quickly done recordings, except the quality of the songs don't suggest that. If I were the band, I would be pretty pissed off. It isn't a subtle sound! The basic mixes are bad, and the overall sound quality is terrible. I would be giving Niko a pass if I suggested he is using subpar monitors...that would explain a whole lot. That's exaclty what it sounds like to me. But he's too experienced to do something like that. After hearing the new album, and feeling Time was a good recording, plus other recordings Niko has done are obviously fine, I have to suggest Raul likely likes this sound. Why I have no idea, but I can't imagine this is an accident. And that live album...that is just plain awful. They should be embarrassed by the bootleg sound quality imo. I wish someone in the band would try and get things back to where they were, but clearly there is a strong personality within their organization that wants this sound. I know we are all pretty geeky about that issue around here, but when you read review after review over on Amazon complaining about that issue, you know it's pretty bad...most people don't care. I don't recall ever reading so many sound quality reviews within general album reviews, especially on Amazon.
     
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  5. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    He's got ATC 50 monitors at his own studio. I've never heard them, but a lot of people I respect love them.
     
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  6. spanky1

    spanky1 Forum Resident

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    Excellent thoughts. Perhaps that's the issue. Unfortunately, your 2nd paragraph sums up where I'm at in regards to these last few albums. I haven't bought the live one, but will likely only do so if I can find it on ebay or a used store for under $4 or $5.
     
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  7. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Well, ya know, just trying to come up with a reason without directly blaming him. Running out though! I think Raul just likes that sound, but lord only knows why. I did have a few bands that would just let me do my thing when I mixed, and were fine with whatever. So, you never know. It's none of my business, but I don't know that I would buy any more albums from them and I kinda think they want fans to do that. I was just reading the reviews on Amazon and no one has mentioned the sound quality being subpar, though there was a ton of that for MONO reviews, so maybe it's just me. Still, Time was the last good sounding album imo.
     
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  8. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    If you don't like the sound on MONO, you will hate the live album too. I played it once and probably will never listen to it again. And it has nothing to do with them, it's just not fun to listen to. MONO isn't either, but the songs are just so good I put up with it. I like to hear albums that also sound good sonically. I can live with "ok" if the songs are good. Awful I can't live with, I have invested too much time and money in my system to put albums on by a band that doesn't really care about how their recordings sound. I know they used to, at least my ears tell me that. And to see the awesome sound equipment they had to work with, I just don't understand.
     
  9. melstapler

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    Aside from the new album by The Mavericks, former member Robert Reynolds is releasing a new solo CD. You can pre-order the CD in addition to autographed items and artwork such as flower pins made of material from Robert’s stage-worn shirts.

    Robert Reynolds: New EP on PledgeMusic
     
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  10. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    Poor Robert. That guy sadly fell off the rails causing the band to have to dismiss him and he was very talented. An old friend of mine was working at his cousins FORD dealership, in a small town here in Ohio, about 15 years ago and for some reason, Robert came all the way up from Nashville to buy a truck from him. I never bothered to get the full story on that one, but that was back when I was working in country radio and he just mentioned that some guitar player named Reynolds from The Mavericks bought a FORD truck from me. I'm sadly not in touch with my old friend anymore or I would get the full story, which has to be a good one? I wish Robert the best, but that "Pledge" page looks like a sad "I'm selling anything and everything to survive" page.
     
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  11. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    As for the new album, I really want to like it, but as much as I hate to say it, I find that this band has said about everything that they can say and now they just seem to be re-writing the same songs over and over again. Don't misunderstand me, as they are good songs, but just how many "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down's", do we really need?

    Raul Malo is one of my favorite voices, but I feel that he has missed his opportunity to have real success with it. This band, no matter how talented they are, has always fell through the cracks with the masses, on both radio and in sales. Only those of us who are keen to them, know just great they are, but it sadly will never be big enough to matter. Raul should try to become another Sinatra, as I feel that he has the voice to do it. Get with a big producer like David Foster or Humberto Gatica and get in a room with strings and some great classics and a few new self penned tunes and see what happens. If he got a promotional push from a label like Verve or Warner Brothers, like a Diana Krall, Michael Buble or Andrea Bocelli album would get, I believe that Raul could finally get his fame, that I feel he deserves?
     
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  12. melstapler

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    Definitely. If they were to go the country route, then it would be nice to see them work again with legendary country songwriter Kostas. He wrote and co-wrote many of the band's biggest hits in the 90s. As the band began to distance themselves from the "Nashville" scene, they didn't work with Kostas on their albums in 2003 or 2011 and beyond. Ironically, Kostas doesn't even live in Nashville and he's written songs for a wide range of genres and artists including Etta James and Candye Kane.

    Raul's solo albums were enjoyable and like you, I often wondered if he could reach that exact level of fame you described. However, he's been outspoken on making music for the sake of art and not for the purpose of maximizing record sales. I'm not certain he would be willing to surrender that much control over projects. Also, ageism is another factor and being over 50 could make it more difficult for him to meet the criteria of what the major record label identifies as demographic appeal.
     
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  13. jeffrey walsh

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    Yes what the world needs now is another Sinatra imitator to get the girl in bed. No thanks!
     
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  14. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

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    Yeah i'd prefer they get their ears checked, and a new engineer before they release another album.
     
  15. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    I've been so negative I didn't want to pile on more regarding the album itself, but I agree. I love having it, love the artwork too. The cover for vinyl really is nice. But the songs sound more like outtakes (except for maybe the opening track) and it all sounds awfully familiar, like they have run out of ideas. I think others should be contributing more to writing. Most bands run out of steam by now, so nothing against them. A good producer would likely get them at least one more great album. But they own their record company, and those producers you mentioned are awfully expensive for a band that likely doesn't sell more than a few hundred thousand albums at best these days. This is so off the rails, but for Air Supplies last major label album Humberto was brought in. Wow, what a difference. Not that it made any with the public, it still stiffed, which is the problem with doing that at the tail end of a career. The public has moved on and a lot of money is wasted on an album that won't sell. But you're totally right! And Raul got his fame, and well over his 15 minutes. He's been around a long time, which is kind of rare. The money is in touring, and I hear they do that well. So, maybe they need to take a break from recording and get some inspiration out in the field for a while, as much as I would hate not seeing new material. But, this new material just doesn't sound that "new" to me. He's out of steam.
     
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  16. Jrr

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    I will seek out his solo albums, for some reason I didn't know he did any. Which is his best? Regarding his age, I think he looks great on stage and I'm not sure that will hurt him. And since they have their own label, he doesn't have to worry about that so much, but I get what you are saying. However, not having to worry about the public when recording is a fine receipe for making albums that are not commercial. If he doesn't care, that's his right of course, but I would say we're hearing the results of that thought lately. But, MONO isn't really that old and I think it was a masterpiece, aside from the sound. I hope he can return to those roots.
     
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  17. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    To members jeffrey walsh and Jrr,

    Get this CD right NOW, if you don't already have it and you will hear, not only the greatness of Raul's singing ability, but just how close to Sinatra (in quality) he can be!

    Raul Malo - Around The World Live - Amazon.com Music
     
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  18. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    To add to my last post, this LIVE CD is "audiophile quality" hands down and I find it hard to believe that it actually is a "live" recording, it sounds so good!

     
  19. jeffrey walsh

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    Like the early Mavericks up till Trampoline, lost me after that. Then I heard this....

     
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  20. Chris DeVoe

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    I thought "that HAS to be Michael Guerra on accordion!" I checked, and that is indeed the case.
     
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  21. Chris DeVoe

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    Here's a full Raul solo show at Knuckleheads Saloon. My friend Pete mixed this stereo board feed. While not perfect it sounds very nice.

     
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  22. Chris DeVoe

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    He has one of the most beautiful voices around.
     
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  23. mpayan

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    Raul is a vocal god. Perfect voice, yet unique. Incredible gift the man has.
     
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  24. jeffrey walsh

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    You are right, just not for this tune.
     
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  25. spanky1

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    Can't remember if I've mentioned it on here or not, but they do a cover of Pink Floyd's US AND THEM that is absolutely terrific. If I had the money and time, I'd go on the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise. I love Delbert and The Mavericks. I'll bet this is a great atmosphere to have several days of this great music.
     
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