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Subject: Re: The Chirping Crickets Remixed

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Date Posted: Sun October 01, 2023 04:11:02
In reply to: Denis Byrne (UK) 's message, "The Chirping Crickets Remixed" on Sun August 06, 2023 10:23:07

Got my copy a couple of weeks back. I've always enjoyed the "Chirping Crickets" Album. I had a copy of it on vinyl, but it didn't have the usual cover for some reason. The track listing was the same on the sleeve, but the cover didn't even have the album name. Was an Australian release, probably from the 1970's. I loaned it to an ex-primary school teacher of mine, and never got it back. Not having a working record player, it didn't bother me too much as I'd managed to put it on cassette to listen to.


Ever since hearing Buddy records in the late 1980's, I've always thought the background vocals by both The Picks, and The Roses sounded way out of place with Buddy's music - no disrespect to either group, I just don't think their style fitted with Rock'n'Roll that well. This album goes a long way into addressing what I think was perhaps an error of judgement on Norman's part, as i believe the backing vocals were his idea? Open to correct there.

It's good to hear both the mono and stereo versions of the album, which includes The Picks backing vocals. The mono, as it was for the 'purists' amongst us, and stereo where the volume levels have been corrected so that the background vocals are in, well, the background where they should be, rather than right in your face like the original mono recordings. It's also good to hear the clarity of the instruments, from Joe B's bass, J.I's drumming and of course, Buddy's guitar playing.

Where this collection really shines, in my opinion, is the album with the removal of the background vocals by The Picks. Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a 'fly on the wall' in the studio? Here's your answer. The songs recorded in the Officer's Club at the Tinker Airforce base are especially worth listening to closely, as Niki Sullivan's rhythm guitar playing is audible, rather than lost in the mix - this is especially apparent in "Maybe Baby".

For anyone out there procrastinating about grabbing a copy without listening to samples of each song first, I can tell you without a doubt that you will not be disappointed in the slightest. I can only hope that the other songs recorded by Buddy and The Crickets are given similar treatment by Rollercoaster - who'd like to hear "Lonesome Tears" in stereo without backing vocals? Me please!

Thanks are certainly in order to John Beecher, engineer Chris Hopkins, and all involved for a job well done - J.I would have been proud.

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Re: The Chirping Crickets RemixedDenis (UK)Wed October 11, 2023 13:44:11

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