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Artist Name:
SPOTLIGHT 12: My Surprise
Date Posted:
May 2008
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Roland VS-1680 w/internal effects crds, Avalon VT-737 mic preamp, Neumann TLM103 and Shure Beta 57A mics, Lexicon MPX1 effects (for guitar), TC Electronic Finalizer Plus, Mackie HR824 monitors, Mackie 1202-VLZ mixer, TASCAM CD-RW750 CD burner, Sony A6 DAT recorder. Instrumentation: Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 and Fender Eric Johnson Strat guitars, MESA/Boogie Triaxis and 20/20 power amp with 4 x 12 rectifier cab, Warwick Corvette FNA bass, Roland V-Drums, Yamaha Motif ES6 keyboard.

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Production Notes & Credits:

“My Surprise” is a male vocal rock song done by Kevin Dalton and Mark Sloan, who play, write, and record music under the band name Wisdom. Kevin sang the lead vocal and played lead and rhythm guitar, drums and keyboards. Mark played rhythm guitar and bass. He also sang background and harmony vocals and co-wrote the tune with Kevin.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 0
Recording: This month’s SPOTLIGHT track manages to succeed in an area that has been historically problematic with Readers’ Tapes submissions. Can anyone venture a guess?

Well, if you guessed “dynamics,” you would be correct.

Over the years we have received hundreds of songs that start with long, suspense-filled introductions that give way eventually to, well, not so much. Thankfully, that is not the case here. Yes we have the (slightly Pink Floyd reminiscent) piano/synth intro, but it actually gives way to a tight groove that establishes a foundation.

This is essential because at 2:05 seconds, the track explodes with an expansive, powerful chorus that takes it to a higher level. Now the formula is set, and it’s all shadows and light from here on out, kiddies, and that is a good thing indeed.

Summary: Well done, gentlemen!

More from: Wisdom (Mark Sloan and Kevin Dalton), Somerset, KY.

About: Marty Peters

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