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Artist Name:
Charles Bennington
  Title:
Another Day to Say Good-Bye
 
Date Posted:
October 2008
 
Genre:
Country
Equipment Used:

PC running Cakewalk SONAR 1.3.1, TC-Helicon VoiceWorks Plus (backing vocals), iZotope Ozone 3, Band-in-a-Box 2005 (acoustic guitars), Roxio Easy CD Creator, M-Audio Delta 1010 audio card and Midisport 2x2 MIDI interface; Behringer Eurodesk MX3282A mixer, Shure KSM44 mic (vocals), M-Audio Studiophile SP-5B monitors with SO8 sub, AKG K44 and Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones, Rolls RA 53-B headphone amp; Fender Standard P-Bass with Behringer UltraDI, Korg PA800 keyboard (drums, piano, strings).

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Production Notes & Credits:

“Another Day to Say Good-Bye” is a female vocal country song. The tune was written by Kimberly Jo Slawter. Charles arranged, played, recorded, mixed and mastered the track. The lovely old-school vocal was courtesy of Judy Liles.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 0
Recording: None of your “American Idol” country here, boys and girls! “Another Day to say Good-Bye” harkens back to the Patsy Cline /Tammy Wynette era, which, in our humble opinion, was the golden age for female vocals in the genre. The good news is that Charles and Judy really nailed it on the head here. While no one would compare the Shure KSM44 to a vintage RCA ribbon mic, it does seem to be a good fit for Judy. The vocal is clear and upfront with very little artifact.

As for the rest of the track, let’s just say that Charles has done a fine job in creating a working demo. As we’ve said many times before, this is not a put-down, but rather an acknowledgement. Given the limitations of time/gear and other variables, Charles has fashioned a good template for his ideas.

Suggestions: We would love to hear this tune redone with live players, recorded in a way that would continue to pay homage to that late ’50s–early ’60s Nashville sound. A real upright piano along with an acoustic bass would be most excellent. Whether Charles has the inclination or means to accomplish this is anyone’s guess, but the songwriting and Judy’s stellar voice would certainly benefit from it.

Summary: A throwback in the best sense of the word!

Contact: Charles Bennington, chasben1@yahoo.com.

About: Marty Peters

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