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    We've picked five incredible Steely Dan songs and tried to capture the grooves, chord structures, instrumentation & the creative genius in the writing and playing. Please welcome our friends Tom, Jim, Kenny, Dan, Tyler, Kevin, Jessica, Liz and Amanda to the Lab! Thanks for listening - LLB
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    Yes, there's gas in the car!
    Build bridges, not walls.

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    Awesome!

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    Wonderful !
    Are you the man with the Tele ? Nice playing !
    Make a jazz noise here

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    i am on the tele...thanks each for giving this your time and the posts are sincerely appreciated!

    best,
    dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles View Post
    Yes, there's gas in the car!
    Hey - they stole my tag line !
    Have no secrets, hear no lies.

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    Do you know that Steely Dan stole it?

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    To continue the conversation from a previous thread - that is certainly one of the guitar solos that has to be played verbatim (or whatever the musical equivalent of that term is) and again you nailed it. So now we know what Larry C might sound like playing a Tele ! Great playing - the whole band are incredibly tight. I've enjoyed going back and listening to your Doobie covers again this week.
    Have no secrets, hear no lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runeo View Post
    Do you know that Steely Dan stole it?
    I bought the album in 1976, the week it was released !

    I remember a Becker and Fagen interview at the time, in which they were bitchin' about the quality of the vinyl pressings for The Royal Scam. I can testify to the truth of their complaints as my version jumped a groove at a certain point in Kid Charlemagne. Even today, when listening to the LLB version and having listened to the Dan's recording (now digitally) thousands of times, I still expect to hear the glitch as if it were part of the song.
    Have no secrets, hear no lies.

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    newsense - the kind feedback on the solo really means a lot to me, thanks! No way for this player to ever even come close to recreating the magic LC gave us in the original, but working it up added even more respect toward one of the greatest guitarist IMO of the current era. Great story about the vinyl record!

    thanks for each post - the kind words and sharing of time are greatly appreciated, dale.

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    I just realized I was mishearing the lyrics all these years. I thought I heard:

    Did you feel like Jesus
    Did you realize
    That you were Italian in their eyes

    Made sense to me!
    Build bridges, not walls.

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    Another great cover of another great tune. Once again great guitar work. Were these all done the same day? I noticed everyone's wearing the same clothing.
    Patrick2 . . Heritage representative (now former)

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    thanks Patrick2...please know your feedback means a lot and i greatly appreciated the kind words sir.

    Yes all shot in one evening. We pick an artist, a set list, then work on parts for 30-60 days generally. We rehearse one evening and then shoot the vids the next.

    With SD the material was obviously much more complex, so we picked the set list about 4 months out - charted the horns and BGV's, assigned guitar parts and we all began to work. We rehearsed the rhythm section alone once, then rehearsal with full band and shot the next night. We make 3 passes at each tune for the video team to get all the shots we have to choose from, we also have the audio tracks from each pass to choose the best from.

    Again, please know i greatly appreciate your kind words and thanks for your interest, dale.

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    Great guitar playing, great everything. Amazing you did it with one rehearsal. Studio musicians?
    B+
    Frank (aka fep)

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    Quote Originally Posted by newsense View Post
    So now we know what Larry C might sound like playing a Tele !
    Larry C on a Tele sounds like... Larry C

    B+
    Frank (aka fep)

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    thanks for the link - loved it!

    we rehearsed the rhythm section then the whole band - then shot videos. We had the set list picked about 4 months before we rehearsed so we all woodshed our parts and when we get together there's very little to tweak since for the most part we are trying to capture the original recording. We work out endings and any little nuances that we may differ on and then we shoot. None of us are 'studio' players in that we do this as our primary income... we all have other jobs...that said we've all recorded quite a bit in many different configurations.

    thanks for your interest,
    dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    Larry C on a Tele sounds like... Larry C
    Naw....surely that's just a 335 inside a Tele body !
    Have no secrets, hear no lies.

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    Nice work again!

    I think I read somewhere that LC played a Tele on that song. He frequently plays a Tele on tour - says he prefers it for blues and bebop licks. (His bio also mentions he was shot in the throat and almost killed in 1988...didn't know that, glad he recovered.)

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    i saw him live shortly after he was shot, which happened in his home. he lost a vocal chord as well as the ability to sing and i think took significant rehab to play again. I can't imagine having to learn twice to play like he does!

    thanks again for giving this a look,
    dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    Nice work again!

    I think I read somewhere that LC played a Tele on that song. He frequently plays a Tele on tour - says he prefers it for blues and bebop licks. (His bio also mentions he was shot in the throat and almost killed in 1988...didn't know that, glad he recovered.)
    I remember that as I was a big fan of his before it happened. I searched out all the information I could get my hands regarding the shooting and his recovery. He was a singer, at least on a few of his tunes, before the incident. He lost half his vocal chords and had little or no use of his left arm and hand after the shooting. He went through a grueling and long rehab.

    I went to one of the first shows after his recovery (was it a year or years later? can't remember). I remember him whispering in a very weak voice his appreciation for all the support he had gotten from his fans. Then broke into his first tune... there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
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    Frank (aka fep)

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    great story - thanks for sharing, and so thankful he survived that incident. That tour he called HIP - helping innocent people - i had the bucketlist privilege of meeting him that night - Terry Trotter was still his keyboard player and LC and band were nothing short of amazing.

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    Not bad for a bunch of good ol' boys from Kentucky.

    When are you coming to Chicago?!

    You would do well at Fitzgeralds or Wire . . .

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    yep, shot in his driveway in Hollywood.

    Hollywood isn't what people think it is. And it's worse now than it was then.

    Even Beverly Hills has homeless people and hustlers shaking you down on Rodeo Drive when you're shopping, or just out for a stroll. When you go the the pharmacy a couple of blocks away from there you have more shakedown artists and beggars, day and night. They come out of the shadows to surprise you when you're with your woman.

    Still, I like LA for some reason. Go figure.

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    fumblefingers - thanks for the post and insights. These days LC is just down the road from me in Music City - saw Robben Ford one night in Nash and Mr. C was in the club watching him as a fan as well. Very cool.

    best,
    dale

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    I listened to Royal Scam again today for the umpteenth time. What a great album in every way, what tasty guitar licks. Each one is a masterpiece.

    While the music doesn't have the "band" feel of Countdown to Ecstasy (because they were all hired guns, not a working band), and the instrumentals aren't as stretched out as those of Denny and Skunk on the former album, RS is still IMO the high point of the Dan's output. Each instrumental makes a concise statement. Every note is exactly as it should be. Perfection.

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    perfection...perhaps the single best word to describe SD.

    thanks for the post,
    dale

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    wow! Cool! Great playing and sound :-)

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    Thats amazing soloing-- can't tell the difference between you & Larry & all on a Tele
    are you playin through a Dumble amp ?

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    dslee - thanks for giving your time to check this out and we appreciate the kind words!

    tony.quayle - really appreciate the kind post - i wish i could play through a Dumble just once but doubt that will ever happen! It's a Headstrong Lil King.

    best,
    dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    Nice work again!

    I think I read somewhere that LC played a Tele on that song. He frequently plays a Tele on tour - says he prefers it for blues and bebop licks. (His bio also mentions he was shot in the throat and almost killed in 1988...didn't know that, glad he recovered.)
    I also remember reading an interview with him where he says he used an old tweed deluxe as the amp on that tune. What a great sound & tone, just goes to show you don't need expensive equipment.

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    just recently saw a Premier Guitar mag Rig Rundown on LC. His pedal board is surprisingly simple and i guess could be referred to as 'dated' by some. I personally was reminded with skills such as Mr. LC's maybe you don't need too much in your signal chain

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    Yeah
    He uses that Shobud volume pedal quite a bit for soloing & bending

    Was it Larry who recorded the soundtrack for the popular US detective series " The Rockford files' back in the 70.s

    thats got voulme pedal all over that solo

    Tony
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    I'm not sure about RF but i know he did play on the theme of Hillstreet Blues with i think Mike Post.

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    Yeah ! I had this on a 12" back in the late 80's & on the B side was theme from Rockford files with all those cool swells from his shobud volume pedal

    the thing is some people say he did that later the original TV session cut of that solo was another guitarist ? dunno who ?

    On the Vol 1 instructional video Larry talks about the song don't give it up- which is essentialy an arpeggio run
    practice this for a few weeks & watch the improvement in your plectrum control & soloing.... incredible !

    Eddie Laing played a lot of arpeggio style soloing

    Theres a sad Bing Crosby story baout Eddie & his Tonsils which led to his untimely death-- I'll save that for another time

    Have a great day!!

    Tony ( the steely Dan fanman)
    SE London

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony.quayle View Post
    Yeah
    He uses that Shobud volume pedal quite a bit for soloing & bending

    Was it Larry who recorded the soundtrack for the popular US detective series " The Rockford files' back in the 70.s

    thats got voulme pedal all over that solo

    Tony
    SE London
    I think it was Dan Ferguson.

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    Thanks for the tip off !
    Never heard of Dan F but will check it out


    Have a cool day

    Tony ( Steely Dan fanman)
    SE London

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    Quote Originally Posted by maplebaby View Post
    We make 3 passes at each tune for the video team to get all the shots we have to choose from, we also have the audio tracks from each pass to choose the best from.
    Ah, I was wondering about that. All 3 takes must have to be almost identical to do that, correct? Tempo, fills, etc.

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    Yes they are....we do try to play the songs very close to original so we are very close with each take. For tempo we play to a click so that's not an issue. Thanks again for sharing music with us!

    dale