Mike Harty / Crystal Aire / Closing the Bar- Crystal Aire- Live 1979

Musicians' music...not for everyone though

To think that this was recorded on a cassette recorder, a few mics, and a 12 channel yamaha! Wow! Just goes to show what great live musicians can do, and a good mixer of course! Blown away by the talent on this tune! Now, to be fair, this tune is not for everyone. This is a rock instrumental set to the tone of the 1970s jam scene. Not Greateful Dead stuff, no, this is harder a la Boston or The Who. Great rocking feel and great talent is notable but, you have to like instrumentals and you have to like this genre of Rock. However, you don't have to like it to appreciate the musicianship in the performance, it's as tight as a drum! Excellence an par! This is musicians' music. It's what we listen to to get blown away! Nice job Mike! I enjoyed a piece of your show from way back then. Thank you for your contribution!
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Great live production!

I would have enjoyed seeing this performance! Electrifying sound! Drums and Bass Driving and Jamming! Awesome guitar tone and licks! I would really like to go on tour with you all! I take reviewing other artists real serious. I have my own system for doing so. It's called: AWZ'z N1M HAMMER SYSTEM or "ANHS" for short "AWZ" that's me; "HAMMER" Is an acronym for the 6 catagories of the song being reviewed Your song scored 5☆'s On my ANHS Review It Has everything a hammer needs to drive the nail home. This Song is a HAMMER Song The HAMMER system is pretty self explanatory. HOOK ☆☆☆☆☆ ARRANGEMENT ☆☆☆☆☆ MUSIC ☆☆☆☆☆ MUSICIANSHIP ☆☆☆☆☆ ENTERTAINMENT ☆☆☆☆☆ RADIO READY ☆☆☆☆☆ If you had gotten anything less than 5☆ in any catagory I would take the time to explain why. Well Done AWZ
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Nothing Ambiguous Here--Solid Rock

There is a definite Jeff Beck-like influence buried in this rocker. The rhythm section is pounding and relentless, as if not even slowing down to take a breath at all. The drummer is aggressive, but does not bury his partner-in-crime on the bass guitar. Meanwhile, the showcase here is about the face-melt combination the have with the guitar tracks that are dripping in delays and doubling effects covered in distortion. There is a furiousness in all of this and the cherry on the top of this sundae is the end, when you hear that it is actually a live performance because of the crowd reaction. Make no mistake about it--the band is IN DA HOUSE!
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Belle Intro !

Bonjour The Antique Harmoniums, Suite à votre "request for review"... Mon Commentaire: Belle Intro ! Un Mix Magique avec des Voix Mystérieuses....... Carine Dito (Parolière/Lyricist) Ma page Facebook: ............../carine.dito Like & Share on Facebook

Great music as it should be!

Incredible how good these musicians are, really outstanding. So versatile this music sounds, gives me the idea that i listening here an there to parts of Frank Zappa or other kind of Virtuous bands. I wish they will come to Holland one's. I Really like to see them on a live stage. There performance will be amazing for the Dutch crowd. I did listen to some other tracks of Mike Harty and i have to admit, there's no any track which sound less. It has vibe, it's sounds dynamic, it has color and most of all, soul. Yeah, lots of soul.
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At the end of the road, you always have something you took with you from the beginning...

Mike Harty brings us Closing the Bar- Crystal Aire- A prog rock road trip of a song recorded live using tech of the day (stereo cassette recorder) a few mics and a 12 ch. Yamaha board The hardest thing about recording live is not the equipment used but the acoustics in the room and without knowing the size of the room I would say that the only thing limiting this recording is the fact it was done on a stereo cassette recorder. But even with that limitation there is plenty of dynamic range left in the tracking and much of that is due to analogue processing and the trend of not crushing a mix to get it louder. Having said that I can tell that this was only "mixed down" but never "mastered" and I think with the right approach even more life could be brought out of this recording. There is actually quite a lot of life in the stereo field and perhaps some mid-side processing could bring out some more distinction in the kick drum and the bass guitar. If the original still has some of the audience on the end... you should leave that in and then fade out... The song is even more fun to listen to with headphones. It's a grand find in the archives!
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