QUOTE (Honeycomb Jack @ Jun 16 2009, 11:26 AM)
Great answers Stu!
I've a question for you:
If someone came up to you with a big fat pay cheque and said 'Pick an album, any album; remix it, add samples, do what you will with it, and the money's yours', which album would you pick and what would you do with it? (the album, not the money).
Good morning Jack
Another twister of a question- hahah. Every album I thought about- seemed to be perfection anyway- how could you possibly improve em? -I d be more excited by picking them apart and listening to how they are constructed then by putting them back together- so I ve been thinking long and hard about this.
And I understand that some people may see this as heresy- but that’s what I love doing- taking stuff apart and putting it back together again but wrongly-haha- when I was a kid my attempts at making airfix models were disasterous.
At first my mind immediately went towards Revolver as its probably my favourite ever album and the raw material would be incredible just to listen to in multitrack format- but it would be impossible to improve on. I think the Love album was an interesting experiment and I was very excited by it at first- “wow – you can do anything now-“ but I found I didn’t listen to it that much- they probably should have gone further with it.
So then I thought of Miles Davis- I think Bill Laswell did an amazing job with Panthalassa where he re constructed some of the early 70s stuff like on The Corner- I always refer back to it - so maybe working with something earlier like Kind of Blue would be good to do- but its perfection again.
Hendrix was remixed by The Beautiful People in the early 90s – I imagine it is really dated now but I loved it at the time- I listened to it a lot.
US3 were granted access to all the Blue Note jazz stuff but did some very commercial sounding hip hop with it- I thought it was very light.
Maybe some Beach Boys- Pet Sounds would be be incredible to break up – but maybe because of the limitations of 60s multi-track recording there would nt be that many tracks to get at.
Led Zep’s first album would be raw and exciting to use- a few years ago there were some files of some later John Bonham outtakes that were doing the rounds- amazing-so powerful.
I love The Bends by Radiohead – that would be very exciting. To pick apart the guitar arrangements.
Anything by Aretha Franklin in the 60s would be great- for the rawness of the vocals.
One of the 3 great Stevie Wonder albums of the early 70s- for everything.
And a Carpenters record- probably The Greatest Hits- would be really thrilling to me- to be able to take those vocals and put them in some other contexts- I think Karen Carpenter floating in some ambient space could be really wonderful
Or the Phil Spector christmas album- I love that- or even maybe some classical stuff – The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky .
What I’d really like to do is to be able to take all my favourite bits of the above albums and mix them into one great big steamy soup. So Karen Carpenter on lead vocals with Jonny Greenwood and Hendrix on guitars- McCartney on bass- Miles on trumpet- Stevie Wonder on keys and Brian Wilson, Aretha Franklin and the Ronnetes doing backing vocals- and John Bonham drumming .
That would do me I reckon- and Phil Spector in the control room with me, and Bill Laswell mixing it- string arrangements by Stravinsky-
But if I had to pick one album- then I have to say right now it would be Jen Olive’s album Warm Robot- just got to persuade Andy to give me that big fat cheque and the files- hahah
And what would I do with it?
Well I’d ruin it of course- but I d have a great time in the process.-