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Saturday, November 15, 2008

RE-TRACKING WITH HOUSE OF BLONDES



So, since we're on the topic (see below); here's how it's supposed to be done.







We're in the thick of the new House of Blondes album, and it was decided that two songs needed adjustments in the rhythm tracks after a goodly amount of tracking had been done.





We bit the bullet, shit-canned 90% of the tracks, and started over. We tracked drums, bass, and scratch vocals on the two songs this afternoon. Afterwards we added rhythm guitar.



The rhythm section is the foundation. Everything else can be added later, if necessary, but you just can't work the other way around. I mean you can, but you shouldn't.



It was nice to be at the studio working with Chrispy again after a long hiatus.

Comments:
Don't forget that the bassist will also need to have his bit amped for feel.
 
Interestingly, one great example of recording lead guitars first and then adding rhythm guitar is "Who's Next." Townshend played lead on everything and then went back and filled in rhythm where he wanted it.

Of course, when you have a band with Moon and Entwistle both trying to outdo each other, you can get away with this.
 
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