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album art It's OK Levon
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Released: Jul 2, 2012 | 3:45 PM
Category: Rock
Application: Logic Pro/Studio
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3 [use AAC]
File Size: 10.93 MB

Plays: 1636
Downloads: 13
Weekly Plays: 6
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Monday

License: Commercial derivatives allowed; contact artist for permission
Stan Loh sent me a demo track of this wonderful track a while ago asking me if I was interested in making the musical arrangement and record all the instruments. It took one quick listen and I was in love with this wonderful song.

The song is a tribute to Levon Helm. Levon Helm was a multiinstrumentalist and mostly known as drummer and singer in The Band. A very talented and loved artist and now missed after he died in April 2012.

I think we are many that share Stan's thought that Levon can rest in piece being assured that many fans and also future generations will continue to listen to and play his wonderful songs.

This song features Stan himself on both lead and backing vocals and I play all the instruments.

As an extra bonus it gave me the chance to get to know the art of Levon Helm. I was not even born when The Band was created. When I got the task, I listened to quite many tracks of The Band to get the right feeling for my arrangement. I am thankful for that. Great, great music. I hope I got the spirit captured in my arrangement. Enjoy.

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ihussain Artist

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My kind of song - gorgeous chords, great singing (including yodelling!), and a lovely arrangement, Kenneth, very evocative. Nice drum beats, and that slightly 70s vibe to the overall sound, with the up-down chords, the organ, which fits the theme perfectly. I must listen to The Band, as I've not heard of them.
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Either my headphones got a lot better while i was out or this is a damn fine recording, gents. It sounds very much like the Band, i think...the instruments sound professional, ken and stan your singing is perfect...very much in your element on this.

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tritonkg Artist Nice, you really have a lot of talent. Are those real instruments? are you using any virtual instruments? What do you use for the organ?

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I agree with Brew. A fine recording and a fine song, you two!!
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BigJimSlade Artist

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No question this deserves many listens with it's chording, vocals, instrumentation and arrangement. Really nice song, gemntlemens!
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Really love the overall sound of this track smiley Very poignant yet uplifting lyrics - great tribute song! The instrumentation is really amazingly well done as well!
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jibes Artist

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Way to go! This sounds great and does fit the subject. Perf!!!
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Very nicely done. Good lyrics, singing and track.
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thsantac Artist

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I hear Kontakt's instruments in this track Kenneth isn't it ? The production is so nice, it sounds like a real band smiley Very good work you did with Stan.
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Xolv Artist

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Super clean recordings; Vocals and instruments. very good and pleasant.
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Fabulous track...
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tedfire Artist

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Its such a wrench when the world takes someone away and a double wrench when it takes away their creativity and inventiveness. I think this tribute is a perfect way to pay homage to someone who gave so much. This song touched me greatly. Stan's voice and your attention to detail with the track are a great combination ! Well done guys.
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very nice one! I love Levon - love the sentiment of the song - the lyrics and the sound all mighty mighty good!!
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Fantastic song honoring a great star

Praised be the fathomless universe, '
For life and joy and for objects and knowledge curious;
And for love, sweet love %u2014 But praise! O praise and praise,
For the sure-enwinding arms of cool-enfolding Death.
-- Walt Whitman
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Very well played!
but I would prefer to have Stans voice and harmony
(particular the harmony)
a little bit more to the front in the mix
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KennethLavrsen Artist

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@ihussain Yes - The Band is worth a listen. Levon and The Band spans over quite many years and their music developed a lot. I tried to make the 70s sound when I did the arrangement.

@brewchugger I spent quite many hours on getting the sound right on this one. I wanted the 70s sound with the dynamics they still made back then. Modern pop music is too squeezed to maximize loudness. I like to hear each and every instrument and a clear voice. I go light on compression and EQ and instead spend time on the original sound sources. If you knew how many guitar amps I tried before settling for this one.

@tritonkg Thanks. All instruments are virtual. Only Stan is "real"

@TomDevine Thanks for the kind words

@BigJimSlade Thanks. It all starts with a great song.

@Kw8zzy8s Thanks for liking our arrangement and sound. The real inspiration came from a fantastic song and a two fantastic people. Stan and Levon.

@jibes Happy it pleased you. Thanks

@sprkymrt Glad you liked it, too

@thsantac Happy you noticed the sound of great instruments. Yes. Some parts are Kontakt.

The guitars are MusicLab RealGuitar and RealLesPaul that both do great sound and great strumming or picking. It was essential to me in the overall production that the acoustic and electrical guitar chords were standing crisp and clear. And I think they do.

The organs are a Tonewheel B3 from Kontakt. Great sound. Spent some time getting the overtones right with the sliders. No EQ after that. I wanted the pure sound of this great instrument. I use two organs with different settings.

Fuzz guitar is Kontakt with Logic pedal board and amp. Spent a long time on that part until both I and Stan liked it. Stan will remember that my first choice was awful smiley

I use an additional clean EXS guitar in the background

Brass is Kontakt.

Bass is my all time favorite simple Liverpool bass from EXS in Logic

Stan had already added compression and reverb on the vocal tracks. I normally prefer dry tracks but I thought Stan had made a good choice so my main processing was stereo and balance in audio. And some Melodyne fine tweaking, but nothing that removes the authentic voice.


@Xolv Thanks for the kind words

@ShadowofNine Thanks

@tedfire I agree the song is a great tribute. One of Stan's best. And I am happy to hear you liked my part of the process as well

@ManfromTexas Thanks. I am happy you liked the song and the sound.

@pharmakeus You are number one in giving comments. I admire how you can still put words together in new ways. Your comments warms greatly

@toveco Thanks for liking the play and I know you like Stan's song too. I just listened again and tried again to increase the background voice tracks. But no. I like it the way I did it. I think they have the right balance. I have wanted a 70s sounds from the minute I heard Stan's demo track. And on Stan's track is put the voice inside the band and not in front of it. And I cannot hear the song in any different way now. I guess the first impression and first inspiration is what makes the difference. I am very satisfied with the voice. Stan's words are clear and you can hear the words he sings, embraced in the wonderful chords he wrote with organ behind. At the end I wanted the voice to compete a little bit by the brass, which is OK because here we know the words of the Chorus. That inspiration I got from listening to The Band. That is the sound I heard and wanted to re-create. At the end of the day personal taste is individual and I appreciate your feedback.
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ihussain Artist

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Kenneth, I loved reading all your replies to the feedback - I like getting an insight into other people's creative processes. I must look into Kontakt - are the strings good in it, and is it an intuitive program to use?

PS I thought your mix was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing. Sometimes a mix can sound different to others, but if you're happy with it, you're ruled out any possible "oddnesses" in volumes, peaks, etc., and it's achieved the effect you want, then you must stand by it.
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RichardJohn Artist

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Really strong song and excellent arrangement - clever and very effective production!!
Impressive stuff smiley
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Lagusaya2 Artist

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Hi Gang ... Thanks all for your time listening and commenting on this piece that Kenneth has so generously and carefully nurtured. It is as much his baby as was mine. And baby it is, to be tender and caring. I simply love the work of Kenneth...he is a songwriter's dream because he is so responsive and accurate in his delivery. Besides an amazing musician, he is also a terrific composer...the side tunes of his are so darn good. Huge thanks to you Kenneth! You've made a simple tune sound good and pleasant to my ears.

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What can I say that has not already been said? A very good composition indeed. I'm a sucker for rock organ, so more of that please smiley
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I have always been a big fan of the band.
And Levon was a great musician and singer
I really dig the harmonies here, Stan.
The band always had great harmonies.
Kenneth , you did a great job on creating the "Band" sound here.
Really good collab, guys
gonna play the album Cahoots tonight smiley
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Oh Yes. Very well produced. The vocal melody and singing is exquisite. Well done boys!! Instrumentation is just right as well.
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lovely job gentlemen smiley
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I didn't know that Levon Helm had passed away, it makes this song all the more poignant.
A great work here Kenneth, I liked/loathed the fact that the Band were active before you were born but you did your "Homework"
He certainly was a one off, a groove master. He could also walk AND chew gum, there's not that many drummers who also own fantastic voices as well.
Clear and precise playing with a strong choice of instrumentation. Stans vocal sounds heartfelt, a really worthy tribute for a great musician by great musicians...
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Well If you locking at it that way, you right,
It was quite long time since I listening to The Band.
But I go back and listening to a few song,
And I must say, you cover the sound perfect my friend,
I take back the last part off my comment smiley

Tom/

Maybe I mix to many of Stan's song's so I'm deaf for details.lol smiley
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this person from minnesota is
pleasantly gyrating beneath it .
wow great - get-together +
Resembling last night's dream of
a tiny plucked harpish
music-rectangularish piano - tucked in the corner and played by a loner who knew the device well - until - - i tried - i must have over-wound it
- later on when the magic gizmo suddenly took flight buzzing around the room frantically - like
a mad hummingbird - the room was full of dwellers who
just took it all in as if though it were a common event . . .

whoops forgot the last row of stars . . .
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You two are the "Best". Great job on the vocals and the music.
Wonderful tribute. smiley
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Kenneth you have provided the perfect backing for this. Stan your vocals fit just right.
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Hi guys,

I just made a You Tube version of this song. Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj3zFsREbOc
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reality56 Listener Kenneth, together you and Stan really nailed this time it's fabulous nice details, I like very much smiley
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Lagusaya2 You have been busy with music arent you lol.

I love this song. smiley
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Lagusaya2 Artist

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@reality56. @Axelbreeze ... Thank yyou both for listening to this composition. kenneth's work is always admired by em! He sure takes care of details!

Thanks Axel ... Your comment is very much appreciated.

Stan
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Bravo! This has an excellent feel to it.
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Lagusaya2 Artist

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@tgallivan803 ... Thanks for the audition. Glad u liked our presentation.

Kenneth and Stan
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ianlow32 Artist always loved the band, esp the first 2 albums and your arrangement suitably reminds me of the kind of americana style that the band is famous for, great vocals by stan
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@ianlow32 ... better late than never...thanks for your comments on this song! Sorry for being so late in responding!

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