Let's Stay Together - Al Green

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  1. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    This tune was one of the first tunes I learned after my couple of year playing hiatus. When I returned here I posted up an audio only version and have been meaning to do a video version but never got to it until the song was mentioned a few times in a recent thread.

    This is one of my favorite R&B tunes of all time and the guitar work is subdued but beautiful with an interesting chord progression. Wiki says it's Ray Russell on the guitar but I haven't found out much about him. The song rewards laying back on a beat a bit which was something I tried to do throughout.

    I've been experimenting with double tracking lately so while there's only one guitar on screen, I recorded 2 guitars panned about 70% in either direction to try and spice up the sound a bit. I'm rather crap at all that stuff so I'm not sure how well it worked. The vocals are from the Karaoke-Version backing track but whoever it is channeled Al Green very well.

    Let's Stay Together - Al Green

     
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    I've always been a fan. When I was living in Memphis I almost went to the church he was the Pastor at just on the hope he'd sing.
     
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    I always thought it was Larry Lee member of Gypsies Suns and Rainbows that played the Black Les Paul across the stage from Jimi at Woodstock. Larry was Al Green’s long time band leader/guitarist and played on most of his tracks.

    @Mouse you killing like always..
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    That would have been epic had he done that! Thanks for popping in for a listen Nick.

    Thanks Gumbo. I'll take your word over Wiki on this one as I can't really verify. Whoever it is played some seriously pretty guitar on this.
     
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    Mais! You got da GK pickup on dat guitar??? I didn’t you you were a synth driver like me…
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Ha! Yeah I bought a used GR-33 some years back. From memory I thought it was the same unit you have but I could be wrong. I don't use it much these days but did break it out a bunch of songs back for a sitar part. Tracking is often an issue depending on the patch selected which I why I don't play it as much as I thought I would.
     
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    Cali Dude Senior Stratmaster

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    Nicely done. I enjoyed that. Great song. It reminds me of an old girl friend.
     
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    The old Roland Ready Strats track much better then the GK pickups you install on any guitar. Less adjustments needed also. I have 2 and used them as my Stage guitars for the last 10-12 years.
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Thanks! Yeah this one has special meaning for me as well. :)

    I'm sure that's the case as I'm always adjusting the sensitivity every time I use it. I did recall you having one of the Roland Strats but didn't realize you had two! Good for you. Those have gone up in value quite a bit if you can even find them these days.

    Edit: here's one on eBay. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148356&icep_item=384281545146
     
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    Thats a VG Strat on eBay… they are like a Line6 guitar. It can sound like anything …. But it don’t work with the synths…

    I’ve modded mine with DiMarzio pickups so they never hum. Calliham vibratos so the return to the same spot and locking tuners to help keep them in tune. I have a White one and a Sunburst one…

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    Opps sorry didn’t mean to hi jack your wonderful thread…
     
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    Chicago Matt Strat-O-Master

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    I've always been a fan too. Thanks for posting!

    I love his small band, sparse horns, and arrangements from that era. Many great recordings!

    This is one of my faves:

     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Hell no! There's no such thing as hijacking my threads as I prefer they morph into conversations rather than attaboys! :thumb:

    Thanks for clarification on the guitar as I just assumed they were the same given the VG has the Roland pickup. Those are some nice guitars you have and the mods take them up a notch I'm sure.

    I'll take that white one off your hands when you're ready to part with it. :D
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Oh yeah, that's another great tune with more fantastic guitar playing. At some point I'll be learning that one as well.

    Thanks for having a listen!
     
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    The white one has Jascar Gold Frets….it seemed I played the frets off it…The Sun Burst doesn’t have them.
     
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    Nice work Ralph, such a smoooooth tune. Did a cover with vox of that myself a couple years ago. But switching comps I can't find it anymore, sad day. lol

    Good stuff though, love that song
     
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    Smooth brother, very smooth... I didn't even realize there was a guitar in that song, but now that you mention it... Well done Ralph.
     
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    well done as usual
     
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    Just Fantastic Ralph :eek:, So well done, love the tone love me some Old school R&B, bravo Maestro !!
     
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    Ha ha.. me too.. I was 17 she was 15.. I bought her the single.. I was in deep lurve! She chucked me a couple of weeks later.. I was heartbroken.. So much for 'Stay Together'.. :(

    Great job Mouse.. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your interpretation.. twice in fact.. :thumb:
     
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  20. amstratnut

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    Love that song!!!!
     
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