Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Zero in Twos (analog recorded 1969) (c)2010 Greg Dzubay


by

GregDz

 Genre: Progressive Rock

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
I thought I would share a song our band BITTERSWEET (a regional touring band out of Minneapolis) wrote and recorded in 1968 or 69. We were 14 to 17 years old at the time, and played mostly original music.

The drums, lead, rhythm, bass, keyboards, and 1st vocal track were recorded in 1 take with about 10 mics (or less) onto a 2 track reel to reel (TAPE!) then played back on that tape deck and re-recorded to a second tape machine while the vocal tracks were added. We repeated the process for the second vocal track. Then again for more guitars, and whatever.

We thought we were in heaven when our drummer bought a 4-channel deck with "simul-sync".

I have posted this for a couple reasons- first, it is an original composition, and second, to help us all appreciate have programs like Garage Band or Logic Pro where we can add as many tracks as we wish and edit, cut, and paste every note.

Don't miss the ending- we had left the tape running and recording after laying down the last vocal track and everyone in the control booth started singing and talking. Oops! I think we were "happy"... and had the munchies But the result is funny. ENJOY!!

Greg
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
I can't remember, and what the heck is a Zero in Two's and what doe it have to do with refrigerated monkeys?
Song Stats
Hits: 2331
Comments: 22
Fans: 9
Plays: 68
Downloads: 51
Votes: 1
Uploaded: May 03, 2010 - 11:18:11 PM
Last Updated: May 03, 2010 - 11:27:49 PM Last Played: Jun 04, 2017 - 09:22:42 AM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Hardware:
Teac 1/4" 2 track reel to reel tape recorder, Roberts (Akai) reel to real, Heil 6 channel stereo mixer, Shure Vocal Master mixer amp, Sony 4 channel stereo mixer, some $29.95 (a pair) Radio Shack Speakers, no-name brand mics
Software:
what's that.... magnetic tape on 7" reels?
Comments
Calchas said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Classic!
This is a HOOT to hear. A blast from your past that takes this old hippy back! I think I would have enjoyed seeing you folks live!

Thanks for posting this Greg!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Notion [w/ Loob]
Calchas said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Yeah
Firsties!
Check out my latest song called Notion [w/ Loob]
blindsidedpoets said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Zero in Twos
This is killer! Amazing tune, love that organ in there. Love it! Thank you very much for going back in the archives.
Check out my latest song called Meaning Of
Feter said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Zero in Twos
Most powerful music I ever heard for along time
Man ..this is smokin ...everything is real and
at its best ...what a tight band ..all just real
and at its best ..this is a blast ..do you have
more ? ... deepest Bow !!!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
magnatone said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Zero
OMG!! this is fabulous!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
GregDz said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
I'm (almost) speechless
Wow! Thank you everyone for the great comments. One thing that is so neat about this song is that there is absolutely no processing... but it has that highly compressed tight sound from being over 6 generations of copying from one tape to the next as we added tracks (overdubs).

Glad you enjoyed it - I'll dig up a few more, including the 45rpm record we released in 1973 or 74.

Thanks again! It's Deja Vu all over again!!!

Greg

Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
Reggie_Pole said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
What DOES Zero in Twos mean?
Anyway? 1968?! Sounds like you guys were ahead of the curve. What were you listening to back then? This is remarkably sophisticated for a bunch of kids. Sheesh. I'm sure that the sequence starting at 4:05 was later used by other bands, but damned if I can remember who. I listened to this last night, was knocked out, but was too worn out to comment. I'm back for another listen. Amazing stuff. And isn't it great that you still have this music 40 some years later to listen to and reminisce? So, Greg, which one is you?
Check out my latest song called UnerSpizm
GregDz said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Zero in Twos means....
I am at the far end of the line.

I am going to have to contact our old drummer who has a much better memory than me regarding where that phrase came from. Heck, none of the lyrics made any sense, I think it just rhymned.

We were listening to Yes, ELP, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, James Gang, Flash, 10 Years After... etc.

We did mostly original material (if you listen to the others tunes I have posted here you'll hear variation of some of them). Made it tough to play high school dances, but the college kids loved us.We did learn enough Top 40 songs to make it thru 3 sets. People often thought we were "too far off the deep end" but we loved the technical sounding stuff.

If you figure out who the ending sounds like, let me know. I think it was mostly a Beatles thing- like at the end of "I am the Walrus".

I really appreciate your listening and the kind comments.

Greg

Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
sschedra said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Greg
Brings back so many memories. You guys really smoked! Don't be so hard on yourself about not remembering, they say if you can . . . you weren't there (LOL). This is definitely the real deal! I can hear all the influence of the times (aka Beatles, etc).
Thanks for this,
Stephen
Stephen
Check out my latest song called Cheap Tricks (LSP2)
GregDz said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Reaaly Smoked....
...but I never exhaled!

Thanks for the comments. In retrospect, it is pretty amazing that we got all that sound right out of real instruments with no midi, no processing other than an echoplex and stomp boxes for guitar and bass. Yes, we had many influences.

Appreciate your listening and comments.
Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
michaelkoppenheffer said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
14 to 17 years old?
You guys were a terrific teenage band--impressive at any age but especially for being so young! Cool song too...
Check out my latest song called Till the Tap Runs Dry (album version)
GregDz said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Just youngsters!
Thanks for listening. Yep - we were go young at first that we had to have our parents or older siblings drive us to our gigs! Also had some issue playing some bars. Actually seems funny now. Thanks for listening.
Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
dave_b said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Zero in Twos
Hey this sounds great! - Reminds a lot of Led Zep and Yes.
Check out my latest song called Llarions Blues
GregDz said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Reminds me a lot of...
Dang.. I know I am getting old now. How could I have forgotten the Led Zep, and Doors influences. Thanks Appreciate you taking the time to listen.
Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
scofugate said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Zigaboo Modeliste
The drummer plays like Zigaboo Modeliste!!
what a blast from that time.
What happened to those mics, boards, tape machines. compressors...man !!!!
Check out my latest song called DreamKiller
dantimmermans said 2639 days ago (May 5th, 2010)
wow the drumming crazy
this is amazing for such a young band. I'm awfully impressed :)
Check out my latest song called One Way Street
GregDz said 2639 days ago (May 5th, 2010)
Drummer
Thanks for those comments- I passed them along to my old drummer. Regarding what happened to the old equipment... I think our drummer still has one of the tape machine, the rest... who knows. Wish I had them now.
Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
Cadman said 2547 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Like......

You were 14-17 at the time? Wow....
Check out my latest song called Dolphins
GregDz said 2546 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
14-17 years old
When we first started playing gigs, my older brother had to drive us to them because my parents wouldn't let me drive pulling the equipment trailer. When we played clubs that served alcohol, we had to go to "the green room" on our breaks since we were under 21 and not allowed in the bar. But that didn't stop us... we brought our own booze with and drank during our breaks, or poured the booze into soda bottles we drank on stage.
Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2547 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
1969
this is really cool stuff, even though its from way back it sounds right on it. guitar work is really good. all hangs together. love the hammond. builds up well. enjoyed it. cheers
Check out my latest song called GLOWING IN THE DARK (2012 REMIX)
GregDz said 2546 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
1969
Thanks! We studied the prog rock groups like ELP, Yes, King Crimson, Flash, Triumvirat, and Gentle Giant, just to name a few. I just really love the "tape compression" from all the overdubs... These tracks even sounded good on an 8-track player (anyone remember them?)

If you check out some of my newer postings you'll hear more of our old prog rock tunes re-done with midi instruments.
Check out my latest song called Jackson's Lullaby (11/20/13)
PsalmsProgressions said 2250 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
excellent!
thank you! Yes, Genesis.... Im a huge fan, this is some good prog... thanks so much for a new song to move to...
Check out my latest song called Hope
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Greg Dzubay
Location: Phoenix AZ United States
send a note
Started playing in regional touring bands in Minneapolis in the late 60's. Keyboard player, into computers and electronic music since they first came out. Built my own synthesizer in 1970 as a high school electronics project. Sort of worked. My fa... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Genre Info
Progressive rock (shortened to prog, or prog rock when differentiating from other "progressive" genres) is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the early

More songs in Progressive Rock:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 123