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Blackened Bride (analog/studio/1971+/-)


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wearebittersweet

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Another analog recording which was recorded sometime around 1971 in the not-so-famous Bittersweet studios somewhere in south Minneapolis. An experiment with different time signatures - kind of a Allman Brothers meets Santan opening into a King Crimson meets Frank Zappa "trip" and back.

Like our other studio recordings, you can hear the growing compression caused by multiple overdubs on the 4 track recorder and 2 track dub recorder.
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Uploaded: Oct 11, 2011 - 09:07:52 PM
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2011 - 09:07:52 PM Last Played: Mar 25, 2017 - 05:14:23 AM
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Les_Kloo said 2232 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Blackened Bride
Nice spin on the Allman's sound. Maybe a little Captain Beyond mixed in there too. Really like that bit at 1:50. Well, they don't make 'em like that anymore do they? Enjoyed muchly.
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wearebittersweet said 2232 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Captain Beyond...
Wow- haven't heard that name in a while. Thanks for the listen and compliments! Greatly appreciated.
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Relic67 said 2232 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
cool
that is very cool. a piece of history and lots of fun to listen to.
great post!
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Relic67 said 2232 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
oh yeah...
forgot to mention the way cool title... the whole thing is kinda like black sabbath meets the allmans... I love it!
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wearebittersweet said 2232 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
black sabbath
We loved Tony & Ozzy... we did great covers of Iron Man and Paranoid.

Actually the "Blackened Bride" comes from the old Scottish wedding custom... before the wedding the bride was taken by surprise and coated with dirt, mud, curdled milk, rotten eggs, spoiled curry, smelly fish sauces, molasses, flour, sausages, syrups and feathers. They are then tied to a tree or paraded thru the town. Scots believe that this humiliation prepares them to face all the difficulties and humiliations that may come across them as nothing would be more humiliating through out their life.

And here you just thought it was a reference to the boys from Aston, Birmingham
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Feter said 2232 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Blackened Bride
WOW ...my jaw dropped ...and what did you play with this band ? you collected all my rock idols from Crimson to the Allams to Santana ...what a great band ...Kudos man ..I m so happy to find your page and music ...please keep them coming ..thank you thank you thank you ... !!!!!
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
My Jaw Dropped...
I am the keyboard player. Unfortunately these recordings were don't before the mini-moog and the single and double keyboard chamberlains (the original tape based keyboard which was copied by Mellotron in Europe). I am humbled by your kind comments and will pass them along to the rest of our old crew (that we can locate). More to come.
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musichead said 2232 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Just....
Great band for the time....Very tight. I like the retro feel and sound!!! I use the warm sound in my songs still today. It sounds great!
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Very tight.
At the time, we felt like we were only "OK". We rented a storefront and soundproofed it so we could practice all night, every night we weren't playing. We got to the point that just a quick glance or a special riff or a particular drum pattern and we know what to do next.
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carbon said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
shades of
King Crimson's 21st century schizoid man. I really enjoyed this.
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
King Crimson
Fripp and crew were one of our idols. I have every album they released and still listen to it regularly.
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J_Gretch said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Blackened Bride
sounds like you guys may have been slightly ahead of your time.It's impressive how tight everything is with all those changes.Enjoyed the listen..
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Ahead of our time
Wish our agent understood that. They were sending us out to high schools and colleges, and every dance turned into a concert, and we always get called back to play for them again.
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dimm witness said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
I hear
a little purple yes and winter in there too :-) great vintage analog with real instruments 40 years later refreshing and inspiring thanks!
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
purple, yes, flash, winter, elp, et al
Yep, we listened to those group hour upon hour on the 8-track player in our van and our bus. We would drive 4-10 hours from one gig to the next on the following day. I still marvel that we got all of those sound out of a guitar, an amp and speakers without effects, DSP, midi, etc. I try to duplicate those sound in my midi studio and it may be close, but it isn't quite "ANALOG"
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alackbass said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Blackened Bride (analog/studio/1971+/-)
I really dig the Allman vibe. This also has a great Edgar Winter vibe along with a big nod to Deep Purple! Keep this stuff coming! You are so in my wheelhouse!
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Edgar Winter
You are the second person to mention him. Guess we had influences we didn't know we had. Deep Purp! I was listening to Machine Head on the way to work today- think I got up to about 90MPH just moving with their groove. We have some incredible covers of Smoke on the Water, The Mule, Sweet Child in Time & Mandrake Root that blew everyone's mind when they heard them. I may find a place where I can post them for a week or two, just to show people our "spin" on them (don't think we can post covers here).
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JAB24 said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Blackened Bride
Very Tight ! You can hear the Era ! it's truly incredible . truly undiscovered talent ! Minneapolis ! makes me think of Shell's Beer and Rudolph's Ribs .
I really like the deep rich BassGuitar and Vocals. I'm glad you directed me here. Great stuff thanks for sharing !
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Minneapolis
We had great beers, great food, and for a while an 18 year old drinking age in Minnesota and 17 year old drinking age (!!!) in Wisconsin. We played lots of great clubs in MN, WI, ND, SD, IA.... even played at the same club Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper Played the night the died.
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
Minneapolis
We were in a great place for a live band- Minnesota lowered their drinking age to 18 and Wisconsin to 17, so we had plenty of work, and with Hard Rock & Prog rock and being hot at the time, we covered some tunes and wrote the rest ourselves.. Appreciate your comments.
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PeterB7858 said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
1971 - still sounds good
Still sounds pretty good for something recorded in 1971 on 4-track. I picked up some subtle Chicago (Transit Authority era) in the drumming and even a bit of early Traffic. Whatever the influences, it works. Enjoyed. Regards, Peter.
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wearebittersweet said 2231 days ago (October 12th, 2011)
1971 on a 4-track
We thought we were on top of the world with 2 two-track machines for over-dubbing, then our drummer bought a TEAC 3340 4-track with 15" reels and Simul-Sync. We figured if it was good enough for the Beatles, it was good enough for us.
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Char said 2231 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
You
and your band were very good. It sounds as if you all were dedicated as well as talented. Thank you for these recordings from your past.
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wearebittersweet said 2230 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
Thanks
Thank you for this and the other comments you have posted on our songs.
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Philip18 said 2230 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
Blackened Bride
There's an urgency and some darkness to the music that I guess fits with the idea of someone being paraded and humiliated! Isn't it great that you can now multitrack on a personal computer without having all those compression issues? Nice tight playing form all involved. Fascinating post!
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wearebittersweet said 2229 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
urgency & darkness
I'll be honest with you... I don't think any of us had heard the term before. We weren't really into Scottish mating rituals.... Maybe we got it from looking Mom's National Geographic magazines.

I agree about the marvels of digital recording... but one of the reasons I am posting these dinosaurs is to show that it is talent, not technology, that makes music... that said my midi studio has 4 different keyboard rigs, 3 macs and 2 pc's, and hundreds of software instruments and plugins. I LUV my TOYZ!!
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papag said 2230 days ago (October 13th, 2011)
Time Warp
All the bands you mention in your description tossed in a blender! Gave me a feel of Gong here and there. Fun stuff.

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wearebittersweet said 2229 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
tossed in a blender!
I LIKE that... tossed in a blender.... veg-o-matic! Your comment reminded me of a NAMM Music Convention many years ago... I was sales manager of a division of Electro-Voice and we hired Dweezil Zappa to perform in our demo room- he did his "history of rock & roll" song that had 4 or 8 bars of about 100 different songs at about 180BPM. The real "blender tune". Too bad none of my 13 years of classical organ and piano studies popped thru.
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VicDiesel said 2229 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Influences
Your influences are quite clear here even without spelling them out. Around 1:50 the Fripp sound is quite evident. And that ascending riff, that's not influenced, that's just stolen.

But this is fun stuff to listen to no matter what. You guys were pretty good!
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wearebittersweet said 2229 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
Influence
Well, at least they were positive influences!

Your comment makes me think about Axis of Awesome's "4 Chords" video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOlDewpCfZQ&ob=av3n).

Apologizes to anyone if they feel we ripped them off.
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Vic Holman said 2229 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
Blackened Bride
like les said.....allman's meet captain beyond, sums it up nicely...cool post
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wearebittersweet said 2229 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
Cool Post
We are humbled by all your comments. We regularly listen to the product many of you post here on here and think "wow... and they said something nice about our stuff.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
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Hickling_Stan said 2226 days ago (October 18th, 2011)
takes me back
to so much stuff I was listening to in the early 70's. To be honest stuff I still enjoy from time to time.very much of it's time but quality playing is timeless. Much enjoyed. Cheers Mark
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Who are we? We are BitterSweet - a handful of kids from suburban Minneapolis. Most of us graduated from high school in 1971-1973. Ages on these recording ranged from about 15 to 19 years of age. We are currently going on 55-60 years old... and... [see more]

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