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By LodeRunner (Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 12:05:17 PM EST) music, marillion, side 2, misplaced childhood, catharsis (all tags)
So I finally assembled the courage to finish it...

Here is the second side of Marillion's Misplaced Childhood, done on a single guitar and vocals. Recording side 1 was a project in itself, so I never viewed it as a "first half" of something I'd have to finish later, but amazingly a few people did ask me to record the second side, so there you go!

Like on the first side, everything was recorded live and there are no edits apart from cutting the silence around the edges to make the tracks flow seamlessly. It was a sort of Dogma 95 approach to recording: everything is raw and you listen as it happened -- yes, even the fade out in the last track (you need to check that one out for yourself).

Again, the tracks are meant to be listened in sequence, with a player that provides gapless playing (on Linux, most players have some "gapless"  plugin for this; on the Mac and Windows there's iTunes). Right-click and "Save" to prevent the tracks from playing in the browser.

Side A

.1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
.2. Kayleigh
.3. Lavender
.4. Bitter Suite
(i) Brief Encounter
(ii) Lost Weekend
(iii) Blue Angel
(iv) Misplaced Rendezvous
(v) Windswept Thumb
.5. Heart of Lothian
(i) Wide Boy
(ii) Curtain Call

Side B

.1. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
.2. Lords Of The Backstage
.3. Blind Curve
(i) Vocal Under A Bloodlight
(ii) Passing Strangers
(iii) Mylo
(iv) Perimeter Walk
(v) Threshold
.4. Childhoods End?
.5. White Feather

All music written by Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas and Mosley. All lyrics written by Fish.

The plan was to do it all on one night again, but it was impossible. "Waterhole" to "Mylo" were recorded Thursday night (July 5th)   and the prospects of attempting "Perimeter Walk" so late and tired were daunting. So I did it the next day, along with "Threshold", until I ran out of time. I wanted to finish it Saturday afternoon, but recording "Childhoods End?" was so exhausting that I left it to record "White Feather" on Monday night only (July 9th).

Misplaced Childhood is one of those albums that hit you on a personal level -- at least it does for me. The experience of learning, performing and recording it was cathartic. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to take this forward. Of course, any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Homage by TPD (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 01:45:45 PM EST
That's such a cool thing to even attempt, and there's even more props for actually pulling it off!

Sounds great!

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Thank you! by LodeRunner (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 05:07:26 PM EST
I had never recorded anything "album-length" before. It was quite a journey, so I had to set myself some constraints in order to make it -- no multitracking, ambient sound only (no fiddling with volumes), etc.

Maybe allowing myself to do edits to fix bits and pieces could have sped up recording by not forcing myself to get a full take right (which in some cases took hours! ...which I blame mostly on my rusty guitar playing), but that could also make me too perfectionist and want to come back and fix the ton of glitches that I let otherwise pass, and then I might never have finished. Anyway, getting it "flawless" was never the point, and wouldn't make sense given the other constraints anyway.

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