All posts for the month June, 2017


I have to fess up to being one of those weird people who has always bought and listened to a bands ‘live’ albums. To me a significant measure of a band’s talent was how convincingly they could perform their studio material in front of an audience. Now obviously live albums still exist but are certainly far less prevalent, In the current computer-assisted production age we also now have whole genres like EDM and related synth and sample-based music that don’t really benefit at all from live performance. I also enjoy these genres so my love of listening to live recordings is simply a personal preference and not intended as a put-down of any other particular music form.

Over the past 6 months or so Rated Blue has been trying out Harrison’s Mixbus 32C DAW and initially recorded ourselves rehearsing live on a few cover songs we were working on arranging for our trio. 32C has far exceeded our expectations and been a joy to work with so we decided to collect our sessions and release a Digital Album on Soundcloud. Some of these songs have arrangements radically different from their original form and some are fairly closely preserved, some have already been posted as works in progress but are presented here in their final mixes with the complete album.

You may well ask… Covers!? but why!?

As someone who is both a writer of original material and also with a long history of playing covers I’m often a bit amused by the smug derision that some people express against playing covers. Everything I’ve learned about playing my instrument and writing songs has come from covers, I have also felt fortunate to pay my respects to my influences by interpreting their work and keeping it alive by playing it to new listeners. Lastly covers have paid for most of my gear over the years and allowed me to enjoy many a special shared experience with audiences and customers who also love those particular songs. I love the freedom of performing original material but helping people celebrate the milestones of their lives by performing some of their best-loved tunes is also an experience we enjoy on a personal and band level.

Well anyway, here it is. Thanks very much for taking time to listen 🙂