Rock cover of a traditional Greek song

Rock cover of a traditional Greek song

Hi guys,
2021 is the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independance from the Ottoman empire so I decided to do that tribute song.
It’s not compete yet (reverbs & delays are missing for the most part and lead & back vocals will be sung again) but what do you think so far?

This is the original song.

And this is our cover.

I’m listening on an iPad, so I can’t really speak about the finer details of the recording.

I first listened to about 50 seconds of the original recording and then I listened to your cover version. The first thing that struck me was the key change and that your singer sounded more ‘westernized’ to my ear. Neither thing struck me as negative or positive.

I really started enjoying your version when the overdriven guitars and keyboards/ organ kicked in. The keyboards/ organ kind of gave me a 70’s rock vibe. A slight Deep Purple vibe, just a tiny bit.

I like the rock element you’ve added to this. Nice job!

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Thx for the reply Wicked!

Yes, this is intentional. He is a mixture of rock and traditional singer (loves both genres) so I thought he’d fit the needs of the song.

Probably some guitar could be introduced from the beginning of the song. It sounds a bit empty to me.

Anyway, still a work in progress!
I appreciate the comments!

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Very cool idea @ManAbyss I like this a lot, you have helped our western ears expand which is great. A phrygian mode type guitar solo would be cool too. It seems like you might be able to get the vocal to sit better against the guitar, maybe it’s just me.

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Opa! :beerbanger: Cool topic.

I think I like how the intro is less intense, a bit traditional maybe, and then the guitars come in. I think that part works. Music overall is very nice, good guitars though slightly fizzy/scratchy sounding in the high end. Is it real amps, or sims? Good lead vocal, which may be a keeper, though a few minor ‘pitchy’ places there … so if you redo it and the performance overall is as good as this one that would work. Some (or more) reverb on the lead vocal might be desirable. I do think it should be front and center, though it comes across a bit strong and some space could soften it just a bit. Nice bridge/interlude at 1:28, helps move the song along.

My first impression was an LCR panning scheme, I could clearly hear the center elements (especially vocals) as separate from the wide panned ones like guitars. That’s good for separation and clarity, but almost felt like there was some empty space in the sound stage. Could barely hear any backing vocals so maybe those could be panned out away from the lead a bit? The backing vocals I can hear sound very low in pitch and so it’s hard to tell where they are coming from.

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It’s Andy James Tonality plugin. I experimented with Slate’s Fresh Air on them. I obviously overdid it :grin:

Of course. Just waiting to get the final take and work on it then.

You are right, it is mixed LCR. I’ll try moving things around and see what I come up with!

Thanks so much Stan for the detailed review!

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