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Title: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: raymonda on October 01, 2016, 03:49:53 PM
I just picked up a vinyl copy of Bob's new album. Hand on heart, outside of Ace, I don't think Bob has released an album that held my interest or attention and some have made me cringe. That has all changed with the release of this album. This is without a doubt his best individual effort to date. This is a very comfortable and mature album. The song writing is in the singer song writer genre, much like Bob Dylan's recent efforts over the past 10 years or so.

These songs will enter your ear much like your tired old foot enters your favorite slipper. The songs are more reflective of life's journey than girls, booze and cars, "thank god"! The only critic I have is that at times his overly reverberant vocals are a bit too much when contrast against a more dry sounding mix. But, I'll accept this as an effect and not be too critical.

This might be my favorite release of the year and I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't get a Grammy nomination for this effort. The engineering and sound is also A plus, too!
Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: raymonda on October 01, 2016, 03:53:55 PM
And......if I was to vote, he would get a Grammy, too.
Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: raymonda on October 01, 2016, 03:55:43 PM
The album ends with "One More River to Cross", if that song doesn't make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, well, your not breathing.
Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: rigpimp on October 26, 2016, 12:50:17 PM
I think that it is peculiar how people's ears have different preferences. 

The song-writing is nice and easy but to me, but the reverb on this album sounds horribly over-produced, makes me dizzy and want to vomit.
Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: danlynch on October 26, 2016, 12:58:03 PM

I agree.  They've played with his voice so much that my wife, who attended probably 100 GD shows, didn't recognize him. 

That, among other issues, is part of the reason why I actually can't stand this album.
Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: raymonda on October 26, 2016, 02:05:49 PM
If you can listen through the over processed vocals you might find that you like it. The engineer was obviously trying do something to manage Bob's voice, which has lost much of it timbre and range. I would have done differently and let it sound ragged it all of it's glory, with only a slight amount of reverb and in level with the rest of the band. But, it is what it is and fortunately I can see (hear) the trees from the forest and enjoy this release.
Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: rigpimp on October 26, 2016, 04:42:56 PM
If you can listen through the over processed vocals you might find that you like it. The engineer was obviously trying do something to manage Bob's voice, which has lost much of it timbre and range. I would have done differently and let it sound ragged it all of it's glory, with only a slight amount of reverb and in level with the rest of the band. But, it is what it is and fortunately I can see (hear) the trees from the forest and enjoy this release.

I'll give it another chance Ray! 

I'm sure that I still have my GD blinders on.

Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: ts on October 27, 2016, 06:02:37 PM
Three good videos in this link:

https://t.co/QBfY90FC3T

And no annoying reverb.
Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: weroflu on October 28, 2016, 02:47:56 AM
haiku reply

old mens' uncombed hair
wasn't quite wispy enough
turn up the reverb



Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: 108Ω on November 06, 2016, 05:46:07 PM

I agree.  They've played with his voice so much that my wife, who attended probably 100 GD shows, didn't recognize him. 

That, among other issues, is part of the reason why I actually can't stand this album.

It sounds just like he does in person to me.
Perhaps a little less mumble, but that is clearly intent and the excitement of the moment.

Cowboy Bob isn't for everyone, I can understand that.
"Handheld Mics Killed Country Music"...  reverb is tradition from an era gone, but worth remembering.

Title: Re: Bob Weir's new album Blue Mountain
Post by: Nick's Picks on November 08, 2016, 08:07:42 AM
I like the overall sound.  reminds me of Dylans "Time out of Mind" .   sort of an antiquated old-timey feel
that just works.