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Old 02-15-2020, 06:58 AM
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(Where you believe) the song would be better if one of the instruments were removed.


Case in point: Burnin' for You by Blue Öyster Cult. It's a good, hard-rock'n tune. But IMO it would be even better & heavier if they would have omitted the keyboard track and simply stuck with guitars. It sounds especially cheesy in the chorus from 1:39 to 1:41.
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Genesis "Ripples".
https://youtu.be/Dol5N1SbYl0

Tony Banks' keyboards pretty much shit all over Steve Hackett's beautifully haunting guitar solo. (Instrumental passage starts about four minutes in.)
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Case in point: Burnin' for You by Blue Öyster Cult. It's a good, hard-rock'n tune. But IMO it would be even better & heavier if they would have omitted the keyboard track and simply stuck with guitars. It sounds especially cheesy in the chorus from 1:39 to 1:41.
Yeah, less keyboard....but MORE COWBELL!

I know it’s an iconic part of the songs, but I’d like to hear The Who’s "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" recorded without the synths. I think they overly tame the Moon/Townshend dynamic of near chaos by inserting what is essentially a metronome into the mix.
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Remove the piano from Debussy's CLAIRE DE LUNE and you get John Cage's 4'33". Easy.
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The siren-like guitar loop in R.E.M.'s Leave dominates and ruins the whole song, the only weak point on an otherwise great album.
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The way too ubiqitous Yamaha DX7 off most records in the 80s.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:18 PM
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Case in point: Burnin' for You by Blue Öyster Cult. It's a good, hard-rock'n tune. But IMO it would be even better & heavier if they would have omitted the keyboard track and simply stuck with guitars. It sounds especially cheesy in the chorus from 1:39 to 1:41.
You must be psychic, because I've always felt the same exact way about that song.
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The way too ubiqitous Yamaha DX7 off most records in the 80s.
Those sounds actually seem to be slowly becoming fashionable again. See Beck's single "Neverending Days." Don't know if it's DX7 sounds, but it's definitely a throwback to 80s FM synths. I liked them, then I hated them, and now I'm back to liking them for certain types of sounds. You want "glassy" synth sounds, bells, synthy electric pianos, rubber bandy basses, the DX7 and FM synths are where it's at. (And yes, I know a lot of people are going to say "no" to those sounds, but I think they have their place.)
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“While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Lose the fuckin’ guitar.
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Suggs's cover of Cecilia is a pretty good reggae-ish groove...but that damn whistling noise that seemed to be fucking obligatory in the 90s really doesn't improve it.
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Springsteen's Born To Run. Loose the fuckin' bells. Bells are not musical instruments, Goddammit! They go on little girls bicycle handlebars.

Song would still suck, but not as much.
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All that Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" needs is to lose that police siren. It just doesn't fit the song.
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