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UpTeekin demot tiistaisin klo 19.20. Demo-osuutta isännöi Radiomafian Olli
Riitalan CD:n mukana ei tullut saatekirjettä, joten minulla ei ole
hajuakaan, mistä Riitala on kotoisin tai mikä on hänen musiikillinen
historiansa. Riitalan musiikki kuitenkin kuulostaa siltä, että herra on
soitellut ennenkin. Täytyy sanoa, että harvoin näin täydellistä
popmusiikkia kuulee. Melodiat tarttuvat kuin takiaiset villapaitaan ja
jokainen stemma ja mauste on juuri oikealla paikallaan. Musiikki kuulostaa
kaikinpuolin ammattimaiselta ja kutittaa varmasti monen aikuisemman
popmusiikin ystävän makuhermoa
Demotohtori suosittelee kappaletta Mine All Mine.
Free (i.e. unofficial) translation:
There was no letter with Riitala's CD, so I haven't got a clue where he
is from or what his musical history is. Riitala's music, however, sounds like
the guy's been playing already before. It must be said that only rarely one
hears as perfect pop music as this. Melodies stick like burrs to a sweater,
and each part and spice is exactly in the right place. The music sounds
professional in all respects, and will certainly tickle the taste nerves of
many friends of more adult pop music.
Demo doctor recommends "Mine All Mine".
Magnetic Filings: Acid Rain Expected, Imperventus
My current favorite on the tape is Jari Riitala's "Acid Rain
Expected". That piece has style! It has a real good feel, especially
considering the time signature of 9/4. A real toe-tapper...
Jari Riitala ACID RAIN EXPECTED-- this is in 9/4? I was totally oblivious
to that fact. I just thought it was really good for toe tapping.
Jari's stuff is very nicely arranged. Imperventus keeps jumping from style
to style schitzophrenically, which makes it a real blast. I'm particularly
impressed with the percussion work since it sounds like somebody's really
playing the drums. The D-110 drum sounds aren't that realistic, so this is
quite an achievement.
(to be added)
Sub-Culture: Blue Room
The Songs Of The Big List(s): If You Want Me
Robinson (this guy is a Pro
with a capital P, check him out!): "Professional sounding
backingtrack. WAY too much reverb on vox. Good bassplaying! I've heard his
other music, and I think the odd time signature stuff is more compelling. Nice
Shredmistress Rynata: "Nice
everything , drums, vocals (very smooooth), keys, guitar yeah - top 40
material - bass a "tad" too boomy perhaps, depends on the playback
system - drums could use a small variation from the pattern from time to time
- nice Fender Rhodes sim - I not sure I'm crazy about the particular reverb
effect used on the vocals - but all in all, preeetttyy nice...."
polito: "Clean up
some of those background vocals man and you have a timeless classic here."
Victor Paul: "Boz
Scaggs comes to mind. Also Al Green. This is really well done. Again I was
fooled into thinking that this was a band, but it's just one guy. Amazing.
Real nice vocals. Top notch guitar solo. I wanted the end piano solo to keep
going. Very impressive. My compliments."
Thomas Lundstroem: "Very
nice, smooth stereo-mix. Vocals maybe a little louder. No guitars here,
right?" [only seven!] "Very nice piece of work, neighbour."
The Fab(ricated) Four: Hey Bulldog
Solo Piano Comp: Theme From My Pencil
Guitar Gods: Bitter, Sweet & Sour
Amazing Grace: Amazing Grace
Songs Of The Big Lists 2000 – Together Again:
"Mine All Mine"
Songs Of The Big List(s) 2001 – A Digital
Odyssey (2002) – "Say It Again",
"Collaboration" with Bill Lieske
Badfinger (2001) – "Name Of The Game" (Pete Ham)
Dan Matovina, the author of "Without You: The tragic story of
"Name of The Game" was a innovative version, as greatly re-configuring
a classic is often the best way to pay tribute to an almost perfect original.
Really enjoyed that.
95BPM - A Big List Compilation (2002) – "Speed Limit"
VS-Planet Compilation III (2002) (see VSPlanet Compilation CD Projects) –
Dan Barnes (VS-Planet Planetoidal
One / Artist # 20, Member # 7):
15. Soul Healing - riitala
Masterfully performed, and recorded song. Very soulful. Consummate B3 sound.
Fingers (VS-Planet Planeteer, Member # 786):
riitala ~ Soul Healing
Well it's about time this kind of song showed up on the Compilation. You
need that sound in there. Otherwise . . . .
Groove. Groove a mile wide. My woman of the moment is swaying to this one. Good
Very good vocal there. You must have sung professionally? I don't know much
about you . . never seen you at the Planet .. my fault.
Cool organ bits. What kind of keyboard? The Leslie effect is bang on. Sounds
like you got your Hammond chops well together some time ago.
Backing vocals are superb . . . is that all you? I don't know what else to add
except that I want to hear a lot more of what you have to offer . . . is that a
real fretless bass, or a keyboard?
Still love that Hammond sound. Nice.
Great groove. Sweet. Lush. Low. Down.
Pressed For Time (Time Stands Still) (2002) – "Waiting In Blue"
120 Beats Per Minute – Another Big List Compilation (2004) –
"Substantially Altered State", "Skeery Jazz", "120
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