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Old 29th August 2007
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"Glassy" Mix Tape

I'm making a sort of educational mix-tape to showcase the "Glassy" production style of the late 70's and early/mid 80's for a friend. I want it to be about 10-13 songs and although I want them to mainly be focused on the similar sonic qualities I would like them to actually be good songs where possible.

So far I have (in no particular order):

1. Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parson's Project
2. Can't Go For That - Hall and Oates
3. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
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I figured this might be a vaguely fun thing to do for a Wednesday and I would greatly appreciate your suggestions!
Old 29th August 2007
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Al Stewart "Year of the Cat"
anything by Duran Duran
Old 29th August 2007
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If you'd like a surprise, check out the new Tesla, Reel To Reel. IMO, it's one of the best sounding CD's to come out in a long, long time.

To add to your list, anything Steely Dan.
Old 29th August 2007
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Roxy Music

Avalon or More Than This

I remember Toto IV sounding like that but maybe don't subject them to that.
Old 29th August 2007
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I'm making a sort of educational mix-tape to showcase the "Glassy" production style of the late 70's and early/mid 80's for a friend. I want it to be about 10-13 songs and although I want them to mainly be focused on the similar sonic qualities I would like them to actually be good songs where possible.

So far I have (in no particular order):

1. Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parson's Project
2. Can't Go For That - Hall and Oates
3. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.


I figured this might be a vaguely fun thing to do for a Wednesday and I would greatly appreciate your suggestions!
Good start.

Just look for the most boring music of the era... don't forget Aja.

And -- for heaven's sake -- do not forget Toto.

Yes, Toto, too.


Just thinking about it makes me want to put on God Save the Queen.

Really loud.

But since my cat is grooving to some truly hauntingly lovely Pentangle tracks, maybe I'll just wait on that.

PS... Am I the only one who thought Aja ought to be pronounced, "ah ha"?
Old 29th August 2007
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Assuming I know what you mean by "glassy..."

Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now"
Wham "Careless Whispers"
Til Tuesday "Voices Carry"
Mr. Mister "Kyrie"
Bryan Adams "Cuts Like a Knife"

Actually, "Eye in the Sky" isn't what I would call "glassy" at all. It's pretty dry and upfront for that era. "Old and Wise" from the same album might be "glassier."
Old 29th August 2007
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Roxy Music

Avalon or More Than This
i agree
Old 29th August 2007
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Aerosmith "Janies got a Gun"
Old 29th August 2007
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Old 30th August 2007
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glassy but good songs?

mj - billie jean.

yes - owner of a lonely heart.

phil collins - in the air.

the smiths - how soon is now?


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Old 30th August 2007
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Oh wow some great suggestions here, this is exactly the kind of help I needed - Thanks everyone!

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mj - billie jean.
yes - owner of a lonely heart.
phil collins - in the air.
Definitely.

I'm not sure I can get that particular Smiths song messed up in this, I think I like it too much. It does have some of the same qualities though - we'll have to see.

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Roxy Music

Avalon or More Than This
Yes!

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Assuming I know what you mean by "glassy..."

Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now"
Wham "Careless Whispers"
Til Tuesday "Voices Carry"
Mr. Mister "Kyrie"
Bryan Adams "Cuts Like a Knife
I think you know exactly what I mean by "glassy". I think Hold Me Now is a great choice!

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...for heaven's sake -- do not forget Toto.
I'm not really up on my Toto, I might have to get a bit more help with this. Although I'm not sure how well it's going to fit into my "glassy and somewhat listenable" requirement. Same goes for any Aerosmith after Live From Texas.

So far it's looking a bit more like this (play order needs some work):

1. Old and Wise - The Alan Parson's Project
2. Can't Go For That - Hall and Oates
3. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
4. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
5. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
6. Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
7. In The Air - Phil Collins
8. Avalon - Roxy Music
9. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
10. Do It Again - Steely Dan
11.
12.
13.

God, they're starting to look pretty frightening all lined up there - I might need to put in some more Roxy or that Smiths song just to make it a bit more digestible. Maybe this wasn't such a great idea...


Any more suggestions? =D
Old 30th August 2007
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Spandau ballet Chant no 1 or gold, talking heads once in a lifetime heh

Perhaps something with blondie aswell, atomic or rapture?
Old 30th August 2007
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Anything by Supertramp....
Old 30th August 2007
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Boy Meets Girl "If you run" or "waiting for a star" --- very listenable melodic and way too glassy!

Prince --- Purple Rain

Chris DeBurgh --- Lady in red (please don't put this one on)

Grace Jones --- Any of her 80s stuff (Pull up to the bumper)

Top Gun sound track (? can't remember)

Cutting Crew --- I just died in your arms tonight

Kim Carnes --- Bette Davis Eyes
Old 30th August 2007
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this one has to go on the list


Bailey Phillp - Walking On The Chinese Wall
Old 30th August 2007
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Boy Meets Girl "If you run" or "waiting for a star" --- very listenable melodic and way too glassy!

Prince --- Purple Rain

Chris DeBurgh --- Lady in red (please don't put this one on)

Grace Jones --- Any of her 80s stuff (Pull up to the bumper)

Top Gun sound track (? can't remember)

Cutting Crew --- I just died in your arms tonight

Kim Carnes --- Bette Davis Eyes
Nice! The Prince and Grace Jones will definitely make it a bit more of an enjoyable listening experience. I think I will pass on the Chris DeBurgh and Cutting Crew if you don't mind =)

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Spandau ballet Chant no 1 or gold, talking heads once in a lifetime
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Anything by Supertramp....
Yes! now we're talking.

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Bailey Phillp - Walking On The Chinese Wall
I'll have to investigate this one if it has to go on the list!

Thanks guys!
Old 30th August 2007
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Wow.

That is a great thread.

My contribution. Rio by Duran Duran.

I bet you are hearing the same couple of Lexicons again and again in this list.
Old 30th August 2007
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Maybe the "glassiest" record ever is "Wouldn't It Be Good" by Nik Kershaw. Trevor Horn production, the LA horn section that played on the Toto records, gobs of RMX16... But one of the weirdest records, too -- an utterly fantastic hook, but the rest of the song sounds (to me anyway) totally unfinished. If he had only bothered to make the rest of the song a quarter as good as the hook, he would have had a monster hit. Worth checking out.
Old 30th August 2007
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O[SNIP]...

I'm not really up on my Toto, I might have to get a bit more help with this. Although I'm not sure how well it's going to fit into my "glassy and somewhat listenable" requirement...

...[SNIP]
Oh... I guess I missed the "somewhat listenable" requirement, there. heh

Still, when I was studying recording at two of the very few then-accredited community college rec arts programs back in the early 80s (I went through two, simultaneously... anything for recording time... it was full immersion), at the suburban school, almost all of my (younger) fellow students could not stop talking about two bands: Toto and Rush. Rush and Toto. It's all I heard from those nice folks. Since I was very definitely into punk and new music (not the stuff that later became known as "new wave," mind you, I'm thinkin' Gang of Four, Magazine, etc, and most definitely not stuff like the Cars and the Police, Romantics, Kagegugu, etc), it just seemed so wrong to me for these 20 year olds to be so immersed in such, um, well, whitebread bands. (I guess Rush seems almost kind of dangerous and edgy compared to Toto but, me, I always thought they were... not my thing. I did like some of the prog bands, Can, Gentle Giant, Soft Machine, the edgier stuff from King Crimson, and so on. But Rush was just not my thing.)

Anyhow... who cares what old men like? Not even old women...

heh
Old 31st August 2007
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PS a couple more!


"Glassy" ---

I always think of Scritti Politti "The Word Girl" or "Wood Beez", --- cold "digital" sound

Chaka Khan -- "I feel for you"

Trevor Horn stuff? --- Yes "Owner of a lonely heart"

Luther Vandross --- "I really didn't mean it"
Old 1st September 2007
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"How Deep Is Your Love" - Bee Gees

Glassy as hell. Attack of the glassy BG vocals right off the bat!
Old 1st September 2007
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Some Abba perhaps? Super Trouper I seem to remember as being pretty glassy...

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