April 26, 2013 – “Son of a Preacher Man”, The Beatles, Santo & Johnny, and Mizuki Nana!


We’ve got an eclectic mix of singles this week — three songs that would be at home on a pop radio station in 1968, and…J-Pop! As a special treat, two of our pre-1970 songs this week feature full frequency banded multitracks, expertly hand-crafted by C3 contributor Orange Harrison!

  • The Beatles – “This Boy” (Orange Harrison)
  • Dusty Springfield – “Son of a Preacher Man” (Nyxyxylyth)
  • Mizuki Nana – “Innocent Starter” (LyokoFreaks)
  • Santo & Johnny – “Sleep Walk” (Orange Harrison)

New! The Beatles – “This Boy” (Orange Harrison)

C3 contributor Orange Harrison is one of the most dedicated Beatles fans we know, and with The Beatles’ fanbase, that’s saying something. He’s put his dedication into this fully multitracked custom from 1963, the B-side from “I Want to Hold Your Hand”: “This Boy”. The song, which also features Pro Guitar/Bass, would be right at home next to multitracked songs from The Beatles: Rock Band.

Orange Harrison discusses his customs (and other things) on his Tumblr.

New! Dusty Springfield – “Son of a Preacher Man” (Nyxyxylyth)

Yes he was! Nyxyxylyth, who brought you ELO and Pink Floyd with The Rapture, is back this week with more classic rock: Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man”. This 1968 hit, which you may know from the radio or Pulp Fiction, reached the top 10 in the US and UK upon release. It also has Pro Guitar/Bass, with a surprisingly difficult bass part (even on 5-lane)!

New! Mizuki Nana – “Innocent Starter” (LyokoFreaks)

Rock Band: Japan may not have panned out, but that’s not stopping LyokoFreaks (and some RBN authors!) from bringing J-Rock and J-Pop to the platform. Mizuki Nana’s 2004 single “Innocent Starter” is a fairly rocking J-Pop anthem that’s also the theme song to the anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Mizuki Nana herself is also an accomplished voice actress, with roles in Darker than Black, Love Hina, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and dozens more.

New! Santo & Johnny – “Sleep Walk” (Orange Harrison)

Orange Harrison isn’t just about The Beatles, and Rock Band‘s selection of early rock & roll isn’t either. Santo & Johnny’s instrumental “Sleep Walk” was a #1 hit when it came out in 1959, and we feature it this week with full multitracks, hand-made with the same frequency banding technique used on “This Boy”. You go, Glen Coco Orange Harrison!

See you next Friday!

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23 comments on “April 26, 2013 – “Son of a Preacher Man”, The Beatles, Santo & Johnny, and Mizuki Nana!

  1. Preacher Man is so good it hurts. HUGE props to OH for his work on those two songs. And glad to see some J-Rock/Pop hitting the platform.

  2. Wow, this looks amazing! I hope we get more J-Rock in the future. I’d love to see some Maximum the Hormone or Rin Toshite Shigure.

  3. To address briefly a number of comments about the kind of music we have released (all very polite, by the way, it’s just to explain the process better), I would point out that while we are trying very hard to keep the game alive by providing something that really looks like what Harmonix used to do, we follow a completely different thought process.

    We don’t set out to find what our customers would like to buy and then try to get that music, because we have no customers. These releases are comprised of songs C3 members and contributing authors have put together over the course of months (in my case, the Led Zeppelin pack was authored March 2012) because they love that kind of music, and now, week by week, we fill our schedule with what they have.

    It all looks so good, IMO, that you may forget we are not authoring what we think “sells” but what we love and choose to share with the community. A full band custom is a difficult to imagine kind of task in terms of man power and hours we sink into it, so it’s not a matter of choosing a schedule as much as a matter of filling the schedule with that we have done and we have ready for release.

  4. I don’t care where you come up with the ideas, I just like having “new” songs to play. It’s always awesome when a song that I know & love is made available, but I’ll take anything that I can get. I’ll grab all 4, thankyouverymuch.

  5. LoL, you guys must be mind-readers…
    It just came to my mind how much I would like Son of a Preacher Man to be in RB about 2 days ago *____*

  6. Love Sleepwalk….always remember the song in Steven King’s Sleepwalkers and La Bamba….Can’t wait to play this one tonight. Thanks guys. 🙂

  7. Nyxyxylyth, I’d like to add the 5-lane guitar and bass charts to the dusty springfield song, unless you have your own plans for it. (you use REAPER I presume?)

    • You either are joking or 1) didn’t try the chart and 2) don’t understand what we do as a group. We would never release a song missing an instrument. All the songs will have all the instruments charted. Not all have pro guitar/bass, so we feature that on the videos but it’s implied that 5-lane is charted…or you’re just joking. Not sure. It’s late.

      • No Joke, I am away from home this weekend, so true I didn’t
        try the chart. I am just going by what the picture above shows since it is only showing pro guitar and bass on that image. I am charting my own Guitar customs for various Rock Songs from 70’s thru 90’s and also the random oldie. So I just wanted to see the song done right. Thanks for doing this.

  8. once again, for you and anyone else. if you pay close attention to the different images, you see that the “pro” marker comes on and off depending on whether the song has pro charts. there are no separate lines for pro instruments and 5-lane instruments. the songs will always have the 5 lane instruments.

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