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C3 releases for June 19, 2015:
New! The 1980s C02 (One Hit Wonders) 3-pack
- Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (farottone)
- Johnny Hates Jazz – “Shattered Dreams” (farottone)
- Thomas Dolby – “She Blinded Me with Science” (GanonMetroid)
- Hall & Oates – “Kiss on My List” (drummerockband)
- Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams” (drummerockband ft. GanonMetroid)
- Hear ‘n Aid – “Stars” (farottone, shinymonkey, and TrojanNemo)
- Hear ‘n Aid – “Stars (Dueling Solos)” (farottone, shinymonkey, and TrojanNemo)
A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.
“Buckle up back there, we’re going into hyperactive.”
“Prepare ship for light speed!”
“No, no, no. Light speed is too slow. We’re gonna have to straight to ludicrous speed!”
“What the hell was that? The Eightiestravaganza…they’ve gone to plaid!”
We’re in the penultimate week of our majestic Eightiestravaganza, and it’s true — we’re going right into plaid. Every one of this week’s songs is dripping with 80s goodness, and every one is a mega-hit, even if they never surpassed that one hit. We even have a good spread of styles, though plenty of them are the synth-heavy 80s goofiness you expect. Check them all out, and buckle up for next week’s Space-amaze-balls finale!
Author comments for this week’s songs:
- “Kiss on My List” – drummerockband writes, “Surprised Harmonix didn’t release this with their H&O pack, but now it’s here anyway! This track is lots of fun on Keys and Vocals!”
- “You Make My Dreams” – drummerockband writes, “I was in SHOCK when I saw the HMX pack without this song. I thought it was the PERFECT song for RB3 features but HMX never released it, so here it is! Quick note: There’s 2 different guitars going on in this song, one in each speaker. So I only charted one of them, so if you think there may be some absent notes, just remember I only charted one of the guitars. :)”
- “Shattered Dreams” – farottone writes, “This may be a bit of an obscure gem, but it’s very catchy and it features 2 great percussion sections represented in games as solos on drums”
- “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – farottone writes, “One of the 80s’ anthems, this laid back tune is the first acappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. All instruments are voiced by Bobby McFerrin and are translated in game to guitar, keys, bass and drums, plus obviously harmonies. Surprisingly varied and interesting on drums and bass, it screams for chorus singalongs!”
- “Stars” – farottone has a lot to say about this epic song:
Who cries for the children? In 1985, Ronnie James Dio did. It was the Band Aid and USA for Africa era, and for those too young to remember, more specifically those were the times of We Are the World and of the hunger awareness all over the world through the release of music singles to raise money. They were mostly pop projects and it all changed when a supergroup of heavy metal artists was put together by Dio with the help of his band members. We’re talking all stars in the 80s metal scene: Dubrow, Dio, Tate, Halford and others on vocals and guitar gods like Campbell (Whitesnake and others), Malmsteen, Schon (Journey), Murray and Smith (Iron Maiden). The group/project was called Hear ‘n Aid and they produced Stars, an 8 minute guitar shredding bonanza. I strongly encourage you to look up this project because it really was a thing of beauty, on YouTube you can find the full documentary split in parts.
Anyway, this is one of those things that won’t ever make it to the Rock Band platform and that deserve a nice treatment. So, here it is, a real gem that we tried to polish as much as possible for you to enjoy. The “normal” version has harmonies, guitar, bass and drums. Drums is pretty straightforward but keep in mind that there were two drummers in the original, so in a couple of spots you will actually hear two different drum lines, although you will obviously play only one. Bass is nothing to write home about but still a solid track. Guitar is basically for skilled players. It contains a 4 minute solo recorded by incredible guitar players, so it’s gonna be tough…
Harmonies deserve a chapter apart. Now, the song was sung by 8 different singers, alternating phrases. To reproduce the experience what we did was having each harmony line assigned to a group of singers. That way, with three microphones you can have 3 singers alternating. Here is the breakdown:
Harmony 1 – Ronnie James Dio (Dio), Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
Harmony 2 – Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Paul Shortino (Rought Cutt, Quiet Riot)
Harmony 3 – Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot), Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Don Dokken (Dokken)
During choruses, Harmony 1 is the lead voice and 2 and 3 are backing vocals.
Dueling Solos version: Now, the main solo for the song is a series of 6 solos played by different artists. To replicate the structure here is an alternate version of the song. Outside of the main solo section, bass will be bass. During the main solo section, bass will become guitar and guitar 1 and 2 will alternate: while one plays solo 1, 3 and 5, the other plays rhythm. And you can guess what happens with solo 2, 4 and 6. This also gives the player a nice rest after each solo.
Production value – As said, this is a very special project and I really lured TrojanNemo into doing A LOT of work, and boy did he ever. Besides the usual excellent work on animations he also did a spectacular job on the practice sessions. Each and every phrase for the singers has a practice sessions, appropriately named with the singer’s name. And all the sub-solos have practice sessions, again with the guitarist’s name. So, a huge public thank to Nemo for the incredible work he did and, well, enjoy!
Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:
- Middle Class Rut – “New Low”: Vocals corrections.
- Middle Class Rut – “Lifelong Dayshift”: Vocals corrections.
See you next Friday!