Monday, March 13, 2006

put on your black dress

I like demo recordings. They are the essence of the song before the music recording 'professionals' get to them and spoil them with their fancy gizmos. A good example would be the Elliot Smith demos which were remixed into 'from a basement on the hill' (you can listen to them here). This demo was made by Tanya Donelly for the first Belly album and I have to say that, as much as I love the album version, the demo is better. Whatcha reckon?

belly (tanya donelly) - white belly (demo)

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coxon le woof said...

That's such a good version.

Haven't listened to Belly in ages. First album was ace secnd was a bit meh! Did you ever hear the bside 'Thief'. Just a beautiful song.

jonny mo said...

i was sitting here uploading a copy of star to my ipod and browsed to your page off a random "hot burrito#1" google search.

i always think tanya's vocals are a lot more fragile in demo form. you can listen to a full band belly version of the track anytime, but her lone vocals make you actually sit and listen to the track.

Tim Young said...

Thanks for your comments guys.

I have heard thief .. another fave! I'd love to hear it in demo form too!

I'm glad you agree that demos are good .. did you hear the Elliot Smith Twilight demo??

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