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Paolo Conti


From:
France
Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 2:01 pm     Reply with quote

Here is the band Kanis & Lou playing the song South Sea Island Magic. The steel arrangement is inspired by Basil Henriques beautiful version.
The steel guitar is a Rickenbacker SW 8, with a great stand made by deluxe34

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQTL-WNmT1o

The steel is maybe a bit low in the mix but the voice deserved to be highlighted... it's my girlfriend who's singing Smile
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 2:13 pm     Reply with quote

I like it! Very Happy
Erv
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Nic Neufeld


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Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 6:19 pm     Reply with quote

Love it too...great steel playing, and the vocals are nice (the French accent/minor mispronunciations are completely forgiveable)!

This is the version of the song I was previously acquainted with:
https://archive.org/details/TapaRoomTapes/51+South+Sea+Island+Magic.mp3


Hey, if I was in France, I'd be maneuvering to get into your band as a bassist, at least! Wink
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Doug Beaumier


From:
Northampton, MA
Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 8:09 pm     Reply with quote

Very nice! Very sweet. Who wouldn't like it? Smile
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James Hartman


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Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 6:34 am     Reply with quote

Very nice. All of it. Tambourine played with brushes is remarkably effective, and yes, great job on the vocal. That's you on steel, Paolo? Tasteful understated accompaniment.
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Ken Campbell


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Ferndale, Montana
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 6:56 am     Reply with quote

Really great. Tasteful and well executed.
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Sebastian Müller


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Berlin / Germany
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 7:32 am     Reply with quote

Nice one, Paolo !
Good idea with the brushes on the Tambourine !
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Mike A Holland


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 7:47 am     Reply with quote

I thought that was great. Looking forward to hearing more!
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Paolo Conti


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France
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 12:28 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you guys! Your comment are much appreciated.

Nic, thank you for the link, great material there!

James, yes that's my steel, I bought it from a Parisian friend a few months ago. It was my first Rickenbacker, and wow I like so much the sound coming from this instrument.

We'll post more in the very next weeks.
Thanks again!
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Daryl Brooke


From:
Key West, Fl
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 7:45 pm     Reply with quote

Nice!
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Bill Burch


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California, USA
Post Posted 1 Dec 2017 9:04 pm     Reply with quote

Love it. Nice job everyone!

Bill
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Andrea Tazzini


From:
Massa, Italy
Post Posted 2 Dec 2017 8:57 am     Reply with quote

Paolo, well played and a sweet voice, compliments!
Andrea
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Jim Mckay


From:
New Zealand
Post Posted 2 Dec 2017 11:12 am     Reply with quote

That's beautiful Paolo. Perfect balance of sound with lovely steel, vocals, bass and brushes.
Is your volume pedal reverse acting? I have often wondered about trying that to see if it feels more natural.
Jerry Byrd used a reverse acting pedal (and also his left foot).
Love to hear more when you post them, thanks again Paolo and the rest of your band.
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Paolo Conti


From:
France
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 4:40 am     Reply with quote

Daryl, Bill, Jim and Andrea, thank you for your kind words.

Jim, my volume pedal is a Ernie Ball, normal acting.
It seems to be a long trip before mastering the way you blend right hand action and pedal action to control the volume.
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Chris Templeton


From:
The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 5:25 am     Reply with quote

Si belle! L'équilibre est bon. Vous devez passer du bon temps ensemble. Attention aux chutes de noix de coco!
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Paolo Conti


From:
France
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 7:30 am     Reply with quote

Thank you Chris! More afraid to receive hailstones than coconuts by this season Wink
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Nic Neufeld


From:
Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 10:03 am     Reply with quote

Hi Paolo...just curious, what tuning are you using in this? And Basil's version that you mention, is that online anywhere? I'd like to start tinkering around with it myself, its a great song.
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Paolo Conti


From:
France
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 10:55 am     Reply with quote

Hi Nic,
I am using C6th tuning with a high G and the low A tuned up to Bb.
You can find the song as a part of a live Basil published a few years ago I think:
http://www.waikiki-islanders.com/html/live_2.html

Send him a message and he will tell you more.
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Paul Honeycutt


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 2:35 pm     Reply with quote

That was sweet. You captured the spirit of the song.
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Joe Burke


From:
Toronto, Canada
Post Posted 5 Dec 2017 6:47 pm     Reply with quote

I’ve watched this at least 6 times. Love it.
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Nic Neufeld


From:
Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 6 Dec 2017 5:36 am     Reply with quote

Paolo Conti wrote:
Hi Nic,
I am using C6th tuning with a high G and the low A tuned up to Bb.
You can find the song as a part of a live Basil published a few years ago I think:
http://www.waikiki-islanders.com/html/live_2.html
Send him a message and he will tell you more.


After tinkering around with it, I can understand why that high fifth string is so useful on this tune. Maybe someday I'll give up low C!

Another version I happened on recently, from Hawaii Calls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vkZFlXRMlY

Not sure if its Jules Ah See or someone else (recorded in '59) but I picked up a vinyl copy on eBay for fairly cheap, maybe the liner notes will clarify once it arrives.
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