LEVEL 3 - I Want You To Love Me ALBUM download by American Zen
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Romantic classic rock by The Hippy Coyote. 11 songs are followed by 12 poems featuring The Hippy Coyote on bass.
Folk rock to hard rock to poetry and blues, American Zen has created an album of radio hits and pop rock that attracts today's teenagers with its danceable drumming and melodies similar to The Beatles and The Kinks.
Only a few songs have Coyote's Jethro Tull style flute playing on them. Coyote's been focusing on his drumming for the past two years, and it paid off with an explosive and energetic style similar to Keith Moon of The Who and Ginger Baker of The Cream.
Rory's electric guitar playing also resembles the first few albums of Eric Clapton with Jack Bruce in The Cream. Only a little echo was added to Rory's electric guitar on this album, with his 50W Marshall and Tobacco Stratocaster creating the various guitar sounds.
The entire album was recorded with a "live" bass recorded at Shaolin Records but many songs were unusable due to problems with the old strings, not changed since recording the last album, LEVEL 2 = CHRIST KILLER. The original bass tracks can be heard on "I Want You To Love Me," and "Hurts To Know," among others.
After putting new strings on the bass, we discovered a new way to record, we'd never used before: a direct output from the Marshall amplifier could be plugged into the back of our ProTools Mbox, still giving us the tube sound and distortion, but making it easier to record late at night by cranking up the preamp...
This amp-direct method was used for the bass tracks of the poetry, weeks later. I don't know if it helped the sound, but I also ran the signal through a Direct Input box changing the signal to low impedence and running a microphone chord the rest of the way to the Mbox...
The poetry is sometimes difficult to hear, especially driving in a car with the windows down, but is even more difficult to hear because of some special effects I applied to some of the recordings. Coyote was a little shy about some of this poetry. Very personal stuff. Especially the love letter, "1,000 Sorrows For A Love." We experimented on friends and neighbors and discovered that people appreciated the special effects, which you require the listener to listen a little more than usual.
Enjoy our album.
This is where we are at and we are anxious to move forward and upward.