Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CROSS EYED MARY/ JETHRO TULL PT.2: The Evolution of a Classic ... From IAN ANDERSON/ JETHRO TULL to IRON MAIDEN to THE IRON MAIDENS **** UPDATE & CHANGE'S

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This is basically a musician's posting more or less, to look at the evolution of a classic piece and how it's expressed and refined over time, a piece to be included in this journal's honour roll society. This is one of those classic tune's that so many drew inspiration from and certainly it had it's impact on me, for instance when I was going over Dave's home studio 4- track guitar piece a couple week's ago in Arlington and looking at different angle's to build on it, although his influence in his original had nothing to do with Tull's work, when I thought of lyric's to add and a direction to take it, looking at his rhythm pattern/ power chord's, what first inspired my thought was quickly Iron Maiden's work as far as their cover of Crossed Eyed Mary back in the 1980's of the classic Ian Anderson (Tull) composition ... but that was what first clicked as far as inspiring what I would do to it. This has been a classic that has been also covered by so many, I myself have loved it since it's original presentation by Tull and it's been one I've held close to heart for year's, and was just thrilled when icon's like Maiden, and later Metallica covered it as well. Just about every guitarist I've known covered it, even 2 girlfriend's from year's back, Margie Salazar as well as Gwen Taylor covered it on bass, also covered by the all girl band called The Iron Maidens ... so this is just a great piece here that I wanted to look at as far as it's original and a couple fine reworx of it from Metallica and Maiden, and Bruce Dickinson's (Iron Maiden) vocal work on this is A+ by far .... Enjoy! {: )



**** UPDATE & CHANGE (Friday 24 May 2013) ... Sadly the Metallica video that I had posted here of Metallica's cover of Cross Eyed Mary is a phoney ... not that the production of this piece wasnt good, it was great, however ... I cannot knowingly being a musician myself let this continue to stay on this posting. I became a tad suspicious while just enjoying this cover work by Metallica simply because of James Hetfield's vocal work, is what caught my atencion ... his range was almost identical as to Bruce Dickinson's of Iron Maiden, which knowing Hetfield's work, made me wonder why the sudden octave range change so much later in his career? ... it doesnt seem natural, unless he had some type of vocal cord surgery or something I reckon ... just something didnt add up. Bottom line, it was NOT Metallica doing this cover, but a rigged up independently engineered fantasy sort of video/ song, using Iron Maiden's audio studio tape's spliced in or whatever. So to replace it I used the all girl group "The Iron Maidens" actual cover version "live". I intitially also wanted to post these gal's work, and because Kirsten Rosenberg (aka Bruce Chickinson) really is a kick ass vocalist (I love this gal) ... but the sound engineering and production were not very good on what was offered, however the crew themselves is very tight and does a great job, I would have just liked to have a more pro type studio cut here to have posted.



***** PD/ RCJ: "IAN ANDERSON/ JETHRO TULL" PART 1


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***** "RCJ MUSIC/ ART'S HONOUR ROLL SOCIETY" N THRU Z




Jethro Tull- 1971 Cross- Eyed Mary (Live 1976) ... Thanx to UNDERWWRAPS2





Iron Maiden- Cross- Eyed Mary ... Thanx to THEIRONMAIDENVAULT





The Iron Maidens- Cross Eyed Mary ... Thanx to THUNDERFLARE






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2 comments:

James Joiner said...

Was never a Metallica freak but sure loved my Tull. I hnlyagra ofave to laugh, that is you Tull! How the fuck are you and yours? Well I trust.

Ranch Chimp said...

I really liked the old school Metallica, and got to spend some time back then with ole Kirk (guitarist and Cliff RIP (bassist).... but Yes Jim ... Tull was Hell! and his show's were A+ across the board ... I havent seen him "live" though in probably 30 year's or so. Like to try to catch one of his new gig's with the full orchestra ensemble he worx with though.

Were doin fine Jim, Thanx! attended a Mothers Day gig with my wife, a Broadway cover of "Fiddler On The Roof" that our daughter worked in doing some vocal cut's ... she went back to doing some part time work now doing vocal's and acting ... jest a lil side gig she has going on. Hope all is well with ya'll up there Jim, heard ya had another cold snap up there the other day too.

Thanx for your voice here Guy ....