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  • Records that sound better sped up....

    There are some records that improve immensely by tweaking the pitch control a little.

    'Why Leave Us Alone by' by 'Five Special' springs to mind, but I know there are quite a few funk 7"s where a bit of speeding up/slowing down works wonders.

    Care to enlighten me in case I am missing out on the joys of playing one of my tunes at +3/-2??????
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    I don't know why but playing most records at +2 makes them sound better! ?!
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    • #3
      There are many, but here&#39;s a few I always muck around with the pitch;

      Winfield Parker - Shake that thing (+ 8)
      Golden Toadstools - Silly Savage ( - 2)
      Inez Foxx - Give the dog a bone (+ 4)
      Almeta Latimore - Tobacco Road (+ 3)
      Zeke Strong - I laugh and cry (+ 5)
      Hank Herb - Ali funky thing (+ 5)
      Charlie Whitehead - Between the lines (+ 4)
      Laurence Thomas - Why young kids stray (+ 3)
      Betty Wright - Clean up woman (+ 4)
      Mohawks - Champ (+3 and then ride it to + 2 as the drummer speeds up)

      They&#39;re just approximates cos it all depends on the feedback from the crowd, but that lot seems to be a kinda average for those particular tracks.

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      • #4
        Paul Humphrey &#39;Detroit&#39; is another +8 marvel. Play it at 0 and it&#39;s chugalong guitar funk. Play at +8 and it&#39;s transformed into a b-boy throwdown&#33;
        Let him have the lot for £2.00 - we were only going to throw 'em out anyway...

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        • #5
          It usually depends how drunk you and the crowd are but usually I agree with Sermad, I often play everything at +2...
          Andy however seems to play almost everything at -4 no matter what
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          • #6
            Originally posted by [b
            Quote[/b] (green man @ Aug. 19 2004,11:10)]Andy however seems to play almost everything at -4 no matter what
            Pitch it down and you fatten up the drums - depends if you&#39;re playing tunes that are intended for that head nod factor or to set the floor alight I guess.

            KRS-1 &#39;I&#39;m Still #1&#39; needs pitching up &#39;cos I can&#39;t help but compare it to &#39;Cramp Your Style&#39; in my head and it&#39;s very sluggish in comparison.

            Wool &#39;Love, Love, Love, Love, Love&#39; benefits from possibly a  +2.

            Whereas if I don&#39;t pitch down &#39;Daddy Love&#39; by Gi Gi it&#39;s too flipping fast to play any other tune after&#33; I need more 45&#39;s... (Incidentally can anyone help me out with the name and artist of the Sweet instrumental of that?).
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            • #7
              Everyone knows records sound better speeded up slightly... C&#39;mon, let&#39;s up the ante a bit. What records sound better at completely the wrong speed? Issac Hayes &quot;Breakdown&quot; is an obvious candidate for &quot;sounds better at 45 than 33&quot;. I heard a DJ in a bar the other week playing New Mastersounds &quot;Nervous&quot; at 33rpm (admittedly pitched up a bit) and it sounded pretty decent. &quot;Mamblues&quot; 45 by Cal Tjader is another candidate, according to Kenny Dope...

              And I know someone who was making a tape of girl group 45s played at 33 - quite disturbing how many of them just sounded like decent male deep soul records, althought the lyrical content obviously changes a bit...  e.g. &quot;My boyfriends back and you&#39;re gonna be in trouble...&quot;
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              • #8
                &#39;Amen Brother&#39; (LP version but only if you switch to 45 for the duration of the break).  

                Actually, I have a few of the early Rephlex releases that I have *no* idea what speed they should be played at. And wasn&#39;t &#39;Casual Sub&#39; by ETA pressed at the &#39;wrong&#39; speed &#39;cos it sounded better at 33 than the 45 it was initially released at?
                You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                • #9
                  LP version of Pretty Purdie&#39;s Funky Donkey is *way* better at 45 than 33.

                  I seem to remember suggesting that Guder did a version of it at that speed. You sorted it yet, Rubs?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by [b
                    Quote[/b] ]&#39;Amen Brother&#39; (LP version but only if you switch to 45 for the duration of the break).
                    Which is ironic as the version on UBBs slows the break down to 33&#33;

                    I&#39;ve got a Sonic Boom 45 which says you are to play it at whatever speed you fancy - far too cavalier an atitude IMHO.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [b
                      Quote[/b] (LDJB @ Aug. 19 2004,12:00)]Which is ironic as the version on UBBs slows the break down to 33&#33;
                      You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] (LDJB @ Aug. 19 2004,12:00)]I&#39;ve got a Sonic Boom 45 which says you are to play it at whatever speed you fancy - far too cavalier an atitude IMHO.
                        So how is it a 45 then?

                        (What? Me, a pedantic tosser?&#33;?)...
                        You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by [b
                          Quote[/b] (Rich Hero @ Aug. 19 2004,11:20)]KRS-1 &#39;I&#39;m Still #1&#39; needs pitching up &#39;cos I can&#39;t help but compare it to &#39;Cramp Your Style&#39; in my head and it&#39;s very sluggish in comparison.
                          Completely agree with you on this one, it&#39;s a great tune but if you are used to the original sample then it just sounds a bit wrong.

                          On the wrong speed tip, there is a track I got in Finland by Olli Ahvenlahti; &quot;Countenance&quot; that I was playing for ages at 45 not realising it was a 33. It sounds perfect sped up but a bit boring at it&#39;s correct speed.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by [b
                            Quote[/b] (green man @ Aug. 19 2004,12:13)]
                            Originally posted by [b
                            Quote[/b] (Rich Hero @ Aug. 19 2004,11:20)]KRS-1 &#39;I&#39;m Still #1&#39; needs pitching up &#39;cos I can&#39;t help but compare it to &#39;Cramp Your Style&#39; in my head and it&#39;s very sluggish in comparison.
                            Completely agree with you on this one, it&#39;s a great tune but if you are used to the original sample then it just sounds a bit wrong.
                            That&#39;s the rule with me - if I first get used to hearing something faster (whether it&#39;s an OG or a track that samples it) it then sounds wrong when I hear the other... Same with the Wool - I heard the Cherrystones mix of Quannum, and the Seraph CD, long before I got hold of the 45.
                            You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by [b
                              Quote[/b] (Rich Hero @ Aug. 19 2004,11:37)]. And wasn&#39;t &#39;Casual Sub&#39; by ETA pressed at the &#39;wrong&#39; speed &#39;cos it sounded better at 33 than the 45 it was initially released at?
                              I seem to remember this. Wasn&#39;t it just a fast, nutbag house tune which sounded better slowed down?

                              Incidentally, can a 12&quot; be pressed at the wrong speed? Unlike 7&quot;s which are almost always 45rpm and LPs which are (almost?) always 33, 12&quot;s are commonly pressed at both. Often they have the wrong speed on the label, though. (You think you&#39;re a pedant)
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