Hair Aquarius playback Without the bass
I want to play "Aquarius" from "hair" musical bass cover for audition to music school.
I really need the playback of this song without the bass so i will play it in the audition..
Couldn't find such version so far..
Any ideas anyone?
Do you want to learn the arrangement of the original Broadway cast soundtrack? Or the famous 'hit' version by The Fifth Dimension? Both are quite a bit different. If you want to learn the original(and in the same key?)you're in luck as the bass is panned to one side of the mix(something that was done in those days). Check it out...
Just play along with the side without the bass...a crude "music minus one". Recorded over a year later, the 5D version has the bass square in the center of the mix, but if you have the time to study Joe Osborn's basslines, it's a master class of iconic playing, especially the 'Let the Sunshine In' coda...
Other than that, you may have to search far and wide to find true 'music minus one' instructional material for that song; can you get with a guitarist who could learn the arrangement you need and rehearse it?
There is an interesting back story on this song that was featured in a Mix Magazine article during their year of features on famous recording engineers about 8 years ago.
Goes something like this:
The producer of the song(s) had seen Hair on Broadway and the idea to add Aquarius to the mix was inspired by the show. So he flew the 5th Dim to NYC (they were working Vegas at the time) and had them all see the show. Band went back to Vegas and producer went back to LA, assembled the Wrecking Crew and laid down the tracks for the Aquarius segment. Called the band in to sing to the track. Then he called Hal Blane back into the studio and had Hal lay down a tom fill (on the fly without song reference) and cut the fill into the tape to join the two songs.
But at this point he had a song of almost 8 minutes which he knew would never get airplay. So during a session break while they were dialing in the mix, he walked across the street from the studio to a taco stand to get some food and saw the program director of the big top 40 LA radio station standing in the line for tacos. He invited the guy to come over to the studio to hear the track and they started editing sections of the song(s) out to get it down to a running time that radio stations would play. The rest is history.
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