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Harbour The Pain (w/Mark Alexander)
thats reminds me of Jethro Tull, awesome voice.
Nice one, very epic.
number 1 still....cooool!!
Thank you so much! I was having a bad day but this makes me feel much better! thanks guys! ;-)
Nice production, originally vocals reminded me a little of Ian Anderson. Definitley a progressive sounding and unique.
This is the first prog/rock musical sounding tune i've heard on this site. And it's you two Marks again! Keep on working together guys, it bears good results. I agree that this is TOMMY-esque, which in my opinion is one of the highest complements!
Great song, arrangement and performance guys! It's all been siad below! Epic stuff! Rated Martin
Thank you sir! Appreciate that!
Just got my nominations back & this definitely deserves it!!
Awesome job gentlemen. The more I hear from you guys, individually & collectively, the more impressed I am. Congrats on the chart position. You guys need to get a couple cots & just stay there. :-)
Congratulation to all of you! ;) Way to go-charters! :)
Back for another visit, ahhh love the lyrics in this I can really identify with them. Fab
I can't tell you all how much we thank you for listening and listening again as we updated this.... that's what this site is all about... support and suggestion from like minded people... can't imagine it being any better than that... super support from everyone, thank you again, and anytime you want a listen to something always PM me... happy to listen!!!
Yes it has now taken off from when i last listened to the song very much more filled with music which makes it sound so much more complete...wish i could rate again...great all round performance by you trio.
that chorus is so great. id say this version is so solid man. Who hoo!
damn mark can sing. And the other mark can really play them keys. So beautiful. Clashes are a smidge off time in places. but lets focus on the melody and mark's singing...holy mother of god. beautiful beautiful. thats weird to say about a guy, but thats just what this strikes me as. and the keys are beautiful. in my opinion, i dont like the crashes. my only critique, i might like them lower in the mix possible. great great, rated and if i had a nom id hit it up, so thats going to have to wait til next week
ah yes.. the power of collab !!! very moving piece !!! love the choice of inst.!!! All works well together !!!The arrangements,vocs are outstanding !!! excellent job Mark and Mark !!! and here's to the lyricist(whoever she is)hats off to everyone involved !!! Bob Brannan
What a wonderful song lyrically and musically. I listen clearly. Mark Holley I adore your talents. You have put so much into this I am in aweee. Mark Alexander...your vocals put this song...well...
Like the match that lit the candle on top of the icing to the cake! Rated and Nominated. Bravo to "all" of you! :) Carol Sue
Thanks Dave very much!
We thank you all very much....
Mark & Mark
Fantastic piece, love the feel of it, indeed hasa theatrical quality. Both music and vocals are spot on. Congrats with this track, folks!
Good Lord!! You have transformed the piece entirely. The black notes for "harbour the pain" wrings the pathos out of the lyric now...
and yes yes, I see this as a pop-opera piece a la Roger Daltrey style.
just wonderful you two!!!
(hope you don't mind, I am taking a download)
A fantastic rendition, I still see this as a Big West End Musical production. You have excelled yourself in this area both of you...well done
wonderful piece of work u two!
there`s a lot of talented M`s on this site ...lol
this shows ur training up so well mark(h), and mark(a)`s voice fits well to that. Nice work on both parts:)
dam this is good :D vocals remind me a little of the beatles :) infact not a little alot :D gr8 set lungs m8 and musicaly backed perfectly :)
thumbs so up gets my vote
Yup wasn't either of our normal things... was a venture into new space for sure... a real challenge
Thanks Laura and Tim!
Great tunbe, fab music, practically seemless. Well done !
wow, really cool guys. As ya know, not my usual cuppa tea, but it's a quality piece. Kinda reminds me of something I'd hear in a Lloydwebber musical. Truely epic piece , certainly gets my rate.
excelletn all-round piece of music
NEW VERSION WITH MARK ALEANDER IS NOW UP!
Thank You Mark!
thanks all for the support and the time to listen, we appreciate that very much... I'll be by to return the listenns as soon as possible!
Very nice composition Mark, very enjoyable.
Thank you so much Saphire ;-)
very smooth and thought provoking track. A lovely peice , great vocals my mood and feelings are clinging to the vibe of this track.
thank you gents!... Phil I'm sorry to hear that friend... glad you found solice in the piece! thanks everyone!
up to your normal standard mark very nice vocals love the piano very romantic :) i not read the lyrics just enjoying what i hear. will make my own words up :D really nice track dude
Wont repeat whats been said in this box.. But this is touching... Not thats its the same subject, but i just lost both my grandparents within the last 6 months and the emotion in the entire mix, vocally and musically is wrenching...
had to download this one . . .
Thank you deShawn... I appreciate that!
PM me when you drop the vox on your new one! I'll be right over bro!
Simply amazing babyboy! I can certainly appreciate it when we as artists step outside the box and create...this is an adorable listen, the lyrics (after reading the prelude) are very touching, emotional, spiritual and sincere. What's truly inspirational is how you're able to convey her words thru song...your instrumentation is full of class and and the vocals are good, this song get's The Kid trifecta...comms/download/rating; I would nom, but I'm out! I'm very impressed...very! Tell whomever the lyricist is...she has a talent that many try and imitate, to her, it comes naturally. The Kid
Thank you all so much! What a supportive group of people we have here at Stew's wonderland!
I'll post again when i make a few changes... thank you all very much!!
nice work Mrak, rated my friend, have you got skills or what, this is serious music, very cool bro!
nice strings/orch sound. vox ar enot bad. piano stands out well. moving song. I like the chorus.
You are an extraordinary composer Mark and I can see you working very hard to make this one perfect. I have my volume on top notch and hear the lyric clearly in your vocal but I'd also like to hear Mark Alexander sing it, so I hope he gives it a try.
You have a lot of good advice and everything is worth a try as long as you have the patience for it.
You have my admiration, my friend
Dont see why not...your ear will tell you
Thanks Andy... I studied a couple of your tracks actually before taking this on... you mentor, you, ;-)
Would you mix timpinis and traditional rock drums on the same track? I guess so really... I'll have a try!
I should also say that the rework has improved it no end and getting rid of the overdone cymbals is great but maybein the build up with louder timpanis would give it real drama, you have done a terrific job on the orchestration I have to repeat.Well done
Hi Mark, I have already commented on this elsewhere so I won't overdo it again ! lol. This is a wonderful arrangement and I know only too well how difficult composing to lyrics. I see this as a huge stage musical piece. The instrumentation is fabulous and the comments earlier on the vocals are warranted.The piano is sublime my friend and carries the track beautifully.You have done a terrific job here make no mistake.Percussion does need looking at only to give it the drama it needs.Great stuff Mark...rated..
Thank you all for coming and having a listen....
wow... a unanimous request for drums and guitar...
OK... I will see if I can do that...
Mark Alexander... why don't you give this a go vocally bro! I think your voice would sear through this!
What an excellent bunch of people here, great comments - thank you kindly!!
vocal delivery is great. music timing is close to perfect, i like the little flute thing, it adds to the power of the track. is your voice going through a gate? piano is absolutly solid. i imagine you some how playing all of these parts live in a one man show. probably impossible but dont kill a dream. ratings! no more noms left, a shame really i think this deserves one
Really beautiful music written for the excellent lyrics. It has loads of atmosphere, I can also see where the guitar and drums would add to it, before fading away at the outro stage. Still great as is. ONAGER
The introduction is beautiful, it sets the stage. Yes, a drama about to be performed. Orchestration and piano throughout - you have done this perfectly Mark. You are a very talented man, indeed. It fills the listener with a scence of deep emotion and rather a plee. "She's a mystery" (yes) I could imagine the "She's a mystery" line sung with a vox harmony to make that stand out and be remembered more...? Almost whispering? (awwe, whatdoIknow.com) Lyrically touching and what a hoot the lyricist...is a mystery! Please let me know if you change anything and I'll gladly take another listen. This is beautiful...:) -rated- Carol Sue
yes agree with kdizzle and foonk its a strong tune no doubt and very accomplished piano...Im rating this even without the big sound.
Agree with kdizzle on this....it has a prog rock feel structurally, so I can certainly hear some guitar and big drums.
The piano lines are very nice as are the understated strings.
Rated for your musicianship!
Hi Mark,Fantatsic arrangement! Musically this is excellent! Sounds great, nice melodys.
But, i felt the vocals were getting lost in parts of this. And in parts, some of the phrasing too. But, im sure this wasnt easy at all to sing on.
Still great work, and a brilliant arrangement!
I like the song, I think the classical feel and playing, specially the piano is really nice, like the melody, and the overall production is good, only reservation is I think there may be a little too much effect on the vocals... or something but it makes the words a little hard to hear.. anyway nice song, good lyrics and I think has more potential, I reckon considering that it's not your usual style, you have done a fine job Mark... well done!
Interesting.... considered putting a driving beat to it... but decided to stick witha more traditional orchestra type approach... but you never know... might revamp in the future... thanks for the comments... all are considered!!
Nice. Great song. Good composition. I just feel like you could've built it up a little more. I kept waiting for the heavy drums and rock guitar to fall in. Otherwise Great!
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well i put a listen into this song and as i liked it, i found quite a few problems with the mix in general.I found the drums got muffled quite a few times throughout the song(where the BGV`s were). The vocals were extremely centered through the whole song & and as i read in another review i found the vocals were a bit shaky or winey (seemed like very little confidence in vocal ability). The lo
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Reanna Smile (finalmix) by Mark Holley
I’m going to start this review by telling you, dear reader, a bit more about myself. The reasons for this will become clear as the review progresses.
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Regular readers will know that the hitherto unknown territory of Norman, Oklahoma now contains a person we have all come to know - at least if you are a regular at MP3 Unsigned. I've probably reviewed Mark more often in a collaborative guise than on his own, but hey there's nowt wrong with a bit of mingling. Although a bit rough around the edges both of his collaborations with Mark Ale
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A combination of some class acts here on MP3 unsig
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First off congrats on making aotw J very much deserved
And congrats on making the official charts, pretty good week for you mate lets see if I can make it any better J
Before I even played this track I knew it was going to be something worth playing. I don’t think you can go wrong with mark Alexander’s vo
I ended my last review of MP3 Unsigned's Mark Holley by calling myself a opinionated, perfectionist knobhead - which as most readers will know is a fairly accurate description. The reason I covered myself in such glory was that although I liked what Mark was doing from a professional attitude (good performances, good production values), as a listener I was left wanting. It wasn't that
Maniac Melodic chorus!
Right well I said I would review a track and I was on the verge of doing Tim EP’s very very good untitled track but seen as this is a rock song I thought I could do this more justice. And then I must admit I heard the first minute or so and I was going to hang fire. BUT THEN – that chorus! Christ that took me by the seat of me pants and rose me on
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