I reviewed this one from the NOW 79 compilation, which only gives a 'Produced by Steve
Mac' credit, and I couldn't find any further information on-line either.
addition to the arrangement devices I mention in the main review, the extreme stereo width
of some of those synth pads also helps differentiate them from the vocals, and of course
drops them in the balance in mono. In this context, it's worth noticing that the main
synth hook riff has a stronger stereo Middle component than the rest of the synth pads,
which stands to reason given that it makes sense for this hook to survive better in mono.
It's also surprising how little of the drums/percussion makes it into the Sides signal --
the drums are effectively mono, with the exception of what sounds like a little high-hat
reverb and some hand claps.
Finally, is that a dodgy vocal edit on the last
"will never be the same"? There's a strong suggestion of "th-the" about it. Alternatively,
perhaps it's some kind of pitch-correction artefact, as there's clearly plenty of that
kind of processing going on too. The previous "u-universe" sounds odd too, as well as
several word-onsets in the intro: "The sun go-oes down, the sta-ars come out, and all that
comes is here a-and now". Whatever the reason for these lumps and bumps, I wouldn't have
been happy to leave them that way myself...
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