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how was jagged little pill recorded?

Postby heavenorlasvegas » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:43 pm

first post! here goes...

does anyone know how this masterpiece by alanis morissette was created? not interested in the gear used, just the techniques and practices.
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Re: how was jagged little pill recorded?

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Postby heavenorlasvegas » Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:16 pm

Thanks for these! However the juicy details are missing in these articles...(shocker)

I’m really wondering if the parts were recorded live band style, or in an overdub capacity. And if loops were used.
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Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:25 pm

heavenorlasvegas wrote:Thanks for these! However the juicy details are missing in these articles...(shocker)

I’m really wondering if the parts were recorded live band style, or in an overdub capacity. And if loops were used.

From the blog link above:

Morissette co-wrote the album with Glen Ballard. Demo sessions started in 1994 at Ballard’s home studio and included only Morissette and himself, who recorded the songs as they were being written. Ballard provided the basic tracks, playing guitars, keyboards, and programming drums, while Morissette played harmonica.

The pair set out to write and record one song a day, in 12- or 16-hour shifts, with minimal overdubbing afterwards. All of Morissette’s singing on the album is representative of that—she recorded vocals in one or two takes only. Everything re-recorded later actually used the original demo vocals.

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Re: how was jagged little pill recorded?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:26 pm

I knew there was another article about Jagged Little Pill and Chris Fogel from back in the day ... and I've found it here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150606105519/http://www.soundonsound.com/SOS/1997_articles/mar97/chrisfogel.html

This might give you more of the detail you seek.
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Postby desmond » Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:33 pm

Also check out the episode of the excellent Sodajerker podcast interviewing Glen Ballard (who I’m a big fan of, btw) - he talks about those sessions in quite a bit of detail...
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Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:23 pm

Hadn't listened to the album for probably ten years so stuck it on. Wow, what a beautifully recorded piece of work. And done on ADATs with an old budget TLA valve compressor across the mix!
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Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:52 pm

Absolutely. Proof, if it were needed of the veracity of your signature quote! :lol:
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Postby heavenorlasvegas » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:55 am

huge help! i'll be checking some of this stuff out. thanks yall :thumbup:
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Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:34 pm

Absolutely. Proof, if it were needed of the veracity of your signature quote!

Not that you're in any way biased, of course!

I like the sound of this album so much now I'm going to drop a couple of tracks into my reference playlist. Naturally, a great honour for any artist. :D
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