I was semi-celebrating on my mix of a Jazz- fusion song, Misplaced Desire. It was written and performed ( gtrs) by my cousin, who lives in Japan. The Cello was performed by a local artist. http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=802508 The first clip, was the mix made by the Studio in Japan. My feelings about it: I felt it was unnatural, guitar tone was not good... Don't know why, I will sure ask him though. The hihat seems out front, rhythm gtrs, piano were WAY to loud. The kick, toms, and snare WAY too quiet. The song in general was mixed TOO bright and compressed sounding (NO room sound), the recordings levels were also NOT consistent, so that became a challenge as I maintained to get the song dynamics, sectional and progressive. The Japanese mix was also hard limited, no dynamics, too loud, imo. The following 3 mixes are my own. I redefined the guitar tone and warmth of the song. That was a challenge, since the original tracks sounded like tonal sh1t. The 3rd, I literally reshaped the song. I cut out a lot of the bass solo, tried to piece it where I could, still be musical and not fuk up the drums too much. Let know what you think!