The Shadowlands - Ryan Adams

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  1. teleking36

    teleking36 Supporting Member

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    This may have been discussed here before, but I can't seem to find the old thread.

    Every few months I listen to the entire Love Is Hell album, parts 1 and 2, and always get stuck putting "The Shadowlands" on repeat. Not only is this a standout for me in terms of production, but the guitar solo outro is one of the most heavenly things I've ever heard in my life. It defines the term 'haunting' for me to a tee. I can honestly listen to the second half of the song over and over again until my ears bleed.

    Is there anyone else out there that could shed some light on what exactly is going on tonally? To me, it sounds like a Strat or Tele neck pickup going into a Fender Twin Reverb or maybe Deluxe Reverb with a pinch of grit added, and maybe some compression. I know Greg Leisz played guitar on this album, and have a feeling it's him playing, but I'm not sure.

    That tone employs every sonic nuance of the guitar that makes me want to get up and play every time.

    For those of you that aren't familiar with Ryan's work and/or this specific album, you owe yourself to check it out.
     
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    Don't know the answer to your question but I agree with you that Ryan is a great talent. I had not heard this song. Had seen the album but had not bought it yet. Just located this song on youtube. The album is now on the buy list. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Oh yea, what is a "Superlead '59 tele." Sounds interesting.......
     
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    That whole album is so weird/****ed up...
    I love it.
    Political Scientist, English Girls, etc...
     
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    It's a custom telecaster build done by TGPer Marc aka Superlead. Shipping out tomorrow!
     
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    Marc's work is insanely nice looking. If it feels half as good as it looks...



    And re: Ryan Adams, for me, the solo that always made me wonder was the one on Hotel Chelsea Nights. I hated it the first few times I heard it but then it all sort of made sense. So much reverb! Anyway yeah, I really like the Shadowlands solo too. My bet is on a Strat, but really it could be just about anything into anything.
     
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    I love the 'Rock and Roll' CD of Ryan's. 'Burning Photographs' and 'So Alive' are just great tunes.
     
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    Delay set to self-oscillate.
    There are two great guitar tracks on that, and the Wulri!
    Cool...
     
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    Well yeah, I got what, just never got why. But I've learned to appreciate that one quite a bit.
     
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    trickness Analog with a side of DSP

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    Isn't Ryan famous for playing through Princeton Reverbs?


    Here is is "big" PR. Look closely at the grill cloth. :)

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    Damn! I just saw them on the last tour, and the whole band was incredible. They played and listened so well to each other, as fine a live band as I have ever seen.

    Rest in peace Chris. You made some great music.
     
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    God that sucks. I wonder if it was drugs or what?
     
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    Terrible news! RIP Chris. What a great band. I was really looking forward to seeing what would happen with The Cardinals after Ryan's hiatus. Neal Casal is an amazing guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, and I think the band could really flourish on their own.
     
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    so back to the original point of the post.....

    anyone have insight on what might have been going on with the solo? it puts me in a trance. i feel like i have my finger on it, but then when i listen to it i'm just amazed at how well it works in the mix of the song. there's a bunch of stuff happening during that solo: two acoustics, another electric doing some delay swells, cello, piano, then organ, along with bass and drums, and the solo is still unique and sits perfectly amongst all the other tracks. it's crazy!
     
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    It is a nice solo for sure, definitely fits the song. The reverse delay overdubs in between the phrases add a lot to.
     

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