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Vito Bratta

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Pidgin English, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. aliensporebomb

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    Generally singers range drops to a lower pitch as they age and Dug is one of those people. His voice when properly rested seems richer to me now but not quite as stratospherically high as when he was a 20 year old and you would expect this.
     
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    The thing that is strange with Dug is that the timbre of his vocal has seemed to have completely changed. It's that just "he can't hit the high notes" anymore. It's as if the character and delivery has changed as well.
     
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    Example? I've been looking forward to the new King's X for a while now and am wondering what I am going to hear.
     
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    Correct - I saw that tour in my hometown with Vixen opening. It was a really great show. Got to see Vito and Jake E on the same bill. Good times
     
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    This is a reasonable write-up of a song that is easy to make fun of. It's pop-rock, so those who can only appreciate SERIOUS MUSIC wouldn't like it. My friends and I were VH fanatics at the time, and even we kind of rolled our eyes at the tapping. Don't know or care who did it first, by the time that song came out it was already getting tired, and the version of it in that solo doesn't really say much of interest. Still, no harm in it, and both the guitar line and the song as a whole have a great 80s vibe. That genre unquestionably descended into some pretty schlocky forms, but as you say, this song was fun.
     
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    That’s right! Vixen was on the bill as well! They were also great. Good times indeed!
     
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    I easily rate VB up there with Dann Huff (my favorite guitarist) in terms of chops/melodic capability. I loved the "raw" tones of the Pride album that seemed to be in stark contrast to subsequent works.
     
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  8. Bluesful

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    Had to Google that one.
     
  9. Bluesful

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    Bumping this with a question.

    What gear is Vito using on the Wait solo.

    I really like that tone.

    Not buzzy like one may typically associate with hair metal, but rather a nice defined tone with a sweet top end.
     
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  10. Blix

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    That is such a great solo, and killer tone!
    An ESP strat with a Seymour Duncan JB, Tube Screamer and a MV Marshall, most likely a 2203 or 2204.
     
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    Wow.

    If I was playing that rig it would sound horrific, but that solo is one of the nicest tones I've ever heard.
     
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    Vito Bratta suffers from arthritis - apparently he played guitar, back in the day, upwards of 14 hours per day

    I wonder when Stevie T will make a video lambasting him as he did Richard Benson
     
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    Cool thread. Vito was huge for me as a young teenager. Tried my best to learn my fav solos (wait, radar love, little fighter ) but could never get them quite right.

    it’s clear that Vito put a lot of time into writing his solos. Personally I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I do remember him getting a little **** in the guitar mags at the time for it though (think the megadeth guys dissed him as well as one of Kotzen / Nuno..or both).

    I also don’t think White Lion is nearly as bad as everyone here seem to think lol!!
    I don’t think I’ve listened to them in 30 years but Lights and Thunder, Warsong, Farewell to you, Little Fighter, Lady of the Valley...those are all good songs as far as I remember. YMMV
     
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  14. AuntieDiluvian

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    The guy was fantastic to watch live. Great player, great performer. That band couldn't have existed without Bratta, IMO.
     
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  15. AuntieDiluvian

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    Are you sure about that?

    It's been reported many times that he was already using the ADA MP-1 in the studio for that album. He might not have moved to the Steinberger yet, but Wagener said that "pride" was recorded with the same MP-1 rig that Skid Row and Extreme recorded with.....and that the "Wait" was done with a Groove Tubes 30

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/showpost.php?p=512890&postcount=3&s=633368527ba6bdd6bfb454bc10d9fd0c

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/showpost.php?p=194638&postcount=3

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/showpost.php?p=195172&postcount=6
     
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    Ah cool! I'm fine being wrong, no worries. :)
    Now I have to find a MP-1!
     
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  17. AuntieDiluvian

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    Yeah, when Pornograffitti was released, I bought a MP-1 about a week later and gigged with it for probably a decade. Still have it, too....
     
  18. Bluesful

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    What's that?
     
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    I don't think so.

    That album whole, with the exception of that solo, was cut with an ADA Preamp. That solo was a one take, that they used a different pre-amp for...I am searching for the type in my mind and I think it was a Rocktron that was new at the time.

    The producer used the exact same gear, except the guitars, for the White Lion album, Skid Row's debut album and one more album, I am thinking it was a Tesla album. I read a really cool interview on this subject a while ago and it stuck in my head.

    He cut the whole record on the Steinberger as well, IIRC.
     
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  20. AuntieDiluvian

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