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Bitter Season (MJRF)


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DWL

 Genre: Hard Rock

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I posted this in my first year here. It got 4 fans!

A lot has happened since then and I've been very proud to work with a number of people and especially Rebsie who took pity on me I think when I wasn't getting many plays!

I thought this deserved another outing as it's the most intense song I think I've posted here and might get more than 4 fans this time ;-)

I actually re-read the posts and so for Echoroom I changed the drum ;) (thanks Steve)

This was originally recorded on a Zoom hard disk recorder and when I took over the tracks to the Mac to try and remix it I found a number of guitar tracks that I hadn't used in the original mix. Rather than pick and choose I've just thrown most of them in ..... oo-er-missus.

This song was written after the July 2005 bombings in London. I had the chorus of Bitter Season but all my attempts at verse lyrics were awful and trite and I asked a guy in Baltimore who I had done a few collabs with and he came up with a cracking set of lyrics (take a bow John Tully)

This is an angry song and I've just overloaded it in this version. Actually very cathartic piling on the distortion and building a wall of noise :-)

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Lyrics
Bitter Season © 2005 John Tully / Dick Langford

Love lost and hearts grow weak
Lives tossed, take the chaff from the wheat
Hopes fade as the bodies break
Truth grays, it's the game that we play

In this bitter season - dreams wither on the vine
Bitter season - There's fire in the sky
Bitter season - We got to find a better reason to die

Hatred, I hear it all around
Hatred, I hate that bloody sound

Bones crack and the blood will run
Skewed facts seem to block out the sun
Sweet lies whispered by the crass
Soft flesh ripped by shattered glass

In this bitter season - God's not on any side
Bitter season - the devil's on the rise
Bitter season - we've got to find a better reason to die

Tears fall but the land is parched
Men crawl while the armies march
Don't try 'cos you can't pretend
There is something left to defend

In this bitter season - pity souls that cry
Bitter season - let history decide
Bitter season - we've got to find a better reason to die
Song Stats
Hits: 3685
Comments: 66
Fans: 31
Plays: 120
Downloads: 127

Uploaded: Feb 10, 2009 - 02:06:05 PM
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2009 - 04:33:54 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 01:25:56 AM
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Hardware:
Fender Strat, Boss GT8, Ibanez bass
Software:
GB4
Comments
blaky smith said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
A fan
This piece sounds great on all levels Dick, magistral... Excellent vocals and guitar playing. I like and I take this one, thanks...
Marc
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DWL said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Thanks Marc
I think I may have overdosed on noise this time.

Thanks for the comments much appreciated.

Merci bien

Dick
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Rebsie said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
I remember this
Well, at least you've got one fan now to start you off.
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DWL said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Yay! one fan
Only another two to go!

Thanks for your support over the past few years :-)

Cheers

Dick
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peacepiano said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Bitter pill
Sorry if I missed this one the first time around. Like the guitars and dark vocals. Great stuff.

Thanks
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peacepiano said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Checked
Oh, I did catch this one. That must make me one of your most dependable fans. A badge I proudly wear! It is a really good song and deserves a lot more listens from a lot more people.
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DWL said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Thanks Bill
I name checked you in the thread :-) Thanks for stopping by again.

Cheers

Dick
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Bob Rodgers said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
This
sounds really great, excellent sound from all the guitars and some great playing too.

Superb vocals and great lyrics, this is one of your best Dick.

Very much enjoyed!

Bob
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DWL said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
From a guitarist like you
that's high praise. Thanks!

Most of it's down to John Tully and a great set of lyrics he gave me.

Cheers

Dick
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ktb said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
wicked
wow, this screams. Very glad you gave this another running. The guitars really drive this, mixed just right. Super job on the vocal.
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DWL said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
The Langford Wall of Sound strikes
thanks, I really wanted a big sound on this so I'm pleased the guitars are driving it.

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
This sounds
great Dick, good lyrics and you sing them well while the backing sounds really full, almost orchestral while the guitar sounds excellent with the panning, regards M
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DWL said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Thanks Maurice
Much appreciated. John does write some good lyrics

Cheers

Dick
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sloparts said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Killer song Dick
And yes it is very intense my friend. My wish would be to have the lyrics a little more out front, but then again I am the deaf guy in the crowd. Very cool guitar work on the rhythm and specially the lead break.

the ox was cleared to me on the ending of the song than in the beginning. Might be the effects used that is the difference

Anyway, great song my friend. It's going on the iPod.

Be well and be cool Dick,

Ed
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DWL said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Deaf ?
You and me both Ed. My tinnitus is getting so bad that it starts to obscure the music which is very worrying and I start turning up everything to compensate.

At least you got the gist of it :-)

Thanks Ed

Cheers

Dick



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Sir Bass said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
rocking track
dude.
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DWL said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Yo Sir Bass
thanks for listening!

Cheers

Dick
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Feter said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Bitter Season
This is a classic ..definitely a solid rock guitars work ..your vocals
at its best ...you blew my mind with this and you are just doin it again !!
I wish you right more of these ...you sound so great with deep classic rock
maybe a fiddler with you or a flutist will fit this ...great great song ..
You Rock ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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DWL said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Thanks Feter
Off al lthe rock collabs I've worked on this was always my favourite as the lyrics were so good.

A rock fiddle might work over the last section. Good call.

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
strong
I'm glad you brought this out front. all shiny and stuff. Dynamite rocker, Dick.

It's to good of a tune to die in the digital domain.

you got more then four fans this time.


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DWL said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Shiny stuff?
Yes, but underneath it's nasty and dirty. I have a Jesus and Mary Chain's album of distortion on one track.

Nice that you enjoyed it and thanks for the comments.

Too good to die? Sounds like a song.

Cheers

Dick


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paul f. page said 3026 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Looks like...
...you got a few more than four this time around!
I am really taken by the sheer POWER of this piece. The backup guitars and bass really lay such a strong foundation for the vocal, which, by the way, is delivered in your characteristic rock star manner, filled with confidence and a real sense for the lyrics you are delivering. ... Okay, now, that lead lick 1/2 way through is cool, but maybe a little shrill. Ouch...But nicely played...The a cappella vocal solo DOES work great following it, though. Man, you are superb on this number. One of the best numbers like that I've heard here...um, maybe THE best. (And I never listen to this stuff. Maybe I'll start writing in a different genre. I am really impressed.)
Peace.
Paul
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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Not sure where to start!
Thanks Paul for such a thoughtful review.

The power comes from the lyrics and the reason I wrote it in the first place. When I played it originally (without lyrics) I was simply boiling inside at what man will do to his fellow man and it was brought ever nearer as I had been at one of the stations they attacked at the same time the day before and was working with people who were on the trains they destroyed.

The lyrics John gave me just spurred me even more.

Many thanks Paul as I know it's outside your "normal" sphere.

Cheers

Dick


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stratcat said 3026 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Love
your tone on this. Good vocals, reminds me of Alice Cooper.
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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Alice Cooper is a new one!
but I'll take that.

Cheers

Dick
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LunaTrick said 3026 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Great track sir...
Like the vocal style especially - and noise is good!
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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Thanks Daniel
Noise is mostly always good!

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Dick, this
is just awesome. Original was before my time - so glad you re-visited it. Listened to the first version and this mix blows it away, just shows how much improvement can be made over a few years.
Great lyrics and spectacular vocals and guitars. Love this - downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Progress is not always obvious
I'm not sure I see it but thanks for going back to the original.

I often say "I had great fun doing this" but in this case it was more a case of working through a bad period and finding light at the end of the tunnel.

Cheers

Dick
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davisamerica said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
ahh mr. langford!!
they must have been crazy in 2005 .... just outstanding .. all the way round ... downloaded !!
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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Well Jack
No-one knew me then.

Thanks to the good people of this board (you and Rebsie for instance) I now feel part of this family.

Thanks for the listen.

Cheers

Dick
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SmokeyVW said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
hard rocker
what a wall of sound! i think i heard tubular bells in there too

wow - seriously angry

thanks
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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
The bells, the bells
Well listened my friend!

Although I did use all the original guitars I couldn't resist throwing in a bit of bells and a choir at the end.

Thanks

Dick

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bud said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Cathartic for sure
This is great - just the way I like it - overcranked - amped and rocking. Great work Dick. Love the phased lead and the drop out to voice in the middle. Classic stuff.
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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Overcranked!
Fabulous word!

Sums it up so well :-)

Cheers

Dick
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guitapick said 3025 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Oh yeah...
...I think this deserves more than 4 listens...

Lot of power in this one, Dick...it's a serious subject matter...I love the pan effect on that solo...



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DWL said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
131 hits at the last count
So at least it's an improvement.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm a child of the 60s and used to love panned solos and now there's no-one to stop me :-)

Cheers

Dick
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psexnyc said 3024 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Love the Sound You Achieved!!
The Wall of Sound you got going on here is serious!! Awesome post!! Thanks for sharing!!
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DWL said 3021 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Thanks Mr P.
I appreciate the comments

Cheers

Dick

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Doug Somers said 3024 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Klassik!!
Solid rocker here Dick! Full of punch and energy shaped with your typical masterful touch.

Takes me back...

Cheers,
Doug
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DWL said 3021 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Not too far back I hope
and it was worth the trip!

Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Dick

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sheilad said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Really enjoyed
Beautifully done all around. Downloaded... Thanks!
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DWL said 3015 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Thanks Sheila,
I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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Willywagga said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Smashing.
Nice progressions. Oodles of mellowdrama. Such a young sweet voice.

Great voice and guitars. Mega !!
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DWL said 3015 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
A young sweet voice?
Oh, how I wish :-)

Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Dick
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mowguy3 said 3022 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
great track
The song is tough, the lyrics are killer. Love it.
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DWL said 3015 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
And be well yourself my friend!
Comments much appreciated

Cheers

Dick
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dirigent said 3021 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Bitter Season
Wow this rocks!! An epic track - so powerful and captivating, makes me instantly a fan. Huge soundwalls, amazing vocals, cool lyrics. The guitar-solo in the middle of the track is a killer - bravo!!! And the acap-part just prepares in a very effective way how the power may rise again. Excellent!!
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DWL said 3015 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Hi Andreas
Such comments from a vocal maestro!

Many thanks.

Cheers

Dick
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cchaplin said 3015 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Powefull lyrics
to a great track… What more can I say ?

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DWL said 3008 days ago (February 28th, 2009)
Sorry Chris
I'm a bit late on my responses!

Thanks for the listen and the comments.

See you for a beer soon I hope.

Cheers


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woofer3 said 3008 days ago (February 28th, 2009)
great track
I realize when I listen to this I should spend a lot more time on production than I do. Wonderful work.

Really enjoyed this -

John.
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saymme said 2995 days ago (March 13th, 2009)
..
Powerful & definately a FAV!!!! LOVE IT so cool so true , U nailed it it can really feel this way at times in life: ) Big bunch of flowers to You tx for dl wonderful to hear You once again !
saymme said 2995 days ago (March 13th, 2009)
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anomalous said 2995 days ago (March 13th, 2009)
had
this going on my pod for the last couple of days. really good tune. loving the Layne Staley-esque vocals.
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apb said 2957 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Awesome ..

great vocal, great guitar solo, great song. Downloaded.
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segiperkasa said 2946 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
cool song..
that was cool ....
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Monkaton said 2799 days ago (September 26th, 2009)
Very Well Done!
This is a great song. Lyrics are excellent and the arrangement is wonderful. The distorted loud guitars make total sense for these distorted, tortured actions people perpetrate on one another in the name of all that is holy.

Great song Dick.
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Bob6stringer said 2725 days ago (December 8th, 2009)
Powerful
Powerful lyrics deserve powerful guitars. I like the Big Sound from you. Great tune. don't know why I didn't pay more attention to you earlier, but that's corrected. While you don't need another guitarist, I'd be happy to jam with you sometime.
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DWL said 2719 days ago (December 14th, 2009)
Thanks Bob
I might take you up on that jam (even if I am about to be humbled..)

Cheers

Dick
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Hickling_Stan said 2720 days ago (December 13th, 2009)
Like it
Good to do something cathartic and angry now and then. maybe as we get older we tend to wards the slightly more restrained and "tasteful" but we all still have some anger inside us and it's good to make "some noise" now and then. really loved this track, it's going straight in the car. Cheers mark
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DWL said 2719 days ago (December 14th, 2009)
Thanks Mark

I appreciate the listen and the comments.

Still plenty of anger here I'm afraid. It's got worse as I've got older. C'est la vie I guess..

Cheers

Dick

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racerat said 2701 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
dark with a sliver lining
This is an amazing anthem. Beautiful lyrics. Dark plodding axe-work. Blistering lead guitar. What's not to love? Thx.
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MarkHolbrook said 2508 days ago (July 13th, 2010)
Well
Not sure how I missed this Dick... This is great!!! The guitars just drive straight through on this!!! Outstanding!
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alackbass said 1859 days ago (April 22nd, 2012)
Bitter Season
Glad I stumbled on to this one while pecking around your catalogue. A true thinking man's rocker. Those guitars are thick! Like walls and walls of Marshall Plexis! Great solo. Love the echoing tone. The panning there is way cool. Downloaded!
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MacFerret said 1372 days ago (August 22nd, 2013)
Bump
If it's possible to bump a song on this forum, then this is the one. Miserable images fill our newspapers again, and this song is still an anthem of our time. Brilliant.
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