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Just my Luck (w/Thoddi)


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ktb

 Genre: Rhythm and Blues

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I sent this to Thor ( Thoddi ) awhile back as something in the rhythm made me think of his smooth blues style. We had done one together previously that I thought was a little Boz Scaggs-ish and was thinking we might re-create that here. Well, he added some terrific parts but then I got hung up on the sound of the base tracks. I felt they were missing something. Thor is thankfully blessed with not only talent but great heaps of patience :-) He added some very hip vocal parts (check out his doubling of the guitar, too good), and then brilliantly came up with the idea of putting some of the keys through a little overdrive and tremelo. What a difference! For me, it edged it up up nicely blending the keys in the mix just right. The end result is miles from where I started, with almost all the heavy lifting by Thor.

Thoddi - Guitar, Vocals, Mix & Production
ktb - Keys, Bass & Drums

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Uploaded: Jun 14, 2009 - 09:39:12 AM
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2009 - 09:51:06 AM Last Played: Jul 05, 2017 - 08:36:12 AM
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magnatone said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Just My Luck
fabulous collab guys! you two should do lots more together, this is positively inspired! just so much creative stuff going on here, it's a treat for the ears - thanks!
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
quick

Karen, wow thats fast! I just loaded it up and went to see how the Mj conversion to upload sounded and I see your kind comment. Thanks for checking it out.
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Jim Bouchard said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
very cool!
Love this. Thor's awesome and all his suggestions seemed to be right on the money. The drums seem a bit tame, but they swing nicely and don't get in the way, and there's so much else cool stuff going on, that it's probably as it should be. Too short! thanks for the download, I'll just go play it again!
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
drums
you can read my mind! In fact the drum track is Midi and the "set" I used on my sound module included all the scratch's and little embellishments so I decided to stay with that set despite its timid snare etc...Thor's the man
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mike_d said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Soooo smooth....
What a fabulous track guys!
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
smooth
jazz with a little twist(s). Thx Mike
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Boundless said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Cool track
Nice laid back feel. And fine additions by Thoddi.

Well done, guys - thanks !
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
laid back
Bernard, so great you caught that vibe. Appreciate the comment
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dirigent said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Fabulous
Wonderful guitar playing
a stirring track - a most enjoyable ride
Like the lofi vocals and the great rhythm!!! Very effective!!
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
vocals
I'll second that. Thor's wicked creative. Andreas, thanks for checking it out
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Drew Kopr said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Good mood
Wow, this really put me in a good mood. It has great guitar playing (i think this is the best i have heard Thoddi sound), great melodies, great production, great keys, and a nice modern influence. The chord changes are really cool. I like the interjection of the vocals and other sounds. Very tasteful, very well played, and very well produced.
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
good mood
Drew, coming from you man, that means a lot to me. Same here, when I listen, it brightens my mood.
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thoddi said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
a real treat
to be invited to play on this tune. I knew this was something I would enjoy doing from the first few bars I heard of it. We have had this going over the pond a few times... and I feel it did the song good to mature some.

John's songs are never dull because of the tasty chord progression he comes up with. When he puts a catchy groove along it gets that cool vibe that I just want to be part of. Thanks a lot for asking John – I had a great time working with you on this one:)
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
anytime
Thor, great to have friends like you dude. You kept this one in play :-) Great that we could conspire on this, hope we can do more.
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Z293 said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Smooth
John you've been busy lately. Another great composition and Thoddi just makes this even better. Very tasty...
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
busy
Z, funny thing is they were all collabs sort of pinging around, and then coincidentally they gelled! I've been sitting on my a** but now feel pumped to stir the pot again.
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rac927 said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
wow, what a groove
you guys caught a great groove and its refreshing to hear something that has some great timing and groove. for goodness sake, do more like this!
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
groove
Hey rac, nice to meet you. Thx for the kind words
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tokai said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Jon
Another great groove and swinging guitar from Thor, very tasty. Love the spoken lyric that is a sweet touch. Those guitar touches are so good to my ears, well executed and right on the money. Hip and upbeat, another hot one.
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
upbeat
Steve, I'm glad you dig it. When Thor does that vocal over the guitar notes thingy I think George Benson, but he's way funkier :-)
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peacepiano said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Cool Vibe
Mix of your keys and Thoddi's guitar and voice makes some great music here. Being a keyboard guy, I am especially impressed with the key playing and effects employed.

Take Care
Bill
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ktb said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
keys
Bill, that makes your kind comment all the more important to me! After Thor added the tremolo to the basic ep track it made me think of my old electric wurlitzer (cranked up as loud as would go :-). I love that sound.


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Feter said 2987 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Just my Luck
Man ...what a duet ...I agree with you ...Thor is the man ..he got some insight
to the blues with a bit of classic soul ..it kills ...but hey ..there s this ..
groovey keys ..which makes me feel thrill always ...a real blast this collab ..
this is my kinda music I love ...head bangin ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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ktb said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Feter!
always a gift to see your visits :-)
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Ed Hannifin said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Ha! See, Thor?
Didn't I say something ages ago about Boz Scaggs?

Great smooth groove playing.... like the touch of grit in everything, including the keyboards... Really nice guitar playing... And those truly are hip vocal parts...

This is something that I can imagine being a hit... Great summertime driving groove listening...

Ed
ktb said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
I remember that!
and then we had to get Thor to google up the Boz :-) I like the idea of driving Music Ed, it definitely makes me tap my toes, I hope the fast bpm doesn't lead to any speeding tix!
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thoddi said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Boz
Hi Ed, yeah you did:) Listening to him in spotify right now... He has some cool funky stuff. There seems to be almost easy listening sides to some of the stuff as well... Probably from the 80's;) Thanks for a kind comment:)
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tempie said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
luck
yeah man this is a fave of your recent stuff - i love the laid back vibe and the keys with the tremelo - tough to do a keys/guitar instrumental that doesn't sound like it belongs on the weather channel during local on the 8's but this has some real personality - love those little guitar breaks around the vox - cool note choices. also like the scratching here and there as well as the tempo - seems a bit faster than "normal" and that works, gives it a more aggressive feel. very cool.
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ktb said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
weather channel
was as far as my musical aspirations went before I hooked up here..lol..now the sky's the limit with being able to hook up with such talented Mj folks. Craig, thanks for the visit.
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damiengh said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Nice Changes
Love the changes on this tune and it's whole laid back feeling. Especially like the effects put on the voice, it really adds something.

I like your approach to music it's refreshing and it really connects with me. I would love to be in a band like this.

Nice work.
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ktb said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
band
well we can always do the virtual thing damien! hit me up if you ever need keys or backing trax. Thx for your comment
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Moviz said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Love that Jazz
vocal/guitar collab and the vocals give just the right edge on this piece....... it sounds fantastic John the way the guitar and piano have 'married' and combined with the vocal... great beat too and really top collaboration work by Thor.... DL for sure, regards M
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ktb said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
married
Maurice, such a nice comment, thank you. I am still in awe of Thor's production skillz. Not sure how all you "over the ponders" get such great mix's :-)
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lengold said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
This is
wonderful stuff and a definite download, thanks.
Cheers
Len

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ktb said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
d/l
Len, thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. I appreciate it.
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shavingronaldscar said 2986 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
heya
great sound on all of this, wow. The production tricks, key-edging included, definitely did it here. And of course the base material is brilliant hehe. really smooth groove, tasty samples. Nothing bad to say here hehe.
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ktb said 2985 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
heya back
Joachim, enjoyed our brief chat yesterday. Hope the officious goons don't damper your muse. Screw them eh? make music!
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Barretok said 2985 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
Hey Guys!
Sweet guitar and cool vocals...Love the keys. Really cool song.
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ktb said 2985 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
thanks
Bernardo, I appreciate your kind words
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Vic Holman said 2985 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
groove-alicious
man, a lot of soul here. excellent composition and the both of you really compliment each other so well.
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ktb said 2985 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
movin to Norway
Thor, doesn't know it yet, but I'm moving there to join his band :-) Thx Vic
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Calchas said 2985 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
Yeah boy!
A collab with the Mighty Thor... Lucky YOU John!

Turned out very nice I think. Two great talents for the price of one. I guess that makes ME lucky too! lol

Be well friend!
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ktb said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
mighty Thor
The Norse God of 335 Jazz Blues stylings :-) Michael thanks for the visit.
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Sigmund said 2985 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
Just my Luck
Guys, this is smooth - this flows real nice from start to finish. It is interesting
how you did the vocals, Thor. Really cool chord progressions, nice use of instruments
throughout. Very enjoyable piece - thanks for sharing this.
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ktb said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
progressions
sometimes me thinks too many changes can stifle a collab, but Thoddi grew this brilliantly imho
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Ibstrat said 2984 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
This
is a truly great track- great groove and the guitar playing couldn't be better.
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ktb said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
groove
Mark, glad you like it. I concur that Thor's guitar work on this, (especially the doubling w/vox) is tres cool
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kassia said 2984 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
heavy lifting
wow. this is sweet sweet sweet. each piece is a juicy piece of ear candy and put it all together to get a very nice treat. i agree - those vocals doubling the guitar line are excellent. this is just a really great song - and sounds like it wouldn't have been the same without the collaborative efforts of two excellent musicians. well done guys!
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ktb said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
sweet
Shay, is that you in your icon pic? too cute :-) ! spinning records early I see. Thx for the kind comment
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SISTERS said 2984 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
yes you 2 SHOULD do lots more together...
really cool vocal stuff at beginning - MORE, thor!
you guys sound great together - the meshing of your musical
personalities sounds classy, pro, jazzy, confident, stylish...shall i go on?
8)
guitar at 2:06 mmmm
guitar at 2:33 - more mmmm
:0
john, you support your partners with such thoughtfulness and lack of ego.
that ending vocal was just right - nice job, fellas. you're a solid team of sound!
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ktb said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
please
go on! :-) you are too kind by far. I think I've stated that before, but your comments are always so thoughtful and confidence building!
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guitapick said 2984 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
Wow...
...really fine spaces...lots of sweet guitar looks...great groove
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ktb said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
spaces
Bob, glad you think there's some openess in there. Thor gets props on the production. He took a simple jam and jazzed it up into something I could see playing out :-)
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Bob6stringer said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
UR No. 1 (and spinning!) - and deserve it
This tune is #1 on the MJ hit parade as I click to it today, and deserves to be. Everything else fits, jigsaw-puzzle tight. I hear the skaggs element you cite in the intro notes... maybe mix-in a little Peter Green (early-era Fleetwood Mac)? The guitar tone addicted me from the start and the licks remained right in the pocket.

More on guitar: Thor, I just left a pretty long comment in your tune "My Friend" that sums-up my hight regard for your talents there, and here.
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thoddi said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
wow #1:)
How cool:)

I'm thrilled and grateful of your encouraging and kind comment mr Bob. You mention Peter Green, and I have always been a big fan of him. I think still, I hold him as one of, or even THE guitar player who's is my absolute favorite:)
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ktb said 2981 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Peter Green
yeah, now that you mention it I totally hear that. Thor's playing covers a lot of my fav'. thanks Bob
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egobandit said 2983 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
wow
Dont even know where to start on this one just blew me away. All ill say is great performance by all involved tops in my book Greatness!
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ktb said 2981 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
hey
Ego, thanks for taking a listen and leaving such a positive comment.
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dave_b said 2980 days ago (June 21st, 2009)
Fantastic track
This track has a Steely Dan feel to me, like Aja or Deacon Blues. The keys and guitar work really well together, everyone gets plenty of space without stepping on each other. As a guitar player I appreciate those smooth and tasty licks.
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Macaudion said 2975 days ago (June 26th, 2009)
Groove tune to a tee...
Great piece guys! You have me in a great head-space this early a.m. I'm almost wishing that I was driving to work. I'm thinking I'd tend to wanna have this on reply for the ride! Great driving tune! Somehow, you affect tunes in this way, John! Great guitar work, Thor! Hope you guys do more together! It sounds as though you're meant to be! Love it! Thanks! Dion
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Scott Carmichael said 2971 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
2 of my favs
I don't see how you could improve on this... seasoned playing all around... excellent producer chops on this too John...



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timothy devine said 2971 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
this is incredible
thor shines
but the kayteebster always lays down a great bed
what a great combo, you 2
i thought for a few measures that Jerry Garcia was playing along in there
nice work/ a real interesting tune
i will have to give a few listens
thanks
tim
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paddler said 2966 days ago (July 5th, 2009)
..
Pleasant,laid back atmosphere - love the spoken track.Enjoyed - RG
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K.I.S.KISMET said 2957 days ago (July 14th, 2009)
puh!
AMAZING!! smooth grooves indeed!...i'm left utterly speechless. bravo, guys..BRAVO!!!!

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DWL said 2934 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Splendid work!
Impressive sound, nicely balanced and some fine playing.

Cheers

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said 2930 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
hey
How'd I miss it? Man you guys really mesh.

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paralax said 2923 days ago (August 18th, 2009)
lowdown
great bluesy feel very soothing nice guitar and keys an all around great callab.love the vocal parts they fit very well.
Terry

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richard13 said 2916 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Well, as you probably know by now, this is sweet!
An extremely delicious collaboration. Thank you guys.
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FEEL said 2916 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Pro Soundi
Crystal clean. Keys and guitar compliment each other. Easy to listen too. Enjoyed.
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Hydrogen3 said 2916 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Just my Luck (w/Thoddi)
Classic keyboards! Love the guitar solo and bluesy/jazz fusion feel. very nice!!
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tmcfate said 2785 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
nice
a real george benson feel. i love the mixed back dialog and it is so tightly produced
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jiguma said 2785 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Missed this
when it came out. Very cool guys - reinforces my opinion that you are both excellent players. SMOOOOOOOOOTH!
Neil
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TobinMueller said 2755 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Easy joy
Love the easy feel of this track. Just a quiet joy. Thanks for all your collaborations and wonderful sharing.
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composerclark said 2490 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
Fab
Well, I am hearing this REALLY late, but it's fabulous! You both sound completely in sync with each other musically. Lots of very cool moments, and overall, a very fine track.
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Rhythm and blues (or R&B) was coined as a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Jerry Wexler at Billboard magazine, used to designate upbeat popular music performed by African American artists that combined jazz

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