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I had plans to do covers from MJ artists so this challenge has been an excellent opportunity. One day, chatting with James, he told me that "Take It to the Cross" was one of his songs he liked a lot, I think we even briefly discussed about how cool it would be if a cover of this song was made.

So when the cover challenge was launched, I just grasped the opportunity. James gave me his blessing and I got down to work.

Then I contacted Maurice (Moviz), who is one of my favorites at MJ, and proposed a collab for this project. From that point on, things worked out so well ! Maurice had a listen to the original and came up fantastic suggestions on how to develop this version. Maurice has an incredible experience and the ideas came so fast to him ! I was so happy to follow the path he suggested, which, in my opinion, ended up with a very creative version of the song.

I really like when a cover brings a different flavor to the original song. So Maurice provided a model to follow, we changed the key and proceeded with the chord progression Maurice proposed.

I hope you enjoy this version. On this song, Maurice is responsible for all vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, drum programming, and keys while I took care of playing bass guitar, electric guitars and a little keys.

Thank you Maurice for this fantastic experience and friendship, I thoroughly enjoyed this !

So here it is James, my friend. Thank you for giving your permission for us working on this cover and oh, Happy Birthday to you ! :-)

jdholliday's original version can be found at http://www.macjams.com/song/61720

ADDENTUM : I just forgot to mention important credits to attribute to Maurice ! Maurice actually also mastered the song and developed this beautiful artwork you can see above. My apologies for having missed this.
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Uploaded: Jan 11, 2011 - 11:03:51 PM
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2013 - 06:40:23 AM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 08:36:19 AM
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magnatone said 2355 days ago (January 11th, 2011)
First?
i can't believe it - i'm having a lucky night! this is fabulous guys, congrats on the hard work!
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you Karen
as always, for your wonderful support.
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apod said 2355 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
well
"I really like when a cover brings a different flavor to the original song."

totally different vibe, almost Grateful Dead like. very cool.
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Many thanks
for your comment, much appreciated !
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2355 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Groovy
Reminds me a bit of early Paul Pena, or other funk type bands/ This is a great version.
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you Adam
I really appreciate your time and comment !
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RAVENS said 2355 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Lovely
Yves & Maurice, what an awesome pair! Such a wonderful take on JD's song. Music & vocals are just terrific. Happy Birthday JD!!!!

RAVEN ;-)
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Dani
thank you so much ! Since long I wanted to have this opportunity to work with Maurice, and it was a real pleasure.
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crissew said 2355 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Very different
interpretation of this one. So different i couldnt even find my place for a minute, lol. This is very cool. It reminds me a bit of the "Talking Heads" in style. Enjoyed it!
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
It was a great experience
Indeed, Maurice's inspiration has been determinant and I'm so glad I had this experience working with him ! Many thanks Charles !
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davisamerica said 2355 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
big smiles
on this one guys..... Maurice shines and the arrangement is fresh and full of soul ....who could ask for more..... great stuff guys!!
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Many many thanks
I really appreciate your comment.
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Doadars Uncle said 2355 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Nice blend
Cheerful and uplifting. Well done!
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you so much Doug
For your time to listen and your kind comment.
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ShadowofNine said 2355 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Great fun
fab cover, really enjoyed the work..
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you Dave
For your kind comment
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jdholliday said 2354 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
What a blessing
and such a joy to have 2 people whom I admire so much take the time and effort to do such a wonderful version of this song which is very dear to my heart, I absolutely love your take on this, I agree it has a Grateful Dead feel. From the bottom of my heart I thank you both my friends Yves and Maurice for an amazing rendition! Wow!
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
And thank you James
Blessing is having great friends like you
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ktholliday said 2354 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
~ Blessings, indeed ~
Very thankful for this piece from you all~ Take it to the Cross, from two amazing artists! Super amazing! What a special delight, on my honey's birthday ~ today! Wow, what a heartfelt message/track and just all around fantastic!!! ~ THANKS ~ for this special gift!
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Katy thank you so much
It's been a pleasure working with Maurice and being able to cover a song of my friend.
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Moviz said 2354 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
So pleased
that Yves asked me to take part in this collab he was great and so accommodating to work with......and I thank you all for the positive reaction. I wanted a Staples Singers or Detroit Emeralds feel, but I'll gladly accept the 'Grateful Dead' comments LOL, Regards M
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Maurice
This was such a wonderful experience, thank you for this and for your friendship.
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michaeljayklein said 2354 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
You been busy!
Well Yves, your creative streak has brought us yet another fine gem. Moe/Yves, ya done great--this is a really good song by James and I'm happy you two combined talents on this. Just plain nifty I tell ya! More applause emanating from the Frozen Tundras of Minneapolis--thank you! Michael
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you buddy !
This was a great experience. There is another Moe with whom I also hope working together :-) This is one of my 2011 resolutions.
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Vic Holman said 2354 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
take it away
what a cool version Yves. and bringing in Maurice in as well is very cool.

there is a cool '70's pop sound here that works really well

very cool indeed
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Hey Vic !
Many thanks for your comment and time !
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Kicbal said 2354 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Groovy
Breezy feel. The strings give this a slight "Cure" feel mixed with jamband sensibilities, an odd combo, but it works. Nice lively drums.
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Coming from you
this comment means a lot, many thanks !
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sloparts said 2354 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Two of the best on MJ,
combining forces to make this an outstanding original cover of James' great inspirational song. This has a more uptempo Gospel feel to it. It's the kind you'd be more likely to find in an old time Gospel choir somewhere in the southern United States, than coming out of the heart of Europe.

Excellent Cover gentlemen.

Ed
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you Ed !
World became a small place after all, this site really shows this. Many thanks !
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dave_b said 2354 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
jdholliday's "Take It to the Cross"
Chord substitutions give this one a breezy feel. Arrangement and production sound great. The vocals sound muffled to me, could be up in the mix some.
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you so much Dave
Maurice is the genius on the substitution work, I was truly blown away seeing him at work with this.
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Bowman said 2354 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
It's
always fascinating how different artist can affect a song.
This really groves in a light breezy way.
Well done guys.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Charlie thank you so much
For your kind comment and support.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2352 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
A smart...
... move to get Moviz on board. I dig the old-time feel in, both, the music and vocals. Congrats!
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Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thank you so much
You're so right, I knew this would be fantastic when I reached out to Maurice. Many thanks for your comment !
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ted23 said 2352 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Smooth
Groovy coolness.....
Nice one guys
Symphony101 said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Thanks so much dude
For your time and very kind comment.
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Daugrin said 2351 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Just enough
Maurice is so talented... Great job on this one...

Daug
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Symphony101 said 2345 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Hi Daug
I concur, Maurice is an amazing talent, and so good to work with. Many thanks for your support Daug.
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Ziplok said 2337 days ago (January 29th, 2011)
Music 1 more Time
I see the MJ thing is to keep bringing nothing but nice music... Symphony does just that. nice work on the real country feeling and i like the added touch of the organ in the back. great work i want you to keep posting more. Were not worthy!!! all jokes aside nice guitar solo and solid vox.
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tokai said 2326 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Dreamy guitars
I think the drum programming is a real treat to. They really fill this tune out. Great collab guys.
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Symphony101 said 2323 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Thanks a lot Steve
Maurice had this great idea on drum parts and actually it contains an additional layer on the second part of the song. It was an amazing experience working with Maurice on this.

Many thanks for checking out the song and commenting.
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Slashh! said 2299 days ago (March 8th, 2011)
Really Fresh
What an interesting blend.
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Symphony101 said 2295 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Cheers Slashh !
Thanks a lot for the visit
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