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[MJCC11] I Can't (JDHolliday/Speedonl Cover)


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dantimmermans

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Here's my contribution to MJCC11. This was really one of my favourite MJ tunes of last year, and I was so excited when James and Egbert let me have a go at it. It's quite a bit different, so please also have a listen to the original versions:
http://www.macjams.com/song/60682
http://www.macjams.com/song/65149
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Hits: 3120
Comments: 54
Fans: 30
Plays: 86
Downloads: 85

Uploaded: Jan 13, 2011 - 01:39:52 AM
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2011 - 01:42:57 AM Last Played: Aug 03, 2017 - 08:35:50 AM
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rok41 said 2531 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
I Can't
Nice feel to this song, very U2 vibed with a slice of Smashing Pumpkins. I am working with JD and Egbert on a remake of this song as I write, a big fan of this song. NIce Job Dan!
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
cool
I'm really keen to hear your take on the track. you're right about the U2 vibe, particularly the opening; I didn't realise it - and should've use more delay and reverb on the guitars, ala The Edge.
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davisamerica said 2531 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
a hard driving
beauty of a tune.... great track Dan ..... very cool arrangement...wowzers. an instant download...thanks!
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davisamerica said 2531 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
....
and some beatles (as well as the u2 reference).... 3rd run through...still...wow
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
thanks, man
I'm really happy with how this one came out. I had imagined doing a more laid back version but when it came to actually putting tracks down it just got more rocking :)
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MarkHolbrook said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Wow you did
a fantastic job with this... Really enjoyed! Nicely done!
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Thanks, Mark
Glad you dug it, but please direct props to James and Egbert :)
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ShadowofNine said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Marvelous
What a great song, Bravo...
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Thanks, man
glad you had a listen and enjoyed. It's a great tune and be sure to check out the original.
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crissew said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Love this song
This is one of James best songs and that is saying something. Love the rocking guitar lines in this. It really works well. Your vocals do remind me a bit of Smashing Pumpkins. Excellent, one of the best covers so far in the challenge. Great!
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
yeah, it's a great tune...
and great fun to cover. James has a hell of a voice and his original take is probably one of his best performances (at least of those I've heard). Quite a challenge but, again, lots of fun.
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speedonl said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
WOW!!
I am so impressed by this, you totally made it your own but kept the original feeling of the song, congrats!! Great ideas and cool guitarwork, LOVE IT!! I for one am flattered by having a song covered, especially by you because you know I love your voice a lot..
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
cheers, Egbert
I really enjoyed playing this one, thanks for letting me loose on it. there were several guitar phrases that I couldn't work out but I made sure to keep that delicious hook in the chorus :)
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speedonl said 2526 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
keep
coming back, wow!
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awigze said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
I can
I can see why this is a fav of yours. Will have to go listen to the orig a bit closer... I have heard this somewhere before, hmmmmm - oh ya, great work
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
thanks
cheers for the listen and comment, I really dug your Death:Arrow cover, too; the bass riff at the end of the chorus is pure gold.
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jdholliday said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Well Dan I am
blown away by this extraordinary effort, I absolutely love it, and am so thrilled that such a great guy and huge talent chose to do one of our songs, The first time I heard Egbert's original music "secrets" I just fell in love with it, and it opened huge creative doors for me, everything you've done here is top notch, love the energy you gave it, great instrumentation, you freakin' knocked this out of the park friend, your voice sounds amazing, the production is pro, truly a dream come true for me to have someone like you to cover a song that I was a part of creating. I was blessed to have 2 other huge macjammers, Yves and Maurice cover another song of mine, this is awesome, thank you so very much Dan!
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Thanks, James
this was pure pleasure to work on, it's a great tune. I am so pleased you enjoyed my take on it. Thanks a lot for organising this thing.
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RochaMalhada said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
This is Great!!
Fine job on this, I might add ;-)

Really super riffs and your vocals are great, too.

. - Harold
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dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Thanks Harold
Glad you dug it. Love the new profile pic btw.
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Symphony101 said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
I can't
tell you what a listening pleasure this gives ! :-)

This song is going to be a MJ classic, a wonderful song, and Dan, you made a fantastic version ! I think you kept the same vocal range (and you've got a great voice), for the soundbed, the listener remains tuned in and it's easy to follow, yet it is such an authentic interpretation of the song ! Not a pure imitation. I loved it !
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Covers
I've always thought covers should either be completely true to the original or or completely true to the coverer's style. Anything in the middle always sounds confused and, to borrow your term, inauthentic. Knowing that matching James voice and Egbert's slinky smooth guitar lines would be very challenging, I decided to just do my own thing with it; I'm really glad its been received so well. Thanks for listening and commenting.
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dave_b said 2530 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
[MJCC11] I Can't
This is my favorite from JD & Egbert, and you did it justice hear. Tight guitar playing. Cool vocals, wish I could sing in that register. I agree with the others on the U2 reference
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dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
JD & Egbert
It's pretty exciting to watch new collab teams come together; these two are really coming up with some great music, aren't they? glad you liked the cover, dude.
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Elevator_Funk said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
...
I don't know what you were going for, but to me it has a strong vibe from those 90's alternative pop-rock bands. I haven't listened to the original yet so I better check it out.
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dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
I wasn't sure...
...what I was going for either. I just put down that jangly guitar track and it all built from there. Interesting comment, I'll have to admit that the 90s were a big time for me, musically. Loved your cover challenge contribution, by the way. Thanks for listening and commenting.
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jiguma said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Flood upload?
I'm imagining you looking out over rising waters as you push the "upload" button Dan. This sounds great - excellent choice of material, and a really nice version too.
Performance and recording/mixing all done really well.
Hope you dry out soon.
Cheers from the Very Deep South,
Neil
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dantimmermans said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
luckily...
we've seen no water in my street, and I've had power and internet pretty consistently through the whole event. so very many people have not been so fortunate, including friends and coworkers. the cleanup's gonna take forever, man.
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ted23 said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Great
Pop rock tune. Guitars and top vocals work really well. This is extremely memorable, even in this great sra of music that is MJ.
Nice one
dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
you're right, Ted
There is a lot of good music and collabs here lately. It's a shame it all disappears so quickly and I know I'm missing great tracks every week, just down to the number of uploads. Thanks for having a listen, man.
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particledots said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Not familiar with the original
at all....

but this is absolutely fantastic...what a great ear and skill for melody and arrangement you have

top marks dan
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dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Thanks, Bryn
have a good listen to the original - it's good stuff. I've gotta pass the credit for the vocal melody on to James, but I must say I did have a good time with the arrangement. Thanks again, man.
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magnatone said 2530 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
I Can't
wow Dan - i really really like this interpretation of the original! love your guitar ideas and fabulous vocals! congrats Dan!
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dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Cheers, Karen
You've always got something nice to say. Thanks for taking the time to swing by, listen, and comment. Got something new for us all soon?
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racerat said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
I Can't
Excellent cover Dan. "I Can't" believe it, but I just typed this awesome review of this song and MJ just deleted it when I hit "post comment". Now "I Can't" rewrite it. But "I Can't" believe how pissed I am. Be That as it may, this is a very cool song. "I Can" see why you liked it. Great job. Fav'd & DL'd.
RR
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dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
ahhh I see you like puns too
great comment, Phil. It has gotten to the stage where I select all and copy the text of every comment before I post, just in case. hope you're keeping well, dude.
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five_extra_arms said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
I Can't
Dan,

This is really fantastic. I'm ashamed to say, I don't think I've ever heard any of your music. Great vocal performance and killer riffs.

Downloaded.

Bob
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dantimmermans said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Thanks, Bob
I'm glad you enjoyed this cover, and I hope you'll dig some of my older tunes, too. Have a good one.
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alackbass said 2529 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
I Can't
This song works so well in a modern rock context. The guitar arrangement is stellar.
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dantimmermans said 2528 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Cheers, Andrew
the guitars were my focus here; most are doubled, some are octaved, and the solos are harmonised in parts. y'know that fight scene in the Matrix Reloaded when Neo is fighting the multiple Agent Smiths? 'More!' Yeah, that's me.
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Doadars Uncle said 2528 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Nicely done!
Incredibly energizing!
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dantimmermans said 2528 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Thanks, Doug
I appreciate the listen, didn't realise I'd missed your egobandit cover; heading over now...
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tf10music said 2528 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
this is
fantastically executed. Really liked the way you treated the guitar in the mix. Great work!
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KCsGROOVE said 2528 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Great rocksong!
Man, I dig those guitars especially that jangling one :-) Cool vocals as well and a very well balanced mix
Nice bridge around 3.00!
just a cool rock song!
KC
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dantimmermans said 2526 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
Thanks, man
I'mm thinking of smoothing out the entrance to that bridge, it's a little abrupt as is. Glad you liked the mix.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2528 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
This tune...
... is very catchy and melodic. One of my favorites entries for this challenge! Everything is extremely well done, from the vocals to the guitars. Fantastic production too. WOW dude, you rocked it! :)
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Daugrin said 2528 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Dantastic
Arresting piece this, recalls a lot of popular music. The guitar in the solo section is too shaggy for my taste, I know the idea was to build, the tone was just too much... great vocals!
The faux key changes are a great device and are used artfully here...

Daug
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dantimmermans said 2526 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
you're absolutely rifght
there's too much delay and fuzz on the second half of the guitar solo; and it's just mixed too loud. thanks for the listen and comment.
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Bob Rodgers said 2528 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
This
is superb, great rock song, really love the guitars and excellent vocals.
A great mix and very much enjoyed.
Thanks for the download.

Bob
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Sigmund said 2526 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
YES
This is a great song, and you did it very well. Enjoyed listening to this - thanks!
Sig
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jdholliday said 2526 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
I can't get enough of this!
And I want to thank everyone for commenting, Dan just knocked this right out of the park, and the more I listen, the more I like it, and I loved it the first time, what an honor!!!!!! I know Egbert is as excited as I am to have such an amazing cover of one of our tunes, i'll be listening to this version for a long long time!
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dantimmermans said 2526 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
aw shucks
thanks for coming back for another comment and for pimping this one in chat, James. I'm starting to hear things I wanna change, but I'll fight the urge...
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PeterB7858 said 2525 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
Great cover
Hi Dan. Playing catchup after being out of MJ range camping on the NSW south coast (not far from Neil's domain). I really like what you have done with this excellent song. Your layered guitar work really adds substantially to the song and your vocal work pays homage to JD's style. Great cover. Congratulations. Take care, Peter.
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Demeter7 said 2523 days ago (January 20th, 2011)
That's some
fabulous guitar and what a great voice, too! It sounds like a song from a famous band's album of greatest hits. Thanks.
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