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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 09:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've been wondering lately about the guitar-harmonies that can be heard on some of their concerts. On the intro of Seven Seas of Rhye, both from Knebworth (source: Live Magic) and Budapest (video tape) there is a harmonized guitar-slide upwards (similar to the studio version but a two-part instead of a three-part harmony). The Wembley version, however, doesn't feature this lick. So I wonder whether this is genuine or if it was overdubbed. Can anybody tell from Magic Tour-bootlegs (I sadly don't own any)?
If I had to guess, I'd say the slide is authentic. On the Budapest-video Brian plays a similarly harmonized part towards the end of "In The Lap of the Gods". On the other hand, from the video it looks as if Brian stood quite a distance away from his pedal-board whilst playing the intro of SSOR. So I'm not so sure.
I guess he must have somehow worked his pedal-board to achieve that effect?
So another question I'd like to ask is: What tools did Brian use to emulate guitar-harmonies on stage? On "Keep Yourself Alive" from "Live Killers" he makes use of his delays to achieve a harmonized guitar-solo. But the harmonies on "Lap of the Gods" and "Seven Seas" (Budapest/Knebworth) don't sound as if they were done with delays. It must be a proper harmonizer-effect. I know he used one on "Chinese Torture" (cf. "Guitar Extravagance" from the Brixton show) but I read somewhere that he didn't get this particular tool until after the Magic Tour.
So any help and information concerning the "history" of Brian's harmonizer-pedals would be highly appreciated.

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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 17:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian did use an Eventide Hazmonizer on the Magic Tour and this is what you hear on Budapest and Knebworth (He also played parts of Chinese Torture at Knebworth with it). However Im not sure if it was used from the beginning of the tour or if it was brought in half way through, shall have to listen to some early bootlegs as I have never took much notice before.

There are times when I belive effects were switched on by crew members so this is why Brian is not next to his pedal board when it comes on, this can also be seen with the Auto-Wah on the IWTBF solo.

Live Killers KYA solo was done with the two Delays as in the Brighton Rock solos.


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 17:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

THAT lick WAS played in many concerts... is not overdubed...


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 19:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's what the sound technicians at the board are for...to help out on things like that!!


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Posted: 03 Jan 07, 09:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks to everyone for your answers.