Hi, Has anyone seen where Hayley is receiving any sizable amount of publicity from "Lost in the Music"? Amazon UK has only 1 review. It shows as having been released by Amazon US, but with no info, not even a track listing. Does iTunes give any statistics on "Parole"? BobS
Well, I bought the album in the end. And I'm glad I did, I finally got round to listening to it yesterday and I enjoyed it, all of it, not just Hayley's bit. These guys are decent musicians, but you would expect no less from anything where Hayley is involved.
I was surprised this morning when I turned on my car radio on my way home from church to hear The Gypsy Queens "St Tropez" I had to double-take to check I wasn't playing the CD. But I wasn't. Actually it sounded a bit different to the record, so I guess it was a live performance. The GQ's were interviewed this morning by Richard Madeley on Radio 2. The show will doubtless appear on the iPlayer in a few hours. It seems "St Tropez" is being released as a single. Richard did ask if they didn't have a girl in the group at one time and the reply was something like "yes, but she was too cute and attracted too much attention". I wonder who that was, no names mentioned.
I was surprised this morning when I turned on my car radio on my way home from church to hear The Gypsy Queens "St Tropez" I had to double-take to check I wasn't playing the CD. But I wasn't. Actually it sounded a bit different to the record, so I guess it was a live performance.
I have regularly been fascinated by the difference in sound that comes over the air on radio compared with the sound I get from exactly the same CD on my own stereo systems. Eg, RTE Lyric FM use Majesty and Sparkle directly from my CDs. But it always sounds clearer and brighter after being transmitted over the airwaves even when listened to on mediocre equipment like car radios or cheap alarm clock radios. My only explanation is the compression they use and the settings on whatever audio equalizers they have (Flashy tone controls). I think they set these more for clarity than deep tones and notes, or maybe they just have better cd players.
Yes, Paul, I'm sure they optimise the sound for the medium they are using, in order to get the best out of car radios and the like. My own Hifi deliberately has limited tone controls, I can't much about with the frequency balance anything like as much as I can with my car radio for example. And car radios have to work and be audible with a lot of background noise, so perhaps what you get is the "screaming middle" scenario with not too much bass or high treble, which would be lost in the background noise anyway.
I was impressed though with the Gypsy Queens. They are clearly fine musicians, and do a heck of a lot of private gigs, and have been going for quite a few years. I'm enjoying the CD.
Hi, Have been checking the ranking of "Parole" every few days on "Lost in the Music" iTunes (US). Sad to say that it is no longer in first place where it has been for over a month. I find it now in second place behind "O'Saracino". I have not been checking iTunes (UK), but out of curiosity I just now did, and do not see it in the top ten! It doesn't appear at present that she has gained much with that collaboration. BobS
Maybe that's because people who bought "parole" liked what they heard and are now buying other tracks from the album. It's a mistake to think people only buy one track. It is true that they probably only buy each track once!