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Cover Songs with Heather Cox – Never Had It So Good

January 9th, 2011 . by Alexander Fisher

hjc_BWThis is another song I recorded with my niece Heather Cox at my former home in Ada, Ohio in the 1990’s. She sang and I played guitar that day. Later I recorded drums and bass guitar. I recently digitized the tapes and remixed the tracks. I recorded a new keyboard part yesterday and added it to the final mix.

I have been a fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter since the first time I heard her play. I have all of her CD’s including her most recent recordings. I suppose I must have been playing Never Had It So Good at the time Heather came over or something.

Never Had It So Good

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The analog tracks were originally recorded on a Yamaha MT-100 II 4 track cassette recorder using  dbx noise reduction.

I played guitar on a Takamine acoustic . The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001. The drums and cymbals, plus some analog editing, are from the original recording using my Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machine sounds and a Yamaha MIDI drum pad. I recorded the keyboard part using a Roland MIDI slave keyboard and the TruePianos plug-in.

This song was written by Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Jennings. Heather sang lead and background vocals and I sang background and played all of the instruments. I processed it with Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Producer and Sony Sound Forge 9.