Friday 10 May 2024

'Walk Away The Winner'/The Formellas (CDO) - May 2024 Demo 70s 'Sounds Like Vinyl Vocal Mix 11





MAY 2024 - The current vocal version of 'Walk Away The Winner' by The Formellas (CDO) now with the new guitar work.

'Walk Away The Winner' was conceived in London 2009 after I returned from a visit to Philadelphia for writing and recording other material with Philly MFSB/TSOP/Salsoul Orchestra legend Bobby Eli. It spent a few years being tweaked and was included on the 'Make Five' album by Bandtraxs, released in 2013. The first demos in 2009 were billed as CDO as the 'artist' as I didn't have a proper group name established then. Those early demos were created on an old version of Logic Audio (Windows). I was angry when Logic Audio stopped supporting Windows updates and were bought out by Apple, however the final work for the 2013 released version(s) was completed on a new MAC computer and Logic Audio (circa 2010 to 2012). This is the latest vocal version featuring The Formellas where the vocals were recorded in 2024.

MUSIC Publishers/Record Labels
This song/audio/recording does NOT contain the 1974 'TSOP' (MFSB) song melody, any Salsoul drum samples or include any Philly musicians. Thanks to the world wide publisher who instigated a copyright infringement claim against me via YouTube and then rescinded it after I stood my ground. And, still no apology.

PHILLY/Funky/Disco fans in Italy (Bologna)
This composition is from 2009 NOT 1975 and the official released version(s) were 2013 and yes, it is slightly different in places to the previous demos. Any Italian '1975 mix' tapes that contain this song features one of my 2009 demos (speeded up by approx 5% with added reverb) which is currently not posted anywhere or available as having two Salsoul (drum) samples which I cannot use or clear. All versions may sound a little 'Philly' here and there, but are not. That was my intention. There is another legitimate (Funk Brother/Drummers of Motown) sample hi hat figure used a number of times in these productions which was only recorded in 1999 and released on CD for music creators/song producers/writers. It's on every demo and released version that has been available to date including the version on the '1975' DJ Miki CIAK mix tape. The libellous comments on social media telling the world that I stole the song are disgraceful. Thank you to some Americans and Canadians who have been interested and complimentary about the song and its history.

The legitimate sample CD where a hi hat figure was obtained for use in the production of 'Walk Away The Winner'. This CD was released in 1999.



BOBBY Eli - MFSB, The Salsoul Orchestra, The Interpretations, The Philly Groove Orchestra
This song/production (version), when/if released will be dedicated to my Philly friend/co producer Bobby Eli who passed away in 2023. We co wrote (along with Chiquita Green) and produced 'Soul Recession' performed by Double Exposure & 'There I go falling in love again' performed by Chiquita Green. He, along with all the MFSB, Salsoul Orchestra, TSOP, PhillyGroove musicians, writers, producers etc inspired me to write and produce.

Salsoul label/Future Music Magazine competition samples
I have decided not to pursue clearance for the two Salsoul samples used in my 2009 demo(s), which appears on the DJ Miki 1975 mix tape. It is far too complicated and costly so I will potentially release a 2024 version which will include some 2009 demo & 2013 release elements plus other updates and a vocal. I was hoping to secure permission to use the 2009 demo on the 2024 album which had the samples included, but sadly that will not happen now.

As I have found my 2009 demos, all those who dispute its legitimacy would be able to hear for the first time the FULL version I created and not the shorter excerpt on the '1975' mix tape if I posted it on line. The mix tape scenario which by definition can only have been compiled after 2009 when I wrote the song and uploaded a version to YouTube/SoundCloud, could be something DJ Miki did believing that WATW was a 1975 unreleased gem. Or, somebody else has made a mix tape up in the last few years after DJ Miki's sad passing.

WRITTEN & PRODUCED IN ENGLAND - Not Philly, not Detroit, not the USA or the Moon, but London & MediaCityUK. This version evolved via my Windows/MAC computers and the various Logic (Audio) Pro software from 2009 to May 2024 in London/MediaCityUK using midi/files/audio etc from 2009 onwards. The various early mixes/demos were processed though 'Cool Edit Pro' and later 'Adobe Audition' then uploaded to YouTube/Soundcloud with video processing in 'Adobe Premiere' where necessary. Complicated, tell me about it!

Song instrumental ©Carl Dixon 2009. Some lyrics written in ©2009 & the balance ©2023

++ NOT for airplay - thank you ++
The first official instrumental releases of 'Walk Away The Winner' by Bandtraxs were in 2013. They were mastered at Metropolis Studios, Chiswick, West London on the 2nd January 2013 by Tim Young.

Stay tuned for 'Sounds Like Vinyl' Mix 12 & release updates

©Bandtraxs 2024

Wednesday 8 November 2023

'He's Always Mad About Something' by The Formellas

PRESS RELEASE 
NOW AVAILABLE 2023
(official release 2nd April 2023)
‘He’s Always Mad About Something’
Written/published by: Carl Dixon (PRS/MCPS) © 2014  
Bandtraxs (PPL) ℗ 2023

performed by
THE FORMELLAS

Can be purchased from Amazon, iTunes etc and streamed via all leading digital services




Bandtraxs are delighted to release 'He's always mad about something' performed this time by The Formellas. This is a throwback to a mid 1970s east coast disco style production which may have emanated from the likes of Philly & New York. The recording process is over, the mix/masters are complete for an official release on the 2nd April 2023. The original version was by The Delgonives released in 2017.  

The drums were recorded in Detroit, the guitars, bass and horns all recorded in Nashville. Thank you to Drew, Sam, Gary, Mark, Roy and Mike as usual. The track listing looks like this:

  1. He’s always mad about something (Vocal Radio Mix)                   GBXNE2200001  3:31
  2. He’s always mad about something (Instrumental Radio Mix)        GBXNE2200002  3:30
  3. He’s always mad about something (Extended Vocal Mix)             GBXNE2200003  4:34
  4. He’s always mad about something (Extended Instrumental Mix)  GBXNE2200004  4:32
  5. He’s always mad about something (Trombone Vocal Mix)            GBXNE2200005  3:31
  6. He’s always mad about something (Mono Vocal Mix)                   GBXNE2200006  3:31
  7. He’s always mad about something (Sounds Like 70s Vinyl Mix)   GBXNE2200007  3:31
  8. He's always mad about something (Vocal Deluxe Mix)                 GBXNE2200008  3:31
                                  
A number of mixes exist which may appeal to Music Supervisors for their programming/production needs and those who may just like instrumentals or alternative versions. This release includes a first 'Vocal Deluxe' version and features an octave difference on some of the strings, a male background vocal in addition to the female ones and a glockenspiel punctuating the strings in places. The 'Trombone' mix changes the last chorus by removing the lead vocal and only using the solo ad lib which is on all the other vocal versions with the chorus. In addition there is extra trombone in that same segment which makes it uniquely different compared to the other vocal versions. I have had some positive feedback regarding previous 'Sounds like vinyl' mixes which has encouraged me to make available on this release too. Dust, warp, hum, noise can be added digitally and here with a view to replicate a mid 70s stereo 45 rpm vinyl record. 


Title: He's always mad about something
Writer: Carl Dixon
Published by: Carl Dixon (PRS/MCPS)
Artist: The Formellas
Label: Bandtraxs (PPL)
ISRC number: GBXNE2200001 to GBXNE2200008
UPC: 198004307048
This release: 2nd April 2023
Recording location: London/Nashville/Detroit/Salford

Drums: Drew Shultz
Baritone, alto & tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards/tambourine: Carl Dixon

Drew Schulz

Sam Levine

Gary Lunn

Mark Baldwin

Mike Haynes

Roy Agee


      Written, produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions 
      © 2014 the song (PRS/MCPS) & ℗ 2023 these recordings, Carl Dixon (PPL)
        


For more information about other Bandtraxs releases please visit

© Carl Dixon 2023  All Rights Reserved

Tuesday 7 November 2023

'A little of the big stuff' by The Formellas

PRESS RELEASE

'A Little of the Big Stuff'

Performed by
THE FORMELLAS
Written by: Carl Dixon
Published by: Carl Dixon (PRS) © 2011 (℗2017


The official release date is the 1st June 2017 and can be purchased from, Amazon, iTunes and all leading streaming services.




If you enjoy retro sounding mid 1970s soul, this new album release features no less than fourteen mixes to capture the spirit of disco music prevalent around that time. These productions have been carefully crafted with respect to a period that gave us the likes of Love Unlimited, The Three Degrees, The Sound of Philadelphia, The Salsoul Orchestra and MFSB. The instrumentation remains faithful to a more traditional style of arrangement from the days when sequencing and midi did not exist. Although using modern techniques to record these tracks, the essence of the music here still sounds organic and collaborative. The main influences for this music are the 1970s and particularly the Philly Sound. Nobody will ever recreate that music successfully without the musicians who made it and arrangers that so eloquently added their input to the songs in the first place. The likes of Bobby Eli, Earl Young, Vince Montana, T G Conway, Jimmie Williams, Phil Hurtt, Tony Bell, Larry Washington, Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris, Thom Bell, Richard Rome and Bobby Martin are a few names that come to mind, but there are so many other individuals responsible for that sound too numerous to mention. The writers, producers, musicians, arrangers and artists are greatly appreciated and are celebrated here with efforts to write and produce similarly.

This song was originally an instrumental released on the Bandtraxs album named 'Make five' and was merely a notion that one day lyrics would be written and vocals added. These are the fruits of that idea with studio recorded drums, horns, guitars and bass guitar. Studio pro’s in LA provided the horn and the female vocal tracks with LaTisha on lead and b/v's, whilst Bobby Eli recorded Jeff Leonard on drums in his ‘The Grooveyard’ studio in Philly on the main tracks of this album. From a trivia point of view, the Loft mixes are specifically with early looped drums I was experimenting with before I commissioned Philly studio drums. These are real drums professionally recorded for producers to use with their productions whether demos or commercial releases, but I wanted a real Philly groove on this hence Jeff Leonard's contribution. The Moss mixes are the original London drums by Simon Moss from the instrumental version of ALOTBS off the 'Make Five' album released previously, except this time accompanied by vocals and other instruments not recorded previously. Simon was the drummer with Manchester 80s group 'The Clouds'. The bass guitar by Gavin Morris is on all versions, also from Manchester.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Title: A little of the big stuff
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)
Artist: The Formellas
Label: Bandtraxs
Production: Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
ISRC number: GBXNE1700031 to GBXNE1700044
This album version release: 1st April 2017
Recording location: Philadelphia, LA, Nashville and London
Original song incarnation 2011 and released on the album ‘Make five’ by Bandtraxs

For more information about the track please visit www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl@bandtraxs.com

Artists and session musicians on ‘A little of the big stuff’:

Lead Vocals:
LaTisha (Studio Pros, Los Angeles)

Backing vocals
LaTisha (Studio Pros, Los Angeles)
Carl Dixon (London)

Musicians
Drums 1: Jeff Leonard, 
Recorded at 'The Grooveyard', Philadelphia. Thanks to Bobby Eli.
Drums 2: Loopmaster
Drums 3: Simon Moss, London
Guitar 1: Mark Baldwin, Nashville
Guitar 2: Carl Dixon, London
Bass guitar: Gavin Morris, Manchester
Horns: Studio Pros, Los Angeles
Keys/percussion: Carl Dixon

A little of the big stuff (vocal Radio Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Radio Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Extended Vocal Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Extended Instrumental Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Vocal Loft Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Loft Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Vocal Moss Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Moss Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Vocal Middle Eight Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Middle Eight Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Organ Mix)
A little of the bif stuff (Instrumental El Piano Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Vibe Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Sweet Mix)



Written, produced, mixed and mastered by
Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions



© Carl Dixon 2013, (P) 2017

Monday 6 November 2023

Detroit Session Pomo 2008


This short promo showcases the talent used to create some great Detroit music in 2008). Retro in style, the songs feature great musicianship and performances from the legendary Dennis Coffey, who produced the session and singing talent which featured Spyder Turner and Pree. This


The arrangements were by David J. Van De Pitte (Motown/MarvinGaye 'What's Goin' On',) solo Saxes by George Katsakis of The Royaltones fame and Gil Bridges from Rare Earth. Drums by Uriel Jones and Spider Webb, Percussion by Denis Sheridan and Larry Fratangelo, Vibes by Rob Pipho, Guitars by Dennis Coffey, Ray Monette, Bass guitar by Bob Babbit and the Steinway Grand featured Robert Jones.

See further down this blog for full versions of those recordings.







https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKuRfjNmY-E

Sunday 5 November 2023

'Suddenly There's You' by Pree (Original 2008 Studio Mix)



‘Suddenly There's You’
(original full studio mix)
Written by: Carl Dixon/Karen Pree © 2008
CHD Publishing (PRS, MCPS) ℗2020 Bandtraxs/Carl Dixon

Performed by
PREE






The unmistakable voice of Pree who performs "Suddenly there’s you” a rhythmic piece of danceable soul with overtones from the 1960’s. The original song concept was written in London 2003 and made its final journey to Detroit, Michigan for completion in 2008. Dennis Coffey produced the track for Bandtraxs Productions at ‘Studio A’, Dearborn Heights, Detroit. The arrangement was by the renowned David J. Van De Pitte and in addition the track features some legendary session musicians from the heart and soul of the city. Pree played an important role in providing her vocal and song arranging talents to make this project work as well as being a co-writer of the song. 


This release features the original full length studio vocal and instrumental versions which have never been available before and in addition, three original demos that helped pave the way for this being ultimately recorded in Detroit. The 2003 and 2006 demos were first aired on the Salford radio station WFM by UK soul connoisseur DJ Harry Grundy in 2006 giving credence to the song and his conviction meant a studio booking two years later to record the song for real. The official digital release for the shorter version was 2009 and in addition, 45 rpm 7” vinyl pressings were commissioned later utilising the same shorter mix.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
Title: Suddenly there’s you (short/full studio versions)
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)/Pree (ASCAP) 
Artist: Pree 
Label: Bandtraxs 
Production: Dennis Coffey & Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
Artwork: Michelle Melkman 
Studio Sleeve Art Photo: Johnnie Sue Bridges
ISRC number: GBXNE2000001/2/3/4/5 
This release: 15th June 2020 
Original song incarnation: 2nd March 2003 (first demo version) 
Recording location: Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, March 2008 
Demo recording locations: London 2003/6 
For more information about the track please visit www.bandtraxs.com

Artists and session musicians on ‘Suddenly there’s you’ - studio version 
Lead Vocals: Pree 
Backing vocals: Spyder Turner, Gayle Butts, Pree 
Drums 1: Uriel Jones 
Drums 2: Spider Webb 
Percussion 1: Dennis Sheridan 
Percussion 2: Larry Frantangelo 
Guitar 1: Dennis Coffey 
Guitar 2: Ray Monette 
Bass guitar: Bob Babbitt 
Steinway Grand Piano: Robert Jones 
Horns 1 Trumpet: John Trudell 
Horns 2 Trumpet: David Jennings 
Horns 3 Trombone: Edward Gooch 
Horns 4 Tenor sax: George Benson 
Horns 5 Baritone sax: Mark Berger 
Vibraphones: Rob Pipho 


Arranger & Studio Conductor: David J. Van De Pitte 


Produced by 

Dennis Coffey for Bandtraxs Productions


Recording location Studio A Recordings Inc 
5619 North Beech Daly 
Dearborn Heights 
Michigan 48127-3927 


Engineered and mixed by Todd Fairall 
Assistant engineer Jezreel Santos 
Mastered by Eric Morgeson 


Demos written, produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon in London between 2003 and 2006


Musicians on London/England demo versions 
Guitar, bass guitar, keys: Carl Dixon 


Drums Uriel Jones and Pistol Allen from 'The Drummers of Motown' collection painstakingly sequenced and edited by Carl Dixon

© Carl Dixon 2020

Saturday 4 November 2023

'Tell Me (Crying Over You)' by Spyder Turner


PRESS RELEASE
'Tell Me (Crying Over You)' 
Performed By
SPYDER TURNER
(Carl Dixon/Spyder Turner)




The unmistakable vocals of Spyder Turner who performs "Tell me (crying over you)” a rhythmic piece of danceable soul with overtones from 1960’s. The original song concept was written in London, October 2004 and made its final journey to Detroit, Michigan for completion last year. Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon produced the track for ‘Bandtraxs Productions’ at ‘Studio A’, Dearborn Heights, Detroit. The arrangement was by the renowned David J. Van De Pitte and in addition the track features some legendary session musicians from the heart and soul of the city (see list). Dennis Coffey provides the outstanding guitar solo which uplifts the song to another level. Spyder Turner played an important role in providing his vocal and song arranging talents to make this project work as well as being a co writer of the song.
The official digital release date was the 1st July 2009 and the track can be purchased from Amazon.com/co.uk and iTunes. In addition, the 45 rpm 7” vinyl pressings are now available from selected bespoke high street record stores.

Title: Tell me (crying over you)
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)/Spyder Turner (BMI)
Artist: Spyder Turner
Label: Bandtraxs
Catalogue number: MFM002
Production: Dennis Coffey & Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
ISRC number: GBXNE0800007
UPC: 859701891017
This release: 1st July 2009
Original incarnation: 21st October 2004 (first demo in London)
Recording location: Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, March 2008

For more information:
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl@bandtraxs.com 
© Carl Dixon 2008

Artists and Session Musicians 

Lead Vocals
Spyder Turner

Backing vocals
Spyder Turner, Gayle Butts, Pree

Musicians
Drums 1 Uriel Jones
Drums 2 Spider Webb 
Percussion 1 Dennis Sheridan 
Percussion 2 Larry Frantangelo
Guitar 1 & guitar solo Dennis Coffey
Guitar 2 Ray Monette
Bass guitar Bob Babbitt
Steinway Grand Piano Robert Jones
Horns 1 Trumpet John Trudell
Horns 2 Trumpet David Jennings
Horns 3 Trombone Edward Gooch
Horns 4 Tenor sax George Benson
Horns 5 Baritone sax Mark Burger
Vibraphones Rob Pipho


Arranger
David J. Van De Pitte

Produced by
Dennis Coffey & Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit

© 2008

Tuesday 26 July 2022

'Blame' by The Delgonives

PRESS RELEASE
11th MARCH 2022

‘Blame’
Written by: Carl Dixon, Sean O’ Connell, Steve McCarthy-Hunt (PRS/MCPS/PPL) © 2014 
℗ 2022

Performed by
THE DELGONIVES



Bandtraxs are delighted to release 'Blame' performed by 'The Delgonives' written during a song writing retreat in 2014 at the Monnow Valley recording studio, Monmouth, Wales. This is the fruit of that labour after the three of us, myself, Steve McCarthy-Hunt and Sean O' Connell walked into the studio control room with just a guitar, pen & paper and an iPad with GarageBand, plus we had never met or collaborated together previously. The remit was simple: write a song together, so we did. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Blame
Written by: Carl Dixon, Sean O’ Connell, Steve McCarthy-Hunt
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC numbers: GBXNE2000031 to GBXNE2000037
UPC:191924033004
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 11th March 2022  
Recording location: London/Salford/Nashville/Detroit
Drums/Percussion: Drew Schultz (Detroit)
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine (Nashville)
Trombone: Roy Agee (Nashville)
Trumpet: Mike Haynes (Nashville)
Guitar: Mark Baldwin (Nashville)
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn (Nashville)
Keyboards: Carl Dixon (London)
Harmonica: Alan Jones (The Piccadilly Rats -Salford)
That tinkly piano idea: Simon Moss (The Clouds - Manchester)



Thanks to all the musicians Stateside mentioned above.

Big thanks for Sean and Steve for making it easy to come up with something from scratch like this. It's a great story and maybe one day we'll be able to it tell together somewhere.

Thanks to Rita Campbell of BASCA (at that time) who organised the song writing retreat in 2014 at Monnow Valley and sent us in to the control room to collaborate. 

Thanks to Simon Moss who has always been one of the best sounding boards for anything musically I create. His attention to detail and knowledge is unrivalled especially as being the drummer from the 90s Manchester band 'The Clouds'.

Thanks also to Alan Jones of 'The Piccadilly Rats' for listening to the recording demos in its early days of production in MediaCityUK/Salford. It took a while to realise that some harmonica on the track would be special, which he kindly did.

Big thanks to Michelle Dixon for the excellent sleeve art completed well before I needed it. The photo is of the River Humber facing south from North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, England. Photo © Carl Dixon


 1) Blame - vocal radio mix
   2) Blame - instrumental mix
  3) Blame - vocal guitar mix
       4) Blame - vocal hornless mix 
        5) Blame - saxophone inst mix
  6) Blame - Mono vocal mix
                      7) Blame - Sounds like 60s mono vinyl 

Monnow Valley Residential Recording Studio & Rehearsal Facility

Drew Schulz

Sam Levine

Gary Lunn

Mark Baldwin

Mike Haynes


Carl Dixon at Monnow Valley  -  Photo © Carl Dixon 2014


Please also listen to 'Coming Home' by The Delgonives (Carl Dixon/Rikki James) which was also written at that same 2014 song writing retreat.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit

© Carl Dixon 2022