EYES I’M LOOKING THROUGH by Sam Cooper

Broadjam Artist: Sam CooperSong: EYES I’M LOOKING THROUGHReviewer: Terry BladePositive Comments: Great lyrics good display of authentic emotion raw soulfulness and gritty.Constructive Comments: I could use less saxaphone. I think the artist could do a …

Sam Cooper

Broadjam Artist: Sam Cooper
Song: EYES I’M LOOKING THROUGH

Reviewer: Terry Blade

Positive Comments: Great lyrics good display of authentic emotion raw soulfulness and gritty.

Constructive Comments: I could use less saxaphone. I think the artist could do a much better vocal take.

the pain by James Hamilton

Broadjam Artist: James HamiltonSong: the painReviewer: Terry BladePositive Comments: Voice is naturally good and soulful. Harmonies and backup vocals are strong and rival those of Dru Hill and Boys 2 Men. Lead vocals have nice moments when artist is on…

James Hamilton

Broadjam Artist: James Hamilton
Song: the pain

Reviewer: Terry Blade

Positive Comments: Voice is naturally good and soulful. Harmonies and backup vocals are strong and rival those of Dru Hill and Boys 2 Men. Lead vocals have nice moments when artist is on pitch, and holds back a bit more.

Constructive Comments: This is an extremely raw recording. I think the artist has the vocal talent to record a far better vocal take. Mixing, mastering, noise level, and overall production quality needs a lot of work. Consider audio recording software–even free-source software like Audacity. Consider also hiring a relatively inexpensive engineer who could work with the raw stems and do the appropriate mastering, mixing, normalization, etc.

Chicrazy by Nigel Barrett

Broadjam Artist: Nigel BarrettSong: ChicrazyReviewer: Terry BladePositive Comments: Well done. Guitar skills are top notch. I love the funk/retro/soul/smooth vibe. I got a great nostalgic feeling listening to this song.Constructive Comments: The intro …

Nigel Barrett

Broadjam Artist: Nigel Barrett
Song: Chicrazy

Reviewer: Terry Blade

Positive Comments: Well done. Guitar skills are top notch. I love the funk/retro/soul/smooth vibe. I got a great nostalgic feeling listening to this song.

Constructive Comments: The intro was a bit too long for me.

ZERO by Ante Novaselic

Broadjam Artist: Ante NovaselicSong: ZEROReviewer: Mike NicholsonPositive Comments: Obviously a hommage to the late great Bo Diddley. Steady rhythm and they lyrics are heartfelt. Even though it is in its own class as a homage, it could be done by ZZ To…

Ante Novaselic

Broadjam Artist: Ante Novaselic
Song: ZERO

Reviewer: Mike Nicholson

Positive Comments: Obviously a hommage to the late great Bo Diddley. Steady rhythm and they lyrics are heartfelt. Even though it is in its own class as a homage, it could be done by ZZ Top or a country artist in a way to make it pop out as a viable song in its own right.

Constructive Comments: Well. Dang. I hate to be this negative as a new member, but the recording needs to be scrapped and re-done. This sounds like a phone demo. The guitar is fuzzy and indistinct and the strings crosstalk into the vocal which is WAY far out front in the mix. The guitar is fuzzy sounding but not in a good way. Lo-fi is groovy if it’s balanced and has an analog flavor to it. This lacks charm. There’s an idea there and I encourage you to go forward just consult a professional in your area for guidance.

I’ve Got My Telephone by Bob Birthisel

Broadjam Artist: Bob BirthiselSong: I’ve Got My TelephoneReviewer: Mike NicholsonPositive Comments: This is some serious yacht rock. The electric piano gives it that Doobies, Steely Dan vibe. It also has a Huey Lewis feel to it. This tune, despite the …

Bob Birthisel

Broadjam Artist: Bob Birthisel
Song: I’ve Got My Telephone

Reviewer: Mike Nicholson

Positive Comments: This is some serious yacht rock. The electric piano gives it that Doobies, Steely Dan vibe. It also has a Huey Lewis feel to it. This tune, despite the subject matter, is pure 1979 MOR rock/pop. That guitar solo is Peg to the max! Love. Nice, groove and everything is mixed well and right in the sonic pocket. I dig though it’s not my bag. If I recorded you we’d be total buds and we’d go out for a beer!

Constructive Comments: OK, so the lyrics… kinda trite and played. Not a great deal of feel in the vocal but it’ll all there in terms of pitch and melody. Just songs about the internet and technology rub ME the wrong way. The drums sound like programmed canned drums which is very correct for the era but I’d like to hear a slick drummer wail on this. Not my jam, but you are good at what you do so keep on!

Holding Out by Reid Jamieson

Broadjam Artist: Reid JamiesonSong: Holding OutReviewer: Mike NicholsonPositive Comments: Great vocal. Very evocative. Love the steel/slide guitar. Nice chord progression. Beautiful soaring vocal arrangement. Obvious skill in writing here. I like the d…

Reid Jamieson

Broadjam Artist: Reid Jamieson
Song: Holding Out

Reviewer: Mike Nicholson

Positive Comments: Great vocal. Very evocative. Love the steel/slide guitar. Nice chord progression. Beautiful soaring vocal arrangement. Obvious skill in writing here. I like the dynamics work. Nice arrangement pattern. Gets right to the point of the song. The piano is cool and moody.

Constructive Comments: So the problems are few but the pushy 8th note bass detracts from the laid back drums. I would play more on just the one and three or make the drums more pushy. Not sure if those are real drums or just a machine. They are murky and distant and that is a cool vibe but the vocal and acoustic guitar are right there in your face and present. Bring the vocal down into the mix and crisp up the drums and you have a hit!

Eye in the sky by Ante Novaselic

Broadjam Artist: Ante NovaselicSong: Eye in the skyReviewer: Mike NicholsonPositive Comments: Fierce playing. Great layered song structure. Totally in the pocket rhythm section. Inventive drumming. Guitar tones are killer. Nice JCM800 or Boogie tones. …

Ante Novaselic

Broadjam Artist: Ante Novaselic
Song: Eye in the sky

Reviewer: Mike Nicholson

Positive Comments: Fierce playing. Great layered song structure. Totally in the pocket rhythm section. Inventive drumming. Guitar tones are killer. Nice JCM800 or Boogie tones. This would be great behind sports highlights or in an action film soundtrack. Keep it up. More!

Constructive Comments: Not much to fuss about. Obviously a vocal would bring it to other markets but the playing and recording are so very good. I would master in with a little more muscle. I am listening on my home rig so I may have to go listen on my ATCs in my other studio but here the bass guitar is not quite where “I” want it. Drums are punchy to the point of being too upfront. You would have to massage them back a little for a vocal.

My Dear, Do You? by Bob Nesom

Broadjam Artist: Bob NesomSong: My Dear, Do You?Reviewer: Mike NicholsonPositive Comments: At first I was skeptical. Then it grew on me. This has a SERIOUS Bee Gees c. 1970 vibe to it. But then there is some wistful early Pink Floyd element to it. The …

Bob Nesom

Broadjam Artist: Bob Nesom
Song: My Dear, Do You?

Reviewer: Mike Nicholson

Positive Comments: At first I was skeptical. Then it grew on me. This has a SERIOUS Bee Gees c. 1970 vibe to it. But then there is some wistful early Pink Floyd element to it. The lyrics are a little bit on the nose for the times. Vocal is good. The slide guitar is spectacular. The rhythm guitar is a little murky. This is a grower. Would work well with a pro production.

Constructive Comments: So this feels like a demo. In fact, it sounds like demos I did 30 years ago on a cassette four track. This is not in any way professional sounding – and that’s SUPER COOL! It has vibe! Now I could slick this thing up. Better sounding drums and guitars, a more nuanced mix. Better balance over all. I could work this into something a bit more sellable. However it could also kill the vibe. A full studio production would be interesting to hear. LIKE!

READY AS I’LL EVER BE by Sam Cooper

Broadjam Artist: Sam CooperSong: READY AS I’LL EVER BEReviewer: Mike NicholsonPositive Comments: Cool retro bar room vibe. Nice vocal. Love the harmonies. Sounds a bit mid-rangey. Could use a mix with the vocal sitting deeper in the track. Needs real d…

Sam Cooper

Broadjam Artist: Sam Cooper
Song: READY AS I’LL EVER BE

Reviewer: Mike Nicholson

Positive Comments: Cool retro bar room vibe. Nice vocal. Love the harmonies. Sounds a bit mid-rangey. Could use a mix with the vocal sitting deeper in the track. Needs real drums, but a fine demo. Slick! I like that it gets right to the song without mucking about. Beer drankin’ music!

Constructive Comments: Ditch the drum machine. Watch those errant cymbal crashes. Maybe some sexy mastering or use the awesome vocals and guitars as a base to add real drums and Hammond organ or even horns would rock this up to the next level. On the right track.

62 Still Upright Album:19Playboy instr ft Walter Rios Quintet-N by StarburstRecords

Broadjam Artist: StarburstRecordsSong: 62 Still Upright Album:19Playboy instr ft Walter Rios Quintet-NReviewer: Denis KavemeierPositive Comments: Excellent recording and instrumentation, especially accordion. Refreshing sound.Constructive Comments: Pe…

StarburstRecords

Broadjam Artist: StarburstRecords
Song: 62 Still Upright Album:19Playboy instr ft Walter Rios Quintet-N

Reviewer: Denis Kavemeier

Positive Comments: Excellent recording and instrumentation, especially accordion. Refreshing sound.

Constructive Comments: Perhaps some Latin or tango percussion would add more life to the song. Otherwise, it is excellent.