Nothing special. This song opened the Roskilde concert and I guess it was at normal concerts also the opener. It was played similar to the album version, only heavier. Actually it was performed almost exactly as on the previous Work tour. The intro had tight drumming and piano crashes. After this some spooky keyboard sounds started and finally Henk sang the lyrics.
The bass sounds real. So it is quite possible that Michiel played a bass guitar during this song. In the instrumental part more piano crashes and melodies were played.
The b-side to the nescio single and a bonus track on the Omsk cd. The studio version comes over to me as a bit messy, but that fits the song rather well. The live version was a little more tightly played. Over the bouncy beat and the heavy keyboard bass Michiel played a 'dirty' guitar sound. He also sang lead vocals, while Henk provided backing vocals.
Robert Jan and Henk provided keyboard touches, melodies and sound effects throughout the song. A rather wild guitar solo was played before a couple of 'man of straw' vocals ended the song.
This was the real breakthrough of the Nits in the Netherlands. Up to date it is still their biggest hit, reaching no. Even in the Dutch mountains didn't reach this. This was also the song that probably made a lot of people come to see the nits play live.
The song itself is a sequel to the Dutch book 'de uitvreter' by the writer Nescio. Nescio is Latin for 'I don't know. The main character from the book is called Japi and he is the uitvreter. At the end of the book he commits suicide by jumping of a bridge. Henk continued the song by having Japi swim to Italy and calling Nescio, the writer, to tell him he is happy in the Italian paradise. The song was played in the arrangement it was to be played at most of the later tours.
As on the Urk version the song started out with just piano and vocals with some of the 'I jumped of a bridge' vocals. At the 'nobody's knocking' some knocking sounds can be heard. After a while the orchestral sound started and the normal nescio started with the Italian and English sections. To me the bass sounds like it was played on a bass guitar, probably by Michiel. This left the acoustic guitar parts for Henk. Robert Jan's piano melodies were quite impressive, but didn't deviate too much from the album version.
Michiel provided a few backing vocals, but not much. The ending consisted of fast acoustic guitar playing and some of the wilder piano melodies. The song is driven by the fast drums and the rhythm guitar. Henk's vocals were slightly distorted. After the first verse the song stopped, but after a few seconds it returned. Slow and low keyboard and guitar chords and more drum patterns were The Herbaliser - Live In Paris (CD) of the rest of the song.
Also some sci-fi sound effects were played. The instrumental drum break consisted of a fast and repetitive handclap sound, augmented by heavy guitar power chords.
These guitar chords were louder than the ones that are on the original version, but less to the front as the previous tour's version. After this the song returned to the vocal part, but the guitar remained very present for the rest of the song.
Some 'movie-like' piano playing and strange, ambient sound effects were played, but a loud 'OH! It had a heavy synth bass, loud drums and piano touches. The 'and the light falls' parts were sung by Michiel with a lot of echo and it was accompanied by the piano. After this Michiel played some spooky stuff on a trumpet with strong drums and a very heavy synth bass in the background.
The song ended with Henk shouting the word 'OH! At the Work tour this song was played almost as a copy of the album version, but this time around they changed the arrangement. A keyboard bass, synth effects, tight drumming and a strange little piano solo started out the song.
After this the familiar melody was played and Henk began singing. The whole sound was very jumpy, especially the piano parts and much more jazzy than the original. On the 'fall' lyrics Henk's voice was distorted and an echo was added.
His guitar solo was exactly the same as on the album. A nice instrumental part was present, with guitar and a piano solo over a drums and synth backing. After one last chorus the song ended similar to the album version. The piano and a sleazy keyboard sound started this song. The drums soon joined.
The main melody was played using a real marimba, which made this version very cool and happy sounding. The sleazy keyboard sounds continued in the background. Henk started singing the vocals.
The 'be silent' parts were sung both by Henk and Michiel. After the vocal part a harpsichord was played for a short time, but then the very strong guitar solo by Michiel started. The second half of The Herbaliser - Live In Paris (CD) song was mostly instrumental and featured a long, slow synth solo over a very jazzy backing.
The intensity and speed varied throughout the instrumental part. After the synth solo the jazzy music continued and some vocals were sung over it. With the singing also more guitar touches were added. A very dramatic ending concluded this great version of this song. This started out with ticking percussion and a rhythmic piano melody. After a while a The Herbaliser - Live In Paris (CD) synth bass and the kick drum entered. When Michiel began singing a higher synth sound was also played.
In the background The Herbaliser - Live In Paris (CD) piano changed from the rhythmic melody to a more subtle kind of music. Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July Tuesday 28 July Wednesday 29 July Thursday 30 July Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Sunday 2 August Monday 3 August Tuesday 4 August Wednesday 5 August Thursday 6 August Friday 7 August Saturday 8 August Sunday 9 August Monday 10 August Tuesday 11 August Wednesday 12 August Thursday 13 August Friday 14 August Saturday 15 August Sunday 16 August Monday 17 August Tuesday 18 August Wednesday 19 August Thursday 20 August Friday 21 August Saturday 22 August Sunday 23 August Monday 24 August Tuesday 25 August Wednesday 26 August Thursday 27 August Friday 28 August Saturday 29 August Sunday 30 August Monday 31 August Tuesday 1 September Wednesday 2 September Thursday 3 September Friday 4 September Saturday 5 September Sunday 6 September Monday 7 September Tuesday 8 September Wednesday 9 September Thursday 10 September Friday 11 September Saturday 12 September Sunday 13 September Although Same As It Never Was may be their most song-driven album to date, the band have not overlooked their long tradition of showcasing talented rappers from both sides of the Atlantic.
On this album, their latest discoveries include London-based Yungun Aka Essa on the relentless, dynamic, steam-powered funk locomotive Just Won't Stop. We've been able to work with really good rappers from around the world,? Herbaliser say. While it's always good to have a hot young MC from the States, it's also important to represent the UK.
Yungun was our choice for this record.? Longtime Herbaliser collaborator Jean Grae also makes a stunning return on Street Karma, an intoxicating blend of upbeat s funk and downbeat urban poetry. Jazzy instrumentals also remain a Herbaliser forte, The Herbaliser - Live In Paris (CD). Their love for the lush cinematic soundscapes of John Barry, David Axelrod and Quincy Jones still informs the opulent grooves of The Next Spot, the playfully cheeky party stomper Amores Bongo and the broody, jazz-noir prowl of Blackwater Drive.
This is deluxe easy, and uneasy, listening. The natural successor to long-time Herbaliser favourite Moon Sequence, this astral jazz-soul symphony features a stunning vocal performance by Jessica that nods to vintage s Pink Floyd.
We were going to call it Dark Side of the Moon Sequence,? It's one of my favourite songs on the album. It starts off nodding back to late s Herbaliser, but the stuff that Jess did just takes it to another level.? Their musical voyage of discovery continues. Forwards, onwards and upwards.
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