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Re: scarlet begonias?

Post by Austin » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:23 pm

Its actually two people singing, listen closely. One of them is Brad, not sure who the other is.

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Re: scarlet begonias?

Post by ballslaW » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:54 pm

I'm sure there are. many recordings of many bands have two or more vocal tracks layered on top of each other. it does not mean that two people were singing though.
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Re: scarlet begonias?

Post by Slickgonzalez » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:00 pm

The main vocalist on Scarlet Begonias is Miguel.

Here's an excerpt from an interview where he tells the whole story...

"Scarlet Begonias - we would always go see the Grateful Dead. It was a big party back then even if you were not completely into the music. It was the place to be as it was pre-Lollapalooza and shit like that. It was the wild fucking west. I saw them in Vegas and I swear to God they flipped stuff and they flipped Scarlet Begonias into a reggae shuffle groove.
It was psychedelic because when I got back from seeing The Grateful Dead in Vegas with all my friends, my roommate had been to the thrift store buying records and he goes, “Here you are you fucking hippy,” and he left a Grateful Dead record for me on my bed - it had that song Scarlet Begonias on there. So I had the song now so I could figure out how the chords go and I just did it to show the guys and they liked it.
It was another last minute song addition. Originally Brad sang the whole song and then the middle part where he sings “Summer of love…” was a guitar solo. That version was probably pretty good. Brad would save you like that and he would do stuff like go out to the car, smoke and listen to the demo I gave him two weeks ago. He then came in with a bummed look on his face, he was not a perfectionist but he knew with minimal effort the song could be way better and that we have to go that extra mile. We have to!
He told me I had to sing the song, as I sang it better. So I went into the vocal booth and sang it and for some reason Eric was there and the three of us tracked the whole song in about 30 minutes and Eric was saying well Brad has to have his stamp on the song and Brad should sing something or do another guitar solo. There is a lot of guitar solos on 40 oz to Freedom if you trip out on it. Do we really need another one?
So Brad just went out to the car again and wrote that verse in about five minutes came in and did it and we mixed the track that night. Most people don’t get it. For us it didn’t matter that Brad didn’t sing the song. Whatever sounded better he would go for that shit. He didn’t really have an ego. He wasn’t trying to bring out the best. Wait that’s too simple, he was just always wanting to do something special. He was good at zeroing in on that real heart moment."

Hopefully that settles this debate!

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Re: scarlet begonias?

Post by JohnnyLurg » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:47 pm

Here's some more info on Scarlet Begonias from the Grateful Dead Archives at UC Santa Cruz:

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