Monday, August 19, 2013

Gus Black: Don't Fear The Reaper

Last year I feel asleep watching one of the movie channels and I awoke at 3:00 AM to the sound of an unusual version of Blue Öyster Cult’s 1976 hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” I didn’t finish the movie, which by the way was “Scream,” but I noted the song for future inclusion on this blog. That time has arrived.

Recorded by Gus – Gus Black that is – it’s slower paced, deep acoustic rendition is haunting. While his guitar is about a quarter tone flat, it is tuned to standard tuning more or less. I would have thought that it was in a dropped tuning, but it is not and the bass response on his acoustic guitar is accentuated. I can see why the produced procured this cut for the movie.

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