Author Topic: Hell Of A Summer Chords  (Read 5736 times)

Offline LAMF

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Hell Of A Summer Chords
« on: January 10, 2008, 11:00:10 PM »
As I've been writing out my notes for the Sydney shows, I thought I'd share the result of my work here and kill two birds with one stone.

Dm                                      C        G         Dm
It's been a hell of a summer to be lying so low X2
Bb           C                            G       Bm7
Dogs and cats dropping down in the street
Bb        C                Bb        F        Bb        F
Yellow bellies crying trick or treat/trick or treat, and I
Am           Bb   C                  Dm
say to you ....       It's been hell
Dm                                      C        G         Dm
It's been a hell of a summer to be lying so low X2
Bb         C                            G       Bm7
Every word of kindness tastes like bile
Bb        C                Bb        F        Bb        F
Deep in our hearts, we knew it all the while, and I
Am           Bb   C                  Dm
say to you ....       It's been hell
Em

Dm                                      C        G         Dm
It's been a hell of a summer to be lying so low
Sir, In the heat of the summer, to be kept lying way down so low

What you have sir, dispose of at your will
What you cannot have sir, you must kill/you must kill, and l say to
you...
It's been hell
In the realm of the senseless....

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Re: Hell Of A Summer Chords
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2008, 11:10:52 PM »
Thanks for that, LAMF. Tell me, for the "genuine Triffid sound" would you play that open chorded (Bm & Bb excpeted) or in barred chords elsewhere on the fretboard? Or would the answer be both depending on your position in the band?

Any tips on guitar & amp settings (apart from the now mandatory 11 :))?

How did guitars generally operate together in the band when more than one guitar was required?
« Last Edit: January 10, 2008, 11:13:33 PM by Urpal »
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Re: Hell Of A Summer Chords
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2008, 11:35:47 PM »
In this one, Dave would normally play open chords except for the Dm and Em, and Rob would play barred chords.

So far I've been using my 72 Blonde Telecaster (which Dave borrowed for gigs on the odd occasion) on the middle setting (both pickups) and the volume wound up full and the tops back off a little on the tone control. From my very hazy memory I think Dave would have used a Musicman amp in the early days, and a Fender twin or pro reverb in the middle years for an amp. Generally the master volume would be wound up to "11" and the channel volume would be turned up until the amp started to distort, and then wound back a notch. Then the master volume would be wound back down until it was at a reasonable volume for the prevailing stage conditions. Based on my current amp settings I'm using the reverb channel on a fender amp, with the channel volume at 4 Treble at 6 Middle at 4 Bass at 8 and the master volume is at 6. Originally in the very early days, Dave was just playing the Gretsch through his musicman amp with a tape echo (listen to MGM off the Dungeon Tape for an example). Later on, due to the bulkiness of the tape echo unit, it was replaced with a Boss Analog Delay pedal, and a Boss Super Overdrive (The My Baby Thinks She's A Train Sound). Later on Dave seemed to have a new overdrive or distortion pedal each time he came to Melbourne, and on one track (My Bitter Angel from the Acuff's Rose Never Coming Down album) he ended up using every single one of them into a roland space echo and then into a fender deluxe and a fender champ  If you can hunt that track down it's well worth a listen as it's one of the most amazing guitar sounds I've ever had the privilege to hear.
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Re: Hell Of A Summer Chords
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2008, 10:26:55 PM »
Thanks for the transcription!
Beautiful song - very evocative and although quite easy to play
it does have a great sound.
... thanks again

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Re: Hell Of A Summer Chords
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2013, 10:26:41 PM »
Resurrecting an ancient thread, I know. ;)

Just wanted to link to the only version of Acuff's Rose "Bitter Angel" that I could find online, in case anyone else finds this thread and wants to know what all of Dave's pedals plugged into a roland space echo and then amped sounds like:

https://myspace.com/acuffsrose/music/song/bitter-angel-59337443-64652099

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Re: Hell Of A Summer Chords
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 07:31:01 AM »
That's wild  ;D