23 August 2016

"Reflections of My LIfe" - The Marmalade (1969)

"Reflections of My Life" was a 1969/1970 hit single for the Scottish band, The Marmalade... The song went on to chart worldwide, reaching number three in the UK in 1969, number 10 in the US in 1970 on the Billboard Hot 100...

The guitar solo in Reflections of My Life... was recorded thus: The first 4 bars were recorded as normal, with Campbell playing a long “G” note, tied over from the last beat of bar 3, through bar 4, with slight feedback sustaining the long note. The eight track tape was then turned over, and Campbell played against the reverse sound of the track, including his initial first four bars ensuring that he played another long “G” near the same point which could be cross-faded against the original – the tape was then turned over to normal setup, and he selected just 4 bars from the reverse recording which are bars 4-7 inclusive – this was cross-faded with the original at bar 4 – lhe then picked up from bar 8 through to bar 16 as normal, so in fact, only 4 bars are actually “reversed”.
I've chosen to embed the original 1969 performance.  Those wondering how the band changed over the years might want to glance at this 1992 rendition and one from 2009.


  1. Seems like all three live performances have the same audio, which presumably came from an earlier fourth performance in a recording studio.

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