"SISTER GOLDEN HAIR"
Another beautiful mix from the Nigel Spencer Music Making Machine. All the little touches keep the listener interested all the way through - simply another Nigel Spencer classic
Jericho Darc, UK
"AND STILL THE OCEAN WHISPERS"
I am mesmerized! What an absolutely GLORIOUS song!!! WOW!!!! Nigel, you've topped yourself!! (Kin O'Brien, Washington USA); This is special Nigel! Congrats! (Bill Mazur, California USA): This ballad is so very beautiful. I think you pulled off the soft vocals pretty well here. I love the piano and strings.... it made it perfect. You saved the best for last for your new album. I am speechless..... it is just that beautiful!!! (Giovanna Marie Clay, Missouri USA)
This really is very London. Shades of Britpop here. Love it! More serious than Blur. More Suede. It conjures up London beautifully. I like the heavier style and the gritty vocals. (reminiscent of Jethro Tull's Heavy Horses).
Patrick Ovenden, UK
"ON A WINTERS' DAY"
It's two songs, really. The 90-second introduction with its sweeping chord progressions, followed by the comparatively simple song itself. I've known other writers who have done that. If the intro goes too long, it reminds me of a line from Groucho Marx: "If you get near a song, play it!". However, it helps if the intro is a nice as this one...I got the feeling I was about to see a well-made movie.
Heff Munson, Virginia, USA
"SHE BRINGS ME COLOUR"
I woke up this morning with this song still in my head. I love this catchy enjoyable song , I think you are on a winner with this one.
Tim Crowe, UK
Beautiful song .. very powerful both musically and lyrically .. AND your vocals about as good as any I've heard!! (Ray Pitts, Arizona, USA). Beautifully recorded & performed - pedal organ is especially beautiful, the rallntando under 'so in love' at the end is a proper Jim Webb touch, and 'days go by, we start again' is a lovely hook (Peter Green, UK). Terrific, just great. Beautifully atmospheric. Nicely sung and a very rich but detailed arrangement. I seem to like every new tune of yours more than the last (David Partridge, Canada).
"LOOK AT ME NOW"
Ordinarily I will start with the song itself and eventually move to the production but this, this is what many recording engineers aspire to. This is nearly perfect. Pristinely immaculate sound spanning the sonic spectrum with balance and equalization. You've encapsulated your song's dynamics and EVERYTHING sits perfectly. Big WOW on that ! Love the little flourishes that you never use too much of (e.g. the heavily phased guitar) and the stops, breaks and rests are engaging. The singing is some of your best I've ever heard and the piece never sounds like anyone else. Lyrically strong and beautifully played. What else can I say but give it the first 'A+' I've awarded in at least three months. A definite high point , my friend. KUDOS !
Steve Andricks, lndiana, USA
This beautiful song was written by Giovanna Marie Clay and Nigel Spencer, and it's really worth a listen. Good music is still being made, and this song is a perfect example of what should be on the radio. I think it's timeless. Congratulations, Gina and Nigel!
Kin O'Brien, Washington, USA
"TAKE THE OPEN ROAD"
Fabulous production, just like all of your songs. I can't imagine it sounding any better. Love the lyrics and the vocals too. That bridge towards the ends works great as well. I don't have any clue as to what you could do to make this any better.
Jeff Trathen, Indiana , USA
"IN A SUMMER GARDEN"
I've listened to this tune a few times now, trying to identify what it is I'm looking for to describe it. The melody's light-hearted, airy, has the feel of a soundtrack to complement a party [garden, of course] or carnival ambience. You have a way of phrasing the lyric that's very effective. Like the whistle! Lovely guitar tone. Tasteful, precise, and dynamic.
Vocal is strong and full. It sounds very good whatever you did. I like the instrumentation, lots of space and a nice, earthy feel. Good choices of instruments I'd say. Definitely my favourite mix and song of your softer stuff. You sound like you've sang this many times, there's confidence in your voice. Lyrically this is very good. A great theme with lots of imagery. You could also do this live, solo with an acoustic and I'm sure it would work extremely well.
Steve Ambroise, Canada
"TOMORROW'S NOT ENOUGH"
This has a heavy Hudson-Ford sound to it with Dave Cousins at the vocal helm. Still a tiny bit of Mike Pinder in there but the lushness only comes in flourishes rather than across the board. Gina's words root it down solidly and never get cliche or trite. Love the opening guitar part, both the staggered chord AND it's tonal qualities. Production clean and crisp. Rhythm section tight and not too busy. Awesomeness...
Steve Andricks, Indiana, USA
"LEAVE THE LIGHT ON AT YOUR DOOR"
This is a really great song. I've almost obsessed on how to comment on it. Don't want to go for the Syd Barrett, Paul McCartney, & Phil Collins comparisons, yet snippets of those guys swerve in and out. Then there are the Justin Hayward, Al Stewart and Bryan Ferry shards and fragments sprinkled throughout. But on to the song. Excellent arrangement recorded very pro. Lyrically strong and vocally well delivered. Instrumentation is solid and particularly enjoyed the Eddie Jobson type string machine treatment .Awesome effort ! Listened repeatedly...
Steve Andricks, Arizona, USA
"NORTHERN MAN BENEATH A NORTHERN SKY"
This is absolutely wonderful - I loved everything about it - the title, the flavouring, the " un-hurriedness " of delivery - beautifully written and performed - the instrumentation is exquisite and the mood compliments the poetic lyric perfectly - top work. This is my favourite song of yours - it is also quite definitely one of THE best songs I have heard in any online group ( and there are a lot of great songs knocking about ) - this is simply outstanding in every respect brother - I love it
Peter Alexander Shields, UK
"NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN" (cover)
All i can say is WOW!!!!!! This took my breath away especially at the end. What a powerful ending! It started out soft and had a jazzy feel to it and I was surprised by the ending when you went for the higher notes and did a great job with it!!! I knew if you were quiet that you must have had something special for us brewing!!! BRAVO!!!!!!! you did justice to my all time fave song and I thought it was clever how you incorporated 'late lament' in the bridge. It was Fab!!!! (Giovanna Marie Clay, Missouri USA). Brilliant !! (Traci Moulton, Maine USA). This was great Nigel! I loved how you incorporated Late Lament in like that (Sandy Kuhlers, Minnesota USA). Brilliant job with "Late Lament" and the bridge, and of course the mellotron work was spot on (Marilyn Morgan, Utah, USA).
Facebook May 2013
Extremely well put together .. your recordings are so good, and most times so powerful in how you produce the music .. good lyrics on this as well which just makes it so much better ... I could easily hear this on SNL and on any radio station for that matter!!! .. another excellent song!!
Rayski AP, Arizona USA
The opening sets the filmic element of both the music and the lyric beautifully. The lyric, music and production approach hang together beautifully– I love the wartorn heart line in particular and the music has atmosphere to spare, orchestral sounds anchored by that strummed acoustic. Lovely work.
David Partridge, Canada
Its the best tune i've heard from you. It has everything that you want in a song. It has drama and an infectious melody with some really dark and melancholic textures throughout. EPIC!!
Franny McKeown, Scotland
"DAISY JANE" (cover)
"fabulous production - great song and performance - love where the vocal is in the mix" (Peter Alexander Shields UK)"Once again I'm really taken with the arrangement. You have a real good instinct with what should go where and when. I also like how you have your vocal sitting right up front in this!" (Andrew Hayward Bannister, Australia) "Absolutely beautiful .. the production, arrangement, the mix, your voice .. a professional and most enjoyable listen" (Rayski AP, Arizona USA) "Listened to this when it was first uploaded. Great production and as often with your stuff sounds like a whole orchestra in the mix. Nice build-up as the chorus approaches. Excellent and very enjoyable" (marl Quentin UK) "Pro all the way man. Your studio chops blew me away on this. Just spectacular. Not one negative I can zoom in on. A+" (Steve Andricks, Indiana USA)
"LOVE COMES IN DISGUISE"
Very nicely done .. the production is excellent on this and I was very surprised to hear banjo .. amazingly it fits perfect .. I sure wouldn't have thought a banjo was about to be heard .. when it first started my thoughts went to Bread, but this has it's own sound, and not to mention the lyrics are very very VERY good .. just an overall good song .
Rayski AP, Arizona, USA
"HOLIDAYS & GETAWAYS"
This is just a fantastic song .. love the feel it gives off .. good lyrics good music .. good vocals too, really sell the song .. Could hopefully be heard by some moviemakers and added to a soundtrack .. would add alot to a movie of love ..
Rayski AP, Arizona USA
"SAD CHORDS GOODBYE"
Well, if you set out to set a tone and pull the listener into were you were when the song was written, you've succeeded with flying colors. It DOES strike a nerve. A great song will do that. Awesome words Gina. And Nigel's deft playing and singing brings it all into fruition. A really well thought out piece of music and high praise for bringing it to life the way you have. Excellent !
Steve Andicks, Indiana USA
This is the best track I've heard from you. You've broken away from the Moodies/Stewart/Floyd influence , spread your wings and climbed several rungs up the ladder of excellence! You've found your real sound. Track of the year - a hit if a contemporary group with a recording contract got hold of it.
The Monobandits UK
"LORD THUNDERIN' MAN"
I've got to hand it to you, again, you're very good at complex. Lots of layers and colours that fit together seamlessly. I listened the other day and I still like it. The soft vocal sits well in the mix This is another classic Nigel track that's extremely well done.
Steve Ambroise, Canada
"TOO MANY CIRCLES"
saw the Moody Blues isle of wight 1970 concert on tv yesterday - it was like this but this has better tunes - takes a less layered and more direct approach than some of your songs and has an exciting edge as a result.
Peter Green, UK
Well - this takes the listener on a journey! I had no idea what was coming at the end of the intro. (This is a good thing in my book). Nice key change at 'counting down the hours'. And the drop back to the original key is just as effective. Good melody. I can't find anything in the structure of the song I would want to change. Very enjoyable. It's very definitely you, but it's the sort of song the Moody Blues would have been proud of.
Martin Giles, UK
Always a treat to hear your music. Fresh sounding production gives your voice room to shine, you have a beautiful voice! I like the full sound of the chorus and then the thinned out sound in the verse. Your musicianship is awesome and the sounds you create are really incredible! I do like the last line you sing 'I may be missing in the morning' .
Melanie Cole, UK
Your collaboration surely has done well for both of you by the sound of this production. So much going on. Ethereal, progressive. Reminiscent of psychedelic induced 60s sounds for those of us old enough to remember listening to such stuff during those times. Lyrically poetic and full of vivid imagery. It's a pro sound.Nigel, your work on vocal is not only dead-on for stuff like this, it's uplifting and cosmic.
Outstanding is what I mostly think of this piece.
This is just breathtaking! Where can I buy your music? I adore it! It just hits all the pleasure zones in my brain. You create such a great sound with your vocal and production. It really is music to my ears, heart and soul! I also love that it's not music thats wrapped up with a neat bow. Just when I think I know whats going on you surprise me by re-routing the melody or doing something hooky with the drums. How you are not a major recording artist I just don't know! I love the 'Yeah yeah yeah' bit. Very Bond, very epic. Love the flute. Just gorgeous!!!!!
Melanie Cole UK
"SYMPHONY OF A DAY"
Are you currently working in film at all? This is such a complete, grand, finished sound and so very well executed. It's also an interesting aural journey, from the first note. Dynamic and intricate. Melodic and rhythmic. And lyrically deep and melancholic. Your vocal arrangement is also such a pleasure to listen to on this track.Symphony...oh yes. This needs only a film to enhance. Very cool track.
This is probably the one I've enjoyed most since I started listening to your stuff.Vocals emoted with power and confidence and as strong as I've ever heard you deliver. Those harmony swells were phenomenal. Recorded impeccably. Listened through both monitors and cans, just killer vox. Songwise , a mini-epic. A couple of tweaks and you'll have a sonic masterpiece ! Excellent...
Steve Andricks, Indiana, USA
"ECHOES OF ORIGIN"
Gilmore inspired rhythm guitar. Moodies references. Great Tron riffs and synth stabs. Dynamics abounding. Lyrically clever. Excellent musical bridge. Enjoyable flow. One of your best I've heard ! Loving it...It doesn't sound dated as much as it mixes time periods and genres to produce a fresh sound. Awesome production values too !
Steve Andricks, Indiana, USA
"DEEPER THAN DEEP"
I love this song!!!! the more I listen the more I love it......I love the way you harmonized the chorus with the bridge tune near the end of the song...... perfect! I loved how your voice was soft in the song as it added a romantic feel to this song...... beautiful song!!!
Gina Marie Clay-ochoa, Missouri USA
"SCREAM TO A HUSH"
lush arrangement and production... I like how you use the chorus to provide a lift... it rises above the churning angst of the verses... and you've got a great sense of melody.... you tell your story with more than just words... that's what music is all about... tapping into that lost language... I like how you weave in several element that all lead toward the whole effect...
Scott Carmichael New Jersey USA
"BELLS OF LONGING VALLEY"
Wow!!!! You really did it this time. this song and video captivated my heart. the imagery in the video was perfect to illustrate the lyrics to this beautiful song. I got all emotional watching this..... any song that can make one feel emotions means that you have wrote a great song. I really loved this video and song. Great Job my friend. and I loved seeing you play guitar in your video. Amazing video. I love it!!!!
Gina Marie Clay-ochoa Missouri USA
Love your voice in this one! Nice feel... lovely chorus... youre the master... take chicago blues and made it lush , orchestral, refined yet not losing its edge... the british invasion continues!!!
Randy Burton Canada
This is just fantastic .What a beautiful job? you have done with this one! This song is lovely ...beyond words! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your music with me and this world! I have been so blessed to have come to know you. I am continually astounded by each and every new treasure? you bring to us! Thank you so!You have used incredibly amazing imagery here....just breath taking!
I like the track a lot and was reminded of the heavily orchestrated work of 60's bands like the Moody Blues. It has a great, dramatic opening with strings which left me eager to hear what was coming next. This is really first-class work. The vocals are strong. Better than 99% of the stuff I hear on the radio.
Chip Gibbons Washington USA
"SHOT THROUGH THE HEART"
Really loved this one. Loved the guitar work, absolutely brilliant. The vocal track is one of your best so far, at least in my opinion. The production is spot-on, as usual with your stuff. The double'd lines in the second verse was a really cool addition. All in all, a highly recommended tune
Shawn Crowle Alberta Canada
"DREAM NUMBER TWO"
This is indeed very dreamlike, a little journey in place. You make lovely use of orchestration, the mix is very balanced and it's well sung.This has a late '60s feel, not like a pastiche but more the expansive feeling of a mood fully realized that a lot of acts stroved for in those days. Big without losing the intimacy.
POSTCARD COMETS Canada
"COLOUR THIS WORLD"
The new album from Nigel contains some cracking tracks so far - I think this is going to be your best album I've heard to date. The production just gets better, the songs get better and you deserve a recording contract, IMO. How the hell you get this standard of production with the equipment you have is beyond me.If anyone reading this hasn't listened yet, turn the volume right up and enjoy - Excellent.
The Monobandits England
Oooo, nice intro, a real french feel. the verse is great but the chorus is greater a lovely step up in power and feel. The singing is truely beautiful, great delivery and emotion.
The instrumental break is nicely timed and handled with great care, the build in it is very good, I love the way it ramps up into the vocal.Highly recommended.
Just Audible UK
Love the mellowness of this, sounds like a movie track or.... or I'm not sure what. Very nicely done. The music takes us right into our heads which exactly where there lyrics are coming from. It's so funny to think that what is really only a passing thought, probably but a few seconds of time that the action part of the story lasts, how long it can be inside the head living and reliving every moment. Like noticing a hair out of place, or a chance wisp of a smile. All those things were going through my head while I felt like yelling at you "Hey IDIOT!!! Do something, this is your big chance!!!"Very nicely done. Well executed and no crits at all. good job.
W. T. Muller New Jersey USA
I got to say this works really nicely turned up loud through the monitors. When it's up loud the slightly back vocal gives it a bigger sound, I think, and adds to that surreal, prog. type feel you're going for.Love the lyric and your chosen first line is hot, catches you right of the bat and keeps the listener listening.
Cormier and Long Canada
Good song man. Some parts reminded my of Floyd’s "Dirty Woman." Great 70’s vibe! Production is pretty good, I especially like the clarity and punch in the bass line. Really strong melodies going on in there too. Great effort, solid song, thanks for posting! Bet this track would sound incredible live.
Chris Day North Carolina USA
Hey Hey!This was my first time having heard your music and it was a pleasure. You really capture a lost sound from the late 60’s and 70’s. Expecially in the overall production and vocal treatment. Everything fits the sound and there is no empty spaces. The "October blue" lyric and melody is very pop friendly and you do a great job building to it with teases along the way.Great song. Sounds like a fun one to have recorded.
Brandon Kinross Canada
"ALL AROUND THE BAY"
Well, I’m impressed! The sound effects, arrangement and composition is simply awesome. It almost sounds like a full orchestra. I especially liked the violins at about 3:52 into the song, and are those flutes right before this? Beautiful music! Wonderful lyrics. The whole package is mesmorizing with lots of imaginative images that uplift and carry you away to a magical place. I think you’ve have created a masterpiece. I wonder if anyone knows the time, creativity, coordination and attention to detail that it takes to produce and write something like this? Good Job and Well Done, I say!
Craig Balunsat Chesapeake USA
God this was good. As someone said on your comments section, it’s a great way to start the new year! I think you’re one of the best, I really enjoyed the song and was also produced well as usual.Your best song so far I think.
Dave Jarvis England
This is definitely what I’m going to declare is my favorite song from you, and your style/medium of more pop oriented songcraft, actually it kind of caught me by surprise.. the tune just struck a chord with me, I don’t know if it was the wistful lyrics and the imagery there.. or the nice minimalist yet tight and bright sound of the backing strings, also this does well with the straight rhythm guitar on the side.. dialed in a just the right frequency and strummed economically/effectively there.. hmm.. I was feeling in a real critic’s mood before listening, but there’s really nothing I can say about the tune cause like I said it just seems to strike a chord with me. It’s got kind of an ’on Island’ (by david gilmour) spirit to it.. and maybe a little bit of a ’byrter lyter’ spirit as well.. The way you pan your instruments across the stereo gives it a real sort of horizon effect as well.. .
Professional standard song and fantastic production. You are on top of your game in all ways. Guitar is great as, is ambience, well done. Great to have someone of your aspirations amongst us