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I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:37 am
by LesDeuxLoveOrchestra
I would be curious to know your opinions on what keyboard is being used for the horn parts for the 70's hit, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash.

Re: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:19 am
by Virgule
Moog and accordeon..?

Re: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:36 pm
by Micke
This has to be one of the first reggae-influenced songs to feature the Moog. Francis Monkman (of Curved air, Sky fame) programmed, played and multi-tracked
the Moog modular on this song.

The music was recorded around the spring of '72 at Air studios in London, which was owned by George Martin, and it's likely that
it was George's Moog.



Re: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:42 am
by mmp
It's funny, I don't ever remember noticing that there were synths in this song.

Re: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:41 pm
by LesDeuxLoveOrchestra
Yay Micke, I knew you'd know this!

Re: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:44 pm
by cornutt
mmp wrote:It's funny, I don't ever remember noticing that there were synths in this song.
Me neither. That's some realistic imitiative synthesis! And Francis Monkman, no less.

Re: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:49 am
by mono_poly
Hi, first post.... I've been on an early '70's AM kick (when and where I first really started getting into music) and was thinking of this song and how much I love the synthesizer in it. This page came up in a search, so as a vintage synth lover, I had to register and comment.

Thanks to Micke for the info; I'd never known what kind of synth it is or who played it. My slightly-educated guess was an ARP Odyssey or some such owing to its "squishy" sound, but a modular Moog, which can make all kinds of noises, makes complete sense.

Just FWIW, my favorite synth parts in this song are:

1. beginning of final verse, 1:47 -- strong filter envelope decay and Q (resonance)

2. first line of final choruses, "it's gonna be a bright (bright)" -- they take the Q knob and crank it way up. Deliciously analog, not too high in the mix, just the right accent. First at 2:11-2:13, then it skips a time, then 2:25-2:29 and on into fadeout. In the context of the song (one of the happiest ever IMO) I find this incredibly addictive...

OK, looks like a fun forum, best regards!

Re: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:36 pm
by thefonz003
mono_poly wrote:Hi, first post.... I've been on an early '70's AM kick (when and where I first really started getting into music) and was thinking of this song and how much I love the synthesizer in it. This page came up in a search, so as a vintage synth lover, I had to register and comment.

Thanks to Micke for the info; I'd never known what kind of synth it is or who played it. My slightly-educated guess was an ARP Odyssey or some such owing to its "squishy" sound, but a modular Moog, which can make all kinds of noises, makes complete sense.

Just FWIW, my favorite synth parts in this song are:

1. beginning of final verse, 1:47 -- strong filter envelope decay and Q (resonance)

2. first line of final choruses, "it's gonna be a bright (bright)" -- they take the Q knob and crank it way up. Deliciously analog, not too high in the mix, just the right accent. First at 2:11-2:13, then it skips a time, then 2:25-2:29 and on into fadeout. In the context of the song (one of the happiest ever IMO) I find this incredibly addictive...

OK, looks like a fun forum, best regards!
Welcome! I'm gonna go listen to the song now and see if I can pick those parts out.