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Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:44 am

I've always been a fan of the sound of the violin, especially in classical music (actually, I like the sound of most stringed instruments in a classical orchestra). Lately, though, I've realized that some of my favorite "pop"/"rock"/"alternative" songs also feature a prominent violin (or violin-like) sound--

Am I alone in being a fan of the violin? Anyone know of more up-tempo music that has a crisp violin[-like] sound?

The two that immediately come to mind are

- Matt and Kim - Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare (http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Matt_and_Kim/track/Good_Ol_Fashion_Nightmare), starting at about 35 seconds in [yeah, I know it's really a synth]

- Coldplay - Viva La Vida (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44xirQ55IgA), I'd actually love to see an orchestra do this live because in addition to the sound of the violin, I love watching all of the bows move in unison

but I know there are others/tracks with a mor subtle but still noticeable presence...

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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:54 am

"Dust in the Wind" (I believe by Kansas) has a viola solo in it. One of the rare examples of viola in pop music.

"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve has an entire string section backing it up.

Those are the first two that came to my mind.
 
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:59 am

Nick Cave uses the violin in many songs featuring Warren Ellis on the violin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekjFdggo1LM

After a short interview a live version of " Hallelujah" begins and Warren Ellis's playing is featured throughout and Blixa on guitar!!


The two have worked together for years and in addition to The Bad Seeds they have done a few film soundtracks

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Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:13 am

I'm not sure if its exactly the genre you're looking for, but Clubbed To Death by Rob Dougan is tight!!

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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:22 am

Nothing that I'd call "pop" but you may want to check out:

The Dixie Dregs

Gentle Giant

And even Jethro Tull had some violin work from time to time.

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Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:23 am

Apocalyptica. 'Nuff said.  Smile
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:28 am

Not sure if this is your cup of tea but Yanni's Live Concert Event album has some awesome violin music.

Some good ones here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VztYTRZwI4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSrH_oqnrl0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0pkigApKEw
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:38 am

Some are uptempo, some aren't:

First try this (Yann Tiersen, "La Crise", takes him almost a minute to get warm  Wink ) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noYn4_Qx_hk

Resembles classical music: "Incantations" by Mike Oldfield:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeVd78LicaQ

David Byrne, "The Great Intoxication" Live at the Union Chapel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33z9HwtiqZQ

You could also search for The Arcade Fire or Elbow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wDYWyYRQo
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:42 am

Chica, Kansas and Electric Light Orchestra comes to mind.

Kansas - Dust In The Wind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkbdP7sq0w8


Kansas - Play the game tonight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjAwliuNHVE


Kansas - Hold On
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAm33zndd1o

Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talking Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pVihntUEVw



Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTyoIQdSOoQ


Chic - I want your love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UFhdYhE9ko
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:49 am

Bond a Australian/Bristish band have created some excellent music.

Bond - Explosive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E37-D7B0Wa8
 
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:49 am

Many songs by Kansas featured the violin. Robby Steinhardt was the violinist and sang both backup and lead vocal. He shared the lead vocal role with Steve Walsh
 
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:53 am



Quoting ER757 (Reply 10):
Many songs by Kansas featured the violin.

Per Wiki:

Robby Steinhardt (vocals, violin, viola, cello)

He was a string man. And, as stated before, the solo in Dust in the Wind, was the viola.
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:06 am

you're not alone. I think great pop songs have string instruments an/or orchestra parts in them! I love songs that include them. Of course, i grew up playing the violin(and sister played cello, while dad played violin) and i played in a youth orchestra for 5 years as well, so there may be a bit of bias there. However, my favorite type of music is still punk.
 
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:07 am

More string songs.


Chicago - If You Leave Me Know
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0TEa-Aa4sU


Prince and the Revolution - Take Me With You
http://www.imeem.com/itzbinky/music/mPqYsZE3/take-me-with-you/


Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_hz2am90Hk



Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8RLxJ2Q8Pk


Swing Out Sisters - Twilight World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4FNawbfgDA


Everything But The Girl - Two Star
http://play.rhapsody.com/everything-...rt/two-star?didAutoplayBounce=true
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:17 am



Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 12):
you're not alone. I think great pop songs have string instruments an/or orchestra parts in them! I love songs that include them.

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Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 12):
However, my favorite type of music is still punk.

Then you'd love my friend's band; 'The BlowUpDollz'.

Even though I HATE punk, for some reason my friend's band can really pull it off. It's all about the violin!
They are on tour right now and I love them!  yes 

http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=159596

My favorite tracks are;
-You Have My
-Push Up
-The Pretty Song
-Called/Out
-Katy Mo

It's all about the violin!
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:35 am

Check out Singaporean artist Vanessa Mae. She's and accomplished violinist and sets her songs to upbeat pop beats. Much of her music is refered to as ""violin techno-acoustic fusion"

Here are a couple
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ798THmR5Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn6vnwzpLAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eCvTx5nDDA
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:42 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):

Very nice music...quite similar to Yanni's! And she's HOT  hot 

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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:05 am

There was always a version of Madonna's "Borderline" which had a violin/strings arrangement throughout. When that song was played on the radio (and to this day) it was always a crapshoot whether or not you would get that version or not. Not sure if anyone else knows what i am talking about, but I know this to be true as i never felt the non strings version was as good even though the difference is miniscule.

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Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:10 am

Not so much pop, and not technically violin, but the Flobots are politically aware East Coast style (i.e. creative wordplay) hip-hop with a viola.
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Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:12 am



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
Apocalyptica. 'Nuff said. Smile

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Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:11 pm

Baba O'Riley by The Who.
 
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:46 pm

Here's one that came to my mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty_dokwopJU
 
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:52 pm

Pop with violins listen to The Corrs or the Norwegian guy who won the Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak. The Verve used violins on Bitter Sweet Symphony
 
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:39 am



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 22):
the Norwegian guy who won the Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak.

Most of our radio-stations played that tune to death -I hate it!
-But due to the passing of Michael Jackson, you will instead hear Jacko 4-5 times an hour  banghead 

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Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:53 am



Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 23):
Most of our radio-stations played that tune to death -I hate it!
-But due to the passing of Michael Jackson, you will instead hear Jacko 4-5 times an hour

I know I live in Norway, my 4 year old really likes Rybak so we had to buy him the song.
 
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Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:04 am

My favorites do a lot of remakes and some of their own original stuff. Use Pandora and type in "The Vitamin String Quartet".

Some remakes from them I've heard include:
Goo Goo Dolls "Iris"
Linkin Park's "What I've Done"
AC/DC's "Back In Black"
Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars"
The Fray's "How to Save a Life"
Rob Dougan's "Clubbed To Death"
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:53 pm

Thanks for all of the replies... my iTunes PC has been a little wonky over the past week so I'm just now getting to listeningto all of the suggestions.

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 1):
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve has an entire string section backing it up.

I knew I was forgetting something....

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 3):
I'm not sure if its exactly the genre you're looking for, but Clubbed To Death by Rob Dougan is tight!!

One of the great things about music is sometimes you find something you aren't excatly looking for  Smile The preview iTunes gives you sounds like it's worth buying.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 4):
The Dixie Dregs
Gentle Giant
And even Jethro Tull had some violin work from time to time.

I'm not so sure about The Dixie Dregs, but I really like the sound of some of Gentle Giant's stuff. The only thing that comes to mind when I think of Jethro Tull is Skating Away on the Think Ice of a New Day.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
Apocalyptica. 'Nuff said.

Wow. I kind of dig the sound in Somewhere Around Nothing.

Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 6):
Not sure if this is your cup of tea but Yanni's Live Concert Event album has some awesome violin music.

You know, I've never really thought that Yanni was my cup of tea, but those are some amazing peices of work.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 7):
First try this (Yann Tiersen, "La Crise", takes him almost a minute to get warm ) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noYn4_Qx_hk

Resembles classical music: "Incantations" by Mike Oldfield:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeVd78LicaQ

David Byrne, "The Great Intoxication" Live at the Union Chapel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33z9HwtiqZQ

You could also search for The Arcade Fire or Elbow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wDY...yYRQo

Some very cool sounds there... turns out I like the sound of many of Mike Oldfield's stuff there... and Arcade Fire's Keep the Car Running is aleady in my collection.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):

Some interesting sounds there.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):
Check out Singaporean artist Vanessa Mae. She's and accomplished violinist and sets her songs to upbeat pop beats. Much of her music is refered to as ""violin techno-acoustic fusion"

Some nice sounds there -- Bach Street Prelude really caught my ear. I find it rather amusing that iTunes has "Destiny (2002 edit)" classified as Classical.

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 18):
Not so much pop, and not technically violin, but the Flobots are politically aware East Coast style (i.e. creative wordplay) hip-hop with a viola.

Normally I'm not a Hip Hop fan, but the clips I've sampled seem are intriguing enough to listen to some more

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 22):
Pop with violins listen to The Corrs or the Norwegian guy who won the Eurovision Song Contest Alexander Rybak.

I like the music, but something about the vocals (I'm not sure if its the lyrics, the singer, or both) just doesn't work for me.

Quoting Smcmac32msn (Reply 25):
The Vitamin String Quartet".

Wow... Nice work. I even like some of their covers where I absolutely can't stand the original.

Thanks again for everyone who has replied... I've found some "new" artists and music that really sound interesting

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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:45 pm

"Karma" by Alicia Keys has a violin (maybe it's a viola).
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Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:27 pm



Quoting QantasA333 (Reply 9):
Bond a Australian/Bristish band have created some excellent music.

This is my ultimate favorite quartet! Love their stuff!

Here's a few more videos of their songs on YouTube:

Allegretto aka "The Diamond Song"

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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:49 am



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 26):
Some interesting sounds there.

I posted some more in post #13.
What did you think of those?
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:47 am

The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

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Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:18 pm



Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Electric Light Orchestra

ELO did quite a lot if I recall....very innovative band, Jeff Lynne is underrated as a musician and songwriter, IMHO.
 
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Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:18 pm

The band Yellow Card is Alternative rock that has a violin player in it and sounds pretty awesome. I like it, but thats just me.

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...w+card&page=&utm_source=opensearch
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Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:07 pm



Quoting Slider (Reply 31):
ELO did quite a lot if I recall....very innovative band, Jeff Lynne is underrated as a musician and songwriter, IMHO.

I wholeheartedly agree.
Out Of The Blue is my favorite album of the Electric Light Orchestra.
Just about everything from Eldorado (1974) to Time (1981) is rock solid material.
I am not too crazy about his material from the late 1980s & 1990s. I never got in to The Traveling Wilburys despite me being a huge fan of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
I heard interviews of Jeff Lynne throughout the 1990s and he seemed to bash and regret the success of the Electric Light Orchestra.
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Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:14 am



Quoting Slider (Reply 31):

ELO did quite a lot if I recall....very innovative band, Jeff Lynne is underrated as a musician and songwriter, IMHO.

The ELO gave me an idea for another one along the lines of what we're talking about. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra is excellent for the instrumental sounds that create a orchestral rock/pop sound.
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:13 pm

Elbow - One Day Like This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJ7keVBj6Y

Beautful Song!
Edit - Just found a live version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk2xaeXnxlM&feature=related

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Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:40 pm

I can't believe no one has posted the Dave Matthews Band yet.
Every song has Boyd Tinsley playing violin.

some of my favorites

Two Step
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnq2wi664yc

Watchtower (Dylan wrote it, but it's a good performance by the band with good solos)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypaH1Gj6VIs&feature=related

(5 minutes in is the violin solo)


Bruce Springsteen also usually travels with a violinist. A lot of his songs use the violin.
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Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:47 pm



Quoting CasInterest (Reply 36):
I can't believe no one has posted the Dave Matthews Band yet.

I was just about to say the same! Was meaning to do so last night!!!

Lincoln, I love classical music, but once I saw this guy in concert, it really elevated my appreciation for violins!! I love this band but espiically this member!

I'll be seeing the band again next week. Can't wait!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5inMiBXgvA watch here.
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Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:35 pm

Definitely check out "Superfreaky Memories" by Luna.

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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:43 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXQYVBghnyA

And another. Worth a listen to, Lincoln.

And BTW, some great recommendations above that I am now looking into!
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Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:02 pm

All I Want Is You by U2 has a long string part in it- pretty much the last 2 or 3 minutes of the song.
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Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:53 pm

Check out the band Yellowcard. Most, if not all of their songs include violins!
 
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Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:59 am

There's some great old Waterboys and Levellers stuff!
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:38 am

Oh, Barry White's "Love's Theme" from the 1970's - awesome!

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Hw6yAaeBw

And Barry White's "You're My First, My Last, My Everything" has terrific strings too - along with many of his other greatest hits.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcd3XuQwDQQ

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Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:10 pm

I'm away from home right now, but thanks again foa all of the suggestions.

In particular I'm finding that I really like Vanessa-Mae (Aurora, Bach Street Prelude, more) and Vitamin String Quartet (cover of Paramore's Hallelujah, Emergency, Starlight, ...)


(Watch, now someone's going to tell me that there's not actually a violin in any of thise  Wink )

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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:07 pm



Quoting CasInterest (Reply 36):
I can't believe no one has posted the Dave Matthews Band yet.

Me too! Just as I'm reading this I'm listening to "Tripping Billies".
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Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:02 pm



Quoting AustinAirport (Reply 19):

They actually use the Cello! I I saw them back in November last year at a smaller venue and it was a blast!

My favourite band that uses the violin (well, viola but lets not get picky, just a violin with the same string setup as a cello  Wink ) is The Airbourne Toxic Event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTctlgFCtXE

Just plain awesome!
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:52 am

How can we have a Pop music thread without the King of Pop?

So here is an awesome version of Smooth Criminal played by David Garrett, enjoy:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSFPQDEkc-k
 
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Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:24 am

Take a listen to this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v3d6SFcDys
Ok it's a cello but close enough.. It's a mix of the instrumentals of Coldplay's Viva La Vida and Taylor Swift's Love Story and it turns out pretty cool.
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RE: Pop Music W/ A Stong Violin Sound

Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:20 pm



Quoting LH498 (Reply 47):
How can we have a Pop music thread without the King of Pop?

So here is an awesome version of Smooth Criminal played by David Garrett, enjoy:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSFPQ...Ekc-k

Wow, nice!!  yes 
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