Thanks for taking the effort and time doing those mixes Tony.
I'm not sure what to think now. The narrow version of the congas (which I suggested) seems a bit lackluster, in that it's harder to hear them now. Also the tambourine has receded perhaps too far.
Therefore, I've gone back to base one. Listened to the original supplied PLAP mix, listened to Tony's original mix (First Cut) then Tony's V2 mix, listened to John's master, listened to Tony's last two. I've listened to all at least twice. I've enjoyed it because because I love that song.
This is all I can come up with:
John's master sounds pretty good overall, but there seems to be phasing issues. Maybe deliberate phase/flange effect? I'm not sure, but I think it detracts from the mix.
Tony's V2 sounds nicely balance, but I thought the tambourine and congas didn't sit right, hence my previous comments. Don't get me wrong, I love the tambo's and congas, they absolutely MAKE the style of this mix - very important.
So, what about if they were "highlighted" in the mix? What I mean is that instead of throughout, just in the appropriate areas? Also, I can't hear much kick/bass in the mix - I hear when the bass guitar comes in, but not the kick.