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Trans Atlantic

by R P R

From their story-song tradition, three former members of Tanglefoot stretch their wings on this powerful, expansive album of thunder and whisper, menace and warmth, light and shade.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. When the Spirit Moves
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2. Maurice Henri
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3. Mister I Am
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4. Signs Following
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5. One Fine Day
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6. Fall Down as the Rain
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7. A Long Conversation
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8. Temporary Song
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9. Gershwin On the Range
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10. Potential
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11. Little Soldiers
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12. Home Tonight
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13. Hard Road
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
RPR is:
Steve Ritchie - guitars, bass, percussion & vocals
Al Parrish - guitar, bass & vocals
Rob Ritchie - piano, organ & vocals
Beaker Granger - percussion, guitar & vocals

Recorded & mixed May - October 2013 by Brian Bedford @ Park Head Studio, Yorkshire
Additional recording by Trevor MacKenzie @ MacKenzie Music Studio, Owen Sound , Ontario
and by Steve Ritchie @ Spey River Studio, Owen Sound, Ontario

'In 2009, music lovers on two continents felt the tide go out when the award-winning Canadian folk/roots band Tanglefoot called it a day. Four years later, Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish, and Rob Ritchie have come rushing back in a wave of big sound and familiar harmonies as RPR, with their first CD, Trans Atlantic.

Said Steve Ritchie, “Maybe it's inevitable that the old Tanglefoot rhythm section could neither stay off stage nor away from each other for long." Drawing upon years of performing together, RPR has quickly reestablished a reputation for thoughtful, intelligent lyrics, diversity of sound, contageous energy, and yes, lots of hair.

“Where RPR differs most from Tanglefoot,” said Al Parrish, “is that Tanglefoot was strictly an acoustic band that focused almost exclusively on Canadiana. We have allowed ourselves to stray from that a bit, and have added a percussionist, Beaker Granger. I’m playing electric bass, and Steve, although he’s playing acoustic guitar mostly, picks up an electric guitar for some songs.”

Trans Atlantic, largely comprised of skillfully crafted songs from the pens of Rob, Al, and Steve, was recorded during May and June of 2013 at Park Head Studio in Yorkshire, England when the band was on tour. “We had a lot of gigs,” explained Al, “and were fortunate enough to stay in the home of our UK tour agent whose husband, Brian Bedford, who happens to be a great recording engineer, was available. We laid down almost everything there, and sent the tracks back to Owen Sound, where Beaker added the percussion tracks at Trevor Mackenzie’s studio. Then it went back to Brian for mixing, and finally back to Ontario. That’s the origin of the title, Trans Atlantic.”

From spare arrangements of poignant ballads to high-powered anthems with screaming electric guitar solos, to a capella singing with big harmonies, Trans Atlantic rises and falls from one song to the next on a sea of delightful surprise. Tucked into the mix is a chilling rendition of a Kate Campbell song, and a feel-good arrangement of Joe Crookston’s “Fall Down As the Rain.”

“It’s actually quite liberating,” said Parrish of the variety of sounds on the disc. “All of our musical backgrounds are broad; from church choirs, to country, folk, and rock. We’re really excited about this (record). These are songs we like, played on instruments we like, with a sound that we like.”

Seven years after the last Tanglefoot CD release, the tide is back in. “Water always finds its level,” said Steve.'

AnnMarie Rowland - Mosaic (Nov 1, 2013)

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