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Demo Graphic

by Alan Merrill

Rough and raw rock n roll demos done at home on this 21 song album with the enthusiasm and energy that can only come from recording a song immediately after writing it and laying it down.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Child of the Night
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2. Intensive Care
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3. Fire in a Wax Museum
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4. Happiness Is Money
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5. Married
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6. Princess of Pain
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7. John Key Hill
3:48 $0.99
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8. The End of the Night
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9. Don't Give up on the Feeling
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10. In the Eyes
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11. Too Shy
3:47 $0.99
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12. Struck by Lightning
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13. Right Here Tonight
3:55 $0.99
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14. Making up My Mind
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15. Slipaway
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16. Party Girl
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17. I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love
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18. Ecstasy
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19. Stop!
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20. Chippewa Woman
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21. Devil's Day
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These are songs that Alan Merrill's been fond of over the years in their raw enthusiastic demo state, never recorded in a studio but at home, largely because he didn't think he could "beat the demo" in the clinical atmosphere of a professional recording environment. It's stylistically diverse and crosses many rock and R&B approaches in style. One of the songs ("Ecstasy") has already been covered by actor/model/singer Steve Flanagan in 1978. "Child Of The Night" which is the first track on the album will be featured in the horror film with the working title "Dr. West" (a Re-animator parody) scheduled to be out on Halloween, October 31st 2016. Some of the songs are published by ATV Music where Alan had a publishing deal in London and was a staff songwriter there. These tracks were recorded right after his band the Arrows broke up and and merged with members of the group Rare Bird to record some tracks on a Teac 4 track machine just before they became the band Runner (Island records), which should be interesting for collection completists of those bands. Most of the tracks were recorded at home on a Fostex 8 track machine though, where Alan Merrill played all the instruments and sang all the parts, engineering the sessions himself. Last but not least his (then) 13 year old daughter Laura sings an adorable cameo lead vocal on "Too Shy," a song written in a style suitable for a young teen idol. That's it. The album is titled Demo Graphic because it is just that, graphic raw demos that show the songs with energy that they have right after they were written.

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Louise Hunter

Hidden treasure comes to light....
Alan Merrill wrote one of the most well known, most widely recognized songs in the history of rock music. As the writer and original artist of worldwide smash "I Love Rock n Roll" one could say this CD needs no other recommendation.

Alan is not just a wonderful soulful, bluesy singer and multi-instrumentalist, but that big hit was not a one-off. He has hundreds of catchy commercial songs under his belt and this collection is an example of the strength in depth of his skill.
Most of these songs have not been released before. It is a very strong selection that far outstrips one's expectations of the subtitle "Home demos". Any one of these songs would not sound out of place high in the music charts, on nationwide TV and radio. It makes you wonder what more hidden gems he still has tucked away.

Despite these being essentially raw home tape recordings, this is an impressive collection. You will soon find yourself singing along. It is music that invites us in and includes us right from the start. Masterful in all senses, this is a must have for anyone who loves the music of the 1970s-1980s. If you like Hall and Oates and Robert Palmer, you will certainly like this, but there is so much more to Merrill than that statement implies . Alan Merrill has been music's best kept secret for far too long. He really deserves to be considered as one of the greatest of them all.
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