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Left of Center

by Bob Beland

I am a singer/songwriter/musician/composer/arranger/producer of original rock and pop music comprising of at least one or more of these musical genres - rock, pop, folk, jazz, blues, world, country, R&B, experimental and classical.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Alright with Me, Mr. Bob
3:35 $0.99
2. Off the Handle
4:54 $0.99
3. The Lost Highway
4:49 $0.99
4. Some Friends of Mine
5:09 $0.99
5. It'll Take Overtime
3:52 $0.99
6. Sloppy Joe
3:15 $0.99
7. Ain't Goin' Back to That
6:25 $0.99
8. Cold
5:14 $0.99
9. Who'll Save the World?
3:41 $0.99
10. One Bright Burning
2:28 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Left Of Center,” my new fourth solo album and the third under my own label, came as a surprise to me in 2016 since I already had two complete albums of new material in the archives that I hadn’t released yet.

Earlier in the year I had just completed a long project partnering with my ex-Furys band mate, the Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw to help co-write, perform, arrange and produce his first (and still unreleased) solo mini album at my home studio, Wrong Way Works. Danny Simon, who mastered Fontenelle’s EP, also helped me retrieve 45 song demos from 1973 by my buddy Jules Shear with 3 reels of tape that I had kept with me for over 40 years. When I went to look for those tapes again I found a few reels of my own stuff. One of those reels had the original 1983 recordings of two songs found on this new album. I ended up using one of them, “It’s Alright With Me Mr. Bob” and the other one, “Off The Handle,” I re-recorded.

“Off The Handle” was a song of mine that Fontenelle and I used to perform live with the Furys back in the 80’s but I never recorded a proper version of my own until now. I’m certain that today’s political climate and one unsavory character in particular inspired me to revisit it again and record it. After hearing it again after all that time I felt that the song still had relevancy after all these years.
“It’s Alright With Me Mr. Bob” was recorded with my dear friend the late David Beebe who played drums on many recordings of mine including “Stealing Cars” and “The Bob Beland E.P.” David was the drummer par excellence for Jules & the Polar Bears and Slow Children. It was always a joy to record with David and on “It’s Alright With Me Mr. Bob” we had a particularly fun time recording it in a garage in Santa Monica, CA along with the help of two other good friends of mine, Marty Korth on bass and vocals, and R&B singer/songwriter Dale Mitchell on vocals. All the guys were completely into accommodating my oddball idea about freedom of expression and the fun of creating that idea still seemed to exist in that recording even after 33 years and some wear and tear. Once I heard it again after Danny Simon retrieved it this year from the old tape I really felt the urge to release it flaws and all. It’s a source of personal satisfaction that I wrote and recorded “It’s Alright With Me Mr. Bob” 3 years before Paul Simon’s African influenced album “Graceland” came out. Must have been all those import albums of what they later would classify as “World Music” that I used to sneak out the back door of some of the record stores and distribution companies I worked for and borrow them for a few days! My only regret is that David isn’t here to enjoy it again but I can close my eyes and still see him smiling, laughing and having a great time while we were putting the song together. It was always that way with David but through all the crazy fun he still delivered a great performance every single time we worked together. I still miss him and I hope his beautiful soul is resting in eternal peace.

“One Bright Burning” is a song I wrote in January 1992 but I never recorded it until now. I came across the lyrics in my notebook and actually remembered the melody! I can’t remember my username and password but I can remember the melody of a song I wrote 24 years ago. Go figure!

And of the new songs:

“Some Friends Of Mine” was originally called “Funky Folks” written on a lark for a friend who was working on a solo album with the working title of “Funky Folks.” I thought, “How the hell do you write a song called “Funky Folks?” So I did for the fun of it and sent a demo of it to my buddy who, much to my surprise, wasn’t that impressed by it (this is in spite of the fact that I reference his nick name AND his wife in the frickin’ song! LOL!). Well, in spite of the rejection, I kind of liked the song myself so I decided to retool it and record the song with a new title so as not to encroach upon his own record. One man’s loss is another man’s gain and “Some Friends of Mine” seemed to work out for me that way and I’m happy about it for no other good reason than to have my old friend Bobby Pickett playing monster bass on the song. Bobby was Etta James bassist for many years and was an original member of Detective, the first band signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label.

“Sloppy Joe” and “Who’ll Save The World?” feature the Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw on pipe organ, drum loops, bass, and ½ piano.

“Cold” features another dear old friend of mine on harmony vocals, singer/songwriter Dan Navarro, better known as one half of the duo Lowen & Navarro. Dan and I go all the way back to the Troubadour and the early 70’s. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer guy than the Calexico Cowboy. Dan and his partner Eric wrote and recorded many albums together throughout their prestigious 20 year career and hit it big with Pat Benatar’s recording of their song, “We Belong.” Look for Dan to be releasing his first solo album very soon.

“The Lost Highway,” “It’ll Take Overtime” and “Ain’t Goin’ Back To That” are all new songs as well.
I hope you enjoy the music and performances found on “Left Of Center” and thanks again for listening.

Rocky Up!

Sincerely,
Bob Beland
Wrong Way Works
Mar Vista, CA
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Track by Track info:

1) IT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME MR. BOB: (an original analog recording* from 1983)
Bob Beland - vocals, clavinet and Fender electric guitar/ David Beebe: drums, background vocals/ Marty Korth- bass guitar, background vocals/ Dale Mitchell – background vocals. Engineered by Willie McEachern.
Tape recovery and digital transfer by Daniel Simon of Audio Archives.
Dedicated to the memory of David Beebe.

2)OFF THE HANDLE: Bob Beland – vocals, Boss drum programming, Fender electric guitars, Fender electric bass, Kurtzweil piano and organ,

3) THE LOST HIGHWAY: Bob Beland - vocals, Boss drum programming, Fender electric guitars, Fender electric bass, Ensoniq digital saxophones, Kurtzweil electric piano.

4) SOME FRIENDS OF MINE: Bob Beland - vocals, Boss drum programming, Fender electric guitars, Ensoniq digital horns and moog synthesizer, Kurtzweil piano and organ. Bobby Pickett – electric bass.

5) IT’LL TAKE OVERTIME: Bob Beland - vocals, Boss drum programming, Fender electric slide guitars, Laguna acoustic guitar, Daion muted acoustic guitar, Ensoniq moog synth bass and digital triangle.

6) SLOPPY JOE: Bob Beland - vocals, Fender electric guitars, Korg digital saxophones and ½ piano. The Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw – Korg ½ piano and drum loops, Fender electric bass.

7) AIN’T GOIN’ BACK TO THAT: Bob Beland - vocals, Boss drum programming, Fender electric guitars, Laguna acoustic guitar, Fender electric bass, Kurtzweil synth strings.

8) COLD: Bob Beland – lead vocal, Boss drum programming, Laguna acoustic guitar, Fender electric guitars, Fender electric bass, Kurtzweil piano. Dan Navarro – background vocals.

9) WHO’LL SAVE THE WORLD?: Bob Beland - vocals, Laguna acoustic guitars, Korg digital recorders.
The Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw – Korg digital reed organ.

10) ONE BRIGHT BURNING: Bob Beland - vocals, Kurtzweil piano.

All songs written by Bob Beland
All songs copyright © 2016 Bob On Bob Music BMI

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Graphic Design: Mary Roth Beland for Mary Roth Graphic Design
Transportation: Remy Beland
For contact: bobbeland@mac.com

Mastered and Simonized by Daniel Simon at AudioArchives

Thanks to my family, Mary, Remy & Genevieve, and also to Billy James @ Glass Onyon, CD Baby, Mike & Jane Maradik, P. K., Roxanna Ferguson, all of my musician and non-musician friends on facebook and at soundcloud.

Special thanks and appreciation to Marty Korth, Dale Mitchell, Willie McEachern, The Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw, Bobby Pickett and Dan Navarro for their time and talents, to Daniel Simon for going the extra mile(s) and to Len Horowitz for the hospitality and entertainment.

Rocky Up!

(* Please note that due to tape erosion on this track some unavoidable drop out occurs.)

This is a ® 2016 Wrong Way Works recording. All rights reserved


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