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by Charlie Bookout Studio Works

Out of the scrap pile and into the digital yard sale… Here’s #3 in my series of vintage homemade records.
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Without a Kiss
4:23 $0.99
2. Tramp
5:02 $0.99
3. Baby
3:46 $0.99
4. If She Could Make Him Cry
5:07 $0.99
5. A Fantastic High
6:27 $0.99
6. A Letter to God
4:32 $0.99
7. Tradition
4:58 $0.99
8. Everything
3:23 $0.99
9. Foundation
5:03 $0.99
10. Intelligence
5:47 $0.99
11. Thaw
1:29 $0.99
12. Keeping Souvenirs
6:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
It was the spring of 1992, and we had just finished building the recording shed. It was really just a tin and plywood box with a couple of plug-ins to supply juice to the 4-track and the Ensoniq SQ-80. But to us, it was big-time. So I immediately had a big-time idea: to write and produce an album for a female vocalist. I was inspired. I wrote song after song over the next few weeks. It was turning into quite a production. I was already designing the album cover and planning photo shoots. I spray-painted the album’s symbol onto my only decent electric bass. Each song had a sub-title, and when you read them all consecutively, they became a poem. It had become a real ‘concept album!’

But, I never found a girl to sing it.

So here I am—singing those songs in the same awkward falsetto I used for the sketch versions so many years ago. Enjoy. (And try to pretend it’s Alanis you’re hearing.)

I've started referring to the sound of these older titles as “Retro-Progressive Pop.” And if you heard the original recordings, you’d know they were done using some of the most primitive lo-tech multi-track recording imaginable. (Step #1: Start off by placing a $2 microphone up to a speaker that is playing the drum pattern you recorded. Step #2: Run the mic into a 2nd tape deck while you play a keyboard part to merge with it. Step #3: Put the 2nd tape into the first deck and repeat the process with a third instrument. Presto - You're your own one-man-band.) But I moved forward, figuring that must be how the pros did it, and started composing. I wrote song after song firmly rooted to the influences of the 1970's progressive rock of Kansas, the modern funk of Prince, and the 'whatever' of Saturday morning School House Rock cartoons.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I've enjoyed creating it.



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