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Center of Six

by Josh Clayton-Felt

Songs by the late Josh Clayton-Felt and songs for Josh by his friends. A sweet melding of the accessibility of Pop with the earthy roots of Classic & Americana Folk Rock.
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1. Center of Six
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2. Flute
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3. Forever Self
3:57 album only
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4. Two Sides
4:22 album only
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5. Sacred Mountain
4:48 album only
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6. Intermission
2:47 album only
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7. You Have Been Freed Feat. Raina Lee Scott
3:27 album only
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8. Taking You With Me Feat. Kevin Hunter
4:35 album only
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9. Complicated O Feat. Andras Jones
4:26 album only
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10. Waving Feat. Jami Lula
4:28 album only
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11. Only Love Feat. Renee Faia and Renee Stahl
4:21 album only
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12. Monday Afternoon Feat. Sage
4:32 album only
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13. Dear J Feat. Colin Hay
2:41 album only
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14. Anam Cara Feat. Linda Buckley
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15. Sense of Humor
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sometimes the relationship between an artist and his audience is so powerful that nothing can come between them - not even death. Such is the case for fans of the late singer-songwriter Josh Clayton-Felt, whose album arrives now after years of delay.

Though his music generally transcends stylistic categorization, the Los Angeles Times called Josh's work "classic rock in the best sense...full of melodic hooks of groove-laden funk crossed with notable, memorable songcraft." In fact, many believed he was on his way to becoming an important rock artist when cancer ended his life at 32.

Josh's early career was an aspiring musician's dream - dropping out of Brown University to focus on music, he moved to Los Angeles and formed School of Fish. The band's debut album, with the hit "Three Strange Days", sold nearly half a million copies. After releasing a second album, Josh began his journey as a solo artist.

After touring with Tori Amos in support of his solo debut, his career got caught up in various record industry mergers and realignments. A less committed artist might have stopped writing and performing. Yet Josh persevered, and started work on his new album. Beset by mysterious back pain, he kept a positive attitude and worked to make sure his new record was exactly what he wanted it to be.

One week after putting the finishing touches on the final mix, Josh was admitted to the hospital with choriocarcinoma, a rare and invasive form or cancer. On January 19, 2000, less than a month after entering the hospital, Josh passed away.


Josh said he was inspired by artists who had a deep and spiritual connection to their music, and that connection is startlingly evident throughout this new album. A friend once called Josh "a man who walked with one foot here on earth and one in the spirit world." As Josh writes in one of the songs on Spirit Touches Ground: "If you want to get through/To the other side/Let the dragonfly/Come and give you a ride."

On the new album, CENTER OF SIX Josh's songs are in search of the self, songs about the journey inward. The title song refers to finding a center in the six Native American directions, and speaks of memory of "when the wind blew... when the sky knew.... when the earth told me not to forget." Although they speak of spiritual longings, Clayton-Felt songs are never far from the catchy rock riffs he wrote throughout his career, music described by Jeff McDermott of Connect Savannah as "both heady and earthy, a winning pop-grind that satisfies the hips and the head." On CENTER OF SIX they include the hard-driving "Two Sides" and the lively "Forever Self." In the CD's single, the story-telling "Sacred Mountain," Josh imagines a future he did not have.

The songs were composed in the winter of 1996-97 in Kinsale, Ireland and recorded in Los Angeles. The CD's co-executive producer was Chad Fischer, a musician and longtime friend of Clayton-Felt's.

The second half of the album attests to the ripple effect of Josh's musical and personal energy, in the eight songs that friends have written for him. From Raina Lee Scott's powerful heartbreaker, "You Have Been Freed" to the lyrical, rolling, resolution-seeking "Only Love", the songs provide an amazing kaleidoscope of ways of taking in the loss of someone too young, very dear, and full of the force of life. Former lead singer of Men at Work Colin Hay's "Dear J" evokes a diminished world -- "It's a mighty world, but not so mighty without you."

Other artists on CENTER OF SIX include Kevin Hunter of the former San Francisco band Wire Train; the Los Angeles musician Jami Lula, who dedicated his most recent CD to Clayton-Felt; the Olympia, Washington musician and actor Andras Jones; the Irish musician and composer Linda Buckley. On "Only Love," Los Angeles musician Renee Stahl wrote the melody for a poem by the actor Renee FAIA; the two recorded it together. Faia also served as art director on the CD.

Los Angeles musician Sage, referring to Josh as "Dragonfly" after the haunting SPIRIT TOUCHES GROUND song, described the process of writing his song: "The Gibson Les Paul I played is Josh's very own. I recorded it one night shortly after the beginning of the Dragonfly's journey, it still had his old strings on, I tried to let these vibrate and guide me like footsteps to the next note... "

All profits from CENTER OF SIX will be donated to Descendants of the Earth, a non-profit Native American organization to which Clayton-Felt was dedicated.

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Tamara Turner, CD Baby.com


An artist and a man who had a real gift to give while he walked in this world, remembered best by his smile, the late Josh Clayton certainly left behind a legacy and a treasure of heart-moving music. With jangly, Americana folk saddling classic rock born of great pop hooks, amazing vocals likened to Jeff Buckley-meets-Colin Hay, topped with Elvis Costello, these snappy 60's guitar pop-bred songs display a sweet melding of accessibility with depth. Displaying the flexibility of his muse and musical understanding with World music influences, including Native American music, Center of Six, with songs by his friends as well, truly speaks to the talent and significance of Clayton's voice.
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CD Baby


An artist and a man who had a real gift to give while he walked in this world, remembered best by his smile, the late Josh Clayton certainly left behind a legacy and a treasure of heart-moving music. With jangly, Americana folk saddling classic rock born of great pop hooks, amazing vocals likened to Jeff Buckley-meets-Colin Hay, topped with Elvis Costello, these snappy 60's guitar pop-bred songs display a sweet melding of accessibility with depth. Displaying the flexibility of his muse and musical understanding with World music influences, including Native American music, Center of Six, with songs by his friends as well, truly speaks to the talent and significance of Clayton's voice.
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krystal

awesome service
great service --recieved cd right away --awesome shape
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Pär Winberg

compare Josh Clayton Felt with Kevin Gilbert and Jeff Buckley
A “new” CD with the very talented Josh Clayton Felt that so sadly passed away a few years ago. This CD is a compilation of stuff he worked on while he was in Ireland 96-97 and that he went home and worked on with his friends, that later on, after Josh tragic death finished the recordings. First out we found the very nice title track “Centre Of Six” which has been produced by the maestro Patrick Leonard and contain his sidekick Brian Macleod on drums. And then there are five other Clayton tunes that have been finished by his buddies like Davey Faragher. The rest of the album is a tribute to him from his friends. Mainly beautiful and thoughtful acoustic edged new written tunes. I want to compare Josh Clayton Felt two other sadly passed away guys – Kevin Gilbert and Jeff Buckley – who also worked and was so creative until they passed away. This is the third album that has been released by his family, and it’s still nice quality over all the music. And the tribute part of the album is only that one worth the money.
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Candy

Center of Six
Another beautiful collection of songs from Josh and some amazing music from his friends. Center of Six is a wonderful CD and essential for anyone seeking something to mellow out/groove/think about life to.
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The WaveCowboy

A gift from Josh.....
Thank you Josh! Six new vintage Josh songs to keep you grooving. Very spiritual and happy. The songs by Josh are all excellent and they really take you back to the center of Josh's musical talents. The songs by the friends are deep and loving. They speak directly for true Josh Clayton Felt fans all over. This is a must have for anyone who loves the beauty of lyrics, true life feelings, and a great compilation of moving artist.
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jessi

worth every cent
To be completely honest, I wasn't too fond of the tribute section of this CD, but I would have paid more than three times the price for the few songs by Josh. Just like anything else by him, this CD is a must-own.
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Jarrette Mankin

A dream come true....More music from a gifted musician!
Center of Six is a continuation of the musical greatness that is Josh Clayton-Felt. I have just recently discovered the musical talent of Josh, finding 2 gems of his work in a used CD store: Spirit Touches Ground & Inarticulate Nature Boy. When I found that Center of Six was available, I purchased online with CD Baby (arrived in mint condition in just 2 days!!) This is just great music by a great artist. And the works by the musicians who have been inspired by Josh are a compliment to the spirit that is Josh Clayton-Felt. Buy these 3, and if you can find any of his music from School of Fish, buy it too. Jarrette from Oklahoma City
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