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by Colin Carter

A diverse collection of light and dark electric rock, with a little funk, some nightclub swing, an angular Dylanesque shuffle, a 30's Berlin cabaret song , a grand dramatic rock ballad , a Lennon-like lullaby and some flat out driving rock and more.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wings
4:39 album only
2. Reachin' Out
4:23 album only
3. Highway to Oblivion
5:12 album only
4. Star Crossed
4:16 album only
5. Cafe Elektric
5:18 album only
6. Underground
4:50 album only
7. Munich Song
7:13 album only
8. Obsession
5:13 album only
9. Tortuga Tonight
3:19 album only
10. Sleeping with You
4:36 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
I figured the best way to describe this collection of songs is to go track by track. The musicians playing with me are listed at the end.
1. Wings.
Two lovers, separated by a great distance, one of them wondering if the other is also feeling the same feelings, even though they might be far away. A universal theme.
Drummer Mike Hough and bass guitarist Clint Bahr , lay down a driving uptempo groove. Doro Reeves swirls in and out with a Hammond synth and I ride on top with a somewhat syncopated chord guitar. A fun one to sing. Nice keyboard solo in the middle, and a wall of harmony vocals in the tag at the end. Put on your dancing shoes.
2. Reachin' out.
A swinging modified blues tune. Mike and Clint on this one with me laying down some mellow chords on guitar. Doro is on piano and synth horns playing the brass figures very nicely. I tried to get a little nightclub live band thing happening on this one.
The reaching out lyric leans either way. Maybe reaching out for a helping hand to climb out of some strife, or conversely, reaching for a way out of some mundane existence, by looking for trouble, because present circumstances are not providing enough excitement. Be careful what you wish for !
3. Highway to Oblivion.
A title like that requires a little weirdness ! Discordant chords, climbing higher and higher, kicking it off into a shuffling verse and chorus. Mike on drums, Doro on organ again, and me on bass as well as guitar.
Somewhat acerbic lyrics tell an all familiar tale, drawn from life, of a poor soul's self destructive descent into nothingness. A cautionary tale, my friends.
4. Star Crossed.
The title tells it all. An unabashed honest tale of the aching heart, sung and played with all the drama and power the subject deserves. Tom Beckstrom on drums playing some powerful tasty fills over his rock solid foundation. Doro on piano, and organ in the finale. Me on bass, and guitar as usual. I even play a little melodic solo in this one. No lead guitarist on this CD, just the songs.
5. Cafe Elektric.
On a rainy street, during a thunderstorm in 1930's Berlin....or any city. Set in a bawdy after hours club, where rules are broken and anything goes. A drunken sing along chorus leads into the tale of another night of uninhibited lust and debauchery at the Cafe Elektric. Mike and Clint lay down the Bavarian Waltz oompah band signature beat, and I do the answering chops on the rhythm guitar. Welcome my friends, to the Cellar of Dreams
6. Underground.
" I walk the streets like I'm invisible", the world of hiding in plain sight. Be it fanatic or fugitive, a spy, or a lost soul. Slipping under the radar, getting lost in the crowds. A back beat snare and restless jerking guitars, push and pull this word train home, as it clatters along with no breaks and no brakes !
7. Munich Song.
A trance like memory of a surreal nightmare incident from long ago. Dimmed by time, but never forgotten. Long drawn out vocal lines stretch and smear a viscous melody over the deadly slow pulsing vibrato track that sometimes lulls, but then strikes back at the unwary. A dark one .
8. Obsession.
A loping lurching rock/funk beat chugs this one along, with guitar and keyboards playing and answering each other's riffs over Tom Beckstrom's drums. When the heart rules the head, and reality shifts, and you're losing control, throwing caution to the winds. You're crossing the lines that should never be crossed. Better lock the doors, Obsession !
9. Tortuga Tonight.
Steal the ship and head for Tortuga, off the coast of Hispaniola. Away from the pressgangs and floggings of the Royal Navy, to freedom and the dream of riches and plunder in warmer seas. The only acoustic song in this collection, with guitars , mandolin, and accordion figures weaving in and out of the verses, and a unison chorus for all to sing. Steady boys, high in the rigging !
10. Sleeping With You.
A lullaby to finish the set. A simple repeated pattern, hypnotic and unchanging from beginning to end, with underlying, droning synths to relax and unwind you. Written when I was exhausted one day, and all I could do was endlessly repeat those three chords. What better subjects to write about than sleep and love.

The Musicians.

Two of my long time friends play most of the bass and drums on these tracks.
They are -
Drummer Mike Hough, who's played with me in Flash and various lineups since, that featured musicians from Yes, Foreigner, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Johnny Winter etc., and bass guitarist Clint Bahr, who's played and recorded with musicians from The Rolling Stones, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and many more.
Joining me on several tracks are my new musician friends from the Oregon Coast.
Doro Reeves on keyboards, Tom Beckstrom on drums, and Michael Cardell on hand drums.

Here are the credits that show who played on which tracks.

Colin Carter All Lead Vocals and Backing Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synth, Drums and Percussion . (except where noted).
Clint Bahr Bass Guitar (1,2,5), Mandolin (9), Synth (10).
Doro Reeves Piano, Organ, Accordion.
Mike Hough Drums (1,2,3,5) Cymbals (10).
Tom Beckstrom Drums (4,8).
Michael Cardell Hand drums (9).



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