Dave Slinger | Beat the Odds

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Beat the Odds

by Dave Slinger

RAW Lo-Fi rock songs www.SlingerMusic.com
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take Me Away
4:20 $0.99
2. On the Other Side
3:09 $0.99
3. Rock a Bye Baby
4:27 $0.99
4. Always Ready for Love
2:44 $0.99
5. There Ain't Another Woman (Quite Like You)
3:43 $0.99
6. Shake 'em Down
2:57 $0.99
7. Boy and the Tiger
2:23 $0.99
8. It's Alright, It's Okay
3:33 $0.99
9. Hard Lovin' You
3:25 $0.99
10. Stop Gunnin' Me Down
5:56 $0.99
11. Letting Go
4:05 $0.99
12. You're in Danger
3:33 $0.99
13. Beat the Odds
4:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
You gotta go with the "FEEL" man (it's your heart and soul) if it "feels" good it's right- Jeff Dostis 2013

Before this project materialized, a question was posed- would you rather see the songs released in chronological order, oldest to newest or piece a concept collection together? Unanimous voting said- conceptual collection! However, after putting the song list together, it turns out they are also in a somewhat chronological order. Early songs to the later songs- weird...

So we've been pouring through over two and a half albums worth of raw, SLINGER demo material and the decision was made to release 13 songs from the collection as a "concept" (watch for the story line and videos). However, in researching the word "concept collection" after the fact, we noticed there is heated debate on the internet- whether a collection of "love" songs on an album or CD is considered a "concept." Beat the Odds is not entirely all "love" songs though. The songs and story line in the head of SLINGER will be revealed later and you can decide that issue...

The song material of SLINGER ranges from the early years- Rock N Roll, then some Pop songs, moving to Rock, progressing to Hard Rock and in the writer's opinion, rolling back to Rock again. There are some weird "flukes" and off shoot songs in the collection also. Seems like growing a sound style with a twist here and there down different roads.
Unfortunately when SLINGER was learning music growing up, most friends were playing Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and other great guitar heroes, lick for lick. However; physical and mental limitations left SLINGER unable to do so. As it turns out, SLINGER found a "work-a-round" by just writing and creating, his own personal and private songs that worked within these limitations. Never to perform in a top 40 band or play requests, this "work-a-round" may have helped create the sound that became SLINGER.

The songs chosen for the "Beat The Odds" line up are:

1) Take Me Away- An early song written in the 70's. Turns out it's an out of left field "folk/Americana" kind of song for some reason and this avenue was never walked down again. So far voted as the most requested from the collection. SLINGER recently dedicated this song, in memory of Ms Elizabeth Cotton. More on this later....

2) On The Other Side- A mid-term rock song that has a political edge to it and some strange special effects. The lead guitar was missing from the "lost" material and there is debate about dubbing in the part or releasing as-is.
(There was previously a Pop song in this next spot after On The Other Side called Katrina that was pulled at the last minute when a "lost" song called Letting Go was discovered in the tapes (Letting Go was moved further back in the line up though, for the completion of the "concept").

3) Rock A Bye Baby- Some 20 years ago or so, this song was released as an EP picture "disc" record by a specialty "indie" label. The EP was not round like a regular vynil record, it was square! There were also cartoon character pictures of SLINGER with the instruments and one of the SLINGER "Cat" logo on them. Not sure who has the entire collection of all six (rare records) but the artwork is still available and a very few number of the records (maybe about 10) will be released from the collection. This older song was in the vein of Rock N Roll.

4) Always Ready For Love- Another Rock N Roll song from the early Rock N Roll years. Samples were recently released to see if there was an interest in pursuing this project. The "go for it" reactions were positive. The ew material was drifting away from Rock N Roll and it never really looked back. ReverbNation favored this one

5) There Ain't Another Woman (Quite Like You)- This "midterm" song is the original from SLINGER. It's a drift into the Hard Rock realm (a jump from the Rock N Roll material). We found another version of this song with SLINGER axe man- Clancy playing lead guitar. That version has a more subdued feel to it but Clancy definitely added some creative chops to it. We personally like the original SLINGER version for nostalgia but both will be released and you can decide which you like better.

6) Shake 'Em Down- Again another Hard Rock song from about the middle of the collection period, a personal favorite. We're going to have try and find some documents that place a date on the material as best we can. Song is the first release from the collection and uploaded as a test. Currently available for listen on Jango.com or SoundClould.com. Download it on iTunes and other download sites soon. ReverbNation favored this one.

7) Boy And The Tiger- A left fielder song and a short instrumental Rock song to boot. Keyboards were being dabbled with at the time and this is one that reflects that assimilation and learning process. This one won a Honorable mention in the SongDoor intrumental catagoy recently.
The next few songs we feel SLINGER starts hitting the stride and formulating a "sound" and feel-

8) It's Alright, It's OK- Kind of an arena song that's easy to sing along to, in the Rock/Country vein. SLINGER does the vocals in the original but can hear a first verse- female vocalist, second verse male vocalist with both trading choruses (type of song). Kind of a Rolling Stones feel they say.

9) It's Hard Lovin' You- This is a spin off Rock/Bluesy version of a song. It's so hard like the title says, it makes you sweat listening to it, this song has a push/pull to it like an old locomotive pulling a heavy load. Being in love is definately harder than it needs to be in some relationships.

10) Stop Gunnin' Me Down- Sort of Bluesy/Rock groove feel again, updated with a bongo and conga track by hired guns. Will be a fun song to play live if there is enough interest for a tour (more on this later). You can hear the keyboard tracks becoming more confident and aggressive as they step it up.
By the way- special thanks to percussion "guns" Brian Russick bongos/shaker and Bill Hartel congas/tambourine on this song (the "hired guns").

11) Letting Go- This song was lost and forgotten when it was discovered by accident. Heavy on the keys again, this one would probably be a Rock/Pop song from the mid-years? The addition of it to the project wound up pushing the pop song Katrina off the initial line up. Eventually she'll be back though.

12) You're In Danger- Left field song again in the Rock/Pop vein? Unknown hired gun brought in to play saxophone on this strangely, strangely perverted song out of nowhere. SLINGER was pushing the envelope here.

13) Beat The Odds- (mature audiences) The album collection title song comes from the heart and soul of SLINGER. One of the more personal songs and true to form proves that- SLINGER is still trying to Beat The Odds.

Songs currently spinning on Lehigh University WLVR
April 24, 2014 Feature in Nuefutur internet magazine
U-Tube video for the song Take Me Away, just posted

Much more to come...
Enjoy the ride

PS- The HYBRIDs are coming...
Watch for them soon!!!



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