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How Can There Be Another Day?

by Gerald Collier

Entertainment Weekly has said of Gerald, "filters his love-lorn tales through downcast, gritty songs that recall Neil Young at his most bummed out.".
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1. One Clear Shot
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2. Jigsaw Puzzle
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3. Sorrow
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4. Is This What You Wanted?
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5. Don't Discard Me
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6. Rocket Man
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7. Hell Has Frozen Over (On Who I Used To Be)
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8. Night Comes In
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9. Sometimes She Forgets
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10. For Taking My Baby Away
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11. Don't Go With Him
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12. I'm Not Coming Back
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Best Kissers in the World front man Gerald Collier had been through it all. His rock band moved from Arizona to Seattle, WA and soon signed to Sub Pop, spawning their 1991 self-titled debut EP. From there, the band quickly signed to MCA Records, releasing 1993's EP "Puddin'" and later that year their debut full-length, "Been There".

Following several high-profile tours, including two tours with X and two tours with Social Distortion, and recording a second full-length, "Yellow Brick Roadkill", Collier and his band found themselves without a label in 1995 and soon disbanded.

It was then Collier started his solo career, and a similar chain of events would unfold.

He recorded his debut full-length, "I Had To Laugh Like Hell" and then signed with C/Z Records, who released the record in 1996. Following critical praise and a huge buzz coming off of the Best Kissers in the World, Collier once again found himself being courted by major labels and inked a deal with Revolution Records, a label owned by Warner Bros.

For the purpose of Gerald Collier¹s new record, "How Can There Be Another Day?" coming in the summer of 2007, this is where our story unfolds.

In July of 1997, Collier and his band - William Bernhard (on guitar), J. Hollis Fleischman (on drums), and Jeff Wood (on bass) - would fly from Seattle to Forte Apache Studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts and record the self-titled full-length for Gerald Collier, and Revolutions Records would release it in March of 1998.

Entertainment Weekly said of the self-titled full-length, "...filters his love-lorn tales through downcast, gritty songs that recall Neil Young at his most bummed out..." while Magnet Magazine stated, "Collier's world-weary voice, akin to Townes Van Zandt's, is perfectly suited to the heart-wrenching jukebox confessionals contained herein".

Touring would follow and, due to lack of label support and Warner Bros. dissolving Revolution, Collier would soon find himself without a label again amidst band turmoil.

Now label-less and without a band, Collier would forge on and record 1999's "Low Tar Taste", released on Aces & Eights Records, a label he co-owned with The Supersuckers' Eddie Spaghetti and former Dwarves member Danny Bland (who was managing Collier and The Supersuckers at the time). Then he would record a full-blown country record simply entitled "Unreleased Country Record" (it never saw a proper CD release, and is only available digitally). In 2003 he would record "Breakin' Down" and release it on San Francisco-based Isota Records before giving up on music entirely, moving to Austin, TX with his wife, and getting a day job.

It seemed the end of his music career. That is, until Collier's former guitar player William Bernhard discovered demos, outtakes, and live material they had recorded together before going their separate ways.

At this point in 2006 Collier and his wife had re-located to Portland, Oregon.

Bernhard, who was also living in Portland at the time, invited Collier and his wife over for dinner, and began playing Collier these recordings. Recordings of unreleased songs such as "One Clear Shot" and "Taking My Baby Away", covers of The Rolling Stones' "Jigsaw Puzzle", Elton John's "Rocket Man", and Steve Earle's "Sometimes She Forgets".

These recordings and subsequent talks would soon find Bernhard compiling the songs, paring the collection down to twelve, getting it mastered, and designing artwork for the project.

"How Can There Be Another Day?" was born.

"It was the suggestion of the lead guitarist in the band at the time, William Bernhard," says Collier of the record's birth. "My lovely wife and I had just relocated from Austin, Texas back to the Northwest and met with Bill and his lovely wife for dinner one night at their home in Portland. He produced these tapes. I don't think either of us had heard the stuff in years. They sounded very good."

Collier continues, "Bill said we should release them, and that was it".

Listening back to these songs recorded in 1997 and 1998 with his Revolution Records-era band, Collier reminisces on the Revolution days.

"It was a good one all in all," Collier says of the experience. "I don't think they knew what to do with the record when it was done however. That coupled with the fact that Revolution was on shaky ground about three months after the record came out didn't help things".

"One day I got a call and the voice on the other end said, Œeveryone has been fired here, can you come to Los Angeles for a meeting?¹ It wasn't going to be good news when I got there, you know? I knew that. But, I'm not one of those 'I hate major labels' guys. The fact is, they paid me very well to come on board and to go away (thanks to my lawyer) and never at anytime treated me, or the band, like something the cat dragged in. A far cry from how I feel on a daily basis these days!"

The record also gets Collier thinking about the band, and how Bernhard, Fleischman, and Wood were a force to be reckoned with.

"The band was very powerful and dynamic, and listening back to these recordings proves it," Collier says without hesitation. "The solo band could be very quiet and turn a song into a shit storm at our command. The players in the band had a lot chops and didn't give a rats ass about what anyone thought about what we were doing at the time. We knew it was great music and our performances were consistent and always on the verge. Tension was important to us."

Songs such as "Don't Discard Me" and "Hell Has Frozen Over (On Who I Used To Be)" were demo recordings that were later re-recorded and put on "Gerald Collier", while cover songs such as Leonard Cohen's "Is This What You Wanted?" and Richard Thompson's "Night Comes In" were recorded as bonus material should the record take off. The record also includes full-band live cuts of "Don't Go With Him" and "I'm Not Coming Back", songs that were recorded acoustically on Collier's debut but re-worked with a full band for touring.

When asked why some of these songs didn't make the Revolution Records' full-length, or why a few were re-recorded, Collier explains, "Some just didn't get recorded in time for the release, as they were recorded after the CD had already been issued to the public. We chose what we thought would make the best CD from the songs we had at the time. Some of them were recorded after the fact for 'extra songs', just in case the CD took off and sold respectably. This was common practice back then. The label wanted to make sure that we put material down whenever we were ready to do it as a way of always having material."

When asked to discuss the recordings being put away and virtually lost, to be discovered nearly ten years later, Collier has an answer.

"How did they get lost?" he asks rhetorically. "It's easy to lose anything. Put your best intentions on a restaurant table and leave it for ten years. Chances are it will be lost. Couple that with the slovenly ways of music types and ta-da, it's lost".

Taking it one step further, Collier, when initially hearing "One Clear Shot" and "Taking My Baby Away", didn't even recall writing these songs.

"They are new songs to me. Since we never played them live or released them," he says of the two songs. "Hell, I don't even remember writing them. I love them. They are the best songs that I forgot I ever wrote. Period."

If asked why a b-sides/outtakes record now, Collier will, without hesitation, tell you that "How Can There Be Another Day?" is "the missing link. Behind everything that we were doing at the time were these experiments trying to blend Pink Floyd's soaring dynamics to folk and country music forms. This release shows in living color what we were all about. If you were a fan of our material at all, you must appreciate this offering."

Asked if he's excited about "How Can There Be Another Day?" and getting back into live music and writing songs again (Collier is currently writing material for a new studio record to be released in the spring of 2008), Collier doesn't pause for a moment when he says, "What I really get excited about these days is cashing checks, made out to me in respectable amounts, which doesn't happen nearly enough on a daily basis in my humble opinion. With this CD, all proceeds are going to charity so I will be very happy should that come to pass with more regularity."

Continuing, he says, "I've had more excitement in my lifetime than most could ever imagine. I've been signed a couple of times, toured with all the legends and contemporaries that I care about, made and lost enormous amounts of money, received affirmation of a job more than well done from peers and band members, married an absolutely stunning woman who stunts me in every category, sipped and sucked in some of the finest and foulest eateries the world has to offer."

"I'm sorry, what was the question?" he asks himself.

"Has making this record excited you about writing music and making records again?" his mind answers back.

"Oh yeah, I'm jacked up. I'm sure the future will be able to hold candle to all of that!"

Collier hasn't missed a beat. His dry, biting sense of humor is fully alive, as is his knack for turning a phrase into a cutting, memorable line, proven by the comment Collier makes when asked to recall the recording sessions these songs were made at.

"I can still taste the very powerful drugs," he says with a smile. He knows he's got you roped in, and he going to take you for a ride.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Alex Steininger at In Music We Trust ­ 503-557-9661 or alex@inmusicwetrust.com.

REVIEW FROM HARP MAGAZINE:

Gerald Collier
How Can There Be Another Day? (In Music We Trust Records)

Forgotten originals like the smoldering “One Clear Shot” and ache-and-seethe ballad “For Taking My Baby Away” are jewels in Collier’s canon, and his interpretations of Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle and the Rolling Stones are infused with the indomitable spirit we heard even in the Best Kissers’ most defeated tunes and is now reawakened. Don’t ask why; just watch Collier work. -- Randy Harward, Harp Magazine (Jul/Aug 2007).

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Kirky Hanson

CD finished jigsaw puzzle Sunday before it rained.
Sunday morning blues drifted in my living room. I'm cooking bacon and eggs in the kitchen, and I hear the rifts from the Stones, unfamilar but not, on my radio. Now the CD is all black and blue from being played in the car. Smoking lucky 7's decades apart? Why not buy it and see.
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Steve Fouts

I'm biased
I am a friend of William's and I watched Gerald do a really smokin' show at the Tractor before I bought this. Fans of Gerald Collier won't want to pass on it.
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Forrest

Bitchin'
man.... great songs! Gerald is one kick ass songwriter- love your lyrics, man...
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carol collier martin


excellent excellent excellent
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