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Save The Day

by Ira Marlowe

Imaginative, lyrically vivid folk/pop songs for smarter people: Leonard Cohen drinks Chivas with R.E.M., remembering little the next day.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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1. Save The Day
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2. Arielle
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3. House
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4. Living WIth Robots
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5. Ship In A Bottle
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6. Mission Gothic
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7. Claims to Power
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8. Crazier Than You
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9. Frankenstein the Matchmaker
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10. Look For Me
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11. Troublesome Sky
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12. Do the Monster
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
San Francisco folk/pop songwriter IRA MARLOWE has strolled with his guitar between the tables of a HOWARD JOHNSON'S.

He's performed at a CIRCUMCISION.

He's been courted by a BIG-TIME LOS ANGELES MANAGER who operated from the back of a wholesale bedding outlet.

In between occasional tastes of GLORY--performances at the FILLMORE, SLIM'S, GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, numerous songwriting awards--Marlowe has endured all that a life on the fringes of the music business can offer. After fifteen years, five smarmy managers and three failed record deals, you'd think he'd have the good sense to quit.

Finally things are looking up! He just won the "Songs Inspired By Literature" Contest (www.siblproject.org) and will be featured on a benefit CD alongside Tom Waits, David Bowie, Roseanne Cash, Steve Earle and other people more famous than him. CD slated for March 2003 release.

And now he's just released his best work ever. "SAVE THE DAY" is about fear, but also about faith. It's a colorful parade of ghosts, gurus, posers, vampires, neurotics, robots, saviors and drunks. Most of all it's a CD about the struggle to find humor and balance in an increasingly maddening and out-of-balance world. The CD has gotten rave reviews from such diverse music sites as CDBaby, www.starpolish.com, and www.babysue.com.

Shuttled from town to town while growing up with his anthropologist parents, Marlowe listened to everything from Gershwin to Bowie to Western Swing to West Side Story. At age 13 he sold enough greeting cards, door-to-door, to earn himself a "Folktune Wood Guitar", and at 19 he began to write songs. In the years since, he's developed a literate, narrative style often described as "cinematic"-drawing comparisons to Elvis Costello, Warren Zevon, Robyn Hitchcock, and Leonard Cohen.

Marlowe is currently developing a comic one-man-show, "How to Write a Song". The show, set to open in April 2003, employs monologues and interactive video to tell the comic/poignant story of his misadventures in pusuit of fame and (more significantly) approval. It features nine songs, dating from the Eighties to the present, including the drunken ballad "Ship In A Bottle", which appears on SAVE THE DAY.

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Brad

Ira is a musician for all seasons.
Ira is a musicain for all seasons. No matter if it is a song
to make you laugh,cry,think or relax, Ira can write it. He already has. "Save the Day"is part of his large collection of songs that make me keep coming back to hear more. I have most of his material he has written, it is always different,
dynamic and original. I can't say enough, except hear him!
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CD Baby


With vocals that can't decide whether to be driving at hope or resigned to dejection coupled with a warm and resonant mix of Folk and Pop styles that flitter between Jazz-touched and Americana-touched sonicism, you might detect simiarlities from R.E.M. to Sting to James Taylor but the singular voice of Marlowe penetrates with well-blended subtleties, making for an altogether curiously charming album, both openly vulnerable yet proudly self-contained. Listen after listen, it continues to grow on you.
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Ken Cowan

Ira is an incredible writer, and frankly, a pretty good musician.
This is yet another wonderful release by Ira Marlowe...I rate this up there with Days Between Stations (One of his older, but ultimately fantastic releases). I look forward to hearing more.
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Tamara Turner, CD Baby Music Editor/Reviewer


With vocals that can't decide whether to be driving at hope or resigned to dejection coupled with a warm and resonant mix of Folk and Pop styles that flitter between Jazz-touched and Americana-touched sonicism, you might detect simiarlities from R.E.M. to Sting to James Taylor but the singular voice of Marlowe penetrates with well-blended subtleties, making for an altogether curiously charming album, both openly vulnerable yet proudly self-contained. Listen after listen, it continues to grow on you.
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ADULT MUSIC PRESS

Brilliant unknown songwriter--smart, funny, moving, memorable
It's very rare to hear a CD which is both immediately accessible (i.e. catchy) and yet has a depth and complexity which makes is sound better and better with each subsequent listen. Marlowe's voice is vaguely reminiscent of Michael Stipe or Sting in tonal quality, but there is a very distinct personality which comes through his phrasing and ennunciation, the sound of someone facing the hardships of life with wry, self-depricating humor. Great lyrics, melodies, arrangements. In a perfect world, this is a platinum record.
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