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Expect Delays

by John Allee

An intimate set of piano-vocals with finely etched storytelling, a personal and poetical style, and sophisticated, emotionally resonant musicianship. Like a late night in the studio with your favorite songwriter and a bottle of whisky.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On Melrose
3:05 $0.99
2. I Fail
3:19 $0.99
3. The Right Parts Combine
2:47 $0.99
4. For People Who Are Lucky Enough
4:24 $0.99
5. All She Would Say Was I'm Cold
4:55 $0.99
6. Why Couldn't We Just Forget About Life for a While?
2:46 $0.99
7. Instant Replay
5:49 $0.99
8. When Love Comes Down
4:06 $0.99
9. Quiet Company
4:13 $0.99
10. Lucky Day Girl
3:09 $0.99
11. Sugar Pop
3:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Expect Delays" is the follow up to John (a.k.a. Johnnnye) Allee's acclaimed album "Unless It Isn’t" which was called a “stunning suite of songs” in American Songwriter magazine. Allee, who is a recipient of the ASCAP/Sammy Cahn Award for excellence in lyric writing, produced this recording in collaboration with songwriter/producer Phil Swann (Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton). Jeff Peters (The Beach Boys, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats) was the mixing and mastering engineer.

From the slow, gospel tinged “On Melrose” where our narrator finds himself contemplating the dimples in the seat where his girlfriend once sat, to the propulsive and pianistically virtuosic “I Fail,” a tale of a destructive, but inescapable love affair, the songs on this recording have a confessional, deeply-layered intensity along with a wry and playful soulfulness that percolates throughout. Ballads such as “When Love Comes Down” and “All She Would Say Was I’m Cold” have a theatrical immediacy, with “Sugar Pop” and “Why Couldn’t We Just Forget About Life for A While?” adding a bit of R&B and jazzy fun. In the lament “All She Would Say Was I’m Cold,” an untrustworthy barfly can’t quite figure out why he’s been left, and in “Instant Replay” the singer grapples with the consequences of leaving but not letting go. Things pick up in the love department with “The Right Parts Combine” and “Lucky Day Girl,” each providing a groove to match the catch, and the serene “Quiet Company” brings us in close with the feel of an old-school standard.

Recorded live at the legendary Village Recorders, "Expect Delays" is an intimate set of piano-vocals that proves to be worth the long wait since "Unless it Isn't," once again highlighting Allee’s finely tuned storytelling, personal and poetical style, and sophisticated, emotionally resonant musicianship.

John Allee is also an actor, who, in addition to a long career in the theatre, is known for playing Pasha, the Russian ballet pianist on the award winning Starz series "Flesh and Bone."

"Expect Delays"
Recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed, Mastered and Additional Recording at The Pie Studios, Pasadena, CA
Produced by John Allee and Phil Swann
Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Jeff Peters
Engineer: Gabe Burch

John Allee: Piano and Vocals

Assistant Engineer: Alan Demoss
Album Photo: Dylan Patrick
Graphics: Jeremiah McNulty Design

Special thanks to Kathleen, Mom, Dad, Phil Swann, Jeff Peters, Tina Morris, Moira Walley-Beckett, Helen Slater, Marvin Etzioni



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