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Tiny Sparkles

by Key Frances

psychedelic blues, funky, real songwriting, tonally beautiful, richly recorded, stratocastor driven guitar by one of the world's greatest players-
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude to the Witch
1:04 $0.99
2. Season of the Witch
4:55 $0.99
3. Bubba's Truck
5:00 $0.99
4. Chief Seattle
4:30 $0.99
5. (just another silly) Pagan Love Song
5:20 $0.99
6. Precious Time
3:45 $0.99
7. Sarah (don't forget my name)
3:28 $0.99
8. Best Intentions
5:16 $0.99
9. Holocaust Angels
4:23 $0.99
10. Scared & Lonely
4:22 $0.99
11. Shiny Silver Strings
4:46 $0.99
12. Chief Seattle (reprieve)
1:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
When Key decided to record his next album he was in the mood to explore the psychedelic twist to his music. He looked for a studio open to experimenting and taking chances.

Key found it basically in his backyard at a friend's studio out across the desert plains outside of Santa Fe NM. There is magic in this land, a spirit of the Wild West, where free expression reigns surpreme.

They went in and created a true studio album with layers of sound and intensely beautiful tonal qualities.

Coupled with Key's rich songs the final product is truly one of the best albums ever recorded. One of those albums that stands the test of time.

It is a musical treat from begining to end. It breaks all the rules allowing a journey that once you begin you will stay with it 'til the end.

" This guy has presence, tone, psychedelic blues, passion raw gut, emotion"
" ... guitar-led intensity that takes your breathe away"
" This guy eats and breathes feel, blood curdling licks, and takes no prisoners"
" This album re-writes the blues manual, tears it up and walks off with the very best elements into another stratosphere..."

-Pete Feenstra, Real Music Live Magazine, London England

"Key is a psychedelic warrior who uses his guitar to zap you into Dr. Strange-like nether dimensions of sound...his guitar works his peculiar magic...One helpful hint- PLAY IT LOUD!"

-AL Lovelock, Thristy Ear Magazine



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Pete Feenstra Real Music Live

This guy has presence, tone, psychedelic blues, passion raw gut emotion....
and weighs in like a latter day heavy duty Steve Miller who blisses out like Bob Weir, and adds a psychedelic undertow like Love's Aurther Lee. Key has teamed up like many Austin based muso's before him with the Double Trouble rhythym section. He's also added a little New Orleans courtesy of an association with producer Daniel Lanios.
Listen only to the sublime version of "Season of the Witch", on which both Dr. John and Terry Reid, via Donovan are turned inside out, and given a guitar led psychedelic intensity that takes your breath away.
This guy eats and breathes feel, blood curdling licks, and takes no prisoners along the way. On "Bubba's Truck" he soars high on his slide over an incessant funky back beat. On "Pagan Love Song", he's in Jim Morrison mode, and hey, Why not? This album rewrites the blues manual, tears it up and walks off with the very best elements into another stratosphere.
While resident in Austin, Key apparently used to play an in between set jam, sandwiched twist Chris Duarts and Ian Moore. I venture his material is way ahead of even contemporaries of their stature. This is music for the new age, if this sounds pretenious, just tune in, drop out, and feel those psychedelic blues!

Marc Truchon

Key Frances
I am amzed this guy isnt top of the charts yet blending old and new sounds to a new high A MUST OWN !!!!! as the other 3 of his

Al Lovelock/ Thirsty Ear Magazine

One helpful hint, Play It Loud!
Like Cosmic Garage, Key's previous cd, Tiny Sparkles is a sweet collection of Hendrixesque, Robin Troweristic excursions.
Key's own tunes are his strong point. Key spins fantastic tales of UFOs, evokes the aid of an old Indian warrier, and celebrates and laments the loves he has known.
There are two major standouts here: "Bubba's Truck" is
pure down to earth fun, a tongue-in-cheek portrait of a 350-pound good ol' truck drivin' boy built around a funky guitar hook. At the other end of the spectrum lies "Best Intentions" in which the singer recalls a lying girlfriend, a father who has nearly worked himself to death for some unnamed company, and his own strange life:
"My father, he had the best intentions/My father had a story to tell/My father, learned to pause on his journey/Find four leaf clovers, pitch pennies into the wishing well."
...the sound never gets boring.