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10 Cents Above A Beggar - Mark Gresty's Pappadom Songs

by Mark Gresty

First album from an experienced musician/song-writer is sophisticated pop for discerning listeners with a musical mixture of jazz, blues, Latin, folk and pop music and lyrics of an ironic, allusive nature on themes of maturity and worldly experience.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Every Night
3:41 $0.99
2. Romantic Warrior
3:16 $0.99
3. The Only One
3:26 $0.99
4. Big Prize
5:44 $0.99
5. But I'll Miss You More
4:19 $0.99
6. If You Want To Stay
5:53 $0.99
7. The Silent Gap
4:23 $0.99
8. Palm Trees
5:22 $0.99
9. Blues For Billy Strayhorn
5:56 $0.99
10. Moments In A Life
4:01 $0.99
11. Every Shade Of Blue
5:20 $0.99
12. Under The Mushroom
5:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
All songs: Mark Gresty

Recorded: Shakthi Studios, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Engineer: Mahima Sooriyaarachchi
Mixed: Mahima Sooriyaarachchi & Isuru Kumarasinghe

Musicians: Guitars, bass, all vox (except where stated): Mark Gresty
Drums: Harshan Gallage
Guitar solos etc (tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10): Priyan Sandakelum
Guitar solos etc (tracks 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 12): Sarani Perera
Keyboards (tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11): Eshanta Joseph Peiris
Alto sax (track 1) Vishva Paranayapa. Saxes arranged: Vishva and me
Backing vox (track 9): Isuru Kumarasinghe & Indrachapa Liyange
Backing vox (track 12) Mr Worst-Case Scenario (Chamath Mendis) & The Sex God (Senadhi Guruge)

Guitar techery: Billy Fernando

Thanks for help along the way: the guitar kings of Muscat: Damian D’Souza
Robert D’Souza (no relation), K. Shankar, Khaled Al Rahbi.
Also Abdulwadud Alk Dawoodi, Akhbar Al Balushi.

For history: Charlie McLenehan, Rick Durant, John Ellis, Dave Cook.

For services to humanity: Mahima Sooriyaarachchi (for making me sound almost like a singer)

For making this possible: the great Colombo musicians:
Harshan, Priyan, Sarani, Eshanta, Vishva without all of whom etc etc.
Isuru Kumarasinghe for unspecified but invaluable advice/help during recording.

Guitars: Ibanez Artcore AF 105 (me and Priyan)
Musicman Stingray (me)
Fender Stratocaster (Sarani)

Photography:Mazin Al Maimani– portraits of me
Rashad Al Jamoudi – pot
Me: poppadums and musicians
Chamath Mendis: musicans

Sleeve design: Me and Aarif Al Belushi.

Thanks also to John & Sara B for my first gig as a born-again artiste & insightful criticism, proving that intelligent audiences are not a figment of my imagination.

This CD is dedicated to Chamath for your love, support, belief in my lunacy, hard work and being the grit that irritated me into producing this. Without you this cd would never have happened.

Dedicated also to Tony and Brian Herriott and family. My life would have been very different without your help all those years ago.

The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Marcha Recordings (P). Marcha Recordings 2010. © Marcha Recordings 2010.



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Terrific debut Adult Contemporary CD
Musical artist, Mark Gresty, releases his terrific debut Adult Contemporary CD, “10 Cents Above A Beggar-Mark Gresty’s Pappadom Songs.” Gresty has taken his talents and has comprised an album that has many musical styles such as Jazz, Blues, Latin, Folk, and Pop. The song, “The Only One,” grooves with a smooth flowing rhythm as the vocals sweetly sing the charming lyrics. Take a trip to a tropical paradise as you hear the song, “Palm Trees.” This song has a Latin appeal as the syncopated beats cascade around the soft vocals. Get a soulful taste of the Blues when you listen to the song, “Blues For Billy Strayhorn.” It moves with a toe tapping beat that glides around the strong vocals. If you like an album that has an enticing blend of musical styles, then you will like the great CD, “10 Cents Above A Beggar-Mark Gresty’s Pappadom Songs.”