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Buried Treasure

by Mendelson Joe

A compilation disc of Mendelson Joe's early blues from the 1980's. All these songs were recorded live (literally) with either The Group Du Jour or The Shuffle Demons. Only the song ALIEN was an exception. Repairs and vocals have been added in some.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alien
3:30 $0.99
2. Friendopause
3:00 $0.99
3. Cold Old
4:29 $0.99
4. They Will Take Your Pants
2:49 $0.99
5. Addicted
4:17 $0.99
6. Threading the Needle
3:58 $0.99
7. Lick and Sniff
3:37 $0.99
8. Going Through the Motions
4:08 $0.99
9. Air Canada Can
7:10 $0.99
10. Cockroach
7:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
This almagamation of previously released recordings from the 1980's were recorded live with either The Group du Jour or The Shuffle Demons. Only the song ALIEN was an exception. Amongst the plethora of players and vocalists M. Joe refers to as THE NOTABLES are: Lauri Conger, Jody Golick, David Hayes, Scott Irvine, Colin Linden, Ben Mink, Bruce A. Moffet, Mike Murley, Dave Parker, Janice Power, Gwen Swick, Richard Underhill, Jim Vivian and Stitch Wynston.

Born Birrell Josef Mendelson on July 30th, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Joe taught himself to play his sister’s Gibson guitar at age eleven. His musical idols were Little Richard, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In 1964, at age nineteen, Joe Mendelson became a professional singer-songwriter-musician. His debut was at The Depression coffee-house in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Four years later, he formed a bluesy rock band with Toronto guitarist Michael McKenna. They made five albums under the banner Mainline. In 1972, Joe recorded his first of many solo albums. Mr. Middle of the Road (on GRT label) was very much a solo effort, in that he played all the instruments, sang, and wrote the songs.

1975 marked the beginning of Joe’s career as a painter. He recorded two more albums, Sophisto, and a reunion LP with Mike McKenna entitled No Substitute. He also became Mendelson Joe.

From 1979 to 1981, Mendelson recorded three more albums for the Stompin' Tom-owned Canadian label Boot Records – Not Homogenized, Jack Frost, and the controversial Let’s Party. In 1984 Stony Plain Records released Some of the Best of Mendelson Joe – The Name of the Game Ain’t Schmaltz. Several of Joe’s songs have been covered by the likes of guitar-genius Amos Garrett, crooner Noel Harrison, and the characters of Sesame Street.

By 1988, Mr. Joe was becoming very skilled at producing his own records. When singer Geddy Lee of Rush heard Joe’s latest master tape, Lee encouraged his label, Anthem, to release Born To Cuddle. In 1991, Anthem released the hard edged bluesy Addicted LP, along with the support video Passion.

Boutique label Pacemaker released Mendelson Joe’s Everyone Needs A Pimp CD in June 2007. Joe’s work reflects his passions and convictions as reflected in the albums Live at Sixty-Five (2009), Spoiled Bratland (2010) and Women Are The Only Hope (2012), Canuckian (2012), Humans (2013), Art Is The Healer (2013), and now Buried Treasure (2014).

Mendelson Joe is a Canadian icon. And, like his musical recordings, his paintings are internationally recognized as exceptional examples of original uncompromising art.

Production Credits for Buried Treasure:
Produced by M. Joe and Colin Linden at Inception Sound, Toronto
Produced by Colin Linden with M. Joe at Grant Avenue, Hamilton (Alien, Cold Old, Lick and Sniff)
Engineered by Danny Greenspoon at Inception
Engineered by Bob Doidge at Grant Avenue (Alien, Cold Old, Lick and Sniff)
Mixed by John Whynot, Colin Linden & M. Joe at Grant Avenue (Alien, Cold Old, Lick and Sniff)
Engineered by Brock Fricker at Brock Sound, Toronto (Alien)
Resequence of all titles by Brock Fricker at Brock Sound
Photo by M. Joe. Photo processed by Belinda Moretto.
Graphics by Big Print, Huntsville

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