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Tasting Notes for the Radiogram, Vol. 1

by Rob Carrick and Other Stellar Performers

Tasting Notes for the Radiogram Vol. 1 is a collection of songs remixed and remastered for release as a Vinyl record. The record showcases the talents of many of the Stellar Performers that I work with. Enjoy tasting the notes! Cheers Rob.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Build Me a Room! (feat. Matthew Hirst, Tom Hubble & Alistair Johnson)
3:45 $0.99
2. Sitars of the Sun (feat. Tony Hunter)
5:02 $0.99
3. Watch the People (feat. Richard McCullagh)
3:16 $0.99
4. Brubeck's Asteroid (feat. Chris Woodforde & Kendall Banfield)
5:37 $0.99
5. The Four Winds of Change (feat. Jenny McCullagh, Richard McCullagh, Alistair Johnson & Matthew Hirst)
6:56 $0.99
6. Back to the Rock (feat. Jenny McCullagh, Richard McCullagh & Matthew Hirst)
5:56 $0.99
7. Running Before the Blaze (feat. Richard McCullagh, Lloyd Simmons & Matthew Hirst)
4:07 $0.99
8. Punk '77
1:00 $0.99
9. Musical Chairs (feat. Tony Hunter & Matthew Hirst)
4:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tasting Notes for the Radiogram Vol. 1 is a collection of songs remixed and remastered for release as a Vinyl record. The record showcases the talents of many of the Stellar Performers that I work with including Matthew Hirst, Tom Hubble, Rick McCullagh, Jenny McCullagh, Kendall Banfield, Chris 'Chop' Woodforde, Alistair 'Ajay' Johnson, Tony Hunter and Lloyd Simmons.

Track 1: Build me a Room! by Rob Carrick - Feat: Tom Hubble: Lead Guitar, Matthew Hirst: Drums, Alistair Johnson: Guitar

Kendall Banfield from VICTA once remarked that musicians build ‘little worlds’ for us to explore and I think that is also true for artists, authors, actors and – builders! All we can wish for is that our favourite artists keep on building more rooms. If that idea is a bit ‘out there’ the alternative explanation is that this is a song about interior decorating.
In addition to Matt Hirst's stunning drum part, the track features Alistair (Ajay) Johnson on one of his classic guitars hooked up to a Bruce Egnater series amp (google that guy!) and Tom Hubble who delivers a lead solo that I am sure even the legendary Robert Fripp would describe as ‘out’. I added the bongos and other instrumentation. Turn up the volume and... Build Me a Room!

Track2: Sitars of the Sun by Rob Carrick - Feat: Tony Hunter: Electric Sitar

At a party in Kings Cross, Tony Hunter mentioned that he had a acquired a vintage Electric Sitar. I decided to have a crack at writing a piece to feature the instrument and the result is this track - Sitars of the Sun. Tony Hunter is a Canberra based Audio Engineer, Composer, Arranger, Audio Archivist and radio station manager. Tony says: “For the record my E Sitar is a late 60's Vincent Bell Signature Design Coral Electric Sitar made by Danelectro. Vinnie Bell was a top session guitarist, check out his work on Hooked on a Feeling if you can find the non-ooga-chucka version which features extended E Sitar soloing. They only made 50-60 Vinnie Bell models so the originals are pretty rare, Jeff Beck and Pete Townsend have one and Hendrix had a left handed one, I just found they recently reissued it but the audio grabs I heard sounded nowhere as good as the original lipstick pickups in the 60's models”.

Track 3: Watch the People by Rob Carrick - Feat: Rick McCullagh: Lead Guitar

Songwriters, artists and travelers are great people watchers, so this original song is dedicated to the art of watching the people. So take some time out, sit down, grab a drink and enjoy the string-bending lead guitar sounds of Rick McCullagh as you watch the passers-by! Cheers Rob.
PS: I used all the hand percussion I could find on this one!

Track 4: Brubeck's Asteroid by Rob Carrick - Feat: Chris Woodforde: Alto Saxophone, Kendall Banfield: Drums

In mid 2015 I had the pleasure of hosting a series of recording sessions for this original composition - my tribute to Jazz legend Dave Brubeck - 'Brubeck's Asteroid'. Sax virtuoso Chris (Chop) Woodforde has contributed one of his signature sax solos to the piece, channelling Dave Brubeck's sax player, Paul Desmond. This was hot on the heels of another fabulous recording session with Songwriter and VICTA drummer Kendall Banfield who lifts the piece into orbit with his very Brubeck-esque drum track. Dave often used unconventional time signatures and so and like the Brubeck radio hit Take 5, we start with a 5/4 pop tempo which slides into interstellar space in the second half, with Chop and Kendall weaving their blend of Sax and Drum magic, eventually landing the piece at the edge of the galaxy, on Brubeck's Asteroid - after five minutes in space (that's 3 minutes of earth time).

Track 5: The Four Winds of Change by Rob Carrick - Feat: Jenny McCullagh: Violin, Rick McCullagh: Lead Guitar, Alistair Johnson: Rythm Guitar, Matthew Hirst: Drums

I penned this piece as a vehicle to showcase Rick McCullagh and his daughter Jenny on the same record and it all started to come together with the sessions with Rick and Jen. Jenny plays violin in touring band 'I Know Leopard' and Jen’s violin solo on this track is an absolute standout and perfectly complements Rick’s soulful ‘Mick Taylor’ style lead approach. The Rhythm section is powered by Matt Hirst on Drums (love the cymbals in Rick’s solo) and Alistair Johnson’s swirling rhythm guitar can be heard weaving through the various sections. About the lyric: Tom Hubble observed that the lyric appears to be about Melbourne – then I realised, of course it is – what was I thinking! About the title: Bizarrely, we get the most spins regular Spotify spins of our original recorded works in The Netherlands, so I originally titled this track in pseudo-euro for our legions of fans in Noord-Holland. Enjoy De Foure Winden Van Verandering (The 4 Winds of Change)

Track 6: Back to the Rock by Richard McCullagh & Rob Carrick - Feat: Jenny McCullagh: Violin, Rick McCullagh: Lead Guitar, Alistair Johnson: Rythm Guitar, Matthew Hirst: Drums

In 2018 Rick McCullagh emailed me a piece he had written on guitar with a working title of 'Song looking for Lyrics'. I was wondering what the lyrics could be when several weeks later, Rick called me from Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock) to tell me he was at the viewing area, standing in the exact spot where we stood back in 1976 on our trip to the Red Centre. The ’76 road trip was one of those memorable teenage experiences – Rick and I with our acoustic guitars holding impromptu campfire sessions across the country on a bus with my parents, friends, siblings and a bunch of random fellow travellers. It was a national tour! What still sticks in my mind is the deep red colour of the rock and earth of Central Australia and the vast expanse of the Barkley Tableland (which inspired an earlier song – 'The Grasslands' – which features Matthew Hirst, Paula Punch and Stuart Ziegler). When I hung up the phone I knew I had the title – the song would be called - Back to the Rock.

Track 7: Running Before the Blaze by Rob Carrick - Feat: Rick McCullagh: Lead Guitar, Lloyd Simmons: Drums

Aussie as a bushfire in Summer, Running before the Blaze is a big song originally recorded during the Songwriter's Pie Album sessions in 2012. Walking through the streets some time later I had an idea for a different approach to the chorus. I pulled out the recordings and recorded a new vocal with the new chorus and I feel it works a lot better and that the song has finally found its feet. It was great re-mixing the track – it features a rock-steady drum track from Lloyd Simmons, a very ethereal backup vocal from Matthew Hirst as some fabulous crying guitar from Richard McCullagh. The song is about getting on the front foot in times of trouble – something I always recommend !

Track 8: Punk ' 77 - This is the only new song on the album and at just one minute in length it is the shortest song i have ever written! The Lyric is about a conversation with an ageing punk rocker - not anyone I actually know of course!

BONUS TRACK: Musical Chairs by Matthew Hirst, Tony Hunter & Rob Carrick

This is a bonus track not available on the Vinyl version of the album as I ran out of space! You can actually play a game of Musical Chairs with all the stops and starts in this 'Zappa-esque' instrumental piece. Created from the drums of Matthew Hirst the instruments weave around the Corvette Red Electric Mandolin of Multi-Instrumentalist, Audio Engineer, Composer, Arranger and Audio Archivist Tony Hunter who is based in Canberra ACT. Make sure you sit down before the music stops to stay in the game!



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