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The Tickets

by The Tickets

A slab of pure pop perfection. This album made the list as one of the "Best Power Pop Albums of All Time" in the book Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide. Singer, Bryan Shaddix sounds like Glenn Tilbrook in his prime.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Our Two Hearts
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2. Dream About Me
2:55 $0.99
3. Way Down Here
2:36 $0.99
4. Everything
4:15 $0.99
5. How The Good Things Come
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6. I Don't Belong
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7. Heartland
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8. The One That I Loved
2:34 $0.99
9. Nothing Else I Can Do
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10. Last Dance For You
2:09 $0.99
11. BONUS: She Got Away
2:34 $0.99
12. BONUS: Yesterday's Girl
2:52 $0.99
13. BONUS: Way Down Here (Alt. vocal)
2:36 $0.99
14. BONUS: I Don't Belong (Alt. vocal)
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Album Notes
Orange Pop: Tickets finally make a CD
Special to the Orange County Register

One of the most eagerly anticipated power-pop releases of the year is actually a long-lost treasure recorded more than 17 years ago."The Tickets Make a Record," a 1990 cassette-only release by Orange County's the Tickets, has been scrupulously remastered by Walter Clevenger and is finally seeing the light of day in 2006. It includes a number of bonus tracks. The Tickets featured singer-lead guitarist Bryan Shaddix, singer-rhythm guitarist Brian Martin (who replaced Donald Mabbott in 1988), drummer Marcos De La Cruz (currently a member of the popular Tijuana Dogs) and bassist Andy Winston, and were likely Orange County's most popular and talented unsigned outfit during most of the group's 1985-95 run.

"Walter gave me a call one day (in 2005) and got me interested in making a record," said Shaddix, who moved from his native Washington to Orange County in the mid-1980s to play music, but then moved to Modesto "to relax a little" in 2000.

Shaddix is thrilled with Clevenger's remix and remastering of the album. In addition to cleaning up the overall sound of the original tracks, he removed some of the dated-sounding echo and reverb that were commonly used throughout the 1980s. Clevenger also brought up the lead guitar solo in "Heartland," enhancing one of the standout songs on the disc."I think Walter got it. We didn't go overboard," Shaddix said. "It's definitely 'now,' but still has the Tickets feel to it."

The release of "The Tickets" on Brewery Records and the one-time reunion show by the band tonight isn't the end of renewed interest in the group. An alternative version of the song "Dream About Me" (slightly different than the cut included on "The Tickets") will also be featured on a companion CD that is being included with copies of John Borack's "Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide," a forthcoming published guide to the 200 most essential power-pop CDs. The book is being sold by the nation's leading power pop label, Not Lame Recordings.

This year may long be recognized as the year that provided the world long-thought-lost recordings. Just last month, the release of YMC Records' "Waylon Sings Hank Williams" showcased a dozen Hank Williams songs recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1985. And Amoeba Records announced earlier this year that the label is preparing an album of unreleased material by the late alt-country pioneer Gram Parsons (who died in 1973) for release. Power-pop fans around the globe that have worn-out copies of the Tickets' vinyl and cassette releases will be amazed by Clevenger's remixing and mastering efforts across the disc."Eric (Garten) was surprised anyone contacted him after so many years; the original sessions were in 1989," Clevenger said. "He said Brian (Shaddix) was one of the most talented guys he ever worked with. And he was excited about this getting out on CD."

Garten, who co-produced "The Tickets Make a Record" with Shaddix at his For the Record studio in Anaheim, wasn't sure if he still had the master 24-track tapes. Frequently when artists don't purchase the tapes, they are wiped clean and reused. After a week-long search, Garten phoned Clevenger with the good news that he still had the master tapes with all of the original recordings."Eric called and said 'It sounds like it was recorded yesterday,' " Clevenger recalled.

Indeed, "The Tickets" sounds like something from the digital age, with Beatles-styled harmonies layered atop ringing guitars and in-the-pocket rhythms that equal the strong songs themselves. "We went into it with the sense as if you are in the studio when we were recording the album," Shaddix said. For Clevenger, imagining that he had traveled back in time to 1989 to participate in the original recording sessions couldn't have been easier."I've listened to this album so many times, I had it committed to memory," Clevenger said. "I made it sound as good as I could."



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Michael Berick

Terrifically tuneful songs that power pop fans everywhere will delight in having
The Tickets revels in the simple joys of power pop: crisp, hooky love songs about boys and girls. This Orange Country, CA outfit of Anglophiles draws their inspiration from such British performers as Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and, naturally, the Beatles. While the music sounds quite fresh today, these tracks actually were recorded in the late ‘80s. The Tickets, a popular Southern California act from 1985-95, put out a cassette-only release The Tickets Make A Record in 1990 that forms the basis of this CD. Occasionally their influences show through a bit too readily as in the Beatles-esque Dream About Me or the Costello-like The One That Loved; however, this album sails along with an infectious energy. Frontman/songwriter Bryan Shaddix proves to be a real discovery. He pens instantly catchy tunes and delivers them with robust vocals. A fine guitarist as well, Shaddix receives support from his lively rhythm section. Marcos De La Cruz's active drumming recalls Blondie's Clem Burke while bassist Andy Winston has a bit of the Attractions' Bruce Thomas in him. The disc's buoyant pace flags only slightly on the one ballad Everything but it immediately bounces back with the wonderful rave-up How The Good Things Come, one of the Tickets' top efforts. Another notable number is Heartland, a splendid love song built around a chimey melody and enriched with classic pop harmonies. The disc augments the original release with two songs from a 1986 single. She Got Away is a little known Katrina Leskanich (from Katrina and the Waves fame) tune while the mega-poppy Yesterday's Girl features early member Donald Mabbott on vocals. The disc's final two tracks showcase Shaddix's lead vocals on tunes originally sung by rhythm guitarist Brian Martin, although Martin's vocals are perfectly fine. The Tickets found the proper person to resurrect their music in Walter Clevenger. Clevenger, who fronts his own terrific Orange County power pop group, stewarded the remastering job and even contributed some keyboards to the final product. Songs like How The Good Things Come and Our Two Hearts, for example, benefit from their latter day keyboard embellishments. Not that much embellishment was needed. The original songs are so terrifically tuneful that power pop fans everywhere will delight in having them available. Well worth the discovery.

Gary Ritchie

WOW! What a Great record...Yeah, that's the TICKET!
I can't keep this cd out of my player. Good rockin' POWER POP! It reminds me of the late 70's, early 80's stuff. Nick Lowe, Squeeze...etc. I don't know what the original cassette release sounded like, but this sounds great. Walter Clevenger did a wonderful job bringing it back to life! I LOVE IT!

Tim Hinely

Catchy pop tunes played with guts, passion and a serious love of music.
I really dig the music of Brewery Records head honcho Walter Clevenger (with his band the Dairy Kings) so hey, maybe he has good taste in the music he releases as well and judging by The Tickets……he does ! This band existed on Orange County, CA in the late 80’s/ early 90’s and were obscure at best. 12 of these songs were from an ultra-rare cassette that the band self-released in 1990 (under the name THE TICKETS MAKE A RECORD) while the other 2 songs are from a 1986 7”single. Lead guy Bryan Shaddix seems to have studied his Squeeze records (and some Beatles platters too) cos’ the guy knows his way around a cool n’ catchy melody as cuts like “Dream About Me”, “How the Good Things Come” and “Heartland” are perfect tunes for cranking up in the car on a sunny Saturday morning when all you want to do is drive ! Nothing groundbreaking here folks , just catchy pop tunes played with guts, passion and a serious love of music.

tina varela- rod's stepdaugher

love this cd
i love this cd i know some of them personally and i know my mom ernie love there music too i love any music they play