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Uncovered

by The Walrus

11 new Rock classics, featuring excellent vocal harmonies, fine acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and posthumous violin
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Abbey Road
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2. The Garden
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3. Tongue in Cheek
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4. Starcharter
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5. Second Family
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6. Steel Blue Kiss
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7. Hold Your Hand
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8. Own Person
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9. Gaia
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10. Precious Stone
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11. Guy's Song
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The five seasoned professionals who make up The Walrus have been energizing nightclubs, community festivals and private parties in the Pacific Northwest with classic rock cover tunes since the band formed nearly 11 years ago. Now they are poised to delight their growing fan base with a collection of original, "uncovered" tunes that evoke and combine the melodic harmonies of the 1960s and the psychedelic musical arrangements of the '70s with present day inspiration and modern recording techniques.

In addition, haunting strains from the violin of the late Guy Mulford, who played at the Walrus' first public gig in 1996, are heard on "Guy's Song," a tribute to the beloved musician who died on Jan. 1, 2001. Mulford's posthumous fiddling is also a tribute to the high-tech recording equipment and talent at Bayside Recording in Bellingham, where the album was produced and recorded over the last two years.

Each of the 11 songs is so different that the debut album defies categorization in a single musical genre and sounds like a "Walrus Greatest Hits" collection. The songs range from "The Garden," inspired by the 1992 New Age novel, "Ishmael," and employing Crosby Stills Nash & Young-style harmonies to the deliciously vampy "Tongue in Cheek" to the psychedelic-sounding "Gaia."

The CD is rich with classic rock, pop and folk vocal arrangements; ballads about friends who are like a "Second Family" and about empowerment; screaming electric, acoustic and pedal-steel guitar licks; and love songs about absent as well as cheating lovers. The synergy of original themes and lyrics combined with Sgt. Pepper-inspired rock song melodies points to the versatility and experience of Bellingham's rockin' sea mammals.

Two songs on the album are directly inspired by the Beatles, the Walrus' favorite band to cover. Young's "Abbey Road" describes the ups and downs of rock music stardom, and "Hold Your Hand" is a 96-second dance number with harmonies as crisp as The Beatles' No. 1 hit, "All My Loving" (and reminiscent of a number of early Beatles songs including, of course, "I Want to Hold Your Hand").

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Some two years in the making, the debut CD from The Walrus is finally out, and i
"Uncovered,"The Walrus, recorded and produced at Bayside Recording (2006)


by Roger Mills



Some two years in the making, the debut CD from The Walrus is finally out, and it was well worth the wait! Bellingham's popular Beatles cover band has released "Uncovered," a collection of eleven original pop-rock tunes guaranteed to delight their long list of faithful fans. Joe, Chuck, Jamie, Walt and Michael are talented musicians, the songwriting is solid, and the recording is clear and crisp. Clean, in-tune harmonies combine here with catchy melodies, a solid rhythmic base, and some tasteful lead work to produce a collection of tunes with a "familiar" feel. The professional sound of this CD is a tribute to the production and mixing talents at Bayside Recording here in Bellingham.



Lead guitarist and vocalist Joe Young has competently written seven of the eleven tunes on the CD. My favorites of his efforts are: The Garden, with its timeless lyric, good harmonies, and the big full sound of a 12-string underneath; the haunting Steel Blue Kiss, the story of love gone awry; and Guy's Song, a touching tribute to original Walrus member Guy Mulford who died much too young in 2001. The fiddle playing on Guy's Song is digitally re-claimed work by Mulford himself. Quite clever!



Rhythm guitarist and vocalist Chuck Dingee has only written two of the songs on the CD, but they are among the strongest. Chuck's melodic choices and chord progressions are less formulaic than most on the CD, but still lead the listener safely "home."This proficiency continues in the depth of his lyric, his crystal voice, and smooth delivery. Great job, Chuck! Add to that the well-placed and well-sung harmonies, great lead guitar work (including tasty pedal steel work on Starcharter) and solid bass and rhythm work and you have the complete package. The whole band really shines here, on Gaia and Starcharter both, showing us just how talented they really are.



Singer and keyboard player Jamie Shea rounds out the songwriting contributions with two songs, the vampish Tongue In Cheek and Own Person, showing the tremendous versatility of these "fab five." Like her band-mates, Jamie's ability to harmonize so well adds a great strength to The Walrus sound. Walt Burkett on bass guitar and vocals and Michael O'Neal on drums and vocals complete the list of Walrus players.



It can't be easy to go from being one of the most popular cover bands in the area to the release of a CD of all original tunes. It takes guts and talent to pull it off, this emotional exposing of one's self, especially when The Walrus could well just rest on the laurels of their success covering the rock and roll we all know and love. Thanks for taking the risk! It has paid off!



Roger Mills is a local performance coach, helping with all aspects of artistic presentation.
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Mike Sanders

Fun and easy to listen to, this CD is GREAT!
The only song I liked was Second Family, all the rest of them I LOVED!!!! Please don't ask me to pick a favorite, I just can't, they're all GREAT!!!!
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Steve McGowan

You should be very proud of this CD, it really is top quality work.
I got the CD on Monday... Unbelievable!!! I am really having fun listening to it. The band is awesome. Whoever did the mixing and/or mastering did a great job. The vocals are impeccable and the bass sound is fantastic. I love what you did with Gaia, it literally sent shivers down my spine when I heard it (and I mean that in a good way!) Tell the lead guitarist he is the king of tone and taste. I love the song for Guy, how did you get the post humous violin? My favorite though is "Hold Your Hand" I can't get that song out of my head. I've probably listened to it 50 times (and I'm studying for finals!)

You should be very proud of this CD, it really is top quality work.
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Bellingham Herald

The CD sounds great, and the band is as engaging on record as it is in person.
The band is as solid a cover band as you’ll find, particularly when performing songs by The Beatles, The Byrds and their harmony-infatuated ilk.

“Uncovered” takes an unusual approach in that the songs are all originals, yet they gracefully acknowledge their obvious influences. Singer/guitarist Joseph Michael Young, who wrote seven of the 11 songs, has a way with soaring harmonies and clever lyrical phrasing, best evidenced by the opener “Abbey Road.”

The CD sounds great, thanks to Chip Westerfield of Bayside Studios, and the band is as engaging on record as it is in person.
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