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Lost and Found

by Warren Bloom

This is a collection of recordings from the seventies, eighties and nineties. None of these versions have been made available before.The songs are romantic pop rock.
Genre: Rock: American Trad Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bonfire, Pt. 1
3:01 $0.99
2. Bonfire, Pt. 2
4:42 $0.99
3. Jamaican Way
4:28 $0.99
4. Just About a Fool
5:08 $0.99
5. Anita
5:34 $0.99
6. Chin Up
3:57 $0.99
7. Retriever
3:18 $0.99
8. Overboard
2:56 $0.99
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9. Natural Sinner
3:05 $0.99
10. Kimberly
2:42 $0.99
11. You Really Caught My Eye
2:54 $0.99
12. Check It Out
3:01 $0.99
13. If Ever
1:56 $0.99
14. All the Way to My Heart
4:13 $0.99
15. Anita (Home Tape)
4:33 $0.99
16. Just About a Fool (Home Tape)
4:55 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Lost and Found

When you get to a certain age, you try more than ever to organize your “STUFF,” as George Carlin once famously said.

Well, my stuff was housed in about six large plastic boxes that were in the basement storage room of my apartment building. The boxes were full of letters, yearbooks, pictures and all kinds of memorabilia of my career as a musician. My goal was to attempt to tidy up the situation! At the very least, I wanted to organize the pictures. When I went through the boxes, I found at the bottom of each one, dozens and dozens of cassettes. You remember cassettes. Well, I put about a hundred cassettes in a pile, and decided to listen.

What I heard shocked me. Many of my best songs, performances and recordings had been forgotten because I had chosen to release different versions. Some were never released at all. I decided to perform a rescue mission of my lost tapes and to preserve them. In hindsight, these versions are superior to the tunes that have already been released on some of my CD’s.

So, here is a little rundown of the artifacts that were recovered and the order that you will hear them on Lost and Found Cassettes:

Bon Fire (Part I) was recorded at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia in 1975. When I moved to New York City in 1977, I played it for a young singer named Pat Benatar. We were both performing at the comedy club Catch a Rising Star. Although almost all the acts were stand-up comedy, a few singers performed between acts. She loved the song and asked if I would mind if she changed the lyrics to the first person. I said sure. It was her first rock song. She performed the song many times and opened with it when she auditioned for Crysalis Records at Tramps. The rest is history.

Bonfire (Part II) was recorded at Unique Studio in New York City. It features jazz great Mark Sherman on piano. At the time, I hated my whispering performance. Now, a quarter of a century later, I love it. It’s dramatic and emotional. Bon Fire is essentially a song about trust. Listen to the last minute.

I recorded Jamaican Way and Just About a Fool with the great guitarist and arranger Jim Satten (Bo Didley, Ron Wood. the Temptations) at his home studio in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan in the late nineties. Jim’s guitar work on Just about a Fool is masterful. I had only one measly cassette of that session. I uncovered a jewel.

Anita starts with a live performance at the Main Point in Philadelphia in 1974. Chin Up was recorded the same year at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. It featured Dr. Gibbs (Grover Washington, Whitney Houston) on bongos. Craig Snyder who played the famous guitar lick on Lou Rawls’ Another Love Like Mine played guitar.

Chin Up is one of my most popular tunes. I was amazed when I listened to the only surviving cassette of the song without vocal harmony. I didn’t know that I had a recording like that. I like this version much better than the one I had released years later which I had always thought was too sweet. This version was like having a cup of coffee with one sugar instead of three.

Retriever is a live recording from 1972. There was something about this original recording that captures the emotion of the song. Although I subsequently changed the lyrics, I like the original ones better.

Overboard is a recording that I outright rejected back in 1980 because I thought it was silly. The drummer, Michael Hinton, was gracious enough to jam with me at Unique Studio at Times Square. Michael had just recently won an Oscar for his work on the soundtrack of Apocalypse Now with Airto. I was honored to play with him. When I heard the session recently, I recalled something I had heard from the great actor Burt Lancaster on a TV interview. “Don’t be afraid to make a fool out of yourself; it’s the secret of show business.” Well, there’s no doubt I made a fool out of myself on this one and it’s embarrassing. So it must be good!

Natural Sinner is the only song on Lost and Found that I didn’t write. The original by Andy Fairweather Lowe was a hit in England in 1970. So in 1971, my good friend Steve Apple acquired the rights to record and promote a new version in America. That’s how things were done back then. I was the lead singer for the Philadelphia band Lobotomy, later known as the Facedancers on Paramount Records. And Steve knew I was the only guy in the city who could hit the high notes! The song was recorded at Sigma Sound in 1971 and was produced by Daryl Hall. John Oates played base and Daryl is on mandolin. The song came out on Jami Records in 1971. Subsequently, identical covers were done by Lloyd Price (Personality) and somebody by the name of Elton John. The last few seconds of my version made Daryl and everyone else in the studio laugh heartily.

Kimberly is a song I wrote about a pretty lady in Yonkers in 1985. I had a crush on her, but as you will hear from the song, she didn’t care at all about me. The tune has never been released before. I played it solo. One line of the lyric always sticks in my mind. “It doesn’t matter to me if you care who I am. If the sky opened up and God came out, you wouldn’t understand.” Somebody, please, get the song to Kim Kardashian and we’ll split the profits. Cool tune. Cool harmonies.

You really Caught My Eye is a better version of the song I already released. I can’t understand why I re-recorded it. “Got to get away to find you”…good melody, good beat, rock and roll!

Check it Out was recorded in 1983. Back then, everyone was saying the phrase, Check it out! So, check it out.

When I heard the cassette of If Ever, I didn’t know what it was. For a second, I thought it was a recording of a Buddy Holly song. I really made my day when I realized it was me. I had completely forgotten about this one.

All the Way to My Heart recorded in 1982, has a Spanish beat and some nice falsettos.

Anita is a home tape recording that I did with my friend Chris Semal in 1985. It’s your basic three chord song.

Just About a Fool is the last tune on Lost and Found. I recorded it with the great Blues guitarist Chris Carter who also sang background. As the credits roll, I hope you enjoy my harmonica solo.

None of these recordings have ever been heard before. Without the very skillful engineering of John Lamb, this project could not have been completed. Together we polished up the old cassettes as best we could.

- Warren Bloom, 2017


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