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Bootlegged 1992

by Whiskey Blu

Whiskey Blu was Arizona's premier all-female rock band in the early 90s. This is the official bootleg compilation of all their recordings.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take You Down
3:37 $0.99
2. Baby Song
3:48 $0.99
3. Burnin' Both Ends
3:44 $0.99
4. Don't Look Back
3:45 $0.99
5. Color Me Blu
3:12 $0.99
6. Since You've Been Gone
3:53 $0.99
7. Fantasy
6:02 $0.99
8. Desert Storm
4:06 $0.99
9. Come Back
3:35 $0.99
10. Last Words
3:53 $0.99
11. The Mosh Song (Live)
2:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Whiskey Blu was Arizona's premier all-female rock band from the early 90's to 2011. The girls burst onto the local music scene in early 1991 and within just 3 months won the prestigious Arizona Backstage Pass Entertainer's Award for Best Rock Band in Phoenix, whose nominees included such local legends as Flotsam and Jetsam and Sacred Reich. Back in those days, female musicians were a rarity, and all-female rock bands were almost nonexistent. The girls quickly became local headlining favorites, having gotten management and a dedicated road crew, and their packed shows were routinely attended by members and/or management of such world famous bands as Aerosmith, Alice In Chains, Vixen, Motley Crue, London, Cinderella, and Metallica. At that point in time, they had the honor of being personally requested by Bill Gazzarri himself to play his club on the Sunset Strip, not just once but twice. They also were requested to play the Southern California Music Expo in Long Beach arena, where they were interviewed by local LA cable show "Ladies Rockers Live," who also filmed a commercial with the band. Playing clubs 5 days a week, they garnered a huge loyal local following, and fan clubs began to spring up around the US and Europe. They played an energetic set of originals mixed in with hard rockin' covers of Pat Benetar, Dio, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Metallica, and Aerosmith. They were often featured in local music magazines and newspapers, such as Where It's Hot, New Times, Arizona Republic, and Fastlane magazine. It all culminated in signing a record contract with an LA record company on local rock radio station KUPD, who did an in-station interview special with the girls and their management. Armed with their new contract and several endorsement deals, they went to LA and played their infamous San Diego Naval Base show on the 4th of July at the request of the base commander, sponsored by Miller Lite, to over 2,000 sailors from all over the world. After the show, the girls signed autographs for wowed fans. The next day, they played their record company showcase at Gazzarri's to a SRO crowd. Unfortunately, due to immediate problems with their record company A&R rep, they returned to Arizona and broke up shortly after splitting with their management.

In late 2007, the girls were approached by a local promoter to reunite for a 1-off show in the summer of 2008. Billed as Arizona Rock Allstars, the show would benefit several local animal charities and they would be headlining along with 4 other reunited local rock band favorites (Kaiser, Icon, Surgical Steel, and Rip 'N Tear). The show was a massive success, and the girls ripped through a blazing set of original favorites and covers to over 900 fans. After this show, they agreed to play several high profile local shows, both headlining and opening as direct support for bands such as Lynch Mob.

The girls in Whiskey Blu set the bar for not just all-female acts, but rock bands all over Arizona, that has rarely been duplicated. They still enjoy a tremendous fan following, not just locally, but worldwide. During their brief 2 years together, they opened up for many national acts (Cheap Trick, Helloween, Spiders & Snakes, Nitro, etc.), played the Long Beach Coliseum at the Southern California Music Expo, and at the time of their breakup were in negotiations to appear on the Tonight Show, the Arsenio Hall Show, a nationwide tour, and had received airplay for their song "Desert Storm," written in honor of our troops fighting in the Gulf War.

Whiskey Blu was: Barb "Thee Animal" (drums); Wendy Rae (lead singer, lyrics); Nancy S. (lead guitar); Marie M. (rhythm guitar); and Chris P. (bass). At the time of joining Whiskey Blu, only Nancy had any live stage performance and studio experience. The other girls had little to no band and/or studio experience. Drummer Barb, in fact, had a year or less of any practical drumming experience.

These 10 studio recorded songs represent their true live sound. All 10 songs were recorded at various local studios, who would give the girls a half hour to an hour at most of free studio time in return for promoting the studio during their live shows or in their fan club newsletters. To this end, the girls had no choice but to be set up all in 1 room, record the song of choice in 1 take, with absolutely no overdubs of any kind and no doubling of any tracks except for vocals. Essentially, these were live recordings done in 1 take. None of the songs were ever mixed, as they were hastily given a copy to be duplicated onto cassette tapes, which were handed out free at select shows and given away to fan club members. None of the studio DAT tapes survived. In late summer of 2017, drummer Barb "Thee Animal" gathered all cassette sources of the songs and with the invaluable help and expertise of friend and fellow drummer, Dave Marshall, set about trying to use every available new technology to bring the songs into the 21st century. It was a longshot to even be able to have them acceptable for digital sale, due to the age of the cassettes and the horrific quality of the original recordings. Due to no original tapes existing, remixing individual tracks was impossible. Remastering was accomplished using new software applications, although nothing could be done track-wise to fix the original issues of all the songs - drums being buried in the mix, bass drums not being properly mic'd, bass guitars buried or overwhelming, and the same with lead vocals. These songs are presented essentially as live studio recordings, the girls recorded in 1 room all together, with no overdubs, no mistakes correctable, and no doubling of any tracks except lead vocals. The "Mosh Song" was added as a bonus track (original video on Youtube) and was taken directly from the lone surviving VHS copy of their wild San Diego Naval Base show. This song was rarely played live by the band, but was often requested by fans who wanted the girls to really cut loose and show just how blistering and rocking they truly were! Each song retains the original unmixed quality, and even after several remasterings, will sound different depending on what type of media they are played on.

Song Notes:
1) Take You Down: One of the first songs written by co-founders Barb and Wendy (pre-Whiskey Blu), this rocking song was often their show opener. It was chosen by their management to be the song representing the band on MTV, and the original unedited clip of this song (being sent to MTV) can be found on Youtube and their Facebook page. Wendy's lyrics were a humorous nod to a girl fight, and thus was filmed outside in an alley in downtown Phoenix.
2) Baby Song: By far, the girls' most popular and requested song, this infectious tune was also the first song written pre-Whiskey Blu by Wendy and Barb, and was meant as a response to all the male-sung radio hits with the word "baby" in them! Always a show stopper and set ender!
3) Burnin' Both Ends: Lyrics by Wendy and music by the band, this song reflected not just how a person can "burn the candle at both ends," but also how difficult it was being a female musician in a male music world. Highlighted by the twin lead solos of Nancy and Marie.
4) Don't Look Back: A heavier side of the girls, this fan favorite was written specifically to show some of the local male musicians who did not like the girls' success that they could really rock as hard as the boys. Featuring twin lead solos of Nancy and Marie, powerhouse vocals by Wendy, and the hard-hitting rhythm end of Barb "Thee Animal" on drums and Chris on bass.
5) Color Me Blu: A danceable song and certainly always a crowd pleaser. This was one of the few songs that had a decent mix from the studio to work with.
6) Since You've Been Gone: Written to be their "heavy metal ballad," it deals with the loss of a relationship and showcases the girls' abilities to vary their style.
7) Fantasy: An epic song, one of their earliest collaborations as a band, this was to be the original title track of their debut album in LA.
8) Desert Storm: After the start of the Gulf War in 1992, their manager penned the lyrics and gave them to the girls, who quickly set about writing a song to honor our troops at war. This song eventually garnered significant local airplay, and resulted in the Red Cross contacting the band in order to have them play at an upcoming USO event. The song is dedicated to all US military members far and wide!
9) Come Back: An early composition and the first song the band ever recorded in a studio setting. This song was one of the worst mixes in terms of fidelity and quality by the studio.
10) Last Words: After the tragic death of one of the band's biggest fans, the girls were flown to California by his friends and family members to attend his funeral. He was buried with his Whiskey Blu t-shirt. Devastated, the girls returned to Arizona and immediately wrote this tribute to him. His family and friends were all invited to an invite-only showcase at the Roxy, where they played this song for the first time live. Wendy's lyrics are personal and touching.
11) The Mosh Song: This song was written early in the girls' career, and the lyrics were a funny look at how the girls looked and felt in their boiling hot practice studio in the middle of a Phoenix summer, with no air conditioning! The tempo and time changes of the song were an aggressive response directed at those in the music scene who assumed that all-female bands should look and sound like the Go-Go's. This audio was taken from a fan-filmed VHS copy of their infamous 1992 Naval Base show and is presented as-is.

It's been 25 years since these songs have been recorded, played, and heard by the public as what would have been Whiskey Blu's debut album that never was. The recordings were never a finished product, but have been painstakingly remastered in response to the always asked question of many fans then and now - can I hear some Whiskey Blu?!! The songs and the style reflect what was the early 90s music scene in Arizona and still sound relevant today as to what is possible when 5 passionate and talented musicians get together and just "click."



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