Posted: Jul 3, 2007 12:41 am
I had the pleasure and honor to be a guest lead vocalist on the Royal Purple's latest psychedelic outpouring, Psychoacoustics.
The sitar on the track that I sang is fantastic. I think my fave on the whole cd is The Wind, which is sung in Korean by Korean-American vocalist Sunny Kim. But really, the whole cd is just blowing me away!
Anyway, if you send these guys an email through the page, they will send you a copy free of charge. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/theroyalpurple
This is from their blog:
Here is the final track listing (the names in parentheses following some of the titles indicate the guest lead vocalist):
1. Come On Home
2. I Was Alone (Jet Weston)
3. Blame Myself
4. Get Away (Jahna Rain)
5. Oh Non
6. The Wind (Sunny Kim)
7. Where Have I Been (Mike Fornatale)
8. My Reservation's Been Confirmed
9. Heading Back to You (Dave Woj)
10. Nothing to Say Today
11. Far Across Town
12. I'll Know What to Do (Bibi Farber)
13. A Hard Road (Bobby C)
14. Peace of Mind
About each of the guest vocalists:
Jet Weston (http://www.myspace.com/jetweston) – One of the main reasons for doing these Royal Purple CDs is a chance to socialize with old friends, and Jet is someone I've known since the 1980s. This track required a robust, "Mark Lindsay"-ish shout, and Jet completely fit the bill. In classic troubadour fashion, he laid down the vocals with ease and then leisurely regaled us with analog tales.
Jahna Rain (http://www.myspace.com/jahna) – Jahna's strong soulful vocals have punctuated all the groups she's participated in during the years (most recently, "The Demands"), but this track is quite a departure from her usual style. Evocative and ethereal best describe her performance on this oddly structured tune. Her restrained delivery added a prayer-like quality to the raga-fied backing track.
Sunny Kim (http://www.myspace.com/vocalistsunnykim) – Sunny is the first vocalist who the Royal Purple didn't know before the vocal session for a particular tune! Because we desperately wanted to cut this tune in its original Korean language, we had to "solicit" a singer (thanks Craigslist!). Sunny's formal background and "resume" is quite impressive (actually, too good for the likes of us!), and she performed like the consummate professional. She nailed the bittersweet element that we wanted for this track.
Mike Fornatale (http://www.myspace.com/sknoof) – One of the most talented singers we've had the chance to work with, Mike showed up with tremendous ability and cool ideas. He performed all the vocal parts on this cut, and from behind the board, we actually couldn't open up tracks fast enough for him to "stack" the vocals!
Dave Woj (http://www.myspace.com/theinsomniacsrocknroll) – After more than 15 years of drumming in the Insomniacs with my aforementioned colleague, one would think I'd be sick and tired of hearing his singing voice! That's not the case as he was my first choice for this lost Merseybeat gem. We envisioned a very melodic boyish lilt, and David served it up, from start to finish, in less than an hour (by far, our quickest session).
Bibi Farber (http://www.myspace.com/bibifarber) – Bibi has become the unofficial third member of the Royal Purple – this is her third lead vocal on one of our albums, and she has polished so many of our tracks with shimmering backing vocals. On this album, she proves her range by tackling a more straight-ahead, harder pop tune that is quite a departure from her two previous contributions.
Bobby C (http://www.myspace.com/clashbar) – The proprietor of the late, great "Let It Rock" record store and now the very cool "Clash Bar" venue, Bobby last gig was fronting the short-lived "Dirty Knees". He single-handedly turned this track into an anthem – I was singing along with my hands in the air in the control room! This power-pop punk had a Freddie Mercury moment without the unitard!
And helping us out instrumentally:
Mike Lowe (http://www.myspace.com/easy_writer) – The only guest instrumentalist to appear on this release, Mike hauled his tricked-out sitar out to our New Jersey environs to spice up our version of "Getaway". During the last millennium, Mike shared some musical history with Stu – they were both members in Pennsylvania's "Creatures of the Golden Dawn" and New Jersey's "Addicted Men", respectively. A superb all-around instrumentalist... and culture commentator!
ok. back to packing and moving...