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the Hold Outs

1987 - ?

SHE LOVES

After Tooly Look, Don Bracken and I wanted to record more music together. We began by recording five songs and releasing them on a cassette titled "She Loves". I think 100 copies were made with hand-stamped labels and insert.

Unfinished

After SHE LOVES was ignored by the press, Don and I wanted to redeem ourselves (at least amongst our friends). He kept writing these great songs and we scraped the money together to record a few more songs. We started, but we didn’t finish for various reasons.

SHE LOVES

Don was the primary writer and sang all the songs. I arranged, wrote bridges, parts, sang backup, played guitar, keyboard and even some bass. Doug Morrow was our drummer and percussion consultant. We had a lot of friends in those days, and we got them to help us out with background vocals. On sax was Charlie DeChant, an amazing player who toured regularly with Hall and Oats. This was also our first foray into sequencing - bass & drum machines.

I have to warn you. The quality of these recordings leave a lot to be desired. They are pretty terrible, but I love everything else about them. They have their moments. Mozart allegedy burned his rough drafts. Not us. We put them right out there.

The MP3s (below) are straight from the cassette so, you’ll just have to imagine how wonderful the originals were. We recorded at two studios: Sound Beach Studios (Sound Beach) and Legend Studios (East Setauket) and mixed at Sabre Sound Studios (Port Jeff Station). It is likely that these recordings helped with the studios’ demises. It was "produced by committee" and we didn"t have a lot of cash. By the time it got to Sabre, it was too late. The patient was clipped. The tape edges were singed. So we listen and wince.

Still, these recording have hysterical - I mean "historical" - significance and are as always, a labor of love.

Better quality audio files may be forthcoming for descerning listeners. I wish I could say when that might happen, but this is the best I could do. I did these transfers (cass. to digital) with Audacity (software), which is a great little tool for this task, but the stereo got lost on the way to the computer.

Artwork for the cassette: SHE LOVES.

TitleCommentsCreditsMP3 Player

Candy

©1984 Don Bracken
This was my idea of a timeless, universal song. Not the words so much (sorry Don), but the melody is so memorable.
  • Bkgd vocals: Verlain Brown, Joanne Radsmussen, Kim Ringsten
  • Bass: Russ Kiernan
  • Recorded at Sound Beach Studios
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Stand Up

©1982 Don Bracken
Charlie blew us away on this one. What a blast. The background vocals were litereally recorded in a garage to get that authentic garage band sound. Like we had to try...
  • Sax: Charlie DeChant
  • Bkgd vocals: Verlain Brown, Bonnie Svendsen, Ed Wright, Brian Bracken
  • Recorded at Sound Beach Studios
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It’s Alright

©1986 Don Bracken
Charlie blew us away again. Nice tune. I wrote the bridge, I think. And I think this was my debut on bass.
  • Sax: Charlie DeChant
  • Bkgd vocals: Verlain Brown, Joanne Radsmussen, Kim Ringsten
  • Recorded at Sound Beach Studios
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Sally

©1986 Don Bracken
This is a quirky one. Except for the banjo, it’s mostly synths: bass, drums and keys. It’s got a bit of a reggae thing going on. I love Verlains voice.
  • Second vocals: Verlain Brown
  • Banjo: Glen Allen
  • Recorded at Legend Studios
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She Loves

©1986 Don Bracken and Walt Sargent
Another quirky song with an ambitious arrangement. More synths. Two lead guitars. Two drum tracks. The reverse reverbs were done the old fashioned way, feeding the tape around the head and running the tape backwards.
  • Drums & Bass: Commodore 64 (with yours truly running interference)
  • Recorded at Sound Beach Studios
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Unfinished recordings