Happy Monday afternoon everybody. Musical Monday continues, as I’m here with an announcement that’s exciting to both Eberle & me, & I hope will be exciting to some of you, too. Back in June 2004, our group The Alice in Wonder Band recorded 9 tracks that we intended for use as an album to sell at gigs. We were generously allowed to use the chapel at Marymount Hermitage—a room with amazing acoustics—& we brought our friend Joshua Housh up from the Bay Area to do the sound. Dani Leone, whom readers know as L.E. Leone & Sister Exister, accompanied Mr Housh & did a lot of everything to help out. The Alice in Wonder Band members who participated in the recording were, in addition to Eberle & myself: Deadre Chase, our vocalist; Lois Fry on violin & viola; Art Troutner on oboe, tenor recoder & mandolin; & Bob George on clarinet.
For a variety of reasons, we never did get the tracks mixed in a final way, tho we were happy with the results overall. Then the band broke up at the end of the year, & while we gave away a handful of copies to family & friends, the project lay dormant.
I’m happy to say that, six years after the fact, the album is finally available! It’s a free digital download on BandCamp, & you can download either the entire album or individual tracks right here.
There are only 8 tracks on the album as it now exists (tho over 40 minutes of music). We recorded Billy Taylor’s “Cool & Caressing” that day, but we don’t have rights to this, so I can’t include it. I also chose to use a live recording of Eberle’s beautiful song “Plum Alley,” since the mixing on the studio recording is in need of serious help & I don’t have the master tracks to work with.
Hope you enjoy it! & stay tuned, because next Monday I’ll be posting the Alice in Wonder Band song for August, complete with slideshow (of course!)