Welcome Home

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:17
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Lyrics
I’m so glad to meet you, I’ve heard so much about you, welcome home
Your presence is striking, I’m overwhelmed yet delighted, welcome home
It’s amazing how you emerged from the darkness into the light this day

I’ll cradle you in your blanket cocoon
And I’ll be uptight and awake the next four nights
And I’ll warm your drink and tap your back
Scold your older sister to grow up because you’re never going back

I’ve heard much about you and I’m so glad to meet you, welcome home
Our miracle baby blue, we’re indebted to God for you
Your raspy little laughs and cries, the sweetest music that I’ll ever heard

I’ll try to sooth your pain when discomfort arrives
Advocate for you and personify
The best man I can be and I’ll work for you everyday
Forage for pay so someday we can build you a new home
Welcome home

Welcome home

Composition © 1998 Ric Albano
Publication © 2005, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on January 15, 1998
Recorded April 7, 2005
at Saturation Acres, Danville, PA
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Previously Unreleased

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Vocals

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Grade

Analysis: First recording made at Saturation Acres studio.

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Dawning of Decadence

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 2:12
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Instrumental

Composition © 1998 Ric Albano
Publication © 2004, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on March 1, 1998
Recorded Fall 2004
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Previously Unreleased

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion

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Grade

Analysis: Recording from original “Imaginary Lines 2004” demo.

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Ric Albano

Ric AlbanoRic Albano was born and raised in Hazleton, Pa. At an early age he was a big fan of Johnny Cash, saw him for his first concert at the age of five and would mimic him when he got his first guitar at age six. As he reached adolescence, Ric became a dedicated listener of classic rock, especially Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rush, and The Doors.

In 1984, he purchased his first instrument, an odd hybrid of electric piano and harpsichord and about a year later he joined his first rock band, Running Wild. Together they wrote a handful of original songs that they played at their first gig about a week before high school graduation. About a week after graduation, the band promptly broke up.

Ric got interested in songwriting and recording. He slowly began to acquire musical instruments – electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums and percussive instruments, harmonica – all of which he slowly taught to himself. Using a Fostex 4-track recorder, he developed a makeshift home studio and would ultimately write and record nearly 300 songs under the pseudonym RAREx between 1987 and 1996. Influenced by prog-rock acts such as Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Zebra, and Yes, these songs were experimental, adventurous, and eclectic. Some were quite interesting and some were downright disastrous, but due to the limited, semi-professional recording quality, none of these songs were ever released publicly until the digital-only release of Wahray and Soul in 2011. There were a few of these old songs that would be used as direct influences or templates for Animal Society songs a couple of decades later.

During this analog period, Ric was also involved in several other activities. In 1989 he received former training in audio engineering and briefly worked and recorded in a professional studio in Ohio. Later he would provide live sound for several Pennsylvania bands, including The Badlees, during the period immediately preceding their national breakthrough and large arena tours. Ric was a performing member in series of short-run bands with names such as Onyx, Misery Loves Company, and The Steel Breeze, in which he, at various times, played on guitar, drums, keyboards and/or vocals (ironically, he would not play bass in a band until Animal Society was formed, several years later). He also briefly performed as a solo acoustic act under the name Snake Simpson.

Starting in 1997, Ric took a long hiatus from writing and recording original music to focus on domestic life and working towards a college degree. During school, he subsisted as a disc jockey in Northeast PA under the name Dr. Jones until he received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University in 2002. In late 2003 / early 2004 Ric began a project to digitally “refurbish” some of the better RAREx recordings for a possible public release. However, he eventually decided that the best course of action would be to start from scratch with new material.

After relocating to suburban Harrisburg in 2004, Ric started a concept project called Imaginary Lines. He built a new digital home studio to record a demo and chose Saturation Acres studio, owned by Bret Alexander and Paul Smith of The Cellarbirds, for the high-end professional recordings. In 2005, he recorded and released Imaginary Lines I with Alexander on guitars and Ron Simasek on drums. This was followed up with a second release, Imaginary Lines II in 2007. Soon Ric decided to complete the Imaginary Lines project with a super-sized 33-song compilation of everything from the first two albums plus new and unused material. Future band mate, Erik Trabert provided guitars for several songs on this final phase while Simasek remained the primary drummer and Janet Rains of M80 added vocal support. The result, Imaginary Lines 33 was released internationally on September 9, 2009.

During the Imaginary Lines years, Ric developed the independent label Cygnus Wave. In 2008, he co-produced Not One of You by 1980s new-wave band Hormoans, using archived studio recordings that Ric digitally re-mastered and released on the Cygnus Wave label. He also went on some musical tangents, writing material for other potential projects beyond Imaginary Lines. One of these projects was called “Americana on Acid” while another was called “Searching for the Perfect Sunday”. Songs from these projects may be used for a future project.

In late 2008, Ric formed the power trio Animal Society with guitarist Erik Trabert and drummer Matt Roy. Ric provided bass and vocals and wrote or co-wrote much of the band’s original material. In 2010, he produced the band’s debut album Any Atomic Lies, before Animal Society disbanded later that year.

Ric also lent his talent to many charitable functions. When his sister-in-law suffered a massive debilitating stroke in 2007, Ric helped organize Dollars for Diane and was involved in all three benefit concerts, performing solo in one and with Animal Society in another. He also developed a website for this cause with future band mate Matt Roy, which was integral in collecting online donations. In late 2009, Ric and his wife Karyn produced a compilation album using donated songs from some of Pennsylvania’s finest artists. For this project, Ric wrote and produced “Song for Diane” which
was recorded at Saturation Acres by Diane’s cousin PJ Heckman.

Currently, Ric is a writer, web designer, husband, and father of four. He has written several reviews for the music site DAMESofPa.com and is editor of his own sites Modern Rock Review and Classic Rock Review. In March 2009 he started his own design firm, 33 Dimensions LLC, which is the developer and owner of Cygnus Wave.

Wahray and Soul Songs

   Song  Year Length Track
 7 To 8 Then Back To 6 Again 1988  2:43  Bonus
 A Lot of These Things 1988  3:18    3
 A Shock To the System 1991  2:57   31
 A Snowy Day In April 1989  4:14  Bonus
 Alright! 1991  3:01  Bonus
 And So It Goes 1990  2:16  Bonus
 Another Lazy Sunday 1991  2:41  Bonus
 Ballad of a Big Breasted Bimbo 1991  3:42   26
 Best Shot 1990  3:27   21
 Black Jack 1991  5:03  Bonus
 Blue Flowers and Beige Towers     1989  5:24   13
 Blue Frog 1991  2:03  Bonus
 Can’t Get Back 1987  3:24    2
 Concrete and Mustard 1989  3:39  Bonus
 Dark Side Suite 1989  8:35    9
 The Deer With the Golden Eye 1988  6:30    5
 Diamond Ships 1989  4:55   12
 The Difference Between 1995  4:24   35
 Disagree 1989  4:15   18
 Discouragement 1989  5:09   11
   Song  Year Length Track
 Don’t Look Back 1993  5:55   34
 Dry Water 1989  1:32   14
 End Result the Same 1991  3:32  Bonus
 Everything I Forgot 1991  4:19   32
 Fear 1992  3:05  Bonus
 Fire On the Mountain 1991  4:00  Bonus
 The French Toast Affair 1995  4:28   38
 The Fountain 1995  4:00  Bonus
 Free 1988  3:25    6
 Get Together 1989  3:46   15
 Got To Abide By the Rules If You Want to Play     1989  3:22   19
 The Gift 1988  2:40  Bonus
 Girl 1995  3:30  Bonus
 Green Dog 1991  2:35  Bonus
 Heart 1991  3:01  Bonus
 Hopeless 1989  3:36  Bonus
 I Think I’m Losing My Brain     1987  3:02    1
 I Need Her Bad 1989  2:58   17
 It’s Hip To Live In Disgrace 1990  4:15   22
   Song  Year Length Track
 Jennifer 1991  3:17   25
 Kill the Monster! 1988  3:47  Bonus
 King Of the Hill 1991  3:27   28
 Loneliness 1989  4:06   10
 Love In a Pocketbook 1990  4:25  Bonus
 MCMXC 1990  1:45  Bonus
 The Miracle of Surprise 1989  1:54  Bonus
 Mixed Signals 1991  2:43   29
 Mrs. McCleary’s Farm 1990  3:42  Bonus
 Noise 1991  2:16  Bonus
 The Object 1993  2:27  Bonus
 The Old Man 1989  4:38  Bonus
 Olive Hill 1990  2:04  Bonus
 Pressure 1990  2:13   24
 Rabbit Food 1989  4:23  Bonus
 Ric Is Dead, Long Live the Snake 1992  6:17  Bonus
 Rock 1994  6:54  Bonus
 Run 1992  3:31   33
 Sex, Drugs, Rock n Roll 1988  4:14  Bonus
   Song  Year Length Track
 Someday     1988  3:33    7
 Springtime 1989  4:39    8
 Sweet Judy Brown 1989  2:15  Bonus
 Take It As It Comes 1995  4:57   39
 The Telephone 1989  3:16   16
 Things May Never Be the Same 1995  7:43  Bonus
 Try Again 1992  5:30  Bonus
 Under the Appletree 1988  1:49  Bonus
 Used To Be 1995  4:11   37
 What Comes Around, Goes Around 1990  3:18   23
 What Do I Have to Do? 1994  3:34  Bonus
 When It All Falls Down 1990  3:19  Bonus
 Whenever I’m Near You 1995  4:15   36
 Wild Child 1991  5:11   30
 Wilderness 1990  2:02   20
 Witches 1987  3:41  Bonus
 You Drive Me Mad 1991  4:36   27
 You Will Regret This 1989  2:11  Bonus

 
 

The Evolution of Noise Album       More on Wahray and Soul

Wahray and Soul

The Evolution of Noise Album       List of All Wahray and Soul Songs

 
The Evolution of Noise, 1987-1995The analog recording process has all gone the way of the horse and buggy, so it may be a good time to reflect back on this recently past age. With this realization, producer Ric Albano has decided to finally release the many semi-professional, analog recordings he made close to a quarter century ago with The Evolution of Noise, 1987-1995 by Wahray and Soul.

These recordings of original songs were all made in an attic “studio”, on a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder. There is alot of trial and error, experimentation, and development of technical proficiancy along the way.
 

Suggested Listening
Someday (1988)
Blue Flowers & Beige Towers (1989)
The Telephone (1989)
I Need Her Bad (1989)
It’s Hip to Live In Disgrace (1990)
When It All Falls Down (1990)
Ballad Of a Big Breasted Bimbo (1991)
Everything I Forgot (1991)
Run (1992)
Don’t Look Back (1993)
The Difference Between (1995)
The French Toast Affair (1995)