Witches

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:41
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1987
Lyrics
In the eyes of the night lies the witches brew for sight
With their magic brooms and Venus schrooms
In the heart of the day, they try to lock it away
With their golden keys on golden trees
Like a dog without a home, they never settle always roam
With their dreadful gloom, in a sonic boom
They run!

Now I still remember when she was thirteen, I was ten
She was beautiful as one can be
Now I may not tell a lie, but I swear that with her cry
That she cast her spell on me
Although I’ll always love her so, I still tried to let her go
But she’ll take my hand now, she’s always with me
And we run!

Beautiful as one can be
Don’t tell me nothing, don’t tell me nothing, no
Don’t want to hear no more, don’t want to hear no more, no

In the eyes of the night lies the witches brew for sight
With their magic brooms and Venus schrooms
In the heart of the day, they try to lock it away
With their golden keys on golden trees
Like a dog without a home, they never settle always roam
With their dreadful gloom, in a sonic boom
They run!

Beautiful as one can be
Now I may not tell a lie, but I swear that with her cry
That she cast her spell on me
Although I’ll always love her so, I still tried to let her go
But by the powers of Neverland, she’ll take my hand
And we’ll run!

Beautiful as one can be
Don’t want to hear no more, don’t want to hear no more, no
Don’t want to hear no more, don’t want to hear no more, no

Composition © 1987, 1988, 2003 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on September 9, 1987
Recorded October 1988
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 and Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Harpsichord, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: Of the nearly 100 songs I wrote in 1987, this has always been one of my favorites. Recording here is a bit raw with some percussive effects added during the original remix in 2003 and some editing which kind of jumbles the vocals at one point.

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Can’t Get Back

Track 02  On  The Evolution of Noise  By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:27
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1987
Lyrics
Can’t get back, get back home
Can’t get back, get back home

Well, I was down and out and lonely on a summer night
When I found my world deep inside your dreams
Now what is this? Now hold on! How can this be right?
I found my love was sinking with your screams

But I’m alone again, yes I’m on my own
Can’t even take a breather inside my own home
Because you can’t get back when you’re own
Never on track when you lose the tone

Can’t get back, get back home
Can’t get back, get back home

Well, I was high and low and heavy since I lost the way
I looked around to find some brand new dreams
There was laughter in the night until I found the day
I found my love was sinking with your schemes

But I’m alone again, yes I’m on my own
Can’t even take a breather inside my own home
Because you can’t get back when you’re own
Never on track when you lose the tone

Composition © 1987, 1990 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on June 19, 1987
Recorded Spring 1990
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 and Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Acoustic Guitars, All Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: This song was totally rebuilt in 1990 from the original in 1987, which used electric guitars and did not include the intro hook. Nevertheless, it comes across as an early folk song, which was the intent all along.

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I Think I’m Losing My Brain

Track 01  On  The Evolution of Noise  By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:02
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1987
Lyrics
I think I’m losing my brain, going insane
I think I’m losing my brain

Don’t stop but turn around, look who’s back in town
It’s me again
Scream but don’t make a sound, laugh but don’t play the clown
Or you’ll see your end

Next time we’ll wonder if the world is really round
And how some of its creatures
Claim they can scream but not make a sound, it’s very strange

Live for the right to stop, aim for the very top
But never try to reach it
Act like your life’s the best, ready for the final test
But don’t ever preach it

Some people laugh at me and say I’m kind of strange
That’s ’cause I live my dreams while they let theirs slip away

And when your soul grows tired, flee from the shots they fire
But don’t look away – don’t look away!
‘Cause if you flee the show, all your secrets they will know
And then you well pay, oh yeah, uh huh

Composition © 1987, 1990 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on April 10, 1987
Recorded Spring 1990
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: One of the first songs written during the very first, experimental sessions in April 1987. Even in its earliest form, the song was written with a free-style lead guitar above a simple, repetitive bass line, but this 1990 recording really brought out the best of that formula. The lyrics point out the contradictions of life.

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The Evolution of Noise  by Wahray & Soul

The Evolution of Noise by Wahray and SoulReleased on November 17, 2011

The 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.

Part I: The 1980s Written   Recorded
 1.   I Think I’m Losing My Brain     04/10/87 Spring 1990
 2.   Can’t Get Back 06/19/87 Spring 1990
 3.   A Lot of These Things 07/21/88 July 1988
 4.   Speak to Me 11/18/88 November 1988
 5.   The Deer With the Golden Eye 11/20/88 Nov 1988/Spring 1990
 6.   Free 12/13/88 December 1988
 7.   Someday     12/16/88 Dec 1988/Spring 1990
 8.   Springtime 01/07/89 Jan 1989/Spring 1990
 9.   Dark Side Suite 02/11/89 Feb-March 1989
10.   Loneliness 02/13/89 February 1989
11.   Discouragement 02/22/89 Feb-March 1989
12.   Diamond Ships 05/24/89 May 1989
13.   Blue Flowers & Beige Towers     06/04/89 June-July 1989
14.   Dry Water 08/05/89 August 1989
15.   Get Together 08/20/89 August 1989
16.   The Telephone 10/11/89 October 1989
17.   I Need Her Bad 10/12/89 October 1989
18.   Disagree 10/13/89 October 1989
19.   You’ve Got to Abide By the Rules…
     …if You Want to Play
   
11/02/89 November 1989
Part II: The 1990s Written   Recorded
 1.   Wilderness 05/25/90 May 1990
 2.   Best Shot 05/27/90 May-June 1990
 3.   It’s Hip To Live In Disgrace 08/06/90 August-September 1990
 4.   What Comes Around, Goes Around 09/22/90 September-October 1990
 5.   Pressure 12/05/90 December 1990
 6.   Jennifer 01/17/91 January-February 1991
 7.   Ballad of a Big Breasted Bimbo 04/06/91 Apr 1991/Nov 1993
 8.   You Drive Me Mad 07/25/91 July-August 1991
 9.   King Of the Hill 09/27/91 September-October 1991
10.   Mixed Signals 10/02/91 October 1991
11.   Wild Child 10/05/91 October 1991
12.   A Shock To the System 10/09/91 October 1991
13.   Everything I Forgot 12/26/91 December 1991
14.   Run 01/06/92 January 1992/November 1993
15.   Don’t Look Back 02/22/93 February-March 1993
16.   The Difference Between 03/09/95 March-April 1995
17.   Whenever I’m Near You 04/14/95 April-May 1995
18.   Used To Be 05/06/95 August 1991/May 1995
19.   The French Toast Affair 06/24/95 June-July 1995
20.   Take It As It Comes 07/07/95 July 1995

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

 
 

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