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Written & Produced by Jim
Arranged & Engineered by James Funk & Thomas Fleming
Performed by - James Funk: Lead & backing vocals, acoustic 6-string guitar, bass guitar, drums & percussion programming, live percussion, & electric piano
Tom Fleming: Electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, 12-string acoustic guitar, & harmony vocals
Vladimir Malinovsky: Violin (verging on fiddle)
I Promise (James Funk) - A melody I really enjoyed writing and like singing, the recording brought to fruition with Tom's help (as ever, and as I hope will ever be the case).
All Singing, primary Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, misc. Pianos & Organs, Strings, real Percussion & Handclaps, Drums and Percussion programming - Jim
Featured Organ (via guitar & gadget), Lead Guitar (solo & outro), & Tremulous Surf Guitar in 2nd bridge - Tom Fleming
One Hit Wonder (Fleming & Hixon) - A great pop song from Tom & Tim, and the maiden voyage for some original recording that Tom, Drew & I are embarking upon (unnamed entity as yet), this makes a fine start. Might be difficult to follow, in fact. We'll hope it's not a one hit wonder.
Lead Vocal, Rhythm & Lead Acoustic & Electric 6 & 12 String Guitars, Piano, Synths & Samples (Zither, Mellotron, Moog...), and anything else heard that's not listed below -
Electric Rhythm Guitar, Harmony Vocal in Chorus/Bridge/End, Background Vocal in Chorus - Drew Harrison
Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocal in Verses/pre-Chorus, Background Vocal in Chorus - Jim
Drums - Chris Sandoval
Except for the bass guitar and verse/pre-chorus harmony singing, which Jim recorded at home, the rest of this was recorded, engineered, edited, produced, et al, by Tom at his studio, with a little arrangement & mixing help from Drew & Jim.
It's Alright (Funk) - In that I myself have never successfully followed this model, the following is merely an ode to and entirely fictional account of the way I'm led to believe a man might best react to a woman having a bad day, going through a rough patch, the sort of thing he should say, rather than, say, trying to fix it, as is my practice in all instances, at least formerly. I shall hereafter endeavor to implement this approach to what, one hopes, will be better affect. Big thanks to Drew Harrison for giving the song a little depth of vocal field by lending his voice to the second verse harmony, and for the very manly digiridoo type vocal low notes in the intro.
Lead Vocal, Intro & 3rd Verse Choral Vocals, Acoustic & Bass Guitars, Organ and Wind Chimey thing, Real and Sampled Percussion - Jim
Intro Very Low Note Choral Notes and 2nd Verse Harmony - Drew Harrison
The Wrong Man (Funk) - A song about - lyrically, anyway - my perplexity at watching the manifestly true and beautiful routinely rejected for the false & ugly, by so many, and so automatically and instinctively, at least it would appear to me. It's about my fascination with and mystification about what an easy sell the garbage and the nasty always are. Harmonically, the song is about that opening riff, a catchy tune and sprightly beat, and it's one of my favorite melodies in my catalog. As ever, I had the help of Tom Fleming with the guitar parts above my pay grade, and I tried something new this time, and had my friend Jim Raines play electronic drums right over the top of my drum program, and am really happy with the merger. I am grateful to both for their help and talents.
All Singing & Madhouse Voices, Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitars, Stick bass in instrumental section (thanks Krste), Organ (& the Glockenspiel notes!), Drum Programming and editing of electronic drum takes - JF
Specialty & Humbucking Electric Guitar Parts (EBow intro, Wasteland & Madhouse Sound Effects parts in 3rd verse & Hieronymus Floyd instrumental section, & the Featured Solo in that section) - Tom Fleming
Electronic Drum Overdubs (JR played sampled drums live over the entire original drum program, and both were inevitably used together) - Jim Raines
The Best That You Can Do (Croom/Funk) - My friend Troy Croom, a prolific and longtime songwriter, gave me the chorus tune & lyrics to this and asked me to take a crack at making it a whole song, which I was able to do, and also like enough to want to record it myself. As Troy spent a long time in Nashville pursuing a foothold into the Country music songwriters world, I thought a steel guitar would be a fitting tip of the cap to that time in his life, and I had Tom F. in to play his lap model, which he did beautifully. To seal the C&W deal, I had Vlad in to play some jaunty saloon-like piano (I really like the back and forth between those two instruments). Thanks to all three of those boys.
Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Bass Guitars, Drum Program, Add'l/Secondary Piano, & Electric Piano - Jim
Lap Steel Guitar - Tom Fleming
Main Piano - Vlad Malinovsky