DiMauro / Tabacco : Pasta Pre​-​Rivera (1984​-​86)

by John Tabacco

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ND : Mick? Mick : Yeah? ND : Is there something in there Mick? Mick : Yeah... yeah. ND : Ah huh. OK. OK.
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GARDEN GIRL (Ain't That True?)) Ya came across the garden girl In ya "silveret" and runners too Ya didn't know that I was there But I watched you for an hour or two You don't always walk that way Somethin' must have fallin' through Ya came to me one rainy night That we, fell in love for somethin' new A wonder world in "dippy light" We conjured up a lie for two But lovin' goes on that way Just wastin' time girl Ain't that true? Some people say that love's a drug that'll cause you nothin' but pain Well, they maybe right but it tastes so fine Just bring out the bamboo shoots And the anodyne Another "dago" flyin' by N' the boredom make it hard to chew Maybe he'll get up this time But I doubt it cause he's through with you You know what the Chinese say: "There's always room for someone new" We played around a little while But ah, girl you know your time is through We're movin' in a different style It's time to try a different crew But lovin' goes on that way Just wastin' time dear Ain't that true?
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Find A Way 03:55
FIND A WAY I looked all over for a girl like you One that could make me feel that love was true But every time I feel the same old pain If I don't find her soon I'll go insane FIND A WAY FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH COME ON AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE MY LOVE TRUE COME ON AND FIND A WAY FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH OH OH OH BUT THERE'S NO WAY WITHOUT A GIRL LIKE YOU I gave you lovin' but you just don't care you're kind of lovin' ain't the kind to share I tried to make it work but hey, no way I'll keep on workin' till I hear you say FIND A WAY FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH COME ON AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE MY LOVE TRUE COME ON AND FIND A WAY FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH OH OH OH BUT THERE'S NO WAY You had that willing look about you all night long But now it seems it's not the same Cause here I am a child, a victim of your wrong But I can't play your little game OH OH OH OH OH! FIND A WAY FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH COME ON AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE MY LOVE TRUE COME ON AND FIND A WAY FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH OH OH OH
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HIDING BEHIND A STRING You're always walking around dishing out the heartache You don't care how meager it sounds No matter how cold or fake It's not that simple you say There's a truth within me And you hide behind that made up face ignorin' every plea Whoa oh oh You're always talkin' about how you love and need me I don't wanna go that route I've already paid the fee I've got the time now you tell Just take my hand and see But it's just another hard day sell I know how it will be "Cause you're HIDING BEHIND A STRING DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN' HIDING BEHIND A STRING TRYIN' TO MAKE ME THINK THAT YOU'RE SOMETHIN' HIDING BEHIND A STRING DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN' NOW HIDING BEHIND A STRING YEAH They're always hangin' around Your friends close behind you I've become another face in the crowd Another one in the crew And it's been so long since we've been alone Just me and you But you just keep playin' the same ol' games Do you know what you put me through Well your (cool Juno 106 organ solo that Nick sang into the cheap little Panasonic tape recorder and quickly transcribe plays here) : HIDING BEHIND A STRING DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN' HIDING BEHIND A STRING TRYIN' TO MAKE ME THINK THAT YOU'RE SOMETHIN' HIDING BEHIND A STRING DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN' NOW HIDING BEHIND A STRING GIRL DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN' YOU HIDE BEHIND A GOD , GIRL HIDIN' BEHIND A GOD
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IT'S A CONSTANT ATTACK !!! Don't you know it's aggravating? There's a perfect life awaiting But perjury and spite are in my boat Find myself appreciating The mystery of procreating: Absurdity and death remain afloat Dream of more than milk and honey Even when I have the money But jealousy and greed are at my throat IT'S A CONSTANT ATTACK!!! SO I RUN (which only makes me tired) SO I RUN (until I have expired) YEAH I RUN I RUN I RUN IT'S THE BOREDOM EFFECT! I can sense a wall around us I would break the laws that bound us But apathy and hate are in my boat This ignorance can sure be blinding We are one genetic binding Bur prejudice and fear must stop our growth IT'S A CONSTANT ATTACK!!! SO I RUN (which only makes me tired) SO I RUN (until I have expired) YEAH I RUN I RUN I RUN IS IT ALL IN MY HEAD? Don't you know it's nauseating? There's a perfect world awaiting But somethin' tells me were not even close I can sense a wall around us Could I break the laws that bound us? Or does a deeper truth control our boat? ALWAYS UNDER ATTACK!!! SO I RUN (which only makes me tired) SO I RUN (until I have expired) YEAH I RUN I RUN I RUN IS IT ALL IN MY HEAD?
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So Let It Go 05:02
LET IT GO ANOTHER DAY OF INDECISION - GIRL I JUST DON'T KNOW ANOTHER DAY, A NEW DIRECTION BUT IT JUST WON'T FLOW I LOOK FOR YOU TO FIND A REASON BUT THEY JUST WON'T SHOW I CAN'T LIVE IN DARKNESS FOREVER SO LET IT GO WHY DON'T I LET YOU GO? ANOTHER DAY OF CONTRIVED AFFECTION - GIRL IT'S ALL YOU KNOW ANOTHER WAY TO LEARN MY LESSON, GOT SO FAR TO GO YOU'VE GOT THE MIND , YOU'VE GOT EMOTION BUT THEY JUST WON'T GROW IT SEEMS WE'VE BEEN WAITIN' FOREVER SO LET IT GO GUESS I'LL JUST LET YOU GO WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER ANOTHER NIGHT TO TEST MY PATIENCE AND YOU TURN TOWARDS THE WALL YOU FEED THE FRIGHT, SUSPEND RELATIONS, WONDER WHY I DON'T CALL YOU LIGHT THE FLAME, YOU RUN FOR COVER, THEN SIT BACK FOR THE SHOW BUT I CAN'T TAKE THIS FOREVER SO LET IT GO WE'LL HAVE TO LET IT GO WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER
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JUST ANOTHER MINUTE You stare right through me like I’m not even there You leave me here with nothing to say You’ve got your mamma’s eyes (that same cold stare) Oh god how can you treat me that way You wanna end it all with no conversation Girl I don’t work that way I’m not asking for another year I don’t need another week No no not even a day I need Just another minute Just another minute Just another minute with you Please give me Just another minute Just another minute Just another minute with you It blows my mind to think what we once had We said our love would never fade or die But now it’s all just a dream gone bad I put my head in my hands I just lay here and cry We built our world around a common devotion I guess it just wore thin This is the day the walls come tumbling down It’s the day that my earth caves in So give me Just another minute Just another minute Just another minute with you Please give me Just another minute Just another minute Just another minute with you
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ND: Russ? Russ? Where's my milk Russ? OK.
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DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO I met a girl from Babylon, she said: "John my man it's true, .. The last remains of a peaceful life have been taken by the ZOO!" Then she turned to her friend in chains and produced two rosewood sticks They beat each other up black and blue And the open wounds they'd lick I met a man from Washington who said: "John my boy it's true, ... The only way to enjoy yourself is to fill your head with GLUE!" And I said: DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU LIKE YOU WON'T LIVE FOREVER SO YOU BETTER LIVE IT RIGHT DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU LIKE SO LONG AS IT DOESN'T CAUSE A MURDER IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME I know a fellow who spends his time writing songs no one can play... He'll audition a thousand folks just to turn them all away Ah, then he listens to the radio and examines the latest smash Writes himself a pop song hit and then puts it in the TRASH! I know a gardener from my home town, slavin' labor for some rich snob... She won the "lotto" some years ago but she ain't givin' up her JOB! And I say: DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU LIKE YOU WON'T LIVE FOREVER SO YOU BETTER LIVE IT RIGHT DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU LIKE SO LONG AS IT DOESN'T CAUSE A MURDER IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME
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DON'T YOU KNOW IT'S NOT NOTHIN' They say let's talk about a life together (something cool) Or picture perfect life in rainy weather and the holy jewel But somethin' must be goin' wrong here 'Cause i see i'm not exactly what i used to be And here i am the perfect stranger suddenly... I think about a little girl in leather (something used) All the creases of a promised treasure in high heeled shoes But somethin' must be goin' wrong here 'Cause i see it's not exactly what you want to be The papers say the times are changing but are we?... Oh oh oh don't you know it's not nothin' When i'm sitting alone in your room Something's cryin' in the kitchen and i think it's your broom Oh oh oh don't you know it's not crazy To wanna lie next to you in your bed I've been loving you so long i think i'd rather be dead I see them snake around in technicolor (they look so fine) It's a free for all ; a dream uncovered for another time But somethin' must be goin' on here And i'm up for a wake the moment i walk through your door The easy chair is no solution It's a bore.. Oh oh oh don't you know it's not nothin' When i'm sitting alone in your room Something's cryin' in the kitchen and i think it's your broom Oh oh oh don't you know it's not crazy To wanna lie next to you in your bed I've been loving you so long i think i'd rather be dead Still it seems a bit tragic Sweeping sins of a god through a dark open tomb Coming home to panic... Oh oh oh don't you know it's not nothin' When i'm sitting alone in your room Something's cryin' in the kitchen and i think it's your broom Oh oh oh don't you know it's not crazy To wanna lie next to you in your bed I've been loving you so long i think i'd rather be dead
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TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE ON LOVE We’ve been working it out all night We struggle through the hurtful words to find an answer Now you’re telling you’re all right But something else is in my ear I pray to God that what I hear is... So we’re taking the time to talk together As if to show how much we care Are we gonna hang on or break away? Well I know that you want your space I guess I’m falling to the touch of sweet temptation Now I’m willing to slow the pace But only if you compromise And swear you’ll never leave my side You have always been there to soothe my madness Though at times you’d let me slide Can the two of us stop our selfish ways Should we take another chance on love It’s all we have in the end Take another chance on love or say it’s over Is it written in the stars above that we could make it my friend
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Looks #2 05:31
LOOKS (Genteel Version) I remember a time and place Where a boy with a twisted face Said he didn’t know why the circus was his home And his mother always carried a picture-cube of someone else’s kid ‘Cause she couldn’t live down the stories of her womb I remember a time and place Where a girl with a pretty face saidshe didn’t know why a boy like that should live And her mother snapped several pictures for somebody else's kids Ain’t that a good enough reason to do away his life? ‘Cause looks are super special when you don’t look deep inside The rejections hit the likes of you and me Looks are superficial and out weigh the finer gifts There may always be time and place For a role in a super race Where the ugly in life no longer have a home But I doubt that it matters what dream you dream so long as you awake To a world of bigger egos than yourself ‘Cause looks are super special when you don’t look deep inside The rejections hit the likes of you and me Looks are superficial and out weigh the finer gifts
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I'LL GO WITH YOU Do I remember a kid from a while ago Who spent his time in a box you might know Did he emerge from a war with some inner self The only one true foe And now he's willing to live in a changing time And share his life with someone new So if you see him around could you let him know that someone might be you And if you like me you might stay a while And if you don't well that's OK But if the time comes when you need a hand You know what to say Well I can move through a mine in a darken space And hold your fear as I hold my own And we can take all the turns at your own pace And you won't be alone Be alone And if you like me you might stay a while And if you don't hey, that's ok 'Cause there's a feeling I've got deep inside says I know you'll find your way I'll go with you Well it isn't just a thing to say (no) I'll go with you Well, it's time to try a whole new way I'll go with you Well it's something that I've got to say (yeah) I'll go with you And if you like me you might stay a while And if you don't hey, that's ok 'Cause there's a feeling I've come to trust inside says I know you'll find your way I'll go with you Well it isn't just a thing to say (no) I'll go with you Well, it's time to try a whole new way I'll go with you Well it's something that I've got to say (yeah) I'll go with you Well, it's time to try a whole new way I'll go with you Well it isn't just a thing to say (no) I'll go with you Well, it's time to try a whole new way I'll go with you Well it's something that I've got to say (yeah) I'll go with you
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I'LL BE THERE ALWAYS And if you feel it’s not enough And if the moment seems to fade away And your perception dulls a misty shade of gray... I’ll be there to rest your fears I’ll be there to dry your tears I’ll be there to steer you clear Always And if you find yourself alone And every game becomes a soldier’s play And if you ever want to throw it all away I’ll be there to rest your fears I’ll be there to dry your tears I’ll be there to steer you clear Always And if I gave you my heart, would you come to me? Or would you tear me apart? And if you say it’s not enough And all tomorrow’s just a day gone by And every laugh becomes another way to cry... I’ll be there to rest your fears I’ll be there to dry your tears I’ll be there to steer you clear Always
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Unused lyrics: ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? People, we're a silly bunch Imagine man, a part of us Is dying, and the only one To save us from the things we've done Is a god who might never be Could we face this as reality? Well part of ous is dying fast Faith alone won't make it last ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? A TELEVISION BEAM THAT BEARS NO HOME DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? TO SOME SMARTER SUCKERS SOMEWHERE-ELSE? ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? I say nobody should starve on Earth But the laws of nature can be cruel We can rearrange the common dirt But if selfishness prevails to rule... WE'RE ALL GONNA BE JUST A MEMORY A TELEVISION BEAM THAT BEARS NO HOME DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY TO SOME SMARTER SUCKERS SOMEWHERE-ELSE ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? There hasn't been a time when I can say I wasn't selfish But I always allowed myself the chance to give away what I didn't need Still I've got to wonder about those who might be hurtin' Should I care? And what is fair? Are we headin' in the same direction? Is there a direction? Or: ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? A TELEVISION BEAM THAT BEARS NO HOME DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? TO SOME SMARTER SUCKERS SOMEWHERE-ELSE? ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY? don't know.
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PLEASE DARLIN' STAY I GOT NO TIME FOR REASON I GOT NO TIME TO HEAR HOW ALL THE STUFF I DO WILL HAVE ME LOCKED UP IN A YEAR YOU SAY DON'T LET ME CATCH YOU WITH THE DUDE IN THE RED THIS GUY IS BAD NEWS AND HE'S TAKIN' ALL YOUR BREAD SO WHY DO YOU STAY HERE JUST BE ON YOUR WAY DEAR YOU SAY WHAT ABOUT YOUR BROTHER HOW HE DIED IN HIS PRIME WELL LET ME TELL YA I DON'T WANNA LIVE THIS LIFE OF MINE I JUST DO WHAT I DO BECAUSE I KNOW NOTHIN' ELSE PLEASE DARLIN' STAY LOVE ME ALL DAY YOU KNOW THAT I CARE DEAR BUT YOU'RE SO FULL OF FEAR.. DEAR THE SKY IS SPINNING NOW THE FOG GETS IN YOUR HEAD SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO FIND THE BED I CAN'T DRIVE LIKE THIS SO SLEEP IT OFF INSTEAD YOU KNOW THAT I CARE DEAR BUT I'M SO FULL OF FEAR DEAR YOU KNOW THAT I CARE DEAR (YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE) BUT I'M SO FULL OF FEAR DEAR I TOLD YOU NOT TO WORRY LITTLE GIRL I'LL CLEAR IT MY FRIEND YOU'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO MAKE YOUR WAY ALMOST SET TO GO I GUESS I'LL MAKE IT ON MY OWN AND IF I DON'T I'LL END UP HOME NOTHING HERE CAN STOP YOU WHY NOT SAY THE WORD WE'LL DO IT ALL YOU SAY BABY GET TOGETHER NOW IT'S TIME TO STEP IN BUT LIFE IS JUST A GAME DARLIN' NOBODY CAN WIN I JUST DO WHAT I DO BECAUSE I KNOW NOTHIN' ELSE PLEASE DARLIN' STAY LOVE ME ALL DAY Lyrics and Music © 1984 by Nick DiMauro
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MYSTERY JUXTA / MORE SEATTLE TALK JT : (sings angrily) “I feel blessed!” LT : What are we... ND : We're on a... where are we 64? LT : Yeah, we're on 64... ND : Now wait, we're just coming off the... JT : (singing) We're on 64 ND : So I just wanna know I'm gonna take like route 80 OK? LT : OK. JT : a thousand feet above the sea level darlin'... ND : What is it? LT : Flagstaff ND : Flagstaff? JT : If you don't know what you do... ND : Alright so 180 is the place JT : There's got to be a better place than London. Sorry. ND : Is that a real tune? JT : Nope. JT / ND (singing in unison) : There's got to be a better place than London! ND : I believe we are heading into a fortnight of "tumbulous" terror. JT : Salt water disposal. ND : Salt water disposal neck. JT : Take a urine-natal sample. ND : Have yourself some urine. (laughs) JT : Don't drink all of it this time. ND : Don't spit up on the cheese. JT : The Cisco Kid! ND : Awww.. (Instrumental mix of "This Man Called Harlan With Observing Mode" plays in the background.) JT : (Mimicking the horn line to the song "Cisco Kid") Beh... Beh... Beh... ND : This is our "Paul" portion of our program. JT : Meh…Meh, Meh, Meh…. ND : What the fuck are you doin' John? JT : I'm playing the Singapore, Sinatra Harmonica! LT / ND (laughs) ND : Can't you see what I'm doing you fool? I'm playing the Singapore, Sinatra Harmonica! And at my side is Pancho Mongo. Loading up his small guitar people so that they might ridiculate on some asphalt membrane. JT : Thank you... ND : And with that we bid you... JT : Oh sock.. ND : We bid you a saul - a small smelly watermelon rapped up in hosiery that was used during the civil war to keep the Russians from invading China. JT : (As the Priest) And as McKensie Phillips once said… PHILLIPS! ND : (As the Priest) As McKensie PHILLIPS once said, “Oh my god somebody stuck a Black and Decker™… (laughs) JT : (laughs) ND : You know, I… I asked for a moose Phillip. JT : (laughs) ND : This… Look, come here. I wanna show you the difference. OK? C’mere. This’ll be easier if I illustrate it. Look… Look outside. You see the tumble weeds? You see the thing moving. Groping next to the tumble weeds? That’s a fucking moose. OK? This… This is a 1200 watt hair blower… (laughs) JT : (laughs) ND : Ya plug it in, ya blow yer hair! See what happens when you plug a moose in. (laughs) JT : (laughs) LT : (laughs) ND : It’s self explanatory. When they get the stitches out, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Scooby Watts : Well that reminds me of the time Daddy and I drove cross country just after the storm of 64 when everybody in the house had to leave because the basement hadn’t been redone yet and everybody had to find a place to stay or else the huge rains that always come down usually in Montana just before the monsoon season was like everybody had nobody would be able to go the huge state fair that was supposed to be going on till after they built that new fence that took us clean across country before the best white lines were laid down everybody went for a lard breakfast shoe store! Goodbye! Whoooo!

about

Pre-Rivera? What the?...

I met Nick DiMauro in college (the Stony Brook Music Department to be exact) and to make an absurdly long story short, I gave him a cassette of my crude musical experiments and he didn’t run away screaming. He actually dug it. And if the atmosphere was right during Orchestration class he would even quote a line from one my songs, most notably, You’re Gonna Die Someday. It was then I knew that he wasn't one of those fly by night acquaintances. We hung out a little more each successive day, sometimes at his house (which was a new experience for me) and listened to records on his father's ultra class A Hi-Fi equipment. Nick was without question, the funniest, most obnoxious, imaginative person I'd ever met, so that in itself was cool and enough to keep me from being one of the most anti social characters in the music department. Our shared sense of humor, philosophy and love for hip chord changes made going through the motions of college a lot easier. To top it off, his parents were always kind to me and countless times fed me some of the best home made cooking anywhere. Speaking of food, it was Nick who introduced me to chicken and broccoli, cold noodles in sesame sauce and Chinese roast pork. He taught me why it was ok to take off my jacket at other peoples houses especially on hot summer days. And he exposed me to David Lynch's film
"E r a s e r h e a d " which put my absurd life into perspective. Yes, things were changing for me. For both of us. Soon my sister Laura would
think to herself, "Who is this strange guy my brother is hanging out with?" " He doesn't know how to hang out or have friends."
Well, that was 1982...

Two years later Nick and I purchased some 8 track equipment and set up tent in my bed room, and occasionally at his upstairs vortex. We collaborated on many ideas, honed our engineering skills and even got paid for recording local talent. This CD is a preview of the work we would do once we really became involved in the “real music world”. The absurd humor still carried over and the sarcastic-parody like flavor of this early work still remains intact. Of course the song writing and the arrangements are tighter now-a-days and the fidelity is far superior from these 8 track babies. But it was with these musical fornications that the “dog/child” Brian Rivera was born. It’s future still dangling by a Muffin. It’s hibernation in the late 90s still one of speculation. What will happen? More tunes? Mutant Catalytic Converter Puppies? A re-grouping of new philosophies and styles? As Brian once sang : Time Will Tell.

- JT 10/18/97

credits

released November 24, 2014

Nick DiMauro : Vocals, Keyboard, Programming, Recordist, Mixer
John Tabacco : Vocals, Keyboard, Drums, Guitar, Programming, Recordist, Mixer
Gerry Palisi : Electric and Nylon Guitar
Cheryl Palisi : Vocals, Backup vocals

Recording device : Tascam 38 - 8 Track with DBX noise reduction
Mixing board : Tascam M50 and Amek TAC Scorpion
Mixdown deck : Sony ES 501 PCM to Beta tape
Sequencer : Hybrid Arts
Monitors : Paisley, JBL 4231, Auratones, Yamaha NS 10s
Amp : Crown, Rotell, mono tube Luxman

Recording location :
Suburban Hermit Studios 1 - St. James, NY
Backdoor Studios - Huntington Station, NY

Mastering : Bob Ball. JT using the SA3 risc process

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John Tabacco is a composer, singer-songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and visual artist.

Like an unfolding musical diary / puzzle, Tabacco’s music and art are constantly being re-worked, juxtaposed and intertwined.

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