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Sans Lyrics Vol. 1

by John Tabacco

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) I already predicted before, on purchasing "Sans Lyrics Vol. 3", that I'm going to grab Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 as well - provided that they don't vanish in the black hole of my exuberant wishlist. Well, I succeeded with regard to Vol. 1! This compilation is another one-and-a-half hour firework of - partly quite Zappa-esque - private parts & pieces from various eras of John Tabacco's creative output. Be prepared for the impossible made possible, while listening, and I positively recommend reading the liner notes of the individual tracks, because they are as entertaining as the music itself. Looking forward to the purchase of Vol. 2... but now I'll say "see ya" - I'm going to delve into mysterious music madness for some time... Favorite track: Fearless Flea Trapeze.
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Jac Mac! Go Blow Wheels Go man go!
Gian DiMauro : Trumpet JT : Guitar, Keyboards, Bass Recorded and Mixed at Suburban Hermit Studios I, St. James, N
Madison Clips, Madison Clips! Receptive Madison Clips! I see Madison Clips, Madison Clips! Steely bendy Madison Clips, Madison Clips, Madison Clips, Madison Clips In the garage Yeah, they're in a box


Lyrics? What lyrics? We don't need no stinkin' lyrics! Or so says those rare breed of music consumers who fetish instrumental music. Well, if you are one of them this might be the CD for you. Pretty much with the exception of me shouting "Madison Clips!" a few times, this CD is relatively free of words and singing in general. It’s a collection of works I created by rhythmically “plooking” on whatever new keyboard happened to be in the studio at the time and then adjusting the pitches, adding harmonies to those pitches, bending the occasional guitar string, juxtaposing the odd sample and thinking up what amounts to various cartoonish ideas for a boring rainy day. There is plenty here to keep your ears occupied. In fact, most of this music was written while waiting around for music clients to turn up at the studio for a session. As you can see - many of them kept me waiting around long enough to develop some interesting ideas. I enjoy writing in this genre and there is a bunch more of it sitting around waiting for me to find the proper budget to record them. Since I've had to operate on practically no budget it's been difficult getting "real" players to help me realize these pieces. More often than not if a piece requires the help of professional musicians it's going to be a song of some sort with singing on it or the audience for it will almost be non-existent. For now, it seems to me that this kind of instrumental music (it’s not jazz, not really classical, not really rock, not quite improvisation) is sleeping with the fishes. I don’t know how many people care about it. And you know what? I don’t care either. I enjoy making it and sharing it with you like minded music lovers. If you enjoy this volume you'll surely enjoy Sans Lyrics Volume 2, Sans Lyrics Volume 3, Gateways, Pithy Percussion And Other Sequenced Allusions, Covid-19 Rebop, and Tuba Faux.

Of note, the piece “Flit” got me a small article / showcase in the Discoveries section of Keyboard magazine in January of 1988.


released October 6, 2014

JT : Programming, Drums, Guitar, Engineer, Mixer
Teddy Kumpel : Trapeze guitar on Pomp For Irreguloso The Clown & His 47 Narcoleptic Puppies
Donna Bach-Heitner : Backwards vocal on Retreating Rainbows
Jac Mac & Rad Boy : Voices on The Stagebrush Fire-Wagon Show Comes To Berwick
Mysterious China Doll : Flute on Souzarian Section

Recorded at :
Suburban Hermit Studios 1, St. James, NY (1984-86)
Backdoor Studios, Huntington Station, NY (1987-89)
Modern Voices Recording Studios, Centerport, NY (1990-92)
Sonic Underground Studios, Stony Brook, NY (1993 -2004)
Jupiter Moon Studios, Commack, NY (2005- 2006)

SA3 (RISC) Mastering : Bob Ball and John Tabacco

Sequencer programs used :
Hybrid Arts for Atari™
Master Tracks Pro™ for Macintosh
Studio Vision™ for Macintosh
Logic Pro™ for Apple

CD design : Farben Fosfeen Art Werks
Black and white distorted JT photography : Gian DiMauro



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John Tabacco Stony Brook, New York

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.

For more info : www.johntabacco.net
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