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The Band Is Back Together w/ Gadzooks, Loob & JP


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The song started with J.J. Cale’s version of “Momma Don’t Allow” in mind – fairly laid back, with the opportunity for several solos. There have been a few pauses and changes of direction as the song has progressed, but we got there in the end!

The players (in alphabetical order) are:
• Stan Gadziola (Gadzooks): electric guitar (lead and right channel rhythm), harmonica
• Philip Gardner: acoustic guitar (left channel), bass, vocal
• Fred Jam (Loob): Drums, mix, master
• John Paxinos: keyboard

Thank you to the musicians who played on this – the whole point was to provide a platform to show their skills and I hope you enjoy listening to their work as much as I do!

John and I did a lot of work in bands and as a duo in the 80s and early 90s and it was good to reunite and do some work together on this song.

Stan is an extraordinarily talented player – I love listening to anything he does!

All well as his stellar drumming, special thanks to Freddy for the mixing and mastering. The sounds he gets is vastly superior to my mixing efforts, and his judgement about what works is faultless.

The art work is Microsoft Office clipart.
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Lyrics
The band is back together and we’re going on the road
The band is back together and we’re going on the road
We’ll collect the dues we payed out, time to get back what we’re owed

Listen to the drummer, as he’s laying down the beat
Listen to the drummer, as he’s laying down the beat
Kicking on the bass drum, he is turning up the heat

You can hear the keyboards soaring, while the bass man keeps it tight
You can hear the keyboards soaring, while the bass man keeps it tight
Feel that rhythm in you, they are in the groove tonight

With his hands cupped round the microphone, you can hear the harp
With his hands cupped round the microphone, you can hear the harp
Listen to its angry growl, or a wail straight from the heart

When you hear the guitar you know he’s got the blues
The blues comes from that guitar, and it’s aiming straight at you
Like a stick of dynamite, with a lighted fuse

The band is back together, come and hear us play tonight!
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Hits: 2756
Comments: 54
Fans: 24
Plays: 113
Downloads: 46
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Dec 01, 2011 - 02:16:21 PM
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011 - 07:45:36 PM Last Played: Mar 10, 2017 - 03:39:51 PM
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Comments
Loob said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Hey thanks for including me in on this Phil.
I remember doing something similar to this with a club band I was with back in the early 80s. Not quite like this but same idea (intorducing the band and solos). I may have some old video footage of it I think. As usual Stan just kicks ass, and so did your buddy John! Great job on the bass and acustic! We had some fun!
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for helping me out on this one, Freddy! Your ability to see the big picture musically is worth its weight in gold!
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Bob Rodgers said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
So good
to hear this and that the band is back together :-)
It's great to hear all the different players on this and it makes a solid blues number.
I love the harmonica and you play a great bass line Philip, guitars sound so good, very much enjoyed and a great mix.
Thanks for the download.

Bob
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Bob. I'm very happy with the way it's come together. I would love to play live with this band one day!
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Skweryl said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
PHILLIPSKWERYL!
AWESOME NEWS COME TOUR WITH THE SKWERYL! THIS IS AWESOME!
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
On tour
I'll just check if Madison Square Garden is free, then we'll get some dates organised, Skweryl! :-) Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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PeterB7858 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
We're on a mission from (insert deity)...
Good to hear that the band still has what it takes. Nice showcase of some fine players. Perhaps the tour could be called "The Superannuation Tour" :-) I'd certainly come along to see you guys play. Thanks Philip, Freddy, Stan and John. Regards, Peter.
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
The tour
Well given what's happened to world finances, a superannuation tour might be necessary! Glad you like the music - and thanks for your comments on earlier versions, too! Enjoy the fishing - see you soon.
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michaeljayklein said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Stellar
Oh yeah, this was tops guys! Philip, your vocal was so laid back and ultra-cool--you were kind of like the Pied Piper of Hamlin leading this band of musicians (yourself too of course). I loved the lyrical call and musical answer used in this, which is something they often did on the old jazz/big band records and always brings a slightly new dimension to things. This is solidly pro--thanks to all for making it happen! Michael
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Pied Piper
I hope I don't lead them into the river, Michael :-) I think most bands have a tune or two where everyone gets to be centre stage at some point, and this is one of those. Fun to play, fun to watch/listen to the others play! Thanks again for listening and taking the time to comment.
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Soundhound said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Yep......You guys....
Sound solid you've all hit the mark with this one, made my day
love the blues....
Top shelf vocals great lyrics, super mix.....

Very well done by all involved in this project......
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Hitting the mark
Knowing your work, I take it as high praise that you think we got this one right! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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VicDiesel said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
self-referential songcraft
Fun song, and expertly played all around. Special kudos for making the vocals so upfront, yet proper part of the mix. It sounds great.
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Fun song
I certainly enjoyed watching this develop, Vic. It took a few turns during production as we talked about what could work, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. Having Fred do the mixing is always a good start to getting the right sound at the end! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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Sigmund said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
The Band Is Back Together
Well arranged, produced, and performed by all members of this most excellent collab. I had fun listening to this one - thanks!
Sig
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Sigmund. I do think it's the sort of tune where everyone can have a good time playing! I appreciate you listening and taking the time to comment.
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alackbass said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
The Band Is Back Together
Great jam by a great band! Excellent production and mix!
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Philip18 said 1946 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for stopping by, Andrew - always appreciate your support! I would love to be on the same stage as all those guys, but given our various locations that might prove tricky!
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neilh79 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
The band is back together
Can't beat some blues! Love the way it goes, could jam to this all day!!
Philip18 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Can't beat the blues
A fairly simple format, Neil, but it is fun to play over. I did spend a lot of time trying different things (and probably driving Freddy mad sending them all to him) but I'm very happy with what made it into the final mix! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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richard13 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Nice idea Philip
and nicely executed. Course it helps to have such a talented group as your bandmates. Well done.
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Philip18 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Talented group
Yes, Richard, it's cheating a bit getting all those muscos into the song and then saying it's mine - the strength of the song is in the solos! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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TobinMueller said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
The MJ beat
What a fun collaboration. Totally dig the beatnik song art. More keys!
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Philip18 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
More keys
Thanks, Tobin. I wish I could paint like Stan does, but I did think the artwork was amusing. Maybe more keys in the next one - I'm sure John and I will be getting together again for some more music making. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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dave_b said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
The Band Is Back Together
Tight and tasty, nice job!
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Philip18 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Tight
Thanks, Dave. A lot of the tightness is thanks to Freddy, who eliminated a fair bit of looseness in what he chose to include, and where he chose to include it. I appreciate your support - thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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Feter said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Back Together
??JJ Cale ? I hear Dylan and it so good Gents ..I m sure working on this is a lot of fun ..kudos !
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Philip18 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
A lot of fun
Yes, Feter, it was fun. It was a bit of a slow burner as various options were explored but in the end the tune is all the better for that. I take it as a high compliment that you hear some Dylan there - I love everything he does (well, almost everything...). Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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TvRicky said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Turning up the heat for real!
Your vocals are amazing...drummer positioned perfectly..guitars of course..like the indigo plant make blue deeper than blue. Overall production excellent. Fun and exciting mixture of very talented and caring cats. Great piece! Harmonica flawless!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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Philip18 said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Fun mixture
I appreciate the comments - the production side of things is mainly up to Freddy, and there's no doubt that Stan's harmonica playing is amazing! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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Llarion said 1945 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Well done!
It may be clipart, but the art captures this perfectly! Your singing has a smooth mellowness that reminds me of my friend Ray Chesna, you should seek him out and take a listen. A fun and listenable blues; I especially enjoyed the harp work, is that a silver bullet mic? Terrific collab, gents!
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Philip18 said 1944 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Mellow
Thanks, Phil. I just had a quick listen to Ray Chesna on iTunes and he sure is smooth - I'll take the comparison to him! Re your question about the mike used to record the harp, I'll send it on to Stan - I'm not sure what it is. Glad you enjoyed the track - thanks for taking the time to comment.
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Doug Somers said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
That band's got the blues so bad
Fun tune which lets everyone shine. This is one band that should definitely get together again! Catchy and a really good listen.

Thanks folks,
Doug
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Philip18 said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Catchy
Glad you liked it, Doug. I certainly enjoyed hearing the contributions of all the players. You never know what's ahead - maybe this band will get together again!
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Char said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Really
cute lyrics. Success. So hard to believe you guys weren't in the same room. Stan is virtuoso on the harmonica. Guitars are pairing up nicely. Vocal is bouncy. Keyboard is tickling the ear waves and the drums back it up perfectly. Love it, from start to finish. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Char. I think the "in the same room" feel is largely achieved by Freddy's mixing skills - the balance he is able to get makes a big difference. Stan is a virtuoso on everything he plays! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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DWL said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Great feel
great fun
great groove
great playing

Splendid work chaps!

Cheers

Dick

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Philip18 said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Thamks
I appreciate your comments, Dick - it certainly was great fun playing this one and I'm delighted that comes through. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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crissew said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Got da blues?
Light hearted blues vibe on this. Tasty guitar licks and nice mix. Nothing not to like here!
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Philip18 said 1943 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Da Blues
Yes, nothing too testing in the lyrics - just an opportunity to let everyone play! Glad you liked it. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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gadzooks said 1944 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
The Band Is Back Together in cyberspace
I love tunes with a bluesy root and when Phil sent me the song I signed up! It's great to hear it all mixed. Freddy did an amazing job of keeping all the parts clear in a world of their own but playing all together like we were all in the same room jammin'. Everyone played real well! Phil, it was a fun idea for a song and thanks for inviting me to be a part of it all.
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Philip18 said 1943 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Cyberspace band
Well, to paraphrase someone or other, if the band doesn't exist we would have to invent it! As the comments above show, your playing never fails to impress! Great that you were part of it, Stan! I appreciate what someone of your talent brings to a piece of music. Thanks again for your involvement.
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magnatone said 1943 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Band is Back Together
what an absolutely fabulous band! this is about as good as it gets. i especially loved john's terrific keyboard work - very impressive all around - thanks guys!
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Philip18 said 1943 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
John's keyboard
John will be pleased to hear your comments, Karen. This is his first toe-in-the-water at MacJams but I suspect you'll be hearing more of his work over time. Thanks again for your support and encouragement!
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abzwork said 1941 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Big Blues Here..
A most excellent canvas for the Vocals and harmonica, guitar work is exceptional and the flava is magnificent throughout...wonderful upfront mix lets every note shine my friends..:):)
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Philip18 said 1941 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it! Freddy is a wonderful musician and mixer! And if you liked the harmonica and guitar especially, you might have a listen to Stan's own tracks - he's magic and is here http://www.macjams.com/artist/gadzooks

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julius18 said 1939 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
The band get back together.
Very good arrangement, I like it.
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Philip18 said 1939 days ago (December 8th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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Godchaser said 1939 days ago (December 8th, 2011)
Smoothhhhhh
Well done gentlemen.Thanks for sharing the collab.
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Philip18 said 1939 days ago (December 8th, 2011)
Smooth
I'l l take smooth - thanks. I do think there are a few rough edges - in a good way! - as the guys strut their stuff. I think everyone enjoyed playing on this one - I certainly did!
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kaidavis said 1938 days ago (December 8th, 2011)
first vist
This song bring to the time when everything was alright and everybody having a good time ALL NIGHT LONG,and the band was jamming,if it was at a club I dont see nobody sitting down,that is what we need more of because I must say there not enough positive music and lyrics out there today so I thank you for keeping the integrity of the art peace and blessing
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Philip18 said 1938 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed the song - I think everyone was having a good time playing on the tune. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment - looking forward to hearing more of your music on MacJams!
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Cori Ander said 1926 days ago (December 21st, 2011)
Oh
such a nice style, WHAT A BAND, your'e super nice! Soo cool and hot at the same time, hope you understand what I mean. The vocalist (is that you yourself?) reminds me a bit of Peter Green how he sounds today.
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Philip18 said 1925 days ago (December 22nd, 2011)
The style
I understand the cool and hot comment - the musical bed is laid back, but the solos get going! And yes, that's me singing. Thanks for taking the time to listen and leave a comment!
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Name: Philip Gardner
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The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. The form evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, field

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