RICKWHITEALBUM - demos 2004

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Here's some backstory on these songs:

In December 2003, after living a post acid grey gloom deteriorating happiness and health three years in an apartment above a pizza place on Queen street in Toronto, i packed everything i had into our old van and drove back to my parents house in Moncton for sanctuary.

I arrived home after an icy 20 hour drive to a full out snowstorm, unloaded all my stuff into the old basement room that i hadn't lived in since Eric's Trip recorded "Love Tara" there in 1993, then sat down exhausted on my old bed as the power went out. Back to the womb.

I set up my old 1/2" 8track the next day and got right into finishing up ELEVATOR's "August" album. Mark Gaudet would come over once a week to hang out, it was great seeing him more regularly again. Most of the time though, i just sat down there alone figuring things out, painting, or writing songs.

As usual, i always like to record songs the same day i write them. Get it all out at once. I recorded at least one a day, sometimes more. Its always been my main method of getting heavy thoughts together and i had alot to tend to. Between December 2003 and June 2004, i filled 23 - 70 minute CDR's (which is what i was mixing down to at the time) with songs and mixes. My old 8track machine was falling apart and i just kept recording over old tapes again and again. The fidelity gets mushier and dirtier as the months went on but these masters are some of the last stuff recorded on that old machine thats faithfully recorded basically everything i'd done since ERIC'S TRIP's "Forever Again" album in 1994.

On these 23 master CDR's are early versions of the songs that would later be re-recorded for my first RickWhiteAlbum record in 2005. Theres also alot of songs that were never re-recorded or released at all. There are 4 or 5 different mixes and versions of most of them and hardly any songs were left unfinished.

This collection is my favourites of the songs that have never been heard. There as important to me as the 16 that were re-recorded a year later for the RickWhiteAlbum. Important in that they document this period of transition just as much. Being in my childhood home again, buried inbetween.

In late summer 2004, i packed up again and moved out to the country in Ontario. Reborn into a new life in the woods where i still am happily today. I hope you enjoy hearing these forgotten recordings from that womby winter, i'm really glad i still have them all and i'm glad i made them. The process really helps you figure things out.

Thanks friends.


*note - cover photo was taken in my basement room at my folks house in Moncton N.B. on Feb 1st 2004 by my Mom.
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released February 1, 2013

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