The Music Graveyard

Welcome to the Music Graveyard! Here I will talk about albums (in detail) that have been lost for good. Some of these albums might have a track or two that made it, and in most cases they have ended up on one of the 90s Tapes volumes.

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Psychotrax (1993)

01. First Life (survived)
02. It’s Gotta Be
03. In-Living
04. Organo
05. Phrantic
06. Greenshine (survived)
07. Relive
08. A Broken Heart
09. Traveling Far
10. Final Death

Psychotrax was my first full length solo L.P. recorded between Oct 11th and Oct 18th in 1993. However, my first ever solo recording was an E.P. called “Under the Black Light” which was recorded over the summer of 1993. It was never released, and no cover art was made for it so this mention is as far as it goes.

Psychotrax was initially planned as a more structured and arranged project with a lot of pre-prepared songs ready to go. Many of the songs would be dropped in favor of a spontaneous writing and recording approach which allowed for such wild songs like Phrantic, and Traveling Far. Songs written for, and then dropped from Psychotrax: Tragedy on the Sea, To Travel, and Holly. The first two of these songs would end up on the next album “Def Code” recorded in the fall of 1994.

One of the key pieces of equipment was a Boss guitar pedal with infinite delay loop which allowed me to build big instrument stacks to play off of. Equipment used: Peavy Foundation bass guitar,Oscar Schmidt acoustic 12 string guitar with a pickup,a small Casio keyboard, a set of bells,a condenser microphone,and a Roland / Boss effects unit.

Besides the two songs from this album that survived through the years, remnants of the other songs can be heard on the tracks “Gathering” and “Ajointment” from The Lost 90s Tapes. The original Gathering album incorporated parts of Psychotrax, and Def Code as well as other experimental sounds / effects.

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Lost Legend (1997) (Originally released under the name Universe)

01. Welcome Inn
02. Something
03. Enka
04. Photos and Images
05. Morning Jingle
06. Falling Stars
07. Escape
08. Move On

Although many songs from this album were re-recorded, the original is lost for good 😦 Recorded in April 1997, Lost Legend packed the energy, and intensity of a live performance, mostly because it was cut that way (virtually live). The bulk of the songs were written from Oct 1996 to Feb 1997, and demoed extensively. Needless to say, by the time the actual recording took place, the material was very familiar, and easy to put down on tape.

Equipment used: Remo Practice drum kit with shallow shells that sounded a lot like Phil’s early kits, Epiphone 6/12 string double neck (red), Yamaha PSR180 keyboard, Art Xtreme guitar effects pedal, Fostex XR7 four track recorder, and mixed down to Sony MDS-JE510 mini-disc deck (over the following summer).

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420247 (1997) (Originally released under the name Universe)

01. Introduction/Theme
02. Enka
03. Color
04. Something
05. Snefugneer
06. Anypopsong
07. Still Ones
08. Falling Stars
09. Effects
10. Gray Skies
11. To Travel (survived)
12. Burning Flame
13. Color Reprise
14. Buzz Radio

This was sort of my “sampler” album of the times because I didn’t want to use “best of” in the title… This is why you’ll see some repeat song titles from Def Code, and Lost Legend. Most of these takes were re-recorded for better sound quality, and to maintain a consistent sound throughout the whole LP.

Equipment used: Epiphone 6/12 string double neck (red), Yamaha PSR420 workstation keyboard, Roland RS202 strings keyboard, Alvarez acoustic guitar, EV cardioid condenser mic, Art Xtreme guitar effects pedal, Fostex XR7 four track recorder, and mixed down to Sony MDS-JE510 mini-disc deck.

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Speed, Death, Jazz (1998) (Originally released under the name Universe)

01. Train Horn
02. You Don’t Have To Open
03. Fine, Gone 13 (survived)
04. Driving Nails
05. Iza Train Coming
06. In Search Of The Castle
07. Climbing The Tower
08. Into Your Brain
09. Iza Another Train
10. Speed
11. Death
12. Jazz
13. Devil’s Chariot
14. Chop Space
15. Fine Reprise
16. We Got You
17. Space, Death, Jazz

Cocaine is one hell of a drug Rick James! Lyrics for this album were inspired by a nervous breakdown that followed a near drug overdose in early 1998. I’m not sensationalizing that either, it really happened that way lol! This album was designed to be a stream of consciousness type of exploration of Avant-garde music, poetry, sound effects, and lifestyle all captured to tape / disc. No, I hadn’t heard of R. Stevie Moore at this time, this was all me baby!

Just before recording had commenced for this album, I tossed my Epiphone double neck off of a train bridge (worth $1,100)!!! I thought it was possessed, and full of negative energy so it needed to be sacrificed! The album opens with a train horn, then a 10 second snippet of one of the jams, and then a spoken piece of me talking to the listener. It went something like this:

“Howdy kiddies out there in TV land… I just gotta tell you one thing… You don’t always have to open with your most poppiest song at the beginning of the album, that’s why I’m talking to you now. So anyway, I just got a couple more words to say to you… Here I go…” This was followed by 20-30 voice overdubs of me talking, which fades into explosions until finally…. Fine, Gone 13.

Equipment used: Epiphone 6/12 string double neck (red) (guitar snippet from earlier recording before the toss), Yamaha PSR420 workstation keyboard, Korg Poly 61 synth keyboard, Alvarez acoustic guitar, EV cardioid condenser mic, Mackie 8 channel mixing board, Art Xtreme guitar effects pedal, Fostex XR7 four track recorder, Sony mini-disc walkman (for the sound on sound portion) and mixed down to Sony MDS-JE510 mini-disc deck.

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Live From Area 51 (1999) (Originally released under the name Universe)

01. Zounds (of anger and surprise)
02. Static Delay
03. Visions
04. Your Ribbon
05. A Heart Of Stone
06. Jam For 51!
07. Day Song
08. For You
09. Dark Dreams
10. Fall in To Blue
11. City of Destruction
12. The Lost Ones

This was made from the early (and somewhat) live keyboard based demos of these particular songs. I basically picked the best stuff, added some live vocal and guitar, assembled the running order, and added a fake audience for effect. It really sounded like a live album which was why I had to release it as such.

Equipment used: Epiphone SG (1961 reissue / red), Yamaha PSR420 workstation keyboard, Casio CTK 611 workstation keyboard, some cheap mic, Sony MDS-JE510 mini-disc deck (for keyboard sequencer capturing), Fostex FD4 digital 4-track recorder, and mixed to a Phillips CDR / CDRW burner deck.

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The Lost Ones (1999 – 2000) (Originally released under the name Universe)

01. Ordeal
02. The Lost Ones
03. Face (survived)
04. Drum Solo
05. Freak Of Survival
06. Saintly One
07. Don’t Laugh
08. Move Into Shadows
09. Whisper
10. Channeling
11. Paradox
12. Transformation
13. Nos Of Ages
14. Whispered Words (survived)
15. Won’t End

This was one of the first times that I tried “on the fly” mini-compositions which were pieced together to create longer songs. I then threw in some improvisations, added vocals / guitar to a few of the tracks and away we go! Another album! Funny that I decided to call this “The Lost Ones” because that’s exactly what it became!

Equipment used: Epiphone SG (1961 reissue / red), Casio CTK 611 workstation keyboard, Yamaha VX55 guitar amp (distortion / reverb), some cheap mic, Fostex FD4 digital 4-track recorder, and mixed to a Phillips CDR / CDRW burner deck.

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