THE NIGHTS WERE DARK and the days were darker when Rich Hope and his Evil Doers cut this album you're holding. Not that the team made its way outside too much, arriving early one morning when the snow crunched underfoot and skating out of there one whole week later on the hazardous suburban glacier that ate Burnaby in the first week of 2008. Inside was amber and intimate, with an ad-hoc junkstore studio thrown up in Richie Eusebio's wood paneled basement, lit by candles and warmed with Jack Daniels, a vinyl copy of BLIND JOE DEATH standing in the corner like an implacable sentinel against bad juju at a time when all the world was juju'd bad. One time in the middle of "Rollin' On" it jumped up like something kicked it, cartwheeling through the air and landing right at Hope's feet - but did he flinch? No. "Damn them troubled spirits," is all he said and then he calmy set BLIND JOE DEATH back in its place, like you do. Hope, the Cleethorpes Crasher, and all the other dudes that gathered to make this album fixed their thinkin' right for seven whole moons after that and kicked back at that juju, aiming square for the money-maker.
released January 7, 2009
RICH HOPE - vocals, guitar, harmonica, Acetone.
ADRIAN "The Cleethorpes Crasher" MACK - drums, percussion
RECORDED by Marcel Rambo at Sandbag Studios, Burnaby BC. Additional recording at K&M Studios, Vancouver BC and Emerson Street Studios, Burnaby BC. Assisted by Erik Nielsen
MIXED by Marcel Rambo with Sheldon Zaharko at Factory Studios, Vancouver BC.
MASTERED by John Golden at Golden Mastering, Venturam CA
ALL SONGS WRITTEN by Rich Hope except "My Baby Likes To Boogaloo" by Don Garder, Sugarhill Music Publishing/Obo Gambi Music (c) 1966. "Blackbird Bakey Pie Blues" written by Rich Hope & Gordie Johson, (c) 2005 Hopeforrainmusic (SOCAN)/Chan Diego Music (SOCAN)
Back-up vocals on "When My Light Comes Shining" by The Sojourners (Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders, Ron Small) Vocals arranged by The Sojourners with Erik Neilsen & Rich Hope. Scott Smith played pianner on "You're An Ice Queen, Baby".
PRODUCED by Rich Hope
COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Maryanovich
LAYOUT & DESIGN Dale Davies
Thanks to our families, Richard Eusebio, Mike Manville, Chris and Jennifer Woudstra.
All songs written by Rich Hope (Hopeforrain Music/SOCAN) (c) 2009 Sandbag Records, Burnaby BC.
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