Ra Band

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Ra Rising – compilation, 2009

Ra Rising

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Tracklist

  1. Theme Two 
(Groves / Andrews) Ra
  2. Over the Edge (Hillman) Steve Hillman
  3. Kaugummimäßige Musik
 (Andrews) Ra
  4. The Host 
(Andrews) 
Robert Andrews
  5. Standstill 
(Groves) 
David Groves
  6. Spike
 (Beck) Ra
  7. Eyes of Janus 
(Hillman / Andrews)
 
Steve Hillman
  8. Tide
 (Groves) David Groves
  9. Shambles
 (Andrews)
 Robert Andrews

Credits

Robert Andrews: Bass, Guitars, Keyboards
Richard Benjamin: Keyboards (track 9)
Russell Davies: Guitar Synth (track 4)
Dan Eldon: Melodeon (track 9)
David Groves: Guitars, Keyboards
Steve Hillman: Keyboards
Malcolm Parker: Drums (track 4)
Dai Rees: Drums (tracks 1, 3 and 6)
Chris Shelley: Lead Guitar (track 4) Rees Wesson: Melodeons (track 9)

Label: Cyclops - CYCL 169
Released January 26, 2009

Engineered by David Groves, David Gate, Richard Benjamin, Rees Wesson, Steve Hillman and Robert Andrews.
Produced by David Groves, Robert Andrews and Steve Hillman.
Cover images by Edyth Harrison.
Calligraphy by Peter Bamber
Notes about the tracks by Rob Andrews.

Theme Two is an alternative version of “What Thought Did” from the album “Wake”. Up until the last minute I thought that this was going to be the album version until we realised that Dai’s performance on the “single version” was superior to this performance.
Over the Edge – Intended for a Cyclops Sampler (#4, I think) until the project turned out to be too long for a double CD I think I asked Steve if we could include this as I thought it would be great to get it released somehow.
Kaugummimäßige Musik is the complete version of the track found on “Wake”. I devised the segue into “Janus” very late in the day but the “Ra Rising” project gave me the opportunity to make this version available.
The Host is built on a rejected mix of the title track from my second solo album. Chris Shelley’s guitar solo had been recorded for the album but David Groves preferred his own solo (understandably). Russell’s synth guitar interjections were recorded a year or two later for this version.
Standstill – Part of the title track from David’s second solo project, I think this is my favourite of David’s compositions.
Spike is an alternate edit to the one used on the “Wake” album.
Eyes of Janus – In 1990 I returned from London and was wondering how to get back into music making. I sent a demo of this piece to Steve who, quite unexpectedly, produced 10 minutes of variations of my main theme. I later topped and tailed this recording with some extra music and it was released on a compilation called “A Change for the Different” in 1991. This, then, is Steve’s original recording without any interference from me.
Tide – “Tide” was David’s first solo project and this is an edited version of the finale. I wanted to re-record the track for “Wake” but for some reason we never got round to doing it. I had prepared a bass part but it seemed to steer the music too close to Mike Oldfield.
Shambles is a new version of the aborted track “Shambolic Spirit” that was added as a bonus to my first album “An Amnesty for Bonny Things on Sunny Days”. The melodeons and the steel drums sound are new additions. The title comes from David Gate, who thought it an apt description of Simon Jeffes, and “Shambles” refers to a street in York that I visited as a child, having dreamed about it weeks before.

Wake - 2007

Wake

Label: Cyclops – CYCL 162

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Tracklist

  1. What Thought Did
  2. The Head Honcho
  3. Head On
  4. Enough Monkeys
  5. Kaugummimäßiges Musik
  6. Janus
  7. Wake
  8. What Thought Did Next
  9. Wheels Keep Turning
  10. Last Farewells
  11. Spike
  12. The Knee Of An Idol
  13. What Thought Did After That
  14. At Last

Credits

  • Artwork [Calligraphy] – Peter Bamber
  • Composed By – David Groves tracks: 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14), Mike Beck (tracks: 2, 4, 11), Robert Andrews (tracks: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13), Steve Hillman (tracks: 6, 9, 12)
  • Bass – Robert Andrews
  • Drums – Dai Rees
  • Guitar – David Groves
  • Keyboards – Steve Hillman
  • Violin – Phil Morgan (tracks: 9)
  • Mixed By – David Groves
  • Photography By [Cover Images] – Edyth Harrison
  • Recorded By – David Groves