So: Tracks & Treasure Vol. 1. What's on it? And why release it now?
Second question first. I'm releasing an album now because the OTHER album I'm working on, my new album, keeps taking longer than I expected! I started the new record, tentatively titled Thank You, Bethesda, about three years ago, which is about the same time my second daughter came along. She has kept me busy and that's my excuse!
Tracks & Treasure Vol. 1 is literally a blast from the past. T&TV1 contains songs I've always liked a lot, but never included on a P. Hux album.
||(Full disclosure: my cover of Badfinger's "Perfection" was released on Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger; and "Things Could Be Worse" appeared on Hit The Hay, Vol. 7, a Swedish compilation.)
Here's what's on it.
Things Could Be Worse was a song I'd performed live a bunch of times and we nailed a recording of it with the second P. Hux lineup (myself, Gordon Townsend on drums and Dan Rothchild on bass) during the Purgatory Falls sessions. It clearly didn't fit in with the theme of Purgatory Falls, instead landing on the previously mentioned Swedish compilation and also as the end credit song for a film by Bradley Tatum called Salt (not starring Angelina Jolie.) Now it's on a P. Hux album, and I feel better.
The Air Gets Colder is a demo Gordon and I recorded for the No Rewind album by The Orchestra. It features our pal Mik Kaminski (below) of ELO on violin.
An earlier version of the song appears on How To Rock by The Blazers, my college bar band.
Perfection by Badfinger is on here because I just love the performance by the original P. Hux lineup with Rob Miller on bass. Rocks.
Mercy is a solo acoustic number with no frills that I've always liked a lot and never found a home for.
Mr. Stoneface features my original L.A. band with all their fabulous pedigree--Rusty Anderson (above) now plays guitar with Paul McCartney, Jen Condos is a member of Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs (below), and Rob Ladd only went on to drum for Don Henley and Roger Daltry.
My Girlfriend is another orphan track I've always dug but never released. Paul Martinez and Winston Watson from my other band VeG (below) supply the muscle on bass and drums.
Pop Dreams is a theme song for a radio show in St. Etienne, France. Short but sweet.
Drag You Down. Another track from the early P. Hux days, played live a bunch, but never included on an album. It sat in a drawer on a DAT tape for years.
She Must Be From Heaven was written with Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock. I dig Gina. She's from Bal'mer, hon.
There you have it. Please order Tracks & Treasure Vol. 1 from the P. Hux Store today (along with any other records you might like to buy). I will sign your copy, throw in a custom P. Hux pick made by Dunlop and ship your package to you immediately. Then you can rip the CD onto your media devices, put the disc in your car's CD player and enjoy the 8 page booklet on which I worked so diligently. I appreciate your appreciation!
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