These tracks were recorded at Ultrasonic in Hempstead NY and The Recording Workshoppe in Douglaston NY around 1978.
This was intended to be the beginning of a record, and my name at the time was Albert, Albert Ross- the band would have beeb called, obviously, Albatross (Albertross).
My friend Michael Tapes engineered and co-produced everything. To this day, we work together on all kinds of projects. We mixed at the two above studio and at Bolognese Recording also on LI. It was a crazy, crazy time.
The main band included, Kevin Kelly on bass, Bill Letang on Drums, Rob Clyne on Organ. Ronnie Lawson plays piano, and Michael Tapes drums, on "Long, Long Time To Come,"
Bob Trenka on bass with Steve Jaeger on drums on "Taking It To The Very End," along with Billy and Bobby Alessi on vocals. I'm playing piano on this and most of the other tracks.
Bob "Ursi" Ursillo on vocals and rhythm guitar on "Tonight."
On "Right For you, Baby," the backing vocals are Stephanie Davie, and a lady named Rita and Sandy, The Sax is Richie Cannata. The sax on the "alt" version of RFY,B is John Purcell.
Words to "Rapid Rose" came from two poems by Michael "Mickey" Fisher.
My late (musically and otherwise amazing) brother Michael Ross, and Rob Clyne, are the backing vocals on "From One To Another."
I played guitars and sang on everything.
Michael and I played miscellaneous percussion- some in mixdown. The entire project was recorded on 8-track Tascam 80-8 or 16-track Scully. I literally just - the weekend - copied these tracks from a DAT to my studio and did a little "Felix Unger" ersatz mastering job to make these mp3's.
For a while I was thinking of releasing these, along with a bunch of other home recorded originals, in a collection called "Interim Report. For now, I'm calling this "Call To Doody."
Note: Thank you, Michael Tapes, one of the finest recordists on earth.
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