…We Ain’t Tired Yet (2000)
Label: Ratamaque Records
Featuring: Chris Masi (Vox/Guitar/Synth/Drum Programming), Chris Buono (Guitar/Sounds), Andy Voelker (Alto and Soprano Saxes/Horn Arrangements), Andy Citkowicz (Tenor Sax), Vince Bergamo (Synth/Hammond), Ryan Thompson (Bass), John Mikhail (Drums)
For more information: http://www.myspace.com/brownlive
Slow Baby marks the real start of my life as an effects guy. It was the first time I got to just freak out and experiment with the zany ideas that were in my head. It was also around the time myself and Chris Masi bought every Lovetone pedal in one order. Opening those boxes was a great day in history, lemme tell ya. Throughout the tune you’ll hear varying combinations of the following: Lovetone Meatball, Ring Stinger, and Wobulator; Z.Vex Fuzz Factory, a vintage Electro-Harmonix Micro-Synth, Boss DD-2, DM-3, and DD-3 delays … and maybe more!
Na Na Song
I played on many of the tunes throughout both Brown CDs back around late ’98 or early ’99. This was right after I really committed to the effects quest I’ve been on ever since. This tune marks the first time I ever recorded with my infamous whammy-pedal-meets-analog synth-pitch-wheel sound, albeit the only I did so with a Fulltone Full Drive 2 driving the front end of my Whammy II. The intro opens up with my at-the-time newly acquired vintage Small Stone phaser and the verses feature the Whammy and a Boss OC-2 for the response licks in-between the vocals. I actually entered this solo in a Guitar Center sponsored contest where you could play with Steve Vai for a tune when he came to town. I came in the top three along with Jake Ezra of Van Davis and we were both beat by Bernie B. of B.B. and the Stingers. God rest that brother’s soul.
On rare occasions I get to play acoustic and this is one. Though a bit buried, the arrangement I threw together was real nice as was everything in this tune. The axe I played, and still do, was a Taylor 812c miked at the sound hole with a condenser I can’t recall. Kick-ass trumpet player Steve Jankowski mixed both CDs and out of nowhere dropped a flugelhorn solo on this tune. It was perfect. The final section of this tune finds some cool delay drenched tricks followed three phat-ass chords put through my Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotoshpere (first version).