This is part of the Redeption Center 4 album set.
While I was still working on the Barricade album, my good friend and long time co-conspirator Chris Toppin and I discussed doing some cowriting, and I had long been campaigning to have her sing some lead in the Army, being the best singer in the band, and one of my favorite singers in the world. This album is a result of that. Drag You Down was mostly written by Chris, with a small contribution from me, and Coat of Arms & Whisper Your Way were brought to the table by me, and guided to completion along with Chris' help. Beyond that, the other songs were mostly written to be of a piece with those. Ed Valauskus ably co-produced and helped with the arrangements on this one, and the band is in particularly fine form. Real to You is an older song of mine, not written for myself to sing, and I am happy to be able to finally release it.
released June 24, 2016
Produced by Phil Aiken and Ed Valauskus. All songs by Phil Aiken except (6 )By Toppin/Aiken (7,8) by Aiken/Toppin
The Army: Phil – Pianos, Organs, assorted keyboards, Vocals, Chris Toppin- vocals, Joe Klompus – bass, Jefferson Davis-drums, vocals, Billy Loosigian – guitar
Reinforcements: Nate Leavitt-guitar, Paul Ahlstrand- horn arrangement and sax (20), Scott Arruda – trumpet (20), Jimmy Ryan- mandolin,mandocello (27), Joe McMahon-Baritone Guitar (27)
Jen D’Angora – vocals (22), Abbie Barrett- vocals (27), Mike Oram - vocals (22)
Choir on Real To You: Andrea Gillis, Jen D’Angora, Scott Janovitz, Marc Pinansky, Eric Salt, Phil Aiken, James Rohr, Jefferson Davis, Mike Oram, Abbie Barrett
Mixed by Pat DiCenso (4,6,8), Matt Tahaney (1,2,3,5) and Phil Aiken (7)
Mastered by Tom Polce
Basic tracks recorded by Pat DiCenso(4,6,8) and Matt Tahaney (1,2,3,5,7) at Q Division Studios, Somerville
Additional engineering and editing by Phil Aiken at Federico House Studio.