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  • Bill Gable - "I Threw Your Heart" (from No Straight Lines)

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    This arrangement has quite a few elements, but no contribution gave me greater pleasure than Leon Ware’s background vocals. When I gave Leon rough mixes of the record for him to experiment with, I don’t recall even highlighting this song as needing background vocals. But what he came up with – from the very first moment I heard it – sounded like it had belonged there the whole time. He wound up singing elsewhere on the album as well, a total blast for both of us, since we had been friends for years but had never before worked together.

    Also at the very top of my list, the impeccable flugel performances of Arturo Solar (not only a great player but a consummate film composer as well). Arturo made wonderful contributions throughout "No Straight Lines."

    The song went through numerous re-writes throughout the recording process, with even the melody totally changed by the end. The lyrics were inspired by traditional flamenco lyrics and Andalusian poetry. Here is one of my favorites that I keep returning to:

    In my house
    I am keeping a garden,
    so I can sell flowers
    for you if hard times come.

    I went out to the fields to cry
    like a mad man screaming,
    and even the wind kept telling
    me that you loved someone else.

    From your neck hangs a cross
    Set in gold and ivory.
    Let me die on it
    And crucify myself there,
    On that cross that hangs from your neck.

    I have bought three knives
    For you to end my life,
    So that I will not have to
    Suffer the pain
    Of hating you.

    – Andalusian poem


    Bill Gable – Vocals, guitar
    Leon Ware – Background vocals
    Steve Rodby – Acoustic bass
    Larry Goldings – Piano
    Kai Narezo – Flamenco guitar
    Ethan Margolis – Flamenco guitar, palmas
    Arturo Solar – Flugels
    Joey Heredia – Cajon

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    • Bill Gable - "Born To Love You" - Duration: 4 minutes, 15 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 183 views
      I wrote this song late in the project. I had decided to remove a humorous song called “Tale Of My Life” that was pretty fully-produced but didn’t quite seem to fit the tone of the album, but I stil...
    • Bill Gable - "No Straight Lines" - Duration: 6 minutes, 1 second.

      • 4 years ago
      • 288 views
      This song was initially inspired by the Beatles’ “Revolver” album. I know that to be a fact, but I can’t recall quite how...though I can hear a little bit of "Taxman" in there, I suppose. I began ...
    • Bill Gable - "Things Found In My Pocket" - Duration: 4 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 798 views
      Bill Gable: Guitars and vocal
      Roscoe Beck: Upright bass
      Casey Scheuerell: Drums
      Rick Kelly - Synclavier
      Lee Thornburg: Flugel

      In an old coat
      that I never wear
      I’m sittin’ by myself
      in a dark cafe...
    • Bill Gable - "Tale Of My Life" (Bonus Track) - Duration: 4 minutes, 42 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 606 views
      Many are called but few are chosen…as they say. I wrote and even recorded a number of songs for NO STRAIGHT LINES that didn’t make it on the album. “Tale Of My Life” is one of them, provided here a...
    • Bill Gable - "Where You Find It" - Duration: 5 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 366 views
      This song was lifted from my unreleased album “Shovel Of Dirt” and moved to this project to contribute something to the album a bit more positive, in the face of so many lyrics inspired by the dram...
    • Bill Gable - "I Threw Your Heart" (Stefano Ghittoni & Marco Rigamonti Remix) - Duration: 4 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 448 views
      Available now on Bandcamp: https://billgablemusic.bandcamp.com/

      This remix of “I Threw Your Heart” comes from Stefano Ghittoni and Marco Rigamonti out of Milan, Italy. I got turned on to Stefano’s...
    • Bill Gable - "I Threw Your Heart" (from No Straight Lines) - Duration: 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 738 views
      This arrangement has quite a few elements, but no contribution gave me greater pleasure than Leon Ware’s background vocals. When I gave Leon rough mixes of the record for him to experiment with, I ...
    • Private Music 1989 NARM Presentation featuring Bill Gable - Duration: 17 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 333 views
      This is the video Private Music shot for the 1989 NARM Convention to promote its upcoming releases, including my album "There Were Signs." I had totally forgotten about this until someone sent it ...
    • Bill Gable - "Letting The Jungle In" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 120 views
      Again, pretty clear to my ears now what the concept and attitude of this was, even on the demo. This demo was actually recorded on 24-track at the old Record Plant, not at home. Jerry Marotta obv...
    • Bill Gable - "High Trapeze" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 252 views
      This rather ponderous LinnDrum was eventually replaced by Jeff Porcaro and Jerry Marotta, but my PPG parts all wound up on the album. As with all of these demos, the production and mood was alread...
    • Bill Gable - "Cape Horn" (Home Demos) - Duration: 3 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 390 views
      This version, with the LinnDrum and PPG 2.2, is basically the same version that wound up on the record, with the later addition of Casey Scheuerell and Lew Soloff. I love that little ascending rif...
    • Bill Gable - "There Were Signs" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 267 views
      Man, the PPG 2.2 synth sure had a distinct sound! I’ve always taken a perverse pleasure in knowing I bought mine from Ozzy Osborne. With my bank loan it wound up costing me $7,200, a small fortun...
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  • Bill Gable - There Were Signs (Original Album) Play all

    This YouTube playlist was copied from #BillGable's channel using http://ctrlq.org/youtube/playlists/
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  • Bill Gable - There Were Signs (Home Demos) Play all

    In 2013, Sony Records re-released my 1989 Private Music/BMG album THERE WERE SIGNS. In early 2014, by chance I discovered I still had my original demos for all of the songs off that album!

    I wrote down some first impressions/recollections about each demo track while listening to them all straight through (for the first time in about 25 years!), so please check out the description section on each video. (By the way, you can also find fairly extensive Session Notes for each song on my website as well - http://billgablemusic.com/albums/there-were-signs)

    What struck me most was how evolved the production and arrangement ideas were already, and how clearly defined the concept and overall direction were. My setup in those days was largely based around my PPG 2.2 Wave, DX7 and LinnDrum, on the one hand, and a wide range of acoustic instruments (basically anything resonant within reach), on the other. Most of my PPG parts, many of my DX7 parts, my percussion ideas and even a few of my LinnDrum parts all wound up on the album.

    Of course these demos were often pretty rough in places, but given that I was playing/programming almost everything myself and recording on 16, 8 and even 4-track machines with limited engineering experience, I must say I really enjoyed listening to these after such a long time away. (I only found myself wincing maybe 100 times.) There is often something carefree about them, and in certain cases I still prefer certain aspects of these demos to the final versions, often for that very reason.

    When I was writing and demoing these songs in the early-mid 1980s there was almost no so-called "world music" market (especially in LA), although I had already become deeply interested in it by the early 1970s. In the 1980s I used to go to Tower Records and flip through the "International" LP sections and there were so few records it often seemed I was familiar with most if not all of them. And while I've never been interested in making “world music” albums, there was clearly already in these demos an international sensibility and the interplay between lyrics and production choices that still preoccupies me to this day.

    This playlist is mostly intended for already-existing fans of THERE WERE SIGNS, but if you have never heard the album and want to compare these demos to the later-released studio versions, you can buy it on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/there-were-signs/id6036...) and elsewhere.

    Hope you enjoy listening, and please share your comments!

    - Bill Gable (2014)
    • Bill Gable - "Go Ahead and Run" (Home Demo) - Duration: 5 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 497 views
      I always felt this demo – with its rather insouciant rubber-band DX7 bass sound and overall looseness – was more playful, ironic and personal than the final released version. Upon re-listening, th...
    • Bill Gable - "Who Becomes The Slave" (Home Demo) - Duration: 4 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 198 views
      Like “Go Ahead And Run,” here’s another song with an old DX7 bass sound. My co-producer Rob Mounsey (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, etc.) had the good idea of replacing it with a bass marim...
    • Bill Gable - "All The Posters Come Down" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 261 views
      This was recorded on my Fostex 8-track. I can still see that little 7” reel spinning around. The upright bass and the electric guitar solo were overdubbed by Antonio Magalhaes and Nelson Faria wh...
    • Bill Gable - "The 3 Levels of Nigeria" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 182 views
      Here again, I’m struck by how far along the production ideas and final sounds were already in the demo. The LinnDrum and my PPG 2.2 on these tracks wound up on the album version. I can’t remember...
    • Bill Gable - "Cape Horn" (Home Demos) - Duration: 3 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 390 views
      This version, with the LinnDrum and PPG 2.2, is basically the same version that wound up on the record, with the later addition of Casey Scheuerell and Lew Soloff. I love that little ascending rif...
    • Bill Gable - "High Trapeze" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 252 views
      This rather ponderous LinnDrum was eventually replaced by Jeff Porcaro and Jerry Marotta, but my PPG parts all wound up on the album. As with all of these demos, the production and mood was alread...
    • Bill Gable - "There Were Signs" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 267 views
      Man, the PPG 2.2 synth sure had a distinct sound! I’ve always taken a perverse pleasure in knowing I bought mine from Ozzy Osborne. With my bank loan it wound up costing me $7,200, a small fortun...
    • Bill Gable - "Letting The Jungle In" (Home Demos) - Duration: 4 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 120 views
      Again, pretty clear to my ears now what the concept and attitude of this was, even on the demo. This demo was actually recorded on 24-track at the old Record Plant, not at home. Jerry Marotta obv...
    • Bill Gable - "Leaving Venice To The Rain" (Home Demos) - Duration: 6 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 160 views
      I see why I used to prefer this version to the final one on the album. I like my fretless part, those little Jaco harmonics now and then (very “Court and Spark” influenced, it strikes me now), and...
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  • Bill Gable - This Perfect Day Play all

    "This Perfect Day" was recorded over an 8-month period in 1990-1991. Co-produced with Roscoe Beck, it was an immense amount of fun to make. Basic tracks were recorded on the Harrison 4032 console in Westlake Studio A (later to become legendary as the studio where Michael Jackson's "Thriller" had been cut). Overdubs were mostly at my Roman Foods Studio and at Estudio Panda in Buenos Aires. When it was completed, Private Music disliked the album, didn't feel there was anything they could do with it and released me from my contract but very generously granted me back all rights. With a few further overdubs, the album was released in 2003.

    Produced by Bill Gable & Roscoe Beck
    Engineered and Mixed by Dan Garcia & Steven Strassman
    Additional mixing and post-production by Rich Breen
    Mastered by Doug Sax
    Design and Art Direction by Jack and Laurent Durieux for Milk Graphics

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