Produced by Al
Mixed and Mastered by George at Panda Productions, Clearwater, Florida
Assistant Sound Engineer: Brian
Cover Art and Design by Devin
Printing and Replication by Chris
Ross performed, recorded, and mixed this version in Nashville (Devin played harp). An earlier rendition was recorded at my place that had sort of a “swampy” feel to it, but Ross really took it in a completely different direction. This song was written as a sound track to a video that Devin was producing at the time, but that’s another story.
Devin initially laid down the piano track, and Jim added the vocals. I played the bass and guitar parts much later. By the time we got around to transferring the tune, the tape was so badly deteriorated that the source tracks could not be salvaged. This mix was one I created during the 90s on digital audio tape, but George ended up sprinkling some magical pixie dust on it.
Devin played the acoustic guitar and I played bass on this one. Later on Jeff and I added the percussion tracks (he played the congas). Charlie and Devin went back at a later point and added the electric guitar and synthesizer tracks.
Shane performed all the guitar parts, I played bass, and Ross played the drums and congas. The original lyrics were lost along the way, so I wrote new ones and had Lori sing them (in the interest of finishing the song I thought it better to ask for Shane’s forgiveness instead of his permission). The original drum tracks were not recorded properly and had to be scratched, so Alan W. replayed the drums at Panda after the transfer.
This tune was recorded in one evening by Ross (keys, percussion, vocals, and electric guitar), Devin (acoustic guitar), and myself (bass). The original lyrics were quite risqué (as I recall there was a lot of drinking going on that evening) so Ross provided new lyrics and vocals at a later point. This tune could not be re-mixed, also because of tape deterioration, so we used the mix that Ross created on digital audio tape in the 90s, with a little subsequent help from George.
This was one of a trilogy of tunes (including Robot’s Dance) that Charlie wrote in the early 90s, which he intended to be a separate project. Broken and outdated sequencing hardware prevented him from completing the songs the way he envisioned, so they ended up on Al’s Pals instead. He performed all the parts himself.
Charlie created this tune with a sequencer and tone generators, and it was pretty much transferred as is.
This is a political tune Charlie wrote in the early 90s. Tom also contributed to the lyrics, and they are just as applicable to the situation today as they were all those years ago, if not more so. Charlie provided the guitar and vocal tracks while I played matching guitar and bass lines to a curiously familiar melody. At the time we sequenced some other parts, including the drums, which ultimately had to be tossed out for the same reason mentioned previously (broken and outdated sequencing hardware). After the digital transfer, Dean added the B-3 part and Alan W. played the electronic drums.
Mike wrote the lyrics to this back in the early 80s during the Haitian refugee crisis, and I wrote the music. Our intention was not to make fun of their plight, just to satirize it a little. This tune was a staple of the Lotus repertoire for many years. Years later we had a session at my place and decided to lay down some tracks (actually Ross performed all the parts, except that Charlie played guitar and provided some background vocals along with Devin, Timyn, Todd, and myself). After the transfer to Pro Tools, we used the original electronic drum parts to trigger some beefier drum samples.
This song was written and performed by Charlie in the early 90s, and includes some interesting predictions about life in the 21st Century.
I originally wrote the music in the early 90s, but it was not until the passing of my brother, and then my mother, that I decided to write some lyrics about the tremendous loss I experienced. I handled all the vocals and guitar parts except for the guitar solo featured in the instrumental break, which was played by Charlie. Ross played the bass as well as the percussion parts.
We initially went to Dave’s studio in Orlando to record Shane’s tune (track 4), but since he was unable to attend, we ended up recording this song instead. The song was written and sung by Dave (he also added the electronic drums). Devin played the piano and synthesizer parts and also came up with the instrumental break, I performed the bass and acoustic guitar parts, Charlie added an electric guitar, and Dave W. played the lead guitar part at the end. Dave mixed and mastered the tune at American Recording Studios in Orlando.