Thursday, August 9, 2007 4:01:29 AM
1. To Talk To (Jahn)
2. Taking Away (Jahn)
3. Mexican Vacation (Siefkas)
4. New York, New York (Siefkas)
5. Real Emotions (Jahn)
On March 26, 1981, Jahn/Siefkas went into the studio to record some of their original material. The sessions lasted three days. As their studio time ran out, they had only completed two songs, To Talk To
and Taking Away
, both penned by Jahn. Three other songs were never completed, only the rhythm tracks were recorded. When they left Broken Prairie Studios, in the heartland of Illinois, just outside of Champaign-Urbana, all they had were a couple cassette tapes, with some rough mixes. The plan was to return to the studio and complete all the songs, and end up with a finished EP. That was not to happen. Unfortunately, all that survived those three days of music the cassettes.
Recently, Siefkas, using Pro Tools, digitized the tapes. We are now able to bring you the lost tapes from The Broken Prairie Sessions. Musicians:
Alfredo Jahn - Vocals, Bass Guitar
Kirk Siefkas - Guitars
Jeff Dear - Drums
Digitized at 24bit, 96KHz from a first generation cassette tape
Encoded at 320K. Includes artwork and track listing.
Download Jahn/Siefkas (.zip)
Friday, August 3, 2007 3:26:09 AM
1. Don't Trade Your Heart
2. Locked Doors
3. You Replied the Same
In the summer of 1972, Christopher Bradley
went into the recording studio in Chicago, Illinois, to record a demo tape of 6 original songs. Three songs were written by Bradley, and three were written by Christopher. Christopher Bradley
started playing in High School, performing at local clubs, coffee houses, etc. They were a regular act at Pendragon
on Sheraton Road in Chicago. This was a very popular "Coffee House" back in the 70's. They even opened for R.E.O. Speedwagon
at their local high school, Maine Township South.
The three songs in this archive are the three that Christopher wrote and sang. Keep in mind, these are dated to the time, but have been placed here for posterity. They were in high school when these songs were written and performed. But just the same, for anyone that was around at that time, and got a chance to listen to them, this might be a real flash from the past. Hope you enjoy listening to them.
Encoded at 320K (mp3) from original 1/4" demo tape. Includes artwork and pictures.
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Thursday, August 2, 2007 2:15:26 AM
1. After All, Woman
2. Get in Front of It
3. Going Downtown
4. Raise Your Glass
5. Train Song
Russ Otis - Gutar, keyborads and lead vocals
John Holt - Lead guitar
Ed Jahn - Bass and vocals
Kevin McGuckin - Drums and vocals
The songs in this collection were recorded sometime in March 1974, in Park Ridge, Illinois, in a large 6 bed room Victorian house, affectionately called the "White House". At the time, several musicians were living there. I set up my Teac 3340 4-track real to real tape recorder in the basement to record Russ, John, Kevin and my brother Ed. The band was named "Willow". After all these years, I don't remember if I used a small recording mixer, of if I just plugged the microphones right into the tape recorder. I don't believe we did any over dubbing. The songs were pretty much recorded live. All five songs were written by Russ Otis. Russ also sang lead on all of the songs, except for the second part of After All, Woman
, where Kevin McGuckin, the drummer, sang. It is possible that Kevin wrote Woman
, but I don't know for sure. I'll have to ask Kevin if I ever run into him. Technically, this is not Vinyl
, but it is obscure.
Sadly, Russ Otis passed away on July 5th, 2007. Although these recordings are demo quality, and not the best mix in the world, Russ' compositions are worth preserving and sharing. I hope you enjoy these songs.
Encoded at 320K (mp3) from original 4-track tape. Includes artwork and track listing.
Download temporarily removed at the request of Russ Otis' family