Two unreleased recordings ('Aria' and 'I am, I said')

by Billie Ray Martin

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These are two unreleased recordings of mine that i think fans will greatly appreciate, as i do too. I would call them more than demos, as they received proper mixes. Although there are flaws in the recording , mixing and compression, we ran the tracks through the best mastering possible, so hopefully they sound good.
'I am I said' was recorded approximately in 1992 at warner chappell's demo studio in the west end of london with engineer Andrew Fryer. I cannot remember who did the arrangements and drum production.
Another one of those songs that had been on my 'to do ' list, it seemed like a good idea to record it. Before you ask: The trucker Bill Version is the string/brass-arranger having a laugh in the vocal booth after I was done. We just needed to get crazy at the end of a long day.
The Atma Project was a project envisioned by Kieran Shiva Akal. It was supposed to be a big opera event, set in a large Amphitheater. Aria would have been one of the songs within this opera. Why he never released it, I do not know. So here it is. Rather hilarious the speed of 138 pbm, which was considered a normal speed at the time. This was recorded approx 1996 but i can't remember the exact date. Recorded in NYC, i remember that Fred Jorio and Kieran swore they felt wind blowing out of the speakers while i sang the intro over the choir. There was also some annoyance at the recording engineer recording some distorted vocal bits, when that really wasn't neccessary, given the fact that i gave him my loudest note to adjust his sound levels. Oh well. We were all excited with the resuilt at the time and i think in retrospct Fred did a marvellous job with the production, avoiding heavy handed tribalism in favour of subtle electronic drum production. Well there's a bit of boom tish but the track needed it.,
mastering by steve honest @ hackney rd. studios
Enjoy!

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released May 1, 2014

"Aria"
written by Kieran Shiva Akal, Billie Ray Martin
produced by Fred Jorio and Kieran Shiva Akal

"I Am... I Said"
written by Neil Diamond

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Track Name: I Am... I Said
L.A.'s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is "lay back"
Palm trees grow and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin' about
Making my way back

Well I was Hamburg City born and raised
But these days I'm lost between two shores
L.A.'s fine, but it ain't home
Hamburg's home, but it ain't mine no more

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair

"I am"... I cried
"I am"... said I
And I am lost and I can't
Even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

Did you ever read about a frog
Who dreamed of bein' a queen
And then became one
Well except for the names
And a few other changes
If you talk about me
The story's the same one

But I got an emptiness deep inside
And I've tried
But it won't let me go
And I'm not a woman who likes to swear
But I never cared
For the sound of being alone

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
"I am"... I cried
"I am"... said I
And I am lost and I can't
Even say why
"I am"... I said
"I am"... I cried
"I am"... I said
Track Name: I Am... I Said (Trucker Bill Version)
L.A.'s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is "lay back"
Palm trees grow and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin' about
Making my way back

Well I was Hamburg City born and raised
But these days I'm lost between two shores
L.A.'s fine, but it ain't home
Hamburg's home, but it ain't mine no more

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair

"I am"... I cried
"I am"... said I
And I am lost and I can't
Even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

Did you ever read about a frog
Who dreamed of bein' a queen
And then became one
Well except for the names
And a few other changes
If you talk about me
The story's the same one

But I got an emptiness deep inside
And I've tried
But it won't let me go
And I'm not a woman who likes to swear
But I never cared
For the sound of being alone

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
"I am"... I cried
"I am"... said I
And I am lost and I can't
Even say why
"I am"... I said
"I am"... I cried
"I am"... I said