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Alone (deluxe edition)

by The Life

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The Life was named best new Northwest band in 1987, when they released their debut album Alone. This was a great band. Definitely outside what would become the Seatown mainstream – grunge-o-rama – so quick to be written off by historical revisionists.

    The music sounds better then ever ByJC88on February 21, 2017
    The Life debut album is an absolute stunning example of power pop done right! It’s edgy but not over produced. not sure what happened but for one reason or another never quite made it. It’s not the musicians or the materials fault which is top notch. this disc collects both a remastered version of their first vinyl album plus their 2nd previously unreleased album. The music sounds better then ever. it really is shame that most folks never even heard of these because they deserved so much better

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The Tunnel 04:24
In A Storm 04:53
One Day 03:37
Alone 05:16
Down 03:35
Broken Man 04:10
The Dead 03:37
Gold 03:51
Come to Call 03:41
Why 04:38
The Distance 05:18
Do It Again 03:03
Jenny 03:18
Freedom Is 04:22


Freedom Is... (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuzYzs4qURA
The Dead [Live 1989] youtu.be/yT1akBDs2yY
Madame La Guillotine (Live 1989) youtu.be/pA-HfnY0FDc

When I think back on making the record, a series of images flash through my mind. I remember Eric in the control room with me, tapping on the stool as he was listening to playback. I remember Casey laying down bass tracks as if making a record was something he did every day. I remember watching Jimm through the glass as he was cutting vocal tracks, intense concentration etched in his face. I remember waking up on the studio floor after pulling an all-nighter and being too tired to make it home. I remember stumbling out of the studio into a half-light, half-dark world and literally not knowing whether it was dawn or dusk. We worked hard.

I did a lot of records in those days. When I listen back to this one, I want to point my thumb back at my chest and say, “I helped.” I’m proud of this record. And not in a “We managed to do a pretty good job for a basement 8-track studio” way. It’s more of a “This is a damn good rock record” way. And the record holds up after all these years. But I was just helping put on the final touches. It was Eric, Jimm, Casey and Tony that were The Life. And of course, their songs. And for a brief time, I was part of the team. We were brothers with a common goal. Yeah, even you, Tony. Thanks guys, for allowing me to be a part of it, I was, and continue to be honored. And thanks, T.D., for making it all happen.

Keith Livingston


released January 1, 2012

Tracks 1 - 10 the original Alone album (1987)

Tracks 11 - 27 Witness the Will album (1990) previously unreleased except tracks 13 & 22 released as Green Monkey single

The Life:

Casey Allen: Electric bass and background vocals
Tony Bortko: The Guitar, keys on I Can’t Wait That Long
Eric Lichter: Kit drums and percussion, keys on Love By The Wayside
Jimm McIver: Vocal and rhythm guitar

Flute on The Tunnel: Kathy Frank, Bodhran on Down: Joe Martin

Alone produced by Keith Livingston
Recorded and mixed at TDS Productions by Keith Livingston in 1987
If It Works (don’t fix it) mixed by Tom Dyer & Keith Livingston
Mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering 2006
Final Mastering by Tom Dyer at TDS Productions 2011

Witness The Will produced by Tom Dyer and Michael Lord
Engineered and mixed by Michael Lord at Michael Lord Productions in 1989 or so.
Mastered by Tom Dyer at TDS Productions 2011

Front cover photo: Saulius Pempe
Front cover concept: Saulius Pempe and The Life
Corner photos by Howie Wahlen. Ditto Tavern photos – unknown.
Cover design by Carlton IV.

All Songs by The Life. All songs (p) & © Half The World Publishing


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