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by The Queen Annes

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Walter Kelley I picked up "Released!" based on the strength of "Something Quick" and it does not disappoint. In addition to The Who and The Kinks influences, there are a couple of tracks on "Released!" that brought to mind Robyn Hitchcock or The Soft Boys. Great stuff!
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Circus Train 03:18
Drift Apart 05:53
Harry Braff 03:40


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As is often the GMR way – TD asks the band a few questions about the making of this fine album.:

TD: Did you think this album would ever see the light of day?

James: Yeah

Kip: Yes, I knew it would eventually come out.

TD: What was the process of recording this album like?

James: About three days in the studio. We made up songs right outside the studio with an acoustic guitar.

Kip: John wrote lyrics for “Underneath the Light” about an hour before we recorded his vocal.

Thomas: We were also brought in as guinea pigs ‘cause 4A had a new machine he had to troubleshoot.

Kip: We are not the fastest working band. The record took a while to record but the QAs tracked it quick and Erik was not slow with the mix and overdubs. Basically as he is saying goodbye to me he lets me do my vocals on the way out the door.

James: "We Picked A Good Day" was recorded at the Art Institute of Seattle studio.

TD: What made you decide to add horns and strings for this album?

Kip: Erik had a lot to do with getting the horns and strings together.

James: Erick 4-A said that he could get the musicians, and I thought that it added a unique sound, especially on "Circus Train."

Thomas: I was at Vagrant when the horn section recorded. Ian had an arrangement for everyone written for 2 and was writing up the third one during breaks. He had something going and they took 3 or 4 takes on each one but when they hit it they all agreed that was it. It took a few hours and Erik was really awesome and positive with those folks. He showed me a little something that day.

TD: Kip said that this is an album about death and something. What is it about?

James: Separation

Kip: The part about death is that six of our friends died that year and it was definitely on our minds. Some songs more than others.

TD: What inspired you to pick the two Bee Gees songs?

Thomas: James would play me Horizontal at the pink house up in his room. He was also REALLY into the Hollies’ “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne” at the time!

James: Because of how great they really sound. The '60's Bee Gees had phenomenal vocals and a real 'family' sound.

Kip: We had had those two Bee Gees songs in our set for a long time. We recorded them because we wanted to submit them for a BG tribute album that was coming out but we missed the deadline. With those in the can we figured we might as well work on a new album. Everyone pulled together what we had.

TD: If you record another album will it be new stuff or old stuff?

Old stuff! Beautiful songs that have been written for a long, long time that would be a shame to throw away. We already have a list started

Thomas: We've got 3-4 mid-era tunes that need to be recorded. Probably a coupla oldies and a coupla new compositions. “Naked Man,” “Roomful O’ Monkeys,” “Same Sad Story” should be recorded.


released June 17, 2016

Produced by Erik 4-A and The Queen Annes

Recorded by Erik 4-A and The Queen Annes at Vagrant Records Studio in 1997/1998 on 1" 16-track analog tape.
”We Picked a Good Day” recorded at the Art Institute of Seattle.
Mastered by Troy Glessnerat at Spectre Mastering.

The Queen Annes:

James Gascoigne - Drums, Piano, Organ, ­Lead & Backing Vocals

Kip Phillips - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Lead & Backing Vocals

John Carey - Bass Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals

Thomas O'Connell - Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals

Other musicians:
Joe Meyering - Harmonica, Chris Laughban - Trombone
Kurt Silver - Trombone, Alan Rhodes - Trombone, Dave Carter - Trumpet
Josh Stewart - Trumpet, Jason Nelson - Alto sax, Fran Lukas - Tenor sax
Nancy Wharton - Cello, Cello Arrangement by Kevin Goldsmith
Horns arranged and conducted by Ian Rashkin

She Swims Sideways, It's Not My Life, Please Come Back, I Owe You Nothing, We Picked a Good Day by James Gascoigne.

Circus Train by James Gascoigne/Thomas O'Connell.

What's It All About?, Kiss Me I'm Dead, Drift Apart, Lady of the Waves by Kip Phillips.

Caught Underneath the Light by John Carey.

This Whole World by Brian Wilson.

The Earnest of Being George and Harry Braff by the Bee Gees.

℗ 2016 The Queen Annes © 2016 Green Monkey Records, All Rights Reserved. Released Courtesy of Vagrant Records


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