Bill Acuña & the Despotic Hall of Fame | Number One Hits and Other Associated Masterpieces

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Number One Hits and Other Associated Masterpieces

by Bill Acuña & the Despotic Hall of Fame

This is a souful collaboration of like-minded musicians playing from a wide variety of influences and styles including pop, rock, Memphis soul, samba, chill out, Spanish 40, and folk.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Release The Hounds (feat. Tammy Masau)
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2. The City And Sea (feat. Sergio Pires)
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3. Three Seconds (feat. Eric Norman)
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4. Fool (feat. Tammy Masau)
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5. La Leyenda De Billy Tolin (feat. Taran de Pablos)
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6. Catch My Breath (feat. Tammy Masau)
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7. Baby Boy (feat. Shayne Moore)
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8. Mirror Me (feat. Andrew Farah and Christina Meadowcroft)
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9. Babylon (feat. Mike Nesbitt)
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10. Our Last Chance (feat. Shayne Moore)
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15. Catch My Bloody Villain Files
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16. The Sea And City (feat. Sergio Pires)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album is the journey of a soulful and spiritual group of musicians led by Bill Acuña. It compiles a group of songs written between 2001 and 2011.

After the orchestra warms up, the album starts with the protest-minded rocker of “Release the Hounds,” introducing Tammy Masau to the world with her powerful vocals. This song was written as a satirical commentary to the empirical nature of modern America. It transitions into the cool beat and global vibes where Brazil beats meet Indian strings in the song “The City and Sea.” Co-written by samba artist, Sergio Pires, this song defines the modern “saudade” of the North American (specifically the colder North) who endures long winters and dreams of a better life. Add poetry by Dakota Rhodes.

“Three Seconds” is soul pop equally inspired by Stax as by A Prayer for Owen Meany. Meant to be played at 45rpm, it features the virtuosity of Eric Norman of The JoyRyders on lead vocals and lead guitar. “Fool” follows with its delightful three-part harmony provided by Tammy Masau. Then the album makes a short trip to León, Spain, with the song “La Leyenda de Billy Tolín,” which gives a nod to the fun and folly of La Tuna and the Barrio Húmedo. It is sung con gusto by Taran de Pablos of the band, SkinWalker.

Side 2 starts with a bang and a crash and Tammy trying to “Catch My Breath;” a song of forgiveness and an answer to Sergio’s “The City and Sea.” Shayne Moore co-wrote the next song, “Baby Boy,” inspired an unique soul named Oliver who wasn’t even born when the song was recorded.

“Mirror Me,” the next song, is an apology in the country tradition. It features Andrew Farah, the lead singer of The JoyRyders, and Christina Meadowcroft, the lead singer of Deaf Tom Crow. Mike Nesbitt of The Visitor provides the vocals for the Old Testament-inspired “Babylon,” which blends into the album’s final track “Our Last Chance.” Shayne Moore sings again on this duet with Bill Acuña. This final track is a song of nostalgia and of crickets and of rusty swings.

James Scott of Populist Recording deserves to be mentioned. His first-class engineering and production made this album possible. Whatever sound that Bill Acuña could think of, James knew how to re-create it instinctively. Finally, Pete Drever and Brian Doherty, of Deaf Tom Crow, deserve an additional recognition for providing the backbone of this album by playing bass and drums, respectively, on almost all of the tracks.


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Shitastic Bohemian

This must be in your music library!
Download this album, y'all! Okay, I do vocals for two tracks but mostly you should check it out because Bill Acuña and friends are mucho talented and fun. An unexpected and delightful listen! (and funny, too)

Kris Edlund

LOVING this CD
Wow, this album really does it for me. Bill Acuna writes and plays with such sensitivity and passion -- I'm listening to it over and over again. And such incredible guest artists he featured on it, too! I'm recommending it to all my friends & family, and I'm already looking forward to his next CD release!

Rosanne Dovel

Awesome Music
I have owned the cd "Bill Acuna and the despotic hall of fame" for only a few days but have played it many times already. It is a very intelligent collection of original music drawn from a variety of genres from Bill's eclectic musical background and training. He is a generous artist, skillfully blending the talents of a number of singers and fellow musicians to create the mood of each song. Each time I listen, I pick a new favorite track. The music is presented with discipline and restraint and features the surprise of instruments that you would not expect to hear. The cd begs to be studied and analized, it is that good. I am especially drawn to the joyful sound of La Leyenda (track 5), the visual image painted by Babylon (track 9), and the poignancy of Baby Boy (track 7). Baby Boy speaks to the heart of every parent who has been blessed with a child and every person longing to have a child in their family. Every single track is a winner and I strongly urge every music lover to purchase the cd and spread the word!