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Dream 6

by Dream 6

Dream 6 later changed their name to Concrete Blonde; punky, grungy chick rock with a palatable 80's toss.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. Rain
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2. Human Condition
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3. Tomorrow May Never Come
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5. Secret Life
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6. Daddy Lied
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The first thing Jim & I had recorded together was a little electronic dance tune called 'Heart Attack' for a compilation album put together by a 'zine called D.I.Y. We were psyched, something on a record meant we may be able to put a band together. In L.A., nobody would play with you unless you had a deal or a following. We had neither.

We called ourselves The Dreamers, then the L.A. Dreamers. I worked at a studio called Gold Star on the corner of Santa Monica and Vine. Formerly a legendary room that had produced hits by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher and Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, the aging studio now attracted a new breed of punk indie pioneers like The Cramps, Geza X, Posh Boy Records, Bomp Records and an ambitious young Bad Religion.

Having been passed on by various producers and majors and inspired by the wave of new labels, I asked for a weekend of down time at the studio and we brought in Jim's brother, Earle Mankey, and recorded our first EP. Drummer Michael Murphy, who years later would play on Dave Navarro's brilliant 'Deconstruction' album, had wandered in one day to fill out a job application. I called him up after work and we roped him in.

We slammed out the songs, but didn't have enough time to mix them all...but used the rough mixes anyway. We photographed the cover photo in the bedroom, and I cut and pasted the back cover together inspired by the cover of Genesis' 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' where they reach into each other's frames. We photographed the insert at the cabin where we lived at the time, '70's rocker Dave Mason's old house in Benedict Canyon. I glued it all together and between the pressing plant and Max at G&M Graphics on Santa Monica Boulevard, who did the labels, were very proud to have a real record..now we were a real band. Since there were 6 songs, we became Dream 6: too many Dreamers, and it brought to mind John Lennon's Dream #9.

So I bought a ton of cardboard and envelopes (which at the time costs more than the pressings themselves)and stayed up all night sending them out to papers and college radio stations...then one day I stopped at the Las Palmas newsstand off Hollywood Boulevard and opened up the English music paper Melody Maker and there it was.. a review of our little record by a woman named Helen Fitzgerald. And it was good.

Well I flew down the boulevard back to work, I doubt my feet touched the ground at all. I think we managed to press about 900 LP's, but couldn't afford the inserts after the first few hundred. There wasa CD made as a bonus promo by Capitol Records many years later when 'Mexican Moon' was released, but since then we've found an extra track from the original session that we hadn't used, 'It's My Life' which was a hit for Eric Burdon & The Animals. Also managed to find at the bottom of a dusty box outtakes from the original photo sessions and Jim being the archive king that he is, has scanned and saved the original insert.

Those were the days of Duran Duran and New Romantic synth-pop and no one understood what the hell we were doing.

Neither did we.

We still don't. I like it that way.

Johnette Napolitano
Mojave Desert
February 2003


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Den Haack


At least I have the jewel for what I have looked over a decade ago. It´s a little more better as the debut album of CONCRETE BLONDE. "Rain" is kicking more ass as the version from Concrete Blonde´s album Mexican Moon. I love it!

Frank Jackson

Great! A welcome addition to my Concrete Blonde collection.
I enjoyed this album more than I thought I would being of the older generation. Particulary liked the version of the Animals Its my life when I think Blonde always bring something new to a cover version. Great guitar work throughout the album and Johnette's voice as always adds a great deal. They care.

Steve Furby

Fantastic
awesome nothing more or less, v

Mr. Dudley

Great music for any era.
This is an awesome album for any era, timeless. Love Johnette's incredible voice and Jim's fabulous guitar.

R. David Smola

Fascinating Step in the Evolution of Concrete Blonde
Dream 6 is a solid first effort that clearly hints at the great things to come from Johnette and James. The record is wonderfully produced and sounds great considering the small budget and the time it was made. A must for any Concrete Blonde enthusiast.

Rich

Absolutely solid!
Expected something good....but was still surprised.

Sounds like the outskirts of 1980's LA.
Sounds honest and new like this set was played at last night's club.

Great music...they must have been kids when this was done...bravo!

Phill Graves

Dream 6 is a dream
DREAM 6 is a must for CONCRETE BLONDE fans! Johnette's vocals are from another world. This version of RAIN is as good as any other that I have heard, and different from the others. DREAM 6 is a great starting point for those who do not know CONCRETE BLONDE's work. If you are a BLONDE fan, you need to hear it!

Croz

A great begining to a great band! Essential for the collection.
The early work of the band that would become Concrete Blonde is insightfully dark and more introspective than much of the music of that era. It is easy to see how the band got such a great start. The chemistry was there from the begining, and it is reflected in the music.

Justine

Pretty hard sound
This cd has so much feeling to it! It's bad ass! Deep and kinda dark sounding. I love the hardcore drum beats!

Esteban (Madrid, Spain)

how it all began
pretty good. A must if you´re a Concrete Blonde fan, just to know they had something right from the beginning
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