This is one of two limited edition CDs published in 1994 and limited to 500 disks each. The new digital release has 7 bonus tracks. It is all original material. Rock motifs include vocals, guitars, bass, piano and drums in various combinations. It was done in a simple, unplugged format. The 11 songs originally released on this CD have been altered and remixed.
The digital release, Geologist: “Children Have No Rights” packs a wealth of original music onto a single CD. At 79 minutes and 13 seconds, the album download presents a diversity of musical styles that fills a CD to its capacity. All 18 songs were written by Randy Williams, Geologist. This is a gifted, creative, consistent, and skilled songwriter for someone who is a virtual unknown. The bass playing on all the songs is competitive among the world’s best. In fact, Geologist’s considerable guitar and piano performing skills are chalk full of original compositional structure, identifiable themes and signature riffs. His vocals are instantly recognizable.
Among the songs, 1 “So What Of It”, 4 “My I Love You (guitar version)”, 6 “Don’t You Flatter Me”, 8 “Where Were You”, and 10 “I Fell For You (with Charter)” include a plugged in acoustic guitar, electric bass, drums and vocals. 11 “Jazz Dancer” includes an acoustic/electric piano, bass, drums and vocals. This group of songs were initially produced by Geologist at Petrified Wood Studios in Edmonton, originally mastered and mixed by Gary McDonnell at Damon Recording Studios in Edmonton, re-mastered and pressed at Precision Sound in Burnaby, B.C. in 1994, then edited and altered by Geologist at Petrified Wood Studios in St. Albert, in 2009.
“So What Of It” is a powerful social justice commentary with a pulsing bass line under a rock guitar riff. “My I Love You (guitar version)” has a catchy melody with all kinds of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic changes. “Don’t You Flatter Me” is a tongue in cheek cultural critique with a rock beat. “Where Were You” is a haunting ballad based on its earlier version dubbed, “The Pirate Song” synchronized with Geologist’s painting, “Pirates in the Jungle”, the cover for the digital release version of this album. This version of “I Fell For You (with Charter)” is a story of someone falling for, becoming disillusioned with and mockingly rapping to, not the love of his life but a book: Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The wondrous piano of “Jazz Dancer” highlights the Christmas song with an inspirational rap in the middle that tells part of its magical story. These are skilled song arrangements that occasionally surprised experienced professional engineers (mixers) and not the work of a novice. This writer, Geologist is proficient at using accidentals (sharps and flats), smoothly moving in and out of the chosen key at the most unanticipated times.
2 “My Name My Home", 3 “White Mud Creek”, 5 “C.G. Hollow”, 7 “Give Me Some Reason” and 9 “N.J.W.” include a plugged in acoustic guitar, electric bass, drums and vocals. This group of songs were initially produced by Geologist at Petrified Wood Studios in Edmonton, mastered by Aron Gillman, then mixed by Barry Allen, both at Homestead Recorders in Edmonton in 2003, pressed at Precision Sound in Edmonton in 2003, then altered by Geologist at Petrified Wood Studios in St. Albert, in 2009. The love story rocker “My Name My Home”, the humorous rock of “White Mud Creek”, the biting rock of “C.G. Hollow” and the neurotic love rock of “Give Me Some Reason” have outstanding melodies, powerful guitar and bass riffs. The ballad, “N.J.W.” is a subtle story based on the life of movie actress Marilyn Monroe. Geologist could have ended the CD with the above 11 digital releases originally released as a limited edition of 500 numbered CDs in 1994.
Now the 7 bonus songs: 7 bonus sound recordings published on this digital release and now available to the public for the first time in 2009.
They include alternate piano versions (reprises) of the above songs on this album, 12 “I Fell For You Reprise” and 14 “My Name My Home Reprise” that both have bass and electric guitar accompanying. On 13 “Where Were You Reprise” there is an 88 key piano, bass and a 12-string guitar. 15 “A Love Bug Reprise” is an alternate version of a song from the companion album, Geologist, “For Desiree....Wherever You Are”. It contains a 72 key electric/acoustic piano, electric guitar and bass. A short version of 16 “Give Me Some Reason” adds an innovative piano to the acoustic guitar and bass; however, 18 “Give Me Some Reason (finale)” adds an echo to yet another alternate version to conclude the CD. 17 “I Fell For You (without Charter)” offers an alternate mix of vocals, drums, plugged in acoustic guitar and bass but without the Charter rap in the middle. This group of songs were produced and mixed by Geologist at Petrified Wood Studios in Edmonton in 2009; however, despite today’s technology, the original recordings were old and without a drum on the Reprises, a barely noticeable crackle or tape hiss from the tapes may be detectible when the volume is turned really loud. Nevertheless, these are creative compositional sound recordings. Geologist performed all the vocals, guitars, 12-strings, pianos, and bass for all songs on this album.
Alternate versions of “Give Me Some Reason” and “My Name My Home” appear on the companion 2009 digital release, Geologist: “For Desiree....Wherever You Are”. The sister song to this CD’s, “My I Love You (guitar version)”, titled, “My I Love You (piano version)” also appears on the companion 2009 digital release, Geologist: “For Desiree....Wherever You Are”.
Graphic Art for the original 1994 limited edition CD release (the white cover with black lettering) was designed by Geologist, including the trade mark symbol (sketched in his high school library during a “study period”) using a treble clef for the “G” in Geologist. Precision Sound in Burnaby, B.C. reproduced the design as instructed. The Graphic Art for the on-line digital release was created by Geologist in 2009 and the picture, “Pirates in the Jungle” was painted by Geologist in 1980. The picture was first published as the back cover of the Booklet Insert for the 2003 physical CD, Randy Williams, Geologist: “Rare Antiquity: Digging Down To The Past”. Geologist’s label is, Archaeology Communications.
This digital album is worth buying for the quality of the song writing alone. The performances, vocals and musicianship are impressive. There are songs here that will make you say,” Wow!” You’ll want to assist this artist with recording new songs on a bigger budget. So buy the album. You won’t regret it. The songs will make you feel great and you’ll be humming the tunes.