The album was originally limited to 500 CDs when it was pressed at Precision Sound in Burnaby, B.C. and published in 1994. This MP3 download version contains 10 bonus tracks: 10-14, 16-19, 21. The original 11 songs were altered, remixed. Electric guitars included in the bonus tracks.
The digital release, Geologist: “For Desiree....Wherever You Are” packs a wealth of original music onto a single CD. At 79 minutes and 24 seconds, the album download presents a diversity of musical styles that fills a CD to its capacity. All 21 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 “She”, 8 “Blue” and 9 “Shadows” include a plugged in acoustic guitar, electric bass, drums and vocals. 2 “Lonely People”, 4 “Home”, and 6 “My I Love You (piano version)” include an acoustic/electric piano, bass, drums and vocals. 15 “White Persian” sounds simple to play but is a harmonically complex instrumental whose bridge blurs the lines between the piano’s treble and bass and comprises acoustic/electric piano, bass and drums. 20 “Primitive Obsessive (Ah Um Ba Da Da Imba)” is a three part a capella harmony with two distinct themes over a steady drum. The previous version of this song was highlighted by the CBC as a fun and quirky song during its Hockey Anthem Challenge, where the song garnered 5,755 plays. 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.
“She” is a dance tune with a strong melody and vocal, excellent lead riffs, a unique emphasis changing rhythm and signature drums. The bass is as good as anybody, anywhere, anytime. “Blue” is a ballad, as is “Shadows” and both have strong vocals. “Lonely People” is an amazing rock piano piece. The piano on “Home” is beautiful, covering several octaves. Its verses are as melodic as a chorus and the chorus is strong too. Its lyrics describe traveling around the globe, “to take a good look, at what’s in a book.” That ought to be a concept environmentalists embrace when tracing global footprints. “My I Love You (piano version)” has a catchy melody with all kinds of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic changes. 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.
3 “Mistress of Magic”, 5 “A Love Bug”, and 7 “More” 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. “Mistress of Magic” and “A Love Bug” have outstanding melodies, powerful guitar and bass riffs. Poetic lyrics, “Glass crystal ball, brings the past to me...her voice down the hall, footprints burn into the ceiling and wall” in “Mistress of Magic” and “Shed your skin, your fingers thicken, lost your teeth and lost your eyesight, why does she love you?” from “A Love Bug” demonstrate Geologist’s prowess with words. Is the title, “Mistress of Magic” a reference to, “Zatanna” from the Justice League of America in DC Comics? “More” is a powerful social justice commentary with a pulsing bass line under a rock guitar riff. 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 10 bonus songs: 10 bonus sound recordings published on this digital release and now available to the public for the first time in 2009.
10 “I You Would You Me” is an instrumental with electric guitar, bass and drums. 14 “Lonely People (chorus harmony)” is a short (35 second) two part harmony of the chorus with piano and bass accompaniment. 17 “A Walk-In”, 18 “White Persian Reprise”, and 19 “The World” are piano instrumentals with guitar and bass accompaniment. “A Walk-In” and “The World” were recorded on an 88-key acoustic piano, while “White Persian Reprise” also adds a second 72-key acoustic/electric piano keyboard. Geologist produced this group of songs at Petrified Wood Studios in Edmonton many years ago and then mixed them at Petrified Wood Studios in St. Albert in 2009; however, despite today’s technology, the original recordings were old and without a drum on, “The World”, it’s possible to hear the crackling from the original tape. Nevertheless, these are creative instrumentals that are likely from composition tapes and foreshadow the songs that they will become in the future. Geologist performed all the vocals, guitars, pianos, and bass for all the above 16 songs.
11 “Give Me Some Reason (bedtrack)”, 12 “My Name My Home (bedtrack)”, and 16 “Boogey Man (bedtrack)” are unabashed rock instrumentals with electric guitar, bass and drums. 13 “Boogey Man (guitar version)”, and 21 “Boogey Man (with piano)” are both rock songs with electric guitar, bass, drums and vocals; however, the latter song adds a wild and astonishing piano to the mix. This group of songs were produced by Geologist and Jeanius at Petrified Wood Studios in Edmonton many years ago, and mixed by Geologist at Petrified Wood Studios in St. Albert in 2009. The performers for these five songs are vocals and bass by Geologist, guitar by Jeanius (Richard Slamka) and drums by Sticks (Johnny Leonardis).
Alternate versions of “Give Me Some Reason” and “My Name My Home” appear on the companion 2009 digital release, Geologist: “Children Have No Rights”. The sister song to this CD’s, “My I Love You (piano version)”, titled, “My I Love You (guitar version)” also appears on the companion 2009 digital release, Geologist: “Children Have No Rights”.
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 and 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, “Naked Freedom: Digging Down To The Past” was drawn and painted by Geologist in 2001. The picture was first published as the back inside cover 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.