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by Self Tort

An eclectic blend of rock, pop/rock, blues/rock, ballads and funk
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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1. Best Man
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2. Unvictorian Victoria
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3. Tonight
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4. Get It Right This Time
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5. Harlequin
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6. Frankenstein's Bride
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7. Scartching At Scars
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8. Six O'Clock Swill
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9. Light The Flame
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10. Fetish
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11. Hardie's Men
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12. Not Quite Kelly
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13. Time To Train the Horses
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14. The Fall
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15. Mid Life Crisis
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Album Notes
SELF TORT is the recording and performance pseudonym of Brian Ralston. Brian was the lead guitarist in a band called "Sirrah" based in Sydney, Australia in the 1970s. Unable to get the music bug out of his system he formed a band "Mid Life Crisis" in the 1990s and by this time was playing keyboard and doing backing vocals. When that band ceased performing he decided to do it all himself and created "SELF TORT".

This is SELF TORT's debut album. It covers a wide range of styles from the funk of the opening track "Best Man", to the blues/rock of the final cut "Mid Life Crisis" (and be sure to check out the lyrics of that track). On the way you'll pass through some reggae ("Unvictorian Victoria"), swing/pop ("Tonight"), 60s influenced pop ("Frankenstein's Bride", "Not Quite Kelly"), some deeply reflective ballads ("Get it Right This Time", "Train the Horses") and a whole lot more.

This album reflects SELF TORT's experiences of life. Lyrically the tracks range from the deeply personal ("Get it Right This Time"), to political ("Hardie's Men"), almost psychedelic ("Harlequin") and humorous ("Mid Life Crisis", "Frankenstein's Bride")

SELF TORT's influences include Pete Townsend, Ray Davies, Peter Gabriel, Jack Bruce, Joe Cocker and Van Morrison but after 30 years of playing music SELF TORT has now found his own voice. Here is the result.


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Robert Blake Tobias

Songwriting talent!
Brian is a wonderful artist who knows exactly how to write songs that matter. And he\'s got the voice and instrumental chops to complete the package. Great artist, great disc!

Pinedog from the Pinecats

N.I.C. is one CD that will not get dusty in your collection
When i first heard this CD, I liked it...but after a half dozen listens, i love it. Like all well written songs, they get better over time and have staying power..and so it is with Self Tort's funky, pop rock musical cocktail. At times to me Billy Joel meets Elvis Costello, it also features tracks that are reminiscent of Jethro Tull and Golden Earring. The ballads are treasures. No regrets from this satisfied consumer. Buy and enjoy!


what could be better?
A middle aged man with the heart and spirit of a teenager who knows how to rock the house and can also melt your heart with his ballads. Loren


Agreat mix of rock, folk, ballads, and musicianship!
SelfTort is a mature, varied songwriter with a gift for verse. Anyone, anywhere can relate to detail of his native land and the universal appeal of his groove. Whether telling the truth of a mining disaster or rockin at midnight, he covers the ground impecably! Great disc!