Elliot Schneider | If Looks Could Kill, I'd Wear Mirror Sunglasses

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If Looks Could Kill, I'd Wear Mirror Sunglasses

by Elliot Schneider

Perhaps the best album since The Beatles broke up and Brian Jones died.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. If Looks Could Kill, I'd Wear Mirror Sunglasses
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2. You Are the Sun (And I'm in Orbit)
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3. Self-Righteous
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4. Look in Her Eyes
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5. Children Are Not Your Salvation
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6. Out in the Streets
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7. My New Creation (Ballad Version)
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8. There Is No Hell
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9. The Dance of Love
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10. Lightning Strikes Me
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11. Surfing in Iceland
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12. My New Creation (Fast Version)
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13. Double Amnesia (Remastered)
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14. Wise Men Never Say (Remastered)
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15. Higher Than Fire (Remastered)
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16. Protection (Remastered)
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17. Rubber Band (Remastered)
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18. Ready and Willing (Remastered Acoustic Version With Cello)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Elliot Schneider’s gold lame shirt and spandex pants, his Jagger moves and Elvis Costello delivery…and his Bob Dylan nose make it impossible to classify him, categorize him, deny, defy or crucify him. Everything about him invites skepticism; you know right off he’s either a total flake or a total genius.”
Cary Tennis (now Salon.com’s renowned columnist)
--SF WEEKLY

"Definitely unique--the enigmatic Elliot Schneider is the multi-talented King of Unrestrained Extravaganza! He’s a Californian Rock Icon; nothing but rock god status for Elliot now!!!"
--RockTrish, DJ at DCR 97.4 FM Radio in Dunoon, Scotland

“Elliot Schneider is a lot of different things… Great!...Elliot Schneider and company mine pop and rock history for gems which they rework into modern day pearls…" -- Michael Goldner SF WEEKLY

“Elliot Schneider is an exuberant, larger than life, multi-talented rock musician from San Francisco. His song, "If Looks Could Kill, I'd Wear Mirror Sunglasses" has become the soundtrack to my life—I can’t get the tune out of my head!” --Sara Torbet, DJ at DCR 97.4 FM Radio in Dunoon, Scotland

Elliot Schneider was the 3rd band in history to debut at CBGB on a Saturday night. His previous album “Surreal Survivor” was No.1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases mp3 chart in Rock/Oldies & Retro.

In the summer of 1969 when men first foot on the moon, I met Les Paul in Chicago. I was visiting the daughter of his former drummer Tommy Rinaldo. Mr. Paul was both warm and sardonic. He invited me to travel back to New York with him, “Ten Years After” and Dusty Springfield. Strangely enough, I said, “thanks, but I can’t,” and so he gave me his card and invited me to his home in Mahwah, New Jersey. I played for him at his home in March of 1970 and he wanted to produce my song, “The First Day Of Summer.” Being young and stupid, I never took advantage of that opportunity. Hey, it was the Sixties…

This album is divided into two parts. Part One is composed of twelve songs I recorded in the Twenty-First Century. Part Two (six songs, Remastered Bonus Material) represents my music from the Twentieth Century. (“Higher Than Fire” was never previously released; a lost tape from 1979 resurfaced only a few months ago.)

If not for my beloved Carmen Castro, who is also my keyboard player, this album would not exist at all. And I also want to thank Brad Barth who I consider my own personal George Martin. Although I am the producer of my own records, Brad’s genius is as essential to my vision as George Martin’s was to the Beatles. Two of the songs (songs 9 & 11) Brad co-produced with me; for all the rest I take full blame. Special Thanks to Mark Newstetter; vocally, he’s the Paul to my John.


Personnel:

Songs 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 12:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Backup Vocals: Mark Newstetter & Elliot Schneider; and Benita Silverman on #4
Guitars: Mark Banning, Rob Wullenjohn, K.C. Cormack and Elliot Schneider
Keyboards & Grand Piano: Carmen Castro
Drums and Percussion: Phil Sollar
Bass: Tyler Jensen
Harmonica: Elliot Schneider

Songs 1, 5 and 10:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Backup Vocals: Mark Newstetter and Elliot Schneider
Guitars: Mark Newstetter and Tom Rose; Elliot Schneider on #10
Keyboards: Carmen Castro
Drums and Percussion: Mike Alstrand
Bass: Tyler Jensen
Congas: Carmen Castro

Songs 9 and 11:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Backup Vocals: Mark Newstetter, Benita Silverman and Elliot Schneider
Guitars: Rob Wullenjohn and Michael Ferrucci; Elliot Schneider on #11
Keyboards: Brad Barth
Drums: Brian Covey
Bass: Tyler Jensen
Percussion: Felice Ford and Carmen Castro
Harmonica: Elliot Schneider

Song 13:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Backup Vocals: Doug E. Blumer and Mark Newstetter
Guitars: Doug E. Blumer, Ian Butler and Rob Wullenjohn
Drums: Eric Borst
Bass: Rob Wullenjohn

Song 14:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Guitar: Chris Halaby

Song 15:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Backup Vocals: Max Urban and Elliot Schneider
Guitars: Elliot Levy and Max Urban
Bass: Max Urban
Drums: Peter Kogan
Moog: Max Urban
Harmonica: Elliot Schneider

Songs 16 and 17:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Backup Vocals: Mark Newstetter, Danny Faupel and Elliot Schneider
Guitars: Mark Newstetter and “Steve”
Drums: Chuck Grieder
Bass: Danny Faupel

Song 18:
Lead Vocals: Elliot Schneider
Guitar: Elliot Schneider
Cello: Frederick Zlotkin

Songs 1-12 Recording Engineer: Brad Barth at Audio Voyage
Song 14 Recording Engineer: Chris Halaby
CD Mastered by Michael Romanowski Mastering
ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY ELLIOT SCHNEIDER





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Stephen Cann

Brian Jones Died?
Mr. Schneider seems to have knocked another album out of the park!
If you wish you fell asleep and woke up in the summer of love in an alternate universe, you might turn on the AM radio and hear something like this. It's time to break out the tie-dye, kick back and trip down memory lane (or whatever if you are younger than me...which is probably everyone).

Stephen Cann

Brian Jones is dead?
Mr. Schneider appears to have knocked another album out of the park.
If you were to fall asleep and wake up in 1967, the summer of love, in an alternate universe you might turn on the AM radio and hear this album topping the charts.
I recommend taking out the tie-dyes, kicking back and tripping down memory-lane and enjoying this album.
Otherwise, if you aren't as old as me (fairly likely)--just enjoy it and skip the memory lane!!!
Kudos again to The Mad Maestro of the Bay Area--Mr. Elliot Schneider!!