Imaginary Friend | A, B & C

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A, B & C

by Imaginary Friend

Rock duo Imaginary Friend brings their coffee-flavored blend of guitars, semi-sour lyrics & Beatlesque harmonies from the swamps of Rhode Island straight to your ears. In a desperate cry of self-importance, a free making-of commentary track is included.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. She Don't Believe In Time
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2. Welcome Back
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3. Her
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4. Down In The Sun
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5. Britain Baby Blues
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6. (Not Your) #6
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7. Quietly, Slightly
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8. Wireless 2.0
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9. She's Online Right Now
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10. Blue Oyster Blues
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11. SDT
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12. Your Only Friend (Part 1)
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13. Have Fun In Lisbon
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14. Cut Of Attention
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15. My Favourite Hand-Me-Down
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16. Drug Perfect
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17. Mangos & Peaches
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18. Think It Over (Smile)
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19. Your Only Friend (Part 2)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
INTRODUCTION

Imaginary Friend is Neal Leatherman (Vocals, Guitar) and Jeff Carroll (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, etc). The lads enjoy writing and recording music in their free time, and "A, B & C" represents the first major release by the band.

DISC 1 (Album)

The album was completely home-recorded in the usual way (i.e. drunk, and cheaply). No fancy studios or fancy instruments were involved during any stage of the process. Over 25 songs were actually written and recorded during these sessions, and we eventually whittled that number down to what you see on the final release (you're welcome).

Somewhere along the way, the concept of dividing the album into sections began to take shape and it was decided to name them "A, B & C" in reference to an episode title of The Prisoner, an obscure television show from the late 60's. Indeed, this is but one of many Prisoner references that can be found in the final product. The other main source of running references on the album is a band called dada. It is a long-standing tradition for us to throw as many dada references as possible into our albums, and "A, B & C" is our most ambitious effort yet in this regard (dada fans should be very pleased).

DISC 2 (Commentary)

Why is this album so damn long? Why aren't either of the "blues"-titled songs actually blues songs? Will Neal ever play guitar on an Imaginary Friend album ever again? Who is your only friend, and how well exactly do we know him?

If you yearn for the answers to these (and more) questions, you'll be happy to know that this album also features a second disc containing a full-length track-by-track audio commentary by the band. Two CDs for the price of one? That's not a bad deal at all... (we think).


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Brettman

...and then came IF!!
If anyone is interested in true, home grown, non-corporate media influenced (pseudo-indie) rock, then you will not be disappointed with Imaginary Friend's totally excellent cd, A, B & C!!! The music and lyrics are extremely well written, thoughtful, and performed with feeling and professionalism. Everyone can relate to the real-world meanings in most of these songs. From "She Don't Believe in Time" and "(Not Your) #6" to one of my favs, "SDT," these guys have really come up with a mass-pleasing cd that's sure to win the hearts of listeners everywhere. Jeff and Neal, thank you very much, and I can't wait for the next cd!!

Jackie Irwin

Wonderful tunes, outstanding musicianship, sweet vocals. A gleaming gem!
Pay no attention to the band’s comments about not having ‘fancy’ studio equipment and instruments! Straight out of the gate, this CD defies those comments – it’s a fine piece of work, well recorded & mixed with extreme care.

The songs are catchy and well crafted, with styles ranging from heavy rock (Lisbon), hip pop (Quietly, Slightly), philosophical grooves (Your Only Friend 1 & 2), to sensitive ballads (Favorite Hand-Me-Down). All done well. Amazingly, all instruments are credited entirely to Jeff. He is an outstanding player with a rare understanding of how to serve the song without overdoing it.

As a dada fan, I found it great fun to find all the dada-isms (lyrical & musical) that are hidden in these songs. DADA fans will also hear the Calio/Gurley influence in the vocals. Neal and Jeff’s harmonies are tight and sweet, and their voices work very well together.

The commentary CD is fun. But it quickly got bumped out of the player so I could hear the music again. This little gem is destined to be one of my favorites.

jen gies

How can you not?
Jeff and Neal have outdone themselves. Anyone who likes good singing has to check these guys out. The harmonies are clean, the performances spotless. Vocally, they don't sound anything like dada--more like John Lennon and Herman's Hermits--but the peppering of both lyrical and musical nods to dada is a study in brilliant smartassery that I respect 100%. If I'm not mistaken, I believe there is even a tiny Roger Clyne allusion in there--drunken (reckless) troubadour? Neal's weaknesses for another damn fine artist are well-worn on I.F.'s sleeve. Jeff's insanity, er, mastery of pulling it off after putting it together is a wonder to behold. *excellent* work, gentlemen!

Ophelia Mahoris

AWESOME! I love it!
I Love this CD...entertaining AND well done!! I want to hear more of these guys.