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The Moneyshot

by Russo

All cats are grey in the dark. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. Skinny Girl
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2. The Holy Grail
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3. City O' Despair
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4. Line N°17
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5. "Tania"
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6. When it Comes Along
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7. Armies Could Invade
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8. Red 'n' Yella
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9. Stumble Back
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10. Los Pájaros Rojas del Fuego
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11. You're a Heartbreaker
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12. Pale Rider Tarot Card Dream
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13. The 7-Headed Cobra (3D)
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14. Th£ Mon£y$hot
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15. The Pharaoh's Curse
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Moneyshot is one of my favorites. It's slightly too long, and some of the vocal-takes are a bit crackly. But It's a beauty, and I'm quite proud of it. And still one I would gladly recommend, despite the major sound flaws and blips and creaks. Russell Murray- December 2011

An 80 minute cd produced, written and performed within 3 months in autumn-winter 2009. Genres included are Hard Rock, Power Ballad, mid-tempo Acid Fusion, Space Rock, High Tempo Drum & Bass, Mexican Psychothrash, Alternative vocal scat, Electro psytrance, Trip-rock.
The record was becoming difficult to piece together, I had too much material and no real direction in terms of overall feel or album art worked out, UNTIL I discovered the Patty Hearst photograph. Such is the importance of that surveillance camera snap, that it molded this album together & almost single-handedly, chose the entire tracklist by itself. It very nearly didn't happen, as I threw the newspaper clipping into the waste paper bin & couldn't remember the name of the woman, in the photograph I had kept.
Bank robbery, Firearms- Bank= MONEY
+Firearms= GunSHOT
THE MONEYSHOT.
I averaged 5 tracks per month during the beavering process, and boy did I beaver, I done so much god-damned beavering, I nearly built a dam.
'The Pharaoh's Curse' took about 2 weeks to finally get right. There were 5 vocal tracks to try and mix right and live drum parts amongst the studio drum tracks to level out. The guitar solo at the end was improvised in one of the upstairs rooms at no.52 Polwarth Gardens, whilst (fairly vigorously) twisting my head from side to side. I'm still not sure how I'm able to play like this, whilst doing that. It could be that, all those notes have already been chosen or mapped out in the subconscious mind & that another mind alternating state, from the shaking head, which in-turn, renders an almost out of body sensation. Which then allows me to complete the guitar part, in one take, without error.
The exception being 'You're a Heartbreaker', which needed several re-takes with the 'squawk-phrased' guitar parts, before I was happy with the final outcome. Also the multi-layered rhythm guitar tracks on 'City O' Despair' were very hard to nail down. With the slightest mistake, I was back to the start again. I had no idea how that song would turn out, whilst writing it; as my natural speaking voice did not match the way I'd written the words.


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Paul Hanson, The DAILY VAULT

A work of art, with few equals
A relentless rock 'n' roll classic from start to finish. I was unable to stop listening to this album, for weeks. Months later, I am still hooked. I have been searching for an album like this, forever. This is the kind of music which sinks it's fangs in you and simply refuses to let go. Excluding 'Greatest Hits' compilations, is there another album with 10 outstanding tracks from 15 out there? I don't think there is. This is one of the best records you're ever likely to hear in your lifetime. Buy it, listen to it and decide for yourself. You won't regret it.

METAL HAMMER

A FOLLOW-UP OF BACK TO BACK CLASSICS
To attempt a follow-up to 'Night Singer' was always going to be a dicey decision, but to do so within a few months of it's release was virtually unthinkable!
Yet here it is... all 80 minutes of it, to be exact. This, the definitive semi-conceptual album. 'The Moneyshot' explores themes of love during wartime, ransom & kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome,
& bank robbery. Along the sharp hard-rock edges of these recordings are intricate carvings and details awash with every conceivable colour of popular music, under the sun.
The heart of which, beats to the drum of your very soul. Listen as the afterburners rip through you, during the fade-out storm of 'The Pharaoh's Curse' and the tight intoxicating rhythm of
'Skinny Girl' , 'City O' Despair' & 'Red 'n' Yella'. This Russo statement takes you places you may never have ventured before and stakes a worthy claim to the title of
'The Greatest Album Ever Made', along the way. In my opinion, it's already there.