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Beyond the Valley of the X

by The X Brothers

Energetic classic rock with a strong nod to Blue Oyster Cult. Produced and performed by BOC founding member Joe Bouchard.
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1. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
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2. Money Machine
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3. Bar Room Blues
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4. Do It All for You
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5. Is This for Real?
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6. Psycho
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7. Deadman Walkin'
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8. Hot Rails to Hell
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9. Beyond the Valley of the X
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10. Doctor Music
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11. Downtown
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12. Last Days of May
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13. Stairway to the Stars
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14. 2000 Light Years from Home
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The X Brothers

Joe Bouchard on guitar and lead vocals.
Andy Hilfiger on bass guitar and vocals.
Jimmy Cacala on drums and vocals.

The X Brothers - A Brief Bio

Joe Bouchard was a founding member of rock legends Blue Öyster Cult. He joined that group in 1970 and was their bass player and a creative force in the band for 16 years. After 11 gold and platinum records for Columbia, he left BÖC in 1986 to pursue other goals. One of his early projects was the formation of the X Brothers.

The X Brothers were formed in 1988. Originally called the Cult Brothers, the group started as a four piece group with brothers Billy and Andy Hilfiger, on guitar and bass, respectively, and Jim Cacala on drums. As the Cult Brothers they toured all over the U.S. from Maine to Florida, Texas to Montana.

Due to a legal dispute with Blue Oyster Cult, The Cult Brothers changed their name to the X Brothers and in 1998 released a very successful CD entitled Solid Citizens. Right after the release of the CD, brother Billy was forund to have a brain tumor. For the next four years, even though their schedule was cut back drastically, the group continued to play shows with Billy including several in upstate New York.

In the meantime, Joe started a private teaching business and Andy became an executive in the fashion industry. But the lure of Rock and Roll would not quit for these diehards.

Andy played several shows with Kid Rock as his bassist which included a worldwide appearance on the VH1 Fashion Awards. Joe recorded a CD with Alice Cooper alums, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith. And Jimmy performed as a lead singer in an upstate hardcore band.

Unfortunately, in 2001 Billy passed away due to his cancer. The band and large numbers of Billy's friends came together for a star studded concert at Don Hills in NYC honoring their fallen brother. It was a touching moment.

On the Fourth of July, 2002 the X Brothers played their first show without brother Billy at an outdoor fireworks show in Elmira NY. The show was attended by over 5000 people and was a smashing success. The X decided that they could and should continue to play together, but now as a trio.

In summer 2002 other shows were added to the schedule including very intense shows in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. They recently played CBGBs in NYC at a benefit to help the Rescue Dogs of 9-11. Even though there were 20 other bands on the bill, the X Brothers brought the house down with their high energy performance.

Joe's Story

When Joe Bouchard was a music student at Ithaca College in the 60s, his brother Albert was a struggling musician living with rock group called Soft White Underbelly. During school breaks Joe would take the bus to New York and spend a week or two living with the group in their communal band house. Often there were extended jam sessions that would go until the sun came up.

Two years later in 1970 Joe was invited to become the band's bassist. After only a year of club gigs and demo sessions, they passed an audition for Columbia Records president Clive Davis. Clive signed them on the spot to a seven record contract. They felt poised for the big time, but they decided they needed a new name. After months of intense arguments they threw the naming process into the hands of their manager, Sandy Pearlman. The name, taken from one of Sandy's writings about a fictitious biker gang, was Blue Öyster Cult.

Blue Öyster Cult was not an overnight success. From constant touring they built a growing "cult" following. They opened shows all over the United States for groups such as Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and many more. Their first breakthrough album was the 1975 live set, On Your Feet or On Your Knees, which delighted the intense hard rock fans they had won over the years.

In 1976, BÖC recorded one of their most popular numbers Don't Fear the Reaper which in now an all-time favorite on classic rock radio. It was used in several movies including the original Halloween, and Stephen King's The Stand. In 1977, they recorded another classic, Godzilla, on their Spectres album for Columbia. In the early days of MTV, the BÖC video, Burnin’ for You, was a staple on that cable network and eventually became a worldwide hit.

Joe Bouchard recorded thirteen albums with Blue Öyster Cult for Columbia Records, and over the years was awarded nine gold albums and two platinum albums.

In 1986, Joe decided to retire from Blue Öyster Cult and left the band to pursue other goals. Over the years, Joe was a teacher in a private school, and worked in a music book publishing company. In 1986 he performed as a touring organist and pianist with Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group. In 1998 he released his first self-produced CD for The X Brothers, entitled “Solid Citizens” on Cellsum Records. He recently released a new CD entitled "Back From Hell" featuring ex-Alice Cooper members, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway.

He is the author of four educational music books. He also hosted an instructional video: Rock Bass for Beginners distributed by Alfred Publishing. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

In 1998 one of the most popular hard rock group of our time Metallica recorded Joe's song Astronomy on their CD "Garage Inc". This CD was immensely popular and ended up selling 5 million units. The Metallica CD as of this writing has gone five times platinum!

The Blue Öyster Cult catalog continues to thrive as we enter the 21st century. Many of the early BÖC songs have been repackaged in recent compilations on Sony/Legend records like Workshop of Telescopes and The Best of Blue Öyster Cult. Since the arrival of the Internet, BÖC fans from around the world have been more active than ever.

Discography with Blue Oyster Cult , Albums

1972 Blue Oyster Cult
1973 Tyranny & Mutation
1974 Secret Treaties
1975 On Your Feet or on Your Knees
1976 Agents of Fortune
1977 Spectres
1978 Some Enchanted Evening
1979 Mirrors
1980 Cultosauraus Erectus
1981 Fire of Unknown Origin
1982 Extraterrestrial Live
1983 The Revolution by Night
1986 Club Ninja
1987 Career of Evil: The Metal Years
1988 Imaginos
1989 (Don't Fear) the Reaper CBS Special
1990 On Flame with Rock & Roll CBS Special
1994 Live 1976
1995 Workshop of the Telescopes
2000 The Best of Blue Oyster Cult, Don't Fear the Reaper

Albums with other groups:
1989 Deadringer: Electrocution Of The Heart
1997 The X Brothers: Solid Citizens
2001 Bouchard Dunaway & Smith: Back From Hell

Books Alfred Publishing
Rock Guitar for Beginners
Beginning Rock Keyboards
Intermediate Rock Keyboards (with Seth Zowader)
Bass for the Absolute Beginner

Educational videos Alfred Publishing
Bass for Beginners

MTV Videos and Movies
The Marshall Plan
Burning for You
Joan Crawford
Shooting Shark
Take me Away
Dancin' in the Ruins
The Black and Blue Movie (with Black Sabbath) theatrical release
Blue Oyster Cult Live in Florida, Blue Jean Network
Live 1976, Castle Communications


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Zenman

Brilliant rock with a twist.
Like your rock with a twist? Joe Bouchard, originally a member of Blue Oyster Cult during their glory years, brings his songwriting and musical chops to a long-awaited second set with his X Bros compadres. Mixing 7 original and 7 oh-so-well-chosen covers, the X-sters add a groovy turn to their hard rocking roots. If you know where 7 and 7 lead, you need this album.

Terry

Great 70's Rock Style CD
A nice follow up CD to the X Brother's Solid Citizen. Listening to this Joe Bouchard project, I can hear the influences he had on Blue Oyster Cult. Highly recommended for BOC & Brain Surgeons fans, as well as fans of 70's heavy rock.

Will Roberts

Great
This CD is a great listen. Very enjoyable. The only thing I don't like about it is that I'd like to hear more original material from Joe, as he's an excellent songwriter.

William W Volker

Rockin!
This one's even better than Solid Citizens.Don't know how i missed the release.Got it now though.
Good work boys!

Redcap

Bloody Wonderful!
My Review of :The X Brothers
Beyond the Valley of the X
Let me start by saying that if it were not for Joe and Albert Bouchard, the collective creative output of what Blue Öyster Cult is or was would be a stagnant pool of no new material. I thank the Bro's Bouchard for keeping the music coming on a fresh and new level!
Now on to this new CD!
Beyond the Valley of the X, open’s with a cool remake of the Ray Davies tune: *(Wish I could Fly like) Superman. Great cover and great opener for the CD! The attack of the X-Bro’s begins! Sound is well mixed and very fluid.

*Money Machine: A Joe tune for #2 on the CD that starts out with a powerful riff and then goes to a lyrical rap that takes one back to the days when Rock was Rock. Fast and furious from start to end!

*Bar Room Blues: This has deep roots as an early demo for a BÖC album or 2. Redone by the Brains on the Beach Party CD (www.cellsum.com) as “Pissin’ away the Summer” and now the 06 version by Joe and the X Bros gives it yet another twist! Great lyrics and fun song all around! Can’t wait to see it live, again, in Wisco.

*Do it all for You : A cool Patty G. and Joe tune. Foot and Body moving tune from the get-go! Nice, not overdriven, rhythm to it. Hypnotic at times~~~~ Patty G is and has been a huge influence on Joes works and visa versa.(my opinion)

*Is this for Real: Almost a throw back to a late 60’s feel to this one sound and harmony wise. Instrumentally it is a modern tune all the way. Very psycadelic. Sounding but with a nice mix of rockin’ jams tossed in as well

*Psycho: This one wants to make you twist and shout as it comes out of the gate with that feel. Good 60’s beach sound feel within your face rockin in the 06’s feel

*Deadman Walkin’: new version from the early one done on Electrocution of the Heart by the X-Bros. Another old tune that I am glad to see the dust blown off of! The X-Bros bring this to a new level of what should be in the main stream arena of radio today! There is no reason why this should not be on the airwaves of the country!

*Hot Rails to Hell: What can you say! This is a classic Joe tune from the old BÖC days. This version reminds me of the raw power that the original had in the early years, only with a 3 man jam. 1st of 4 of the BÖC(cover) tunes on this CD and I think Joe does justice to all of them! Great sound, the production quality really shines through on this whole CD.

*Beyond the Valley of the X: I’m still coming to grips with the fact that it is 3 people making all this good sound. 1 spellbinding instrumental that will take you on a river like flow. Shut your eyes and listen to the sounds as they transform from calm to rapids and back again.

*Dr Music: Great remake! But, I think Nosferatu would have been a better choice (IMO ;-) ) They do tear it up though, this I will admit. Some great jamming goes on! But, Dr. Music has always been a bit on the pop side to me I guess.

*Downtown: A Hilfiger Bros tune collectively This is a very good feeling rock tune and includes a couple of tribute lyrics to Hot Rails to Hell. Short song that could also find a place on the airwaves.

*Last Days of May: Wonderful remake of the Buck Dharma Classic. This is done with the passion that is deserving of the song as it is a true story. Well done! Bravo to Joe and the X-Bros for this version!

*Stairway to the Stars: Another great BÖC remake! Full of the early energy and rawness that was the original BÖC (I’m not taking anything away from the current BÖC, trust me) great effects and mix on this one.

*2000 Light years from Home: An old Stones tune covered only as the X-Bro’s can! Almost like taking a step back in time with the feel of this….Fantastic remake!

All in All, this CD is a fantastic treat to all, Joe Bouchard, X-Bros, BDS, Brain Surgeons, and BÖC fans around the world!
Thank you Joe for all you do and for the projects you have that give the people so music great music to chose from!

Mark/Redcap

dB+1 douglas Branson

Another Fun and Rocking Album high on my list...
I am a little biased as I helped on the cover...added the cool sky...and am a friend of Joe's and a follower of BDS, X Brothers etc. All that said... the music here is good mix to put on and enjoy this one in the car. One of my favorite stones tunes also, and great version of it. Keep up the writing, Rocking, and can't wait to hear the next one!!!

The Subhuman

Great Album
Great album from the guys. You can hear how good musicians they are. 4 stars only because of "Last days of may" - sorry Joe, Buck sings this better. Greetings from Germany

Andy Rushton


A great CD, 3 guys playing no nonsense rock n roll, with no fancy tricks, who sound like they are having a ball, and, enjoying it!-

bill

excellent
very enjoyable. good old fashioned rock and roll. even better than solid citizen.

Mark Lahren

Damn good CD!
Took me a while to locate this place. I was unaware until recently that the X Brothers had released another CD. I've been out of touch. Loved "Solid Citizens" to death. I love this one equally as much. Good, solid, hard rock. And, as usual, a nice, clean recording, expertly mixed. I'm more than pleased, and look forward to their next CD outing. Doubt I'll ever see them live, since I rarely escape North Dakota, but you never know...