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Rock & Pop

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ABOUT THE DISC: The original Rock & Pop, Grey's sophomore studio effort, was recorded in 2001-2002 at Champagne Studios. The entire process was filmed as an award-winning 'Let it be-esque' television documentary series, 'Grey: The Rock & Pop Sessions.' The track 'This is the Time, This is the Place' reached #4 on the Psychedelic charts at mp3.com, and the music videos for it, 'Enough for me Tonight' and 'Addiction' took home Best Music Video at the Bare Bones International Film Festival. During this time, Grey was featured as Artist of the Week at radio station KUAL, and interviewed to promote the album. Grey saw the death of mp3.com as an opportunity to re-record the album in 2004 at his Grey Havens Studios in a more leisurely fashion not provided to him with the original recordings. These recordings also feature the talents of Jason Harbour, Mike Harbour, Kevin Bunch, and Stephen Harwood. The album is an equal blend of rock and pop styles that are an enjoyable listen all the way through. BIOGRAPHY: written by D. Lang & Grey Grey blends the psychedelic, progressive, acoustic, and alternative stylings of Rush, Yes, the Beatles, the Doors, and Pink floyd to create a unique rock and pop sound sometimes compared to that of Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Phish, and David Bowie. He has released the following CDs: Words & Music, Grey's Christmas Memories, Anamnesis, Rock & Pop, Colours, Faded Colours, Faded Colours II, and these now out-of-print live recordings: Live at Pegasys, and Acoustic Grey. Grey began writing songs in 1981 while still a high school student. He played in the band Elixir that opened for Ritchie Havens at the Myriad in 1983. He later played in the Blithering Idiots while stationed in Germany in the late 80's, early 90's. During the original Colours recordings, Grey lived in Toulouse, France, having teamed up with Yvan 'Doc' Mirouse and J.C. Nogues. They needed an English vocalist for their "Milo" project. In the summer of 1993 at Studio Queenriver and Filataires' Cellar, Grey and 'Doc' recorded and mixed Colours. Colours was originally released on mp3.com in March of 2000. Due to the success of Colours, Grey decided in February of 2001 to release his musical evolutionary albums Faded Colours I and II, songs that were written previous to Colours (1981 - 1992) and aside from 'Farewell to Arms' and "Song of a Broken Glass' the tracks were recorded while Grey lived in Landstuhl, Germany. In the summer of 2001, television producer, Timothy Eck, offered to record a half-hour television special on Grey, entitled 'Introducing Grey' for television station, PEGASYS. Grey teamed up for the first time with Zane Davis (bass), Jason Harbour (guitar), and Mikey Harbour (drums)to record live versions of 'Joyous Occasion,' 'It's You And I,' and 'In The Spring of Youth I Died' from the Colours album, along with three songs from the then upcoming album Rock & Pop, entitled 'Dying in Denial,' 'Addiction,' and 'Stop the Car.' The performance was also released as a CD, Live at Pegasys that is now out of print. Enjoying the success of the first television special, Grey allowed D. Lang into the studio for the filming of a television series 'Grey: The Rock & Pop Sessions.' The series premiered April 8th, 2002. What followed was the evolution of an album and the drama and humor involved during the original recording of the 2002 release Rock & Pop. The songs on Rock & Pop were written between 1995 to 2001. Grey played bass, rhythm guitar, and sang lead vocals. The album also featured the piano solos of Stephen Harwood, the guitar solos of Jason Harbour, the percussive talents, keyboard playing and synthesizer of Mikey Harbour. Jerry Patterson, engineered and sang harmony vocals and helped produce the album at his Champagne Studios. Jerry Patterson would die young, at the age of 55, in the summer of 2005 and he is missed by all who knew him and worked with him. On August 1st, 2002, Grey was nominated as artist of the week, and given airplay and a live radio interview on 104.7 KUAL. During this interview Grey & Jason Harbour spoke of their music and all contributors to the latest album, Rock & Pop. 'This is the time, This is the Place,' 'Walking Today,' and 'Sex Is...' were played during the interview. Copies of Rock & Pop were given away to lucky winners. D. Lang, the official webmaster and photographer for Grey was there to document it. Grey's music videos had not aired on television until after this interview. 'This is the Time, This is the Place' premiered on the 3rd of August 2002, on KXOK, the sister television station to KUAL radio. The full video collection later won Best Music Video at the 2003 Bare Bones International Film Festival, and aired on stations in New York City, Buffalo, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Hollywood, as well as PEGASYS. The now out of print album, Acoustic Grey, featured the live acoustic recordings of Grey and Jason Harbour at the 2002 'A Fling at the Springs' Acoustic Music Festival at Government Springs Park. The performance also aired on October 14th on PEGASYS. Following the award of Best Music Video at Bare Bones Grey was invited back to KUAL, where he premiered 'S.P.R.' from Anamnesis and 'Some Days I Don't Want To,' the Faded Colours track remake. The transcript of the interview can be read here. In the Winter of 2003 at his newly built Grey Havens Studios with fellow musicians Jason Harbour, Mikey Harbour, Patrick Costello, and Mark Dorman, Grey completed the recording of Anamnesis, his concept album following the lives of a family across 65 years. Dave Skinner of 3 Legged Monkey assisted Grey in the mastering of his new material. Due to the now non-existence of mp3.com, all albums before Anamnesis became out of print. This gave Grey the opportunity to re-record Rock & Pop, Faded Colours I & II, and Colours with different musicians: Jason Harbour, Mikey Harbour, Steve Harwood, and Kevin Bunch at his new Grey Havens Studio. These albums are now available direct from Grey via the internet through Paypal. Anamnesis, Colours, and Rock & Pop are available for download via iTunes and other popular download services. 'Joyous Occasion' was featured in Liquid Wind, a windsurfing and kiteboarding documentary, edited by D. Lang. The documentary, that aired thrice on OETA, was an official selection of the 2004 Bare Bones International Film Festival, Digital Independent Film Festival, and Dead Center Film Festival. On April 7th, 2006, Grey and Jason Harbour did an interview with Clint and Will at 'The Rock' 97.5 Alva/Kiowa classic rock radio station. They played several songs from Anamnesis and Rock and Pop. In July 2006, two years after recording began at Grey Havens Studios, Grey finished his sixth studio album, Words & Music. The album is currently distributed by cdbaby.com and available for download on such services as iTunes. Phantom Music Reviews described Grey as having, 'a psychadelic vibe' and 'unlike any other rock band you will hear.' The Plastic Ashtray, an independent zine in the UK reviewed the entire album: 'Steeped in classic reference points 'Words & Music' mixes classic American rock sounds together with the arrangements of The Beatles.' In October 2006, Grey set two personal records on myspace.com, reaching 10,000 total plays and 5,000 fans. On November 8th, 2006, D. Lang returned to Enid to film Grey, Jason Harbour, and Mikey Harbour as they performed at Db Studios acoustic versions of Grey's songs, spanning a 20 year history of songwriting. Videos were posted on youtube for fans to enjoy, and a DVD of the project is planned for limited release sometime in 2007. Meanwhile, in December, Grey's fanbase on myspace hit an all-time high of 10,000 friends, and also surpassed 20,000 plays.

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    Artist: Grey
    Title: Rock & Pop
    Genre: Rock
    Release Date: 1/18/2005
    Label: CD Baby
    Product Type: CD
    Catalog #: 5637315032
    UPC: 614346010236
    Item #: SRD601023

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