As you may know we’ve been mad-busy rolling out a new album Spellbound, 1st single All Of A Sudden adv. 6/19 & newly mixed for Nov 20 release, Up On The Bluffs 9/18 adv., Christmas On The Block 10/23 w/ Jan 22 earmarked for release of 10 song CD + digital + bonus trak(s)! Rolling out 1 song/month on 3rd Tues- http://saklad.bandcamp.com is now set up for pre-ordering (discount +) the digital album & immediate multi-song download- All Of A Sudden, Up On The Bluffs & bonus trak COTB (all hi def 320k & lossless cd quality, singles also avail- set your price, even FREE)
This leads into our groundbreaking holiday record, Alan Mann’s “Christmas On The Block”- newly remixed/mastered for ’12, which opened doors last year @ WXPN Helen Leicht, WSTW Mark Rogers, WCHE Charlie Sylvestri, Dan Herman and Michael Tearson, more & online.
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All Of A Sudden adv 6/19, remix 11/20~ Romp rooted in boogie-woogie ala Leon Russel, dig the cheesy organ. About the moment each of us recognizes something’s changed in a relationship- you have to see them ASAP!
Up On The Bluffs 9/18- lyrics by Kim De Meo~ inspired by Winfield, a timeless, old soul Bermuda resort doorman, full of dignity & grace, twinkle in his eye, offers to take our photo then shares his special gift- a small bottle of choral pink sand, and many stories…
Christmas On The Block 10/23 ©Alan Mann by permission, features Kenn Kweder blues harp, newly mixed/mastered for ’12, which opened doors last year live, on air & online. Newly recorded guitar traks and special attention to drum & bass, sibilance & sweetening are all fresh ear candy!
>> STAY TUNED as we confirm CD RELEASE shows and do join us @Connie’s Ric Rac 12/13 Danielle Mari hosts Cover Me Philly (S 9th & Washington Ave) & TL Dobbs 12/24 live performance & bcast http://dobbsradio.com – 304 South St, Phila, all shows incl Christmas On The Block ’12 singalongs!!! ~Larry
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11/29/11- Former Alan Mann & The Free Arts Band member, Larry Saklad, has released a new recording of Christmas On The Block, both in honor of this legendary local favorite and to Alan’s 28th anniversary of it’s first release in 1983. Saklad was Mann’s original piano/keyboard man who also released another recording of this song in ’95, tracked & mixed @ Art Inst Of Phila and aired on Street Beat, then local show hosted by Cyndy Drue (WMMR, now @ WMGK); years later feeling it was overproduced & not authentic to the original- this new recording succeeds at correcting & includes Alan’s favorite, a 12 string Guild guitar! All that’s missing is the second grade singing ala Mann’s track.
The story goes something like…
… Alan Mann was late getting home to his girlfriend, and somewhere in West Phila-Overbrook, had a vision of the wonderful lights decorating a School For The Blind, feeling both the irony and magic of how that must be for those students, that “their’s is the most beautiful Christmas On The Block”, and had the whole song written by the time he arrived.
“Ultimately,” states Saklad, “this has been a labor of love to be freely shared”.