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Here's some recently recorded clips along with some older recordings offering a variety of music styles some with & with out vocals or credits....sorry guys! too much time has passed and not enough notes written to remember you all ! :

1. "Katrina" [Rock, Gospel, Latin, African] - Play

  • Drums: Kevin Michaels, 
  • Bass: Keith Bridges  
  • Acoustic Piano, Hammond B3: Terry Spears
  • Guitars: Leon Zambezi
  • Lead Vocal: Leon Zambezi
  • Song written by: Leon Zambezi

Produced by Kevin Michaels in the summer of 2005 for Hurricane Katrina Victims as a benefit to all those People who lost everything in this "Natural" disaster. This song was aired on radio stations in Memphis, Tennessee; Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas and of all other places in Alaska. Earle Mankey engineered the recording at his studio in Southern California over a two-day recording spree. Thanks Earle, you did a wonderful job, and this wonderful recording would have never happened without your faith and dedication. You mean a lot to me. This song encompasses many styles. (Song Posted August 4, 2006).

 

2. "A Dozen Roses" [Country] - Play  

  • Vocals: August Mack, Terry James, Will Howard
  • Rhythm Section: Kevin Michaels, Drums; Kornel Obrcian, Bass
  • Guitars, Dobro, Mandolin: August Mack, Will Howard
  • Piano: Don Carlson

Recorded in 2002 and 2003 at "Deep Water Studios", Hollywood, California. (Song Posted November 2005).

 

3. "I've Got A Lady" [Country] - Play  

  • Vocals: August Mack, Terry James, Will Howard
  • Rhythm Section: Kevin Michaels, Drums; Kornel Obrcian, Bass
  • Guitars, Dobro, Mandolin: August Mack, Will Howard
  • Piano: Don Carlson

Recorded in 2002 and 2003 at "Deep Water Studios", Hollywood, California. (Song Posted November 2005).

 

4. "Lonely Blues" [Blues] - Play  

  • Guitar: Jeff Kraft
  • Vocals: Jeff Kraft
  • Bass: Art Held
  • Drums: Kevin Michaels
  • Produced by: Kevin Michaels, Jeff Kraft.

This is a classic blues song recorded at a rehearsal we (the Alley Gators) had in the Alley Gators Studio in Van Nuys, California on Sept. 29, 2002.

This was a rough take, it was not meant to be shown to the public, however, this shows a different approach to blues drumming, so here it is - I hope you like it! (Song Posted December 2003).

 

5. "Just The Two Of Us" [Latin Style] - Play 

  • Guitar: Mark Siet
    (Courtesy of KittyQ Records)
  • Drums: Kevin Michaels
  • Congas: Kevin Michaels
  • Timbales: Kevin Michaels
  • Cow Bell: Kevin Michaels
  • Tambourine: Kevin Michaels
  • Maracas: Kevin Michaels
  • Produced by: Kevin Michaels

 

I produced this  "Latin Style" version of "Just The Two of Us",  the guitar work was done by Mark Siet of  JJ Slim and i recorded all of the other instruments myself in the spring 2002 as rough demo sans vocals and harmonica. 

I decided to strip down all of the rough parts (vocals and harmonica) and record the balance of percussion parts that you'll hear me playing on the song. All the instruments recorded were acoustic and traditional instruments. This song was recorded at "Deep Water Studios," Hollywood, California.

Note: This song was originally recorded by Elektra Records artist Bill Withers in the 1981 by  Grover Washington Jr., Withers sang the ballad "Just The Two of Us," written by Withers, Ralph MacDonald, and William Salter. It went to number three R&B and held the number two pop spot for three weeks in early 1981 . (Song Posted in October 2002).

 

6. "In Love Again" [Rock] - Play  

  • Vocals: Stevie Winwood
  • Rhythm Section: Kevin Michaels, Drums; 

Recorded in Los Angeles, 2001. (Song Posted November 2004).

 

7. "Golden Clouds" [Modern Folk Rock] - Play using: Real Audio 

Recorded in Studio "E" at R&R Studios in Hollywood California May 2nd 2001. (Song Posted in August 2001).

 

8. "Get Up and Dance" [Rock] - Play  

  • Vocals: Randy Williams
  • Recorded in 1986 in North Hollywood, California

This is from a compilation of songs recorded with a Rock Quartet and a singer. I think it came out great. The Question is: Do you think it rocks? (Song Posted in February 2000).

 

9. "Promise Me" [Rock] - Play  

  • Vocals: Randy Williams
  • Recorded in 1986 in North Hollywood, California.

Does this song rock or what? (Song Posted in February 2000).

 

10. "Sail on Sailor" [Vocal Rock] - Play

    • Guitar: Carl Wilson

    • Bass: Blondie Chaplin

    • Piano: Carl Wilson

    • Vocals: Blondie Chaplin, Carl Wilson, Ricky Fataar,     Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson,  

    • Percussion: Carl Wilson,  Ricky Fataar, Dennis Wilson and Kevin Michaels

     

This song was recorded in Bambrugge, Holland for the Beach Boys Holland Album with a custom dual 24 channel with 24 bus and with 16 channel 16 bus Clover Systems (state of the art at the time) quadraphonic console in a studio called BBC-2 which was a converted barn which had eggs crates overhead that were later taken down while remodeling the ceiling which added alot of  acoustical dimension to the room. The studio  overlooked farmland near lake Vreeland. Within a few weeks of arrival in Holland the studio was completely remodeled and added internal structural additions such as clearing out the ceiling and adding acoustic improvements which was done concurrently while adding around a Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) worth of custom designed electronics to boot! This song still sounds good after all those years! The Holland Album was rated at number 36 by Billboard Magazine. (Song Posted in July 2000).

 

11. "The Trader" [Vocal Rock] - Play

  • Guitar: Carl Wilson, Blondie Chaplin

  • Bass: Blondie Chaplin

  • Piano: Carl Wilson

  • Vocals: Blondie Chaplin, Carl Wilson, Ricky Fataar,        Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson,  

  • Percussion: Carl Wilson,  Ricky Fataar,  Dennis Wilson and Kevin Michaels

 

This number was also recorded in Bambrugge, Holland for the Beach Boys "Holland" album. Me and Ricky Fataar used to race around Lake Vreeland on a couple of Mopeds that we borrowed from some friends that we met and partied with while there. Ricky's house was on Lake Vreeland and when you went over into his living room there was just stacks of records just piled up without and type of jackets or protection. He used to play everything he could get his hands on. I guess that's why he was so creative at the time. I think that this song still sounds good after all those years! The Holland Album was rated at number 36 by Billboard Magazine. (Song Posted in July 2000).

 

More songs will soon arrive! Stay tuned!