After my first proper steps into the world of recorded music with the release of the cassette The Garden Of Perpetual Dreams, I had written dozens of songs, mostly based on keyboard sequences using an ancient but trustworthy Ensonic ESQ 1 synthesizer. Some songs were recorded, some half-recorded, most were half-forgotten. It was Frans de Waard who suggested I should make a vinyl album out of them. We spent a fortune on the design for the cover, which came out really good. However, the first test pressing sounded horrible and was duly rejected. The second test pressing wasn’t much better, but we simply couldn't afford a third one. Still, I was terribly proud when the LP was finally released on Seven In A Broom In The Sky in November 1993. A grand total of 265 copies were made. All songs were written and performed by me, except Verdi Cries, which Natalie Merchant wrote. I hope she doesn't mind its inclusion here - it's such a beautiful song. Edward Ka-Spel played the keyboard sequence on Scars On A Windowpane. I mixed and produced the album myself (except for tracks 2, 9 and 16, where Edward helped out) and it came out sounding all muddy. Clearly I had lessons to be learned. Thanks to expert remastering by Raymond Steeg it now sounds a lot better. The image is me, totally immersed by the wonderful sound of… music.
Tracks 1 to 15 were recorded 1991-1993. Tracks 13 and 14 were part of an EP single entitled The Honey Button. Track 12 is a previously unreleased one from the Swoon LP sessions. Track 15 was found hiding on a top shelf and suitably dusted off. Track 16 is an alternative version of The Captain’s Day. Even though I prefer the version on the finished album, this one is pretty good too. All tracks recorded in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
A very brief (30 minute) blast from the past that shows how skilled the Dots were at early tape editing, the first half is better due to the original versions of "God Speed" and "The Blessing." And "Pay to Be Alone" somehow anticipates the Dots' future. Apparently this was mastered too slow on the 2003 BLRR release. Who knew? It seems so obvious now. RTW