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'The small history of Alan Bright'

Brand new album
Available online from 16th July 2011.

It begins as it ends .............

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Early 2009 found me without a musical project and wondering what to do with my spare time. On previous occasions in the same situation I have retreated back to Early Bird Studios in Harwich and started working on some new ideas. So no change this time. With some unusual (for me) ideas of how I wanted things to sound, I got together with Pete Barrenger, producer, musician and owner of EBS and started to work on the first few tracks of what has become 'The small History' album.

As the tracks developed I then started to realise that this project was turning into an album but the songs were not recorded in track order as many of the songs were recorded before I started to work that out and then I added the songs in that I felt best build the album into what it has become.

From quite early on I had wanted to make this as musically eclectic as possible and so have dabbled with various styles. From 'Rock and Roll' which is, as the name suggests, what I think many of you would associatte me with over the last few years, through to the piano accompanied vocal of 'Strong Hands' and then onto the 80's electronica of 'The Other Side' and the Jazzy blues of 'High and Low'.

It has been a hugely enjoyable and liberating experience to record this collection of songs and while I guess I say it every time I record something new I do believe that this is the best recorded work I have ever done, which I say without wanting or meaning to taking anything away from anything I have ever done before.

'The Small History of Alan Bright'
I refer to it as 'Small History' as it always feels a bit strange saying my own name in this context, however there is a very good reason for the title. Many years ago with the band Six Months On I locally release a single and had it available to buy in Slipped Disc in Chelmsford. My Mum was hugely proud of this fact and wanted to go into the shop and buy the Cd. This she did but was really dissappointed that I had put the writing credits to Veggie rather than Alan Bright.

But I then sort of got a bit lost behind the Veggie persona and continued to use that name for my writing credits. However, these are different times and I hope that I have reinvented myself a little and so this time not only are the writing credits in my name but I have also included my name in the album title. I hope you can see that Mum and that it makes right the previous wrong.

Track 1 'Its a Fine Line'

"Throw me a rope here.........." More

Written by Alan Bright.
Main vocal, rhythm guitar and keyboards by Vegi.
Ft Sara Catarina Costa on vocals.
Ft. Pete Barrenger on bass guitar and all programming.

Track 2 'Rock and Roll'  --***EXPLICIT LYRIC***-

"Black eyeliner converse boots and shoes........."More

For Hayley and Carrise

Written by Alan Bright.
Main Vocals and rhythm guitar by Vegi.
Ft. Sara Catarina Costa on vocals.
Ft. Pete Barrenger on Bass, additional guitars and programming.

Track 3 'Fate'

"Whatever happened to me my friend....."More

For Stevie James and with love and respect to Monkey and Keith.

Written by Alan Bright
Vocals, guitars and keyboards by Vegi.
Ft. Sara Catarina Costa on vocals.
Ft. Pete Barrenger on bass guitar and programming.

Track 4 Chains

"Take these chains from my heels......."More

Written by Alan Bright
Vocals, guitar and keyboards by Vegi
Ft Sara Catarina Costa on vocals.
Ft Pete Barrenger on bass guitar and programming.

Track 5 High and Low

"I have seen all the light fade from your eyes...."More

For Deb. The closest I can get to a love song for you.

Written by Alan Bright.
Vocals, piano and synths by Vegi.
Ft Pete Barrenger on bass guitar, guitar and programming.

Track 6 The Other Side.

"Pop the corks, it's Auld Lang Syne........."More

Written by Alan Bright.
Vocals, guitar,piano and synths by Vegi.
Ft Pete Barrenger on bass guitar, synths and programming.

Track 7 Walk with Me

"Blink of an eye in eternity, that has been all this was to me......."More

For my Mum and Dad. For the love I always felt and still do.

Written by Alan Bright.
Vocals, guitar and piano by Vegi.
Ft Pete Barrenger on bass guitar and programming.

Track 8 Red Decks

"Stand in line, witness the slaughter of the innocents....."More

Written by Alan Bright.
Vocals and guitar by Vegi.
Ft Sara Catarina Costa on vocals.
Ft Pete Barrenger on synths and programming.

Track 9 This is it

"A wiser man than I once said you must remember where you come from lad........"More

For Tony (Scouse) wherever you may have ended my friend.

Written by Alan Bright.
Vocals by Sara Catarina Costa.
Vocals, acoustic guitar and piano by Vegi.
Ft Pete Barrenger on bass guitar, lead guitar, electric guitar and programming.

Track 10 Unconsidered Word

"Give me the reason the space and the time and I know that I will find everything takes it's toll on my peace of mind........." More

For Moon.

Written by Alan Bright.
Vocals, guitars, piano, synths and all sort of wierd stuff by Vegi.
Ft Sara Catarina Costa on vocals.
Ft Pete Barrenger on bass guitar, lead guitar, programming and an equally wierd amount of stuff as Vegi.

Track 11 Strong Hands

"And I guess this comes to every man..........." More

Written by Alan Bright.
Vocals and piano by Vegi.

So thats it really, 2 years in the making and the songs span 10 years. My first attempt at a solo offering that actually ends up as ever being a combination of ideas from other people too and so much better for it.

My thanks as ever go to Deb for understanding whet it is to be me and allowing me the space to do that. And to Chris and Hayley for their patience and support too.

To Pete Barrenger, I always say it but never has it been more true than with this project, I could not have done it without you, and would not have wanted to either.

Thanks to Sara for your support, understanding, energy and ideas. Your talent has truly enhanced this production.

And as ever thanks to everyone that turns up to the gigs, that buys the songs thats sends me abusive messages on Facebook and generally makes me realise what it is really all about.

Finaly, thanks to Stevie for all you have taught me. Missed you on this one, but you would have hated all the pianos anyway and I love them so where would we have been hey?