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Often in an album, it’s tough to realize all of the things happening in the background. Brian Wilson once famously claimed that if you listen to “Pet Sounds” on headphones in the dark, you’d be able to hear each and every instrument & vocal part. And he did that album in mono! Well, I know many of you won’t be listening to my music alone in the dark anytime soon, so I’ve come up with the next best thing:
Tonight, I mixed down many of the tracks from “Those Around Us” (my latest album) and took away the instrument track. That way, you can hear all of the vocal harmonies…and all of the work I put into them! I also threw in the backing (music) track to “Look Around”, as it has the an interesting combination of instruments. I think you’ll really enjoy this 11-track album.
The file is a zip file and the tracks are done in high-quality iTunes AAC format. And, it’s FREE, so why not download it right now? I’d love to hear any comments about these special bonus tracks.
Hello everyone to another special edition of the Laptop Sessions music video blog! I’m happy to officially announce that my new album, “Those Around Us” is now available on iTunes and on CD! If you’d like the album on CD, you can purchase it on my website at http://jimfusco.com/albums/those-around-us.html. If you’d prefer to download the album on iTunes, you can get that by clicking here!
“Those Around Us” features twelve new original songs. I hope you’ll go and check out my website for the full write-up on the new album. I honestly believe it’s my best effort to date and I’m proud to bring this new album to you.
As you see from the album cover above (which looks AMAZING, by the way), I was able to secure Ben Quesnel (at http://bqartstudio.com) to paint the cover for me. As you may know, Ben painted the “Halfway There” cover. I couldn’t be happier with the results of both album covers!
On January 13th, 2012, I had a big CD Release Party with my closest friends, family, and co-workers. Words cannot describe how honored and humbled I was by the great turnout. The crowd loved the seven new songs I played acoustically for them and everyone had a great time. I even got to play a special encore cover song of “Two of Us” by the Beatles with my fellow Traveling Acai Berries member, Steve.
I recorded the entire show in multi-track audio and mixed and mastered it for all to hear. You can listen to the entire CD Release Party concert for free on my website! That’s right, just go to http://jimfusco.com/albums/those-around-us.html and click on the music player in the middle of the screen. I’m really happy I had the opportunity to record it with my multi-track recorder because I was able to mix and tweak it after the fact. I tried to record the show on video, as well. But, something went wrong with the tape and I was only able to salvage the last song I played, “Good Enough”. But, I made the most of that short video and put it on YouTube to show (even for just a few minutes) what a good time we all had at the CD Release Party. I’m presenting that video for you here on the Laptop Sessions music blog, too.
I sincerely hope you’ll go and at least listen to “Those Around Us” on my website and on iTunes. I know you’ll love the album, especially if you’re a fan of the cover songs I play here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs blog. I think you’ll notice the influence of the bands I love and the music that inspires me. As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Write a comment here on the blog, tweet me @jimfuscomusic, or visit my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/jimfuscomusic!
Fusco-Moore Productions is a new music production company whose main focus is to develop and release new, high quality material over a variety of genres. Known as FMP, for short, the principle members are the three songwriters Jim Fusco, Chris Moore, and Jeff Copperthite. In addition to releasing new music on a regular basis, FMP features music videos on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover video blog. Their sound is largely based on acoustic guitar music, so the Laptop Sessions come naturally to them. From time to time, they combine their songwriting talents on group sessions, releasing new rock music such as 2008’s MoU album Homestead’s Revenge. When they are not writing themselves, they use their music blog to share tips on how to write a song, how to go about recording a song, acoustic tabs, and free videos and free mp3s.