ANGIE PEPPER BAND

Angie Pepper
Title: Frozen World  -  Company: Citadel (Australia)  -  Cat No: (cit 005)
Format: 7" single  -  Released: May 1984  -  Status: Deleted

 

Trafalgar Records committed to record and produce a solo Angie Pepper album. To this end, the Angie Pepper Band was formed, rehearsed, and did a run of performances in and around Sydney in 1981. Deniz and Angie wrote an album's worth of material. Recording was about halfway finished when Trafalgar inexplicably cancelled the project despite excellent results in the studio. For many years, until the recent It's Just That I Miss You Angie Pepper compile, this Citadel 7" was the only release in existence of material from those sessions.
Suspiciously, the spiking of the album by Trafalgar occurred when Charles Fisher learned of Angie's recent marriage to Deniz, which had been kept quiet. Was the cancellation of a potentially classic album, one that may have had great commercial potential and all that implies, due to a calculated, cold hearted business decision, or a fit of emotional irrationality? We will probably never know the answer.

 

Track Listing:

A-side: Frozen World ( D Tek / S Harris ) (2:55 m:s) 
B-side: Why Tell Me? ( D Tek ) (4:06 m:s)

 

The Musicians:

Angie Pepper - Vocals

Deniz Tek - Guitar

Steve Harris - Keyboards

Clyde Bramley - Bass
Michael Charles - Drums

Jason Morphett - Saxophone

 

Technical Details:

Produced by Deniz Tek & Rob Younger

Engineered by Charles Fisher & Steve Bywaters
Mix engineered by Alan Thorne

Angie Pepper & The Passengers
Title: It's Just That I Miss You  -  Company: Citadel (Australia)
Cat No: citcd549  -  Format: cd album  -  Released: 2001  -  Status: In print

 

In the late 70's, Angie Pepper was awarded the vote for "Best New Female Vocalist" (Independent music category), based on her groundbreaking work with the Passengers. The style was a unique blend of 60's girl group vocals, engaging hooks and melodies, hard edged sound, and edgy, often heart rending lyrics. Their only recorded work was an eight-song demo session at the Palms studios in Sydney. From this session came a 7" vinyl release on Phantom Records and later, a sample of the entire session with a release by Revenge Records, cut from a roughly mixed cassette dub. These songs were audible but the sound quality less desirable.
Angie also recorded tracks in 1981 with the subsequent Angie Pepper Band, but unforeseen circumstances caused the album to be cancelled about a third of the way to completion. Until the release of It's Just That I Miss You, only the single Frozen World / Why Tell Me had been released from these sessions.
Notwithstanding the lack of available material, Angie was the only female artist to be featured on either of the acclaimed recent Shock compile Do The Pop or the Raven collection Born Out Of Time, attesting to her importance in the history of independent Australian rock music.
The possibility of making Angie's recordings available came during the transition of ownership of the old Trafalgar Studios, in the late 90's. Phil Punch had recently bought the place, renamed as Electric Avenue, and was working on some tracks there with Deniz. The old tape archives were being cleared and Deniz asked to have a look, finding the original 8 track Passengers master tapes and the unfinished Angie Pepper Band 24 track masters. It was from this source material that the new compilation It's Just That I Miss You is derived.
There were great technical difficulties with the Passengers master, since the tape had deteriorated badly. There were also glitches and dropouts in the original recording. With the effort and expertise of Ron Sanchez at GLEA studios in Bozeman Montana, needed repair work was done. The resulting mixes succeeded in transmitting the energy and spirit of the band, in a way available for the first time ever. To these eight tracks were added five songs from the unfinished APB sessions, mixed by Deniz and Dave Weyer at DWS in Laurel, Montana. A great looking booklet of never before seen photos completes the package.

 

Track Listing: (46:54 m:s)
    1.    Frozen World ( D Tek ) (3:32 m:s)
    2.    Miss You Too Much ( D Tek ) (3:22 m:s)
    3.    Last Chance ( D Tek ) (3:48 m:s)
    4.    Why Tell Me? ( D Tek ) (4:09 m:s)
    5.    It's Not Easy ( M Jagger / K Richards ) (3:18 m:s)
    6.    It's Just That I Miss You ( J Sullivan ) (3:58 m:s)
    7.    Blind Night Out ( A Pepper / S Harris ) (2:32 m:s)
    8.    Only One Way Out ( A Pepper / J Sullivan ) (3:02 m:s)
    9.    Face With No Name ( J Sullivan ) (2:54 m:s)
    10.    Love Execution ( J Sullivan ) (5:49 m:s)
    11.    Back To The Dance ( A Pepper / J Sullivan ) (3:13 m:s)
    12.    Girlfriend's Boyfriend ( J Sullivan ) (2:51 m:s)
    13.    Sad Day ( A Pepper / J Dickson / J Sullivan) (4:26 m:s)

 

The Musicians:
Angie Pepper Band:
Angie Pepper - Vocals

Deniz Tek - Guitar

Clyde Bramley - Bass

Steve Harris - Keyboards

Michael Charles - Drums 
Pip Hoyle - Piano on track 2

Dave Weyer - Hammond on tracks 2, 3, 4

Jason Morphett - Saxophone

 

The Passengers: Angie Pepper - Vocals  /  Jeff Sullivan - Guitar  /  Jim Dickson - Bass  /  Steve Harris - Keyboards  /  Gerry Jones - Drums

 

Technical Details:
Angie Pepper Band (Tracks 1 - 5):
Recorded at Trafalgar Studios March 1981  /  Engineered by Charles Fisher  /  Mixed by Deniz Tek and Dave Weyer March 2000  /  At D.W.S. Laurel, Montana
The Passengers (Tracks 6 - 13): Demo sessions recorded at Palms Studios November 1979  /  Engineered by Alistair McFarlane  /  Remix by Deniz Tek and Ron Sanchez at Gods Little Ear Acre  /  Bozeman Montana December 1999

Angie Pepper
Title: Res Ipsa Loquitor  -  Company: Citadel (Australia)
Cat No: citcd556  -  Format: cd album  -  Released: 2003  -  Status: In print

 

In 1999, Deniz and Angie began writing for a new Angie Pepper album, her first recording since 1981. Members of the Deniz Tek Group, Jim Dickson and Nik Rieth signed up for the job. Jim had been in Angie's previous band The Passengers, had written some of their best material, and sent some demos of new songs for the project.

 

Other release:

Career Records (USA)
Cat No: (CDS 8214)  /  Format: cd  /  

Released: 2003  /  Status: Currently in print

 

Track Listing: (37:13 m:s)

* Baby Dont Go ( Pepper / Tek ) (2:57 m:s)
* Trying to Find Your Love ( L. Wray ) (3:23 m:s)
† Rockslide ( Pepper / Tek / Weyer ) (3:29 m:s)
† Cool Sea (Pepper / Dickson / Rieth/ Weyer ) (4:00 m:s)
† Heart ( Pepper / Dickson / Weyer ) (4:59 m:s)
# Hindu Gods (Of Love) ( Tillman / Taylor ) (3:15 m:s)
† Humid Air ( Pepper / Tek / Weyer / Rieth ) (5:14 m:s)
* Moon ( Tek ) (3:55 m:s)
† Doesn't Seem Right ( Pepper / Tek ) (3:30 m:s)
* Kiss Me Sailor ( E.Rambeau / B. Rehak) (2:29 m:s)

 

The Musicians:  

Angie Pepper - Vocals  /  Deniz Tek - Guitar 

with: 

 

†  Jim Dickson - Bass  /  Nik Rieth - Drums and Percussion  /  Dave Weyer - Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals
    Will Weyer - Backing Vocals, Guitar  /  Brian Phillips - Saxophone  /  Marian Booth - Background Vocals on Track 5
    Melinda Payne & Susan Hutcherson - Cellos on Track 7  /  Hana Tek - Spoken Word 

 

*  Jeff Arntsen - Bass and Backing Vocals  /  Ron Craighead - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals  /  Ron Sanchez - Keyboards
    Dave Walker - Backing Vocals  /  Colter Langon - Backing Vocals 

 

#  Todd Eagle - Bass, Keyboards  /  Tony Horton - Drums

 

Technical Details:

†  Produced by Dave Weyer At Dave Weyer Systems - Billings, Montana 
*  Produced by Ron Sanchez and Deniz Tek at Gods Little Ear Acre, Bozeman, Montana 
#  Produced by Deniz Tek at Brad Edwards Studio - Billings, Montana

 

Angie wrote almost all of the lyrics, and all the melodies. Rhythm tracks were recorded and produced by Dave Weyer in Montana. Nik came up with some novel rhythms, and experimented with combining live drums with looped break beats. Progress at Dave's was sure, but slow. Eventually several more tracks were recorded at GLEA Studios in Bozeman, again with Deniz on guitar but this time with the Donovans Brain rhythm section (Geoff Arntsen, bass; Ron Sanchez, keyboards; and Ron Craighead, drums) Dave Walker, of Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac fame, contributed stellar backing vocals on one track Moon. One last track, a cover of the Lipstick Killers' Hindu Gods of Love, was recorded at Brad Edwards home studio in Billings with Tony Horton on drums and Todd Eagle on bass and keyboards.

The tracks at Dave's studio were worked and reworked, using archived and found sounds and prepared guitar to forge new and startling sound paths. Some of these tracks had such complex aural layering that they required months to mix.

The album was finally released in 2003. A hybrid of straight up rock n roll/60's girl group production on the GLEA tracks is exemplified by the album opener Baby Don't Go, with the much more intricate and in depth production on the Weyer tracks being exemplified by the eternally haunting Cool Sea.

Res Ipsa Loquitor … The name means "It speaks for itself" … is a wonderful album, featuring to great advantage the world famous voice of Angie Pepper.