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Vol. I, No. 1 Summer, 1988

Everybody Needs Love--THE DANZIG BAND *$
I'll Make It Easy--NOVA EXPRESS *$$#
Something You Told Me--TIM CAMP *$$$##
Wake Up Miss Noah--HANK BECKER *$$$
Good Or Bad Fortunes--THE CONVERTIBLES **$$$

She's Falling Apart--THE CHAPEL SINGERS ***$$$
Dear Dad--WARREN WOLF **$$$$###
By Myself--D.D. RANGED ****

* Recorded at Blow Torch Productions; recording engineer: Tim Camp.
** Recorded live at Trinity's Downtown;
 recording engineer: Tim Camp & Woody Pollard.
*** Recorded at The Chapel; recording engineer: Woody Pollard.
**** Recorded at Southern Sounds; recording engineer: Jerry Powell.
$ Mix Down: Joe Walker.
$$ Mix Down: Tim Camp & Rick Long.
$$$ Mix Down: Tim Camp.
$$$$ Mix Down: Tim Camp & Mark Pfaff.
# Keyboards, Bass, Drums Program: Tim Camp.
## Vocals: Mike Brazile & Tim Camp; Lead Guitar: Wayne Helton.
### Keyboards: Richard Bell; Drums: Bryan Wheeler;
 Rhythm Guitar: Will Kimbrough; Bass: Mark Pfaff.

Produced by Blow Torch Productions; Supervisor: Tim Camp.
Executive Producer: Edmund Tsang.
Associate Producer: Mark Pfaff, Woody Pollard.
Contributing Producer: Dennis Melton, Dan Silver.
Assistant Producer: Jay Sharpe, Phil Tapia.
Graphics: Self Abuse, David Black.

The Harbinger wishes to acknowledge:
All the bands that ever played a Harbinger fundraiser. Randy Johnson & Mead Miller of Trinity's Downtown. Bill Gardner of Music Exchange. John Metherne of MMI Music World. Bob Sheffield of ShowBiz Theatrical Services. Kay Kimbrough, Robin Steele, Herbie Wagner, Paul Brown, Cory Stifford, Mark Pierce, Tony Dodson, Jeff Davis, WABB, 92ZEW. Local clubs that supported past harbinger projects. Businesses that distribute The Harbinger.

Copyright (c) 1988. All Rights Reserved.
This is a project of The Harbinger, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization based in Mobile, Alabama. The Harbinger also publishes a free, biweekly community newspaper.

This record is a collection of songs that span the spectrum of contemporary rock music by musicians of Mobile, Alabama.

The idea of this album project as a fund-raiser for The Harbinger, Mobile's alternative newspaper, was first suggested to us in Summer, 1986. Recording began in December at Trinity's Downtown where two live tracks were taped and half the cost of pressing the album was raised. Recording continued throughout 1987, and the album was released in Summer, 1988.

This project is our expression of appreciation and tribute to some of the many ideals and ideas that jelled during the period (1966-68) twenty years ago. In a small way we also undertook this album project so we can continue a tradition where people with a cooperative spirit undertake projects that allow personal and community goals to be achieved simultaneously. In a time and place where this spirit is gone (but not forgotten), we hope this project, through its music, allows each listener to make a connection to the vision of the 60's.

May this vision guide us in the 90's so we can abandon prejudice, blind obedience, and complacency; weld spontaneity with discipline; combine compassion with logic; choose substance before image; and accept the responsibility that comes with privilege.

To tell the truth, there have been many times I've wanted to hang the whole thing up, like the times when we put our hearts and souls into a song and nobody in the audience even lifts a hand to applaud, or when we travel all day to play in a new town and no one shows up to see us.

However, when I consider the millions of people who don't even know where their next meal is coming from, I feel privileged.

I seriously feel that if you believe with all your heart in who you are and what you do, eventually you will succeed... you must! This album is an example of just that

Keep the faith,
Kevin Danzig

Rising out of the current 60's revival, Nova Express is a group of veteran musicians that came together with the intention of making music for music's sake. It has become more common to see young people wearing tie-dye shirts and peace symbols on their jeans, and the door is open again to groups that wish to expand the confines of the popular song through exploratory jams and improvisation.

The members of Nova Express have gone through the cycle of playing in Garage bands in the late sixties, to gigging with showcase units and blues and bluegrass outfits in the seventies and early eighties. Guitarist Wayne Helton journeyed to San Francisco in hopes of finding a career in the city whose musical pulse is closest to his own. Bassist Rick Long, who has family and friends in the Bay Area, also made several trips to the setting that spawned so many important movements in music, art, and politics.

"I'll Make It Easy For You" exhibits some of Nova's trademark qualities, such as Wayne's expert picking and lyrical guitar lines. The other side of what the band does in their live shows is actually closer to mid-sixties rhythm-and-blues and soul.

-- Dennis Melton

Tim Camp has enjoyed success as a producer, a job that grew out of his abilities as a musician and engineer. In the several years he's worked at a local radio station, Camp has written, performed and mixed the efforts of many acts. He eventually wound up playing the rhythm, drum and bass tracks on Nova Express' "I'll Make It Easy," a song that he also penned. Camp's versatility is evidenced by "Something You Told Me," a ballad that contrasts with the straight-ahead rock and roll for which he is better known. Nova Express and Tim Camp are fortunate to get the opportunity to bring such vital music to a generation that wasn't around to experience it first hand. The great thing is that the music has never sounded fresher or more important that it does right now.

-- Dennis Melton

Henry S. Becker, known to friends and relatives simply as "Hank," began songwriting and performing at the tender age of seven. Now thirty, Becker has penned literally thousands of songs in every conceivable style. Hank cites Chet Atkins' and Merle Travis' mentor, the late great Mose Reager, as his first real guitar teacher. The blues, a la Muddy Waters, is a Becker favorite. However, Hank lists other mainstream influences, such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan and James Taylor. Basically a love child of the 60's, when asked what is the most important thing in life, Hank replies without hesitation, "FREEDOM!"

-- Tony A.

"Good Or Bad Fortune" has the classic rhythm and blues feel the Convertibles have built their long career upon. If there is a tradition that brings together the diverse elements of soul, blues, rock-a-billy, country, etc., that exist in Mobile, it is rhythm and blues. The Convertibles are steeped in and have apprenticed in each of the styles mentioned.

"Good Or Bad Fortune" is also a good indication of the personal history of any band that has tried to make it in Mobile. Like most successful units, the Convertibles have had to leave home for more profitable markets and better exposure. Lately, the group has undergone personnel changes that could signal the end of a long partnership. Whatever becomes of these talented musicians in the future may be uncertain, but their contribution to the Mobile sound, and its acceptance is undeniably intact.

-- Dennis Melton

Known by any other name, the musical collaboration of Sam Baylor, Will Kimbrough and Mark Pfaff represents the best that came out of Mobile in the 80's. Adventurous, creative and eclectic, their music draws from the rich tradition of rock and roll.

"She's Falling Apart," an original by the Flamin' Groovies, was recorded at the Chapel in the summer of 1987 under the name of the Chapel Singers, with Woody Pollard on drums.

-- Edmund Tsang

The strains of rock and roll were heard early and often in Mobile as many of its great innovators passed through the city. Hank Williams lived and played here in relative obscurity before going on to become a legend, and a young singer named Elvis Presley used to play high school dances in the Port city.

Today, Warren Wolf is Mobile's most prominent purveyor of roots rock. Preaching the gospel of Chuck Berry, rumor has it that Warren was baptized in the back of a coffee-color Cadillac. His sermons are not to be missed. Hail, Hail, Rock And Roll!

-- Jay Sharpe

From the West Coast of the United States to Europe, the unbridled power of D.D. Ranged permeates the air. heavily influenced by the Underground Garage Band movement of the mid-to- late sixties (now increasingly popular around the world), D.D. Ranged shows a nostalgic feel for an almost lost art. "By Myself" is an unreleased version appearing on none of the band's three albums. The recording features the band's original lineup: writer/singer/guitarist Mark Evans, Drummer Keith Hammet, and the mysterious, elusive Mr. Self Abuse on bass guitar. (D.D. Ranged courtesy Deranged Records, Inc.)

-- Norm de Plume

At first the Aboriginals wanted to be a thrash band, but the music wouldn't come out that way. Try as they might, their sense of melody simply wouldn't allow it. Eventually they gave up and decided to focus on the song-writing abilities of Stevie Harper and Sherri Warren.

The result is a kind of country twang souped up with some punkish energy and filtered through some really clever songs. Throw in a good look and a captivating live performance and you have some real contenders. The night they recorded "Hope" was only the second time they had been in a studio. Stay tuned.

-- Jay Sharpe