Thursday, 19 May 2022

'She's always mad about something' by The Delgonives

PRESS RELEASE
‘She’s always mad about something’
Written by: Carl Dixon
Published by: Carl Dixon/CHD Publishing (PRS) © 2014 (P) 2017

Performed by
THE DELGONIVES

The official release date is the 20th December 2017 and can be purchased from Amazon, iTunes and all leading digital streaming services.


Following on from the 2017 release of 'One piece of cake', The Delgonives perform an exciting new song, but this time with a more 70s groove. Carl Dixon wrote the song with a retro melody that takes the clock back to around 1975 and this production gives it a more east coast sound with sprinklings of Detroit, Philly and the 'Wall of Sound' here and there. This is the eleventh 'Delgonives' release in the last few years and no less than five of those this year alone. This release has a number of versions available to download, including the solo saxophone, organ, vibe and the rhythm plus mix too. All vocals were recorded in London/England, but guitars, bass and horns were recorded in Nashville and the drums by Drew Schultz in Detroit.

In the past Hull born Carl Dixon has co wrote and produced with celebrated Funk Brother guitarist, song writer and performer Dennis Coffey songs featuring Spyder Turner and Cherokee Pree in the ‘Motor City’ along with some other notable ‘Funk Brothers’ and session musicians back in 2008. 'Tell me (crying over you)' and 'Glory Fleeting' featuring Spyder Turner on lead vocals, 'Suddenly there's you' featuring Pree on lead and 'Detroit (city by the river)' by Bandtraxs were all released successfully from that session and are available to purchase or stream.

Later that same year Carl teamed up with Philly legend Bobby Eli where they co wrote, along with singer songwriter Chiquita Green, four new songs in his ‘Grooveyard’ studio. The two releases from that session were ‘There I go falling in love again’ by Chiquita and ‘Soul Recession’ by legendary Salsoul recording harmony group ‘Double Exposure’ famous for such releases as ’My love is free’, ‘Ten percent’ and ‘Every man’. In addition, Carl also has a co write with UK soul singer Diane Shaw and producer Andy Birkinshaw called ‘Good Lovin Man’ which is on her album ‘Love, Life and Strings’. Carl and The Delgonives are also proud to have co produced and sang on Robert and Mike Paladino's 'Soul Girl' parts 1 & 2 in 2015. This song is a derivative of 'The Four Winds' original 'Playgirl' released in 1963. Carl and Robert created this masterpiece remotely via Internet collaboration.


Title: She's always mad about something
Writers: Carl Dixon
Published by: Carl Dixon/CHD Publishing
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number: GBXNE1700091 to GBXNE1700103
UPC: 191924356516
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 20th December 2017
Recording location: London/Nashville/Detroit

Drums and tambourine: Drew Shultz
Baritone, alto and tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards (keys, strings, vibes)/tambourine: Carl Dixon

Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl.dixon@bandtraxs.com


© Carl Dixon 2014 (p) 2017

Monday, 10 January 2022

'Blame' by The Delgonives

PRESS RELEASE
11th MARCH 2022

‘Blame’
Written by: Carl Dixon, Sean O’ Connell, Steve McCarthy-Hunt (PRS/MCPS/PPL) © 2014

Performed by
THE DELGONIVES


Bandtraxs are delighted to release 'Blame' performed by 'The Delgonives' written during a song writing retreat in 2014 at the Monnow Valley recording studio, Monmouth, Wales. This is the fruit of that labour after the three of us, myself, Steve McCarthy-Hunt and Sean O' Connell walked into the studio control room with just a guitar, pen & paper and an iPad with GarageBand, plus we had never met or collaborated together previously. The remit was simple: write a song together, so we did. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Blame
Written by: Carl Dixon, Sean O’ Connell, Steve McCarthy-Hunt
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC numbers: GBXNE2000031 to GBXNE2000037
UPC:191924033004
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 11th March 2022  
Recording location: London/Salford/Nashville/Detroit
Drums/Percussion: Drew Schultz (Detroit)
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine (Nashville)
Trombone: Roy Agee (Nashville)
Trumpet: Mike Haynes (Nashville)
Guitar: Mark Baldwin (Nashville)
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn (Nashville)
Keyboards: Carl Dixon (London)
Harmonica: Alan Jones (The Piccadilly Rats -Salford)
That tinkly piano idea: Simon Moss (The Clouds - Manchester)

Listen to 'Blame'👇


Thanks to all the musicians Stateside mentioned above.

Big thanks for Sean and Steve for making it easy to come up with something from scratch like this. It's a great story and maybe one day we'll be able to it tell together somewhere.

Thanks to Rita Campbell of BASCA (at that time) who organised the song writing retreat in 2014 at Monnow Valley and sent us in to the control room to collaborate. 

Thanks to Simon Moss who has always been one of the best sounding boards for anything musically I create. His attention to detail and knowledge is unrivalled especially as being the drummer from the 90s Manchester band 'The Clouds'.

Thanks also to Alan Jones of 'The Piccadilly Rats' for listening to the recording demos in its early days of production in MediaCityUK/Salford. It took a while to realise that some harmonica on the track would be special, which he kindly did.

Big thanks to Michelle Dixon for the excellent sleeve art completed well before I needed it. The photo is of the River Humber facing south from North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, England. Photo © Carl Dixon


 1) Blame - vocal radio mix
   2) Blame - instrumental mix
  3) Blame - vocal guitar mix
       4) Blame - vocal hornless mix 
        5) Blame - saxophone inst mix
  6) Blame - Mono vocal mix
                      7) Blame - Sounds like 60s mono vinyl 

Monnow Valley Residential Recording Studio & Rehearsal Facility

Drew Schulz

Sam Levine

Gary Lunn

Mark Baldwin

Roy Agee


Mike Haynes


Carl Dixon at Monnow Valley  -  Photo © Carl Dixon 2014


Please also listen to 'Coming Home' by The Delgonives (Carl Dixon/Rikki James) which was also written at that same 2014 song writing retreat.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit

© Carl Dixon 2022


Friday, 19 February 2021

'You Ain't Changed' by The Delgonives

PRESS RELEASE

‘You Ain’t Changed’
Written by: Carl Dixon (PRS)/Johnny Pryers © 2017

Performed by

THE DELGONIVES


Bandtraxs are delighted to release this version of ‘You ain’t changed’ by The Delgonives, co written by UK performer Johnny Boy Pryers and established UK songwriter Carl Dixon. It follows on from the earlier 2018 release by Johnny Boy also on Bandtraxs Records. This collaboration resulted in a truly authentic sounding blue-eyed soul masterpiece with elements of 60s Detroit soul and Carolina Beach Music. Carl and Johnny had communicated via email since 2007 with a view to someday working together and after meeting face to face at a Butlin’s soul weekender a few years ago, they decided to come up with a song idea and pursue a vocal for it. What transpired after scratch vocals were laid down by Carl for Johnny’s version, it was realised this could easily be a contender for a future ‘The Delgonives’ release also as it fits their style perfectly. Cleverly using the same backing tracks, a number of mixes now exploit the terrific melody and groove of this song and give it further appeal. There are also six instrumental versions to enjoy also.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Title: You ain’t changed
Writers: Carl Dixon/Johnny Pryers
Published by: CHD Publishing
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number: GBXNE1700081 to GBXNE1700087
UPC: 191924137917
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 2nd April 2021
Recording location: London/Nashville/Detroit
Drums : Drew Shultz
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards: Carl Dixon

1) You ain't changed - Vocal 
           2) You ain't changed - Instrumental
                        3) You ain't changed - Instrumental sax mix
                        4) You ain't changed - Instrumental vibe mix
                           5) You ain't changed - Instrumental organ mix
                                    6) You ain't changed - Instrumental rhythm plus mix
                               7) You ain't changed - Instrumental sax/vibe mix


Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl@bandtraxs.com

© Carl Dixon 2021



'Rough & Ready' by Bandtraxs and The Trenton Independents


PRESS RELEASE
15th March 2021


'Rough & Ready' (Album)
Twelve badly written, produced, mixed and mastered instrumentals by Carl Dixon
 for Bandtraxs productions

Performed by

BANDTRAXS & THE TRENTON INDEPENDENTS







Bandtraxs are delighted to release this terrible album showcasing twelve badly written, produced, mixed and mastered songs from the last twenty years never officially released before. 

These productions have a 60s Detroit and 70s Philly feel and utilise real drums on some tracks recorded in Philly for example. Elements on other tracks were recorded in Los Angeles, whilst others use 'The Drummers of Motown' on the rhythm tracks. All the other musical elements were produced in London, England.

In essence, these songs are now ready for vocals and a more fuller production in the future. This album is showcasing these songs and their potential with a view to exploiting them further.

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'Caesars Reply' was written around 2011/2012 and was originally called 'The night we called it a day', but a search proved there was another song already with this catchy title. Drums were done by Jeff Leonard at Bobby Eli's Studio E/The Grooveyard in Philadelphia.

'Stretchin' Out' commenced its first journey around 2000 with some Salsoul samples which were free with a magazine called 'Future Music'. They invited song writers to contribute a song using those samples in a competition they had organised. At that time there were simple lyrics/vocals, but not used here and doubt they ever will be again.This production does not have those samples. The drumming style is similar to that of Earl Young (TSOP, MFSB, The Trammps 1972/75) as indeed the MFSB musicians who are a massive influence.

'Teasing Georgia' a song written in 2014 with TSOP/MFSB in mind.

'Latte Straight' similarly to 'Caesars Reply' with drums recorded at the same session in Philly.

'Clearly' a song written in 2013 with TSOP/MFSB in mind.

'Boo' written specifically for Dennis Coffey around 2004. I had hoped he may use it for his live performances in Detroit. It wasn't his style he said :-) 

'Lover Unknown' was written for a UK female soul singer as a demo circa 2014. However, it never got as far as this version. It was just a few synth bars when conceived and was never sent to the singer. There are plans for a vocal and fuller production in the future.

'The Swing' and 'Flaming Pie' both written in 2004 as a TV theme and break bumper attempt for the Detroit 'Ryder Cup' golf tournament being covered by a UK satellite station in this territory. It never worked out because I was not a member of the PRS/PPL back then and knew nothing about the music business.

'Whether you like it' from 2004 was a vocal song idea for a late 60s non Detroit, maybe Chicago sounding number. There are some demo vocals that will never be released and it is something I may work on in the future.

'That creaky old chair' was an attempt in 2003 to create something 60s Detroit and specifically Ric Tic in sound. They were a competing label to Motown, but also had some of The Funk Brothers moonlighting there in the studio after their sessions 'up the road'.

'Dear Tammi' written circa 2000 as a tribute to Motown, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Part lyrics were published in 'My Sister Tommie - The Real Tammi Terrell' by Ludie Montgomery and Vickie Wright (Bank House Books 2005). The drums on here feature 'The Drummers of Motown'. There are scratch male vocals and are work in progress.

******

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Album Title: Rough & Ready
All songs written by: Carl Dixon (PRS/MCPS)
Artists: Bandtraxs & The Trenton Independents
 Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number(s): GBXNE2000011/GBXNE2000024
UPC: 191061388777
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon

This release: 15th March 2021
Recording locations: London/Philadelphia/LA


Caesar's Reply 
Bandtraxs
Drums: Jeff Leonard (Recorded at The Grooveyard/Studio E by Bobby Eli) USA
Guitar 1& 2: Studio Pros LA
Guitar 3: Carl Dixon
© 2012

Stretchin’ Out
Bandtraxs
Bass guitar: Studio Pros LA
Guitars: Carl Dixon UK
© 2001

Teasing Georgia
Bandtraxs
© 2014


Latte Straight
Bandtraxs
Drums: Jeff Leonard (Recorded at The Grooveyard/Studio E by Bobby Eli) USA
© 2013

Clearly
Bandtraxs
© 2013

Boo
The Trenton Independents
Drums: Drummers of Motown
© 2004

Lover Unknown
The Trenton Independents
© 2020

The Swing
Bandtraxs
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
Bass guitar: Carl Dixon UK
Guitars: Carl Dixon UK
© 2004

Whether You Like It
The Trenton Independents
© 2004

Flaming Pie
Bandtraxs
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
Bass guitar: Carl Dixon UK
Guitars: Carl Dixon UK
© 2004

That Creaky Old Chair
Bandtraxs
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
Bass guitar: Carl Dixon UK
Guitars: Carl Dixon UK
© 2003

Dear Tammi
The Trenton Independents
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
© 2000


Terribly written, produced, sequenced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit

© Bandtraxs/Carl Dixon 2021

Monday, 4 January 2021

'Glory Fleeting' by Spyder Turner

 

‘Glory Fleeting’
Written by: Carl Dixon (PRS)

Performed by
SPYDER TURNER


'Glory Fleeting', one of four new songs recorded at Studio A/Dearborn Heights in 2008. Featuring legend vocalist and performer Spyder Turner, this tune reflects our will to seek out, yet, suffer the consequences of war. Sadly those on the session like arranger David J. Van De Pitte, Bass player Bob Babbitt, trumpet player John Trudell and drummer Uriel Jones have since passed away. The album includes a number of the original demos sent over to Detroit prior to the session. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Glory Fleeting
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)
Artist: Spyder Turner
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC: GBXNE0800003
UPC: 700261949970
Recorded: March 2008
Recording location: Studio A/Dearborn Heights/Detroit/Michigan/USA

Production: Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
Recording location: Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, March 2008


Lead Vocals
Spyder Turner

Backing vocals
Spyder Turner
Gayle Butts
Pree

Musicians
Drums 1: Uriel Jones
Drums 2: Spider Webb
Percussion 1: Dennis Sheridan
Percussion 2: Larry Frantangelo
Guitar 1: Dennis Coffey
Guitar 2: Ray Monette
Bass guitar: Bob Babbitt
Steinway Grand Piano: Robert Jones
Horns 1 Trumpet: John Trudell
Horns 2 Trumpet: David Jennings
Horns 3 Trombone: Edward Gooch
Horns 4 Tenor sax: George Benson
Horns 5 Baritone sax: Mark Burger
Vibraphones: Rob Pipho
Sax solos: Gil Bridges & George Katsakis

Arranger
David J. Van De Pitte

Produced by
Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

Recording location
Studio A Recordings Inc
5619 North Beech Daly
Dearborn Heights
Michigan 48127-3927

Studio A
Engineered and mixed by Todd Fairall
Assistant engineer Jezreel Santos
Mastered by Eric Morgeson

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit

© Carl Dixon 2009


Monday, 25 May 2020

'Suddenly There's You' by Pree (Original 2008 Studio Mix)



‘Suddenly There's You’
(original full studio mix)
Written by: Carl Dixon/Karen Pree © 2008
CHD Publishing (PRS, MCPS)

Performed by
PREE

This unreleased version reflects the percussion break and original fade out recorded in the studio that wintery freezing cold March, featuring the cream of Detroit's session musicians on board too. David J. Van De Pitte, Karen Pree, Spyder Dwight Turner and particularly Dennis Coffey made this session work. I am still grateful for their massive input into the songs and production. Sadly arranger David J. Van De Pitte, drummer Uriel Jones and bass player Bob Babbitt passed away and I remember them fondly. David whispered something complimentary to me in the studio about my demos I sent over and three of those original demos will be included with this release. Bob Babbitt was terrific and it was a thrill to have him on the session. Also remember, it was Harry Grundy who played the first demos of 'Suddenly there's you' on his 'Right Track Soul Show' on WFM in the UK around 2006. In fact he was the first DJ to ever play any of my demos on air.



The unmistakable voice of Pree who performs 'Suddenly there’s you' a rhythmic piece of danceable soul with overtones from the 1960s. The original song concept was written in London, March 2003 and made its final journey to Detroit, Michigan for completion in 2008. Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon produced the track for ‘Bandtraxs Productions’ at ‘Studio A’, Dearborn Heights, Detroit. The arrangement was by the renowned David J. Van De Pitte and in addition the track features some legendary session musicians from the heart and soul of the city (see list below). Pree played an important role in providing her vocal and song arranging talents to make this project work as well as being a co writer of the song.
The official digital release date was the 1st July 2009 and in addition, the 45 rpm 7” vinyl pressings are now available from selected bespoke high street record stores, the BandTraxs website, and now, CD Baby.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Suddenly there’s you
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)/Pree (ASCAP)
Artist: Pree
Label: Bandtraxs
Production: Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
Original incarnation: 2nd March 2003 (first demo version)
Recording location: Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, March 2008
contact: carl @ bandtraxs.com


Lead Vocals
Pree

Backing vocals
Spyder Turner
Gayle Butts
Pree

Musicians
Drums 1: Uriel Jones
Drums 2: Spider Webb
Percussion 1: Dennis Sheridan
Percussion 2: Larry Frantangelo
Guitar 1: Dennis Coffey
Guitar 2: Ray Monette
Bass guitar: Bob Babbitt
Steinway Grand Piano: Robert Jones
Horns 1 Trumpet: John Trudell
Horns 2 Trumpet: David Jennings
Horns 3 Trombone: Edward Gooch
Horns 4 Tenor sax: George Benson
Horns 5 Baritone sax: Mark Burger
Vibraphones Rob :Pipho

Arranger
David J. Van De Pitte

Produced by
Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

Recording location
Studio A Recordings Inc
5619 North Beech Daly
Dearborn Heights
Michigan 48127-3927

Studio A
Engineered and mixed by Todd Fairall
Assistant engineer Jezreel Santos
Mastered by Eric Morgeson

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit

© Carl Dixon 2009

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

'Santa, let's leave it at that' by The Delgonives





PRESS RELEASE
‘Santa, Let’s Leave It At That’
(written by Carl Dixon)

Performed By

THE DELGONIVES
Bandtraxs Records – Release date 20th November 2013

A 2013 Christmas song performed by ‘The Delgonives’ sounding similar to those productions released during the 1960's US west coast surfin' era. The orchestration particularly reminiscent of recordings that may have featured the LA based 'Wrecking Crew' session musicians who performed on so many hits of the 1960's. Whether ‘The Monkees’, ‘The Beach Boys’ or Phil Spector’s wall of sound, ‘Santa, let’s leave it at that’ is hoping to capture the spirit so evident in the song writing and studio back then.



The official release date is the 20th November 2013 and the track can be purchased from Amazon, iTunes and all leading download and streaming services.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Santa, let’s leave it at that
Writer: Carl Dixon (PRS)
Published by: CHD Publishing (PRS)
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
Production: Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
ISRC number: GBXNE1300013
UPC: 888174401089
Artwork photo: Paul Topp (under license)
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 20th November 2013
Original incarnation: As 'Libby let's leave it at that'
Recording location: London

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit


Mixed, Mastered, Arranged and Produced by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

© Carl Dixon 2013