"western stress"

by Jim Curnutte

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about

After completing the album (factorial) I was ready to prepare for my next album. I gave a lot of thought to what I had learned from all of the albums I had released and how much I had learned in the process of recording and mastering them. The first thing that definitely came to mind was how I was just not 100% satisfied with the sound I was getting and did it really represent what I intended my music to sound like. With this in mind I decided to go back to the basics. My music is not complex but more diverse. The solution I came up with was to record the basic tracks in my studio and then take them to a 24 track studio and there I would do lead guitar over dubs and add the drums to them. I contacted Elliot Thorne the original Assassin of Silence drummer to see if he would be interested in doing my next three projects. Elliot was very interested. We agreed that I would do the basics and then he would join me in the studio and add the drum tracks. After completing the recordings for the next four, not three Jim Curnutte albums, Elliot was no where to be found. Something about being off somewhere in central California in a tree barefoot and playing a flute. I became disenchanted with the projects and also broke, so I shelved them.
Three years ago Shayne Barker approached me with the idea that I should to the best of our abilities, transfer all of my analog recordings to digital wave files. The excitement rose to a feverish pitch. I acquired two new Teac 4 track decks and an Otari half track tape machine. We started by learning how to restore the tapes that had set for so many years. Some of the tapes were sent to a restoration lab in New Jersey called Sonicraft, the others Shayne and I did ourselves. When we got to "western stress", Black and White, Safety and Full Blown Hostile I realized how much I wanted these albums to be released. I purchased a set of drums and then approached a couple of qualified drummers. Mark Stark and Alex Kendall have set out with me to complete not only these albums but several others that I had done prior to Beneath all the Madness.
Here it is, "western stress" seeing the light of day after all these years.

Here is how I got the name for this album. I was playing one of my audition tapes for an A&R rep for Chrysalis Records (the label that Jethro Tull was on) when he asked me how I would describe this type of music that he was listening to. I said " it's western stress music. Music for people who need to be saved from or want to be made aware of the pain and confusion that life brings them."

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credits

released December 23, 2015

Produced by - Jim Curnutte
Engineered by - Jim Curnutte
Recorded at - Neuromobility Sound Studios
Analog to digital transfers - Shayne Barker
Digital editing - Rudy Rohr (fripp needs me)
Cover photo - Christine Cobaugh
Cover design - Neuworte Neuworte
"western stress" was recorded in 1982 Hollywood,CA. Drums were added in 2015 Huntington,WV

Jim Curnutte - guitars, bass, moog and vocals
Mark Stark - drums
Andrea Maduro - voice on answering machine "do the can't"

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© ℗ 2015 Neurological Records - All rights reserved
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Track Name: adios
adios
(jim curnutte)

Well good-bye, all these years
it's been good knowing you.
When you were around, you were no fun
Now you're gone, hey havin fun

Well good-bye, was nice knowing you
Ahh, so long, well it feels so good
So good-bye where do you go
And so long, it was knowing you

Now I see you're out there
In the west out with the stars
In the trees among the blue, blue horizon

Well good-bye, it's really been nice
Ahh, so long, man it's really sweet
To see you out on the go
Know that you're never gonna show

Well good-bye, man it's been sweet
Yea, so long, hey, it's so neat
Hey, so long, where do you go
So, good-bye, well that's the show

Now it's time for me to run
Out into the Cal sun.
And see who can be alone without you

So good-bye, man it's been sweet
And so long, man how can I feel
So, good-bye, now it's been sweet
And so long, now I feel so real

Well so long, man it's been sweet
And good-bye, man how so neat
Glad we don't have to see you again
So, good-bye, my dear old friend
So Long!

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Track Name: never
never
(Jim Curnutte)

I was waiting for you last night
Hoping you'd come home.
Set out on the streets all night
I didn’t see you at all, you never come home.

Never come home when I need you baby
Never round on the streets.
Never there when we need you baby
Just think about this, just think about this.

Man you're never home when we need you
And you're always gone
Man you're never home when we need you
And you're always, always, always, always gone.

Where were you when it made it rain?
All the pain that you bring.
Always wondering just what's your name
Anyhow it don't matter, don't matter no more.

You're always there when the pain comes threw
Pain come threw the door.
Always there when the pain wants to drift
Drift away from me, look at the pain you bring.

Where were you when it made it rain?
All the pain that you bring.
Always wondering just what's your name
Anyhow it don't matter, don't matter no more.

You're always there when the pain comes threw
Pain come threw the door.
Always there when the pain wants to drift
Drift away from me, look at the pain you bring.

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Track Name: alone
alone
(Jim Curnutte)

It's been a long long time
Since I have ever been home.
I can’t recall if you
Still even live alone.

I'd like to see you,
But you might be gone
Or else you might not live alone.
I really need you now
I've seen the signs,
I don't want to be left alone, left alone

All my travels took me
To some places way up north.
And every one I met
Let's just say it wasn't worth, wasn't worth it.

I really need to see you
I need you now
I hope you live alone.
And all the times I needed you.
You weren't around
Well, now I've come on back home.
Come home, I come home.

I spent my days and nights
Living in slums across the state
I gazed upon a starlight
And hoping someday I'd see you

I really need you now
Oh, live alone
You know I need you
I've come home,
So, if I act kinda strange
Don't look around
Well, guess what baby, I've come home
Come home, Come home, I've come home

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Track Name: if you don't
if you don't
(Jim Curnutte)

If you don't need me baby
Won't you just give me a little sign.
So, I'll be out like a man now
Give me a chance, just give me a sign.
If you don't need me at all
Don't you think it might be worth while
In style
If you don't want a reason
If you don't want it I can say so
If you don't want no reason
Why don't you just say, hey let go
If you don't need me here with
All these things you think could come true
Yes they do, I know so
They can come true, they can happen to you
They can happen to you

If you don't ever know it
And you know the truth is gone
Far away, it can happen to you
It can happen to me, It can happen to you
It can happen to me

I'd like to make adjustments
I got to prepare myself home
I got to make the changes
I got to make it all work out
Don't you ever lie
Don't you ever try to evade the truth
It can happen to you
It can happen to you
It can happen to you

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Track Name: worthless
worthless
(Jim Curnutte)

There's a man let me hip you too.
Who's out there just to pounce on you.
Sell you things to make you think.
Make you think you got to own it all.

To many times now we've been fooled.
By the glitter shinning off the pool.
Made to look as if it is,
The very thing to make us cool.

Yes, he's worthless
Yes, he's worthless
Yes, the man we know
Yes, the man is worthless

We know times can get real tuff
Get real tuff for all of you
You best be thinking for yourself
Or this man he will get to you

Cause, he's worthless
Yes, he's worthless
Yes, the man we know
Yes, this man is worthless
Yes, this man we know
Yea, the man is worthless
Yea, the man we know
Yea, the man is worthless

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Track Name: try to get to you
try to get to you
(Jim Curnutte)

Let me tell you a simple story
It didn't happen long ago
They're these people who I trusted
Never knew what they could do
They seemed to be real chummy
That was only just a front
On the inside they weren't human
Liked to stab you in the back
There's so many of these people floating 'round
And they'll all try to get to you. Try to get to you

All the problems brewed so slowly
Nobody understood
Until the day that it hit me
How evil they could be
There's so many of these people floating 'round
And they'll all try to get to you.
There's so many of these people floating 'round
And they'll all try to get to you.
They'll all try to get to you. Try to get to you
Try to get to you.

There's so many of these people floating 'round
And they'll all try to get to you.
Yeah, so many of these people floating 'round
And they'll all try to get to you.
Yes, They'll all try to get to you. Try to get to you

One day they up and told me
We don't need you anymore
So, that's my simple story
What these people did to me
There's so many of these people hanging 'round
And they'll all try to get to you.
There's so many of these people hanging 'round
And they'll all try to get to you.
Yes, They'll all try to get to you. Try to get to you (repeat to end)

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Track Name: to know your name
to know your name
(Jim Curnutte)

I've been waiting for years to know your name
I've been waiting for years to know the game
I've been waiting for years
I've been waiting for years
To know your name.

When you lived in my house you were a stranger
Sleeping next to me, you know I don't know you.
I've been waiting for years to know your name
I've been waiting for years to know your name

I've been waiting for years to know your name

I can recall your face as plain as day
And recall the things you used to say
I've been waiting for years
I've been waiting for years
To know your name.

I've been waiting for years to know your name
I've been waiting for years
I've been waiting for years to know your name

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Track Name: seems to be such fun
seems to be such fun
(Jim Curnutte)

A little game in every one
We can try our best to feel the fun
Sitting all day basking in the sun,
We can touch the soul, We can touch every one
It always seems to be such fun
It can always seem to be such fun

I tried my best to get to you
Careful listening nights thru
It seems to be a little fun in every one
Every one has got to have a little fun
Won't you, appease me
Won't you, won't you, appease me.
Give me fun, give me fun. give me fun give me fun.

I'd like to make it, I'd like to be one
I'd like to make it, I'd like to be one
I'd like to show you all what's fun
There's got to be a little bit of fun in every one
You must, you must appease me
Show me, show me the fun

I want to take a trip away from here
I want to go where people have fun
There must be something we can do
There's got to be something that we can do
There's got to be a little bit of fun in every one
There's got to be, a little bit of fun
There's got to be, there's got to be some fun.

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Track Name: i've looked around
i've looked around
(Jim Curnutte)

I've been walking around, looking downtown
Looking all around if I could find you
Looking up and down the sidewalks
Wondering where you would be
Yes, I've looked around
I've looked around
I've looked around
I've looked around

You weren't there when I needed you
You were always running around
Now I'm down on the other side
Of this ugly, ugly town
Without you
Without you
Without you
Without you

Yes, I've been around
Yes, I've been around
Yes, I've been around
Yes, I've been around

Seems like there must be a mistake
Somehow I don't think that I made it
When I look for you
It seems like there must be a reason
And I think that reason is why
Think that reason is why
You and I
Get along so well, Yeah
Oh, yeah

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Track Name: just stop
just stop singing
(Jim Curnutte)

Just stop singing the blues. Oh, Oh
You ain't got nothing to loose, No, No
So Just stop, Just stop singing the blues

Hold on to your life, Yea, Yea
It must be a decent life, For you, Yea
So just stop, Just stop singing the blues.

Just stop singing the blues

You know what you need, Yea
You need a shot in the arm, No harm, No
So just stop, Just stop signing the blues

Just stop singing the,
Just stop singing the blues

Just stop
why won't you just stop
Singing, the blues
So won't you, stop
Just stop signing the blues

Life is decent and good, For you
Life is decent and good, For you, and me
So just stop. Just stop singing the blues

Just stop signing the blues, Oh, Oh
Just stop, just stop signing the blues

Just stop signing the
Just stop singing the
Just stop signing the blues

(boy that sounds like it)

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Track Name: know what you want
know what you want
(Jim Curnutte)

It's just the same, same old thing
And the people begin there little game
I like to talk, talk, talk, talk
About that the things that make me move
It's just a simple, simple little game
All the people well they look the same
Just a simple, simple little game
All the things they make you change

You'd like to make it, make it worthy
It's in a rock, rock, rock dream
There is nothing, nothing wrong
To make the system, system go on
You'd like to take it and show it around
You like to take it and show, show around

No, No, No, No
It's just a meaning, meaning go home
Just the system, system alone
Just a feeling, feeling go wrong.
You know what you want?
You gotta feel it now just what you want
You gotta make it, make it just what you need. What you need?

You gotta make what you want
You gotta make it, make it when you can
You gotta make it, make it where it comes. Where it comes from.

I'd like to show you, show you the game
And make a feelings, felling alright
It's just a pencil sketch on the wall
Everybody’s bound to fall
If the odds don't work out
If the odds don't work out. Don't work out.

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!

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Track Name: do the can't
None needed, just pay attention.
Track Name: waiting for happiness
waiting for happiness
(jim Curnutte)

Standing out on a corner
Waiting for a ride to take me away.
I've been down for the ump teenth time
Ump teenth time I've been down today.

I've got that big force some
hanging over my shoulder
People said “well come back when you're older”

Here comes that ride
I've been looking for down the street
Taking me some where
Where I can feel so neat

And get away from those people
Who are always bringing me down
With that bout come back, come back

Well I'm getting sick and tired
Of that line that people always say
“come back around another day”

Now because of the stale mate
I found out what I can fight them with
So, I'm going to where I came from
And I know there I'll find it sit

And I'll get that tune down real good
I bet the people will always say
“Come back around another day”

They face.

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Track Name: worthless also
worthless also
(Jim Curnutte)

There's a man let me hip you too.
Who's out there just to pounce on you.
To sell you things to make you think.
Make you think you've got to, own it all.

To many times now we've been fooled.
By the glitter shinning off the pool.
Made to look as if it is,
The very thing to make us cool.

Yes, he's worthless
Yes, he's worthless
Yes, the man we know
Yes, the man is worthless

You know times can get real tuff
Get real tuff for all of you
You best be thinking for yourself
Or this man, will get to you

Cause, he's worthless
Yes, he's worthless
Yes, the man we know
Yes, this man is worthless
Yes, this man we know
Yes, the man is worthless
Yes, the man we know
Yes, the man is worthless


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