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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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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