Here is a collection of odds and ends, mostly recorded in the Gondwanaland studio in Northampton between 1998 and 2004. Some of these appeared on the limited edition CDs "The Brutality of Beauty" (2003) and "Items, Times & Places" (2005). Some appeared as downloads on the Mystics Anonymous website from 2004 through 2008. Still others have never seen the light of day. Hope you enjoy!
released January 1, 1995
Liner notes for The Brutality of Beauty:
Now hear this --
The jazz of the soul
Is a rock in the world
The Brutality of Beauty was recorded at Gondwanaland. Jeff Steblea wrote, recorded, and mixed the songs. All songs (c) and (p) Soul Reflect Music (BMI). Jeff Steblea played all the instruments on this CD, with one exception: Ethan Kolek plays electric guitar on Spinning. Jeff Steblea designed and created the look of this CD, with photographs by Ingrid Proescher. Hope you enjoy the songs...
As always, thanks to my friends, family & supporters. Special thanks to Ingrid Proescher, Chris Arnold, Carol & George Chaput, Eric Davis, Lou Davis, Mark "Pear Boy" Gale, Emiliano Garcia Garcia, Tamatha Gaumnitz, Will Green, Ethan Kolek, Adam Kolek, Mark Alan Miller at Slaughterhouse Recording Studio, Sarah Proescher, Richard Proescher, Phred Rawles, Bradford Robinson, Peter Sikoski, Ron Steblea, Stephen Ward, Rudi Weeks.
Liner notes for Items, Times & Places:
Items, Times & Places is a collection of odds and ends. Demos, quickie vocal/guitar live demos, middle-of-the-night studio experimentation, song sketches, score demos and ideas, outtakes, live performances, and "finished" but previously unpublished tracks. All tracks written by Jeff Steblea, with some exceptions: music for Space Between written by Sikoski/Steblea; lyrics for Go Insane written by Keith Carlson. All instruments/noises performed by Jeff Steblea, with some exceptions: Peter Sikoski plays electric guitar on Lollipop Virgin and Space Between; Dave Hamilton plays drums on Bestiary; and Matt Hamilton plays acoustic guitar on Bestiary.
Mystics Anonymous is the name of singer/songwriter Jeff Steblea’s musical project, best defined as eclectic independent rock. “With Mystics,” says Steblea, “the whole point was to establish a project where nothing is off-limits.”