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Steve Robinson:
“Recalled to Life - Chapter Two”

(Art of Life AL1054-2)

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Steve Robinson: "Recalled to Life - Chapter Two"

Steve Robinson:
electric & nylon string acoustic guitars,
MIDI programming

Pat Schroeder:
drums on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11

Dave Bryant:
drums on tracks 2 & 11

Steve Zerlin:
electric & acoustic bass on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11

Denny Lalouette:
electric bass on tracks 2 & 8

Avzal Ismail:
keyboards on track 1

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Still Outside the Shop (alternate version)
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Week 31
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Safely out of the Country - Part 4
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Out from Under (alternate version)
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Come the Spring
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Safely out of the Country - Part 5
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Another Time, Another Place
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Mrs. V
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Safely out of the Country - Part 6
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The Three Professors
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Dr. Aught (alternate version)
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Untitled Strings Composition
(bonus track)

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Out from Under (strings version)
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Recalled to Life (string quartet)
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About the Music {top}

Art of Life Records is proud to present "Recalled to Life - Chapter Two", the follow-up release to Steve’s 2016 debut recording, “Recalled to Life - Chapter One” (Art of Life AL1046-2). Steve was a member of the British group 'Igginbottom which recorded the album "Igginbottoms Wrench" in 1969 which also included guitarist Allan Holdsworth. "Recalled to Life - Chapter Two" is a continuation of the music that appeared on “Recalled to Life - Chapter One” and includes fourteen original compositions by Steve. Three of the songs on “Recalled to Life - Chapter Two” originally appeared on “Recalled to Life - Chapter One” and are included here as alternate versions featuring different musicians. Also included on the album are three previously unreleased bonus tracks that feature Steve’s compositions written for strings and string quartet. The album features Pat Schroeder on drums, Dave Bryant on drums, Steve Zerlin on electric & acoustic bass, Denny Lalouette on electric bass and Avzal Ismail on keyboards. Recorded at various locations in South Africa, India, United Kingdom and the U.S.A. All tracks mixed and mastered by Paul G. Kohler at Art of Life Studios in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, 2016 & 2021.

Producers Notes {top}

In October 2020 Steve and I had made plans to resume working on his second album of material at the end of January 2021. Sadly, Steve passed away on December 30th, 2020 in South Africa. Fortunately, most of the tracks for all of the songs had already been recorded back in 2015 and 2016 by all of the musicians except for one bass track and one drum track for two songs. During that time I worked closely with Steve to create rough mixes of most of the songs on “Recalled to Life - Chapter Two”. I had also saved all of the email exchanges between Steve and myself, over 3,000 messages, and was able to go back through all of the emails and take notes so I knew exactly how Steve wanted each song to be mixed.

After Steve’s passing, a friend of Steve’s, David Novis, reached out to me via Facebook and asked me about music that Steve had started writing for an album of his original compositions for a string quartet. I confirmed with David that Steve and I had indeed planned on recording and releasing an album of his original songs written and performed by a string quartet at some point in the future after the release of both of his albums, "Recalled to Life - Chapter One" and "Recalled to Life - Chapter Two". Steve had already begun writing some of the music for the string quartet album back in 2016 and 2017 and had sent me several MIDI files of what he had written so far. After exchanging messages with David, along with his suggestion that I find a way to make the string quartet music available, I decided that it would be a nice touch to include a few of the MIDI tracks of Steve’s music composed for strings and string quartet even though the pieces remain unfinished. The “Untitled Strings Composition” dates back to 2006 and the “Recalled to Life” (string quartet) track features many of the melodies and themes from Steve’s two albums, “Recalled to Life - Chapter One” and “Recalled to Life - Chapter Two” written specifically for a string quartet. By including these bonus tracks on the album it gives us an idea of what might have been. R.I.P. my dear friend, you will be missed but not forgotten. ~ Paul G. Kohler, Art of Life Records

Selected Quotations {top}

"I just love these songs/recordings. You really did his talent justice. Sure, there’s a Holdsworthy appeal to his music but they are very different. I love all the different chords, chord melodies or just unusual melodies. “Week 31” got stuck in my head for a week, unabated. I think his guitar lines are very lyrical. Just very natural despite being so different to what’s out there. Not forced, not superficial, just Steve. This is a great album." - Wind O’Neal

"Steve Robinson co-founded 'Igginbottom with Allan Holdsworth. This early jazz pop band released its only album in 1969 with "Igginbottom's Wrench", but that didn't stop the two guitarists from staying in touch in the years that followed. This resulted, among other things, in the co-written "Out from Under", which appeared on Holdsworth's I.O.U. album. Robinson moved to South Africa and although he remained active in the music world, it was only in 2016, at the age of 67, that he made his first record under his own name, entitled "Recalled To Life – Chapter One" (See iO Pages, Issue Number iO141). As the title of this melodic jazz rock record already suggested, there was at least a second part in the pipeline. Art of Life Records producer Paul G. Kohler and Robinson exchanged countless ideas, while the latter had already recorded enough material for a new record. Sadly, the guitarist passed away on December 30, 2020. Kohler, however, continued to believe in the project, and as a tribute he recently published "Recalled To Life – Chapter Two". Among the eleven compositions are three alternative versions of songs from the first album, in which Robinson was partly accompanied by other musicians. The mentioned "Out from Under" is one of them. These tracks are interspersed with the modest, cut in three, "Safely out of the Country - Parts 4, 5 & 6", which is dominated by the fingerpicking technique. The five completely new pieces can be described as symphonic jazz rock, fusion with furious drumming and moving guitar ballads. Finally, the label boss gives a picture of Robinson's plans to write music for a string quartet. The musician had already worked out compositions via MIDI, three of which were added as bonus tracks. The album thus acquired the same classical coda as, for example, Frank Wyatt's Zeitgeist. The album artwork contains nostalgic photo material and backgrounds to the songs written by Robinson himself."
Rene Yedema, iO Pages Progressive Rock Magazine, November 2021

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