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"MYSTERY IN THE WOODS" Ambient Suite + song "Rebel King"

by Stan Ridgway / Ridgway Ambient Series

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Ambient Instrumental
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HIGHWAY NINE 02:36
Ambient Instrumental by Stan Ridgway
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WAKE TO FEAR 03:03
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FOREST MOON 07:46
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"REBEL KING" by Stan Ridgway / A440 Records Recorded, Mixed at GoldenTone Studios Venice CA March 2017 Mastered by Doug Schwartz at Mulholland Sound, Chatsworth CA Stan Ridgway: guitars, vocals Pietra Wexstun: keyboards, electronics Bruce Zelesnik: drum, percussion Strings: Laslo Vickers Bass: Bill Blatt Produced by Stan Ridgway "Rebel King" is a song written by Stan Ridgway C & P 2017 dis information music BMI With an author’s eye for detail and nuance, shadow and light, Ridgway’s song about iconic actor/director Orson Welles, best known for his film masterpiece “Citizen Kane”, explodes in glorious guitars and strings. And is quite like a piece of wide screen cinema in itself. Stan Ridgway’s inimitable baritone recounts the early scandals, rancorous studio battles and fabled Hollywood history of the great artist, genius and iconoclast. New work from the Wall Of Voodoo mastermind. A sincere tribute from one America’s master... more lyrics REBEL KING by Stan Ridgway At crack of dawn he died alone Typing up a new screenplay at home Every night he ate at Ma Massion' Sat in his regular booth There he would wait for the ones Who'd made promises for films to come They never showed they just cut and run He'd say - some stories Suffer from the truth Deep in voice and big and broad On the New York radio he talked like God He'd made a joke on Halloween When Hitler started to march And all believed just like he'd planned But a Martian invasion no it never did land Marleana later said he was some kind of man But what does it matter what you say? Behind the gates where the fires keep burning A camera pans on a wheel that's turning High on a crane, track the wall and staircase A mirror shatters with no dreams to replace Orson Welles still burning bright You'd said the best shots were all in black and white Color can distract and make the dream not right And then the dream will fade away And then the dream will fade away Years ago his rebel soul Was called to Hollywood to work with RKO He told a tale 'bout a big newspaper man With power riches and greed - but then Louella called her boss and said This film is all about you we must kill this dead And with one whisper on a phone from a San Simeon bed Outside a giant white cockatoo screamed Newspaper printed he had made a movie A masterpiece that made them afraid of A reputation that would not behave or Follow orders from the ones who ordered Orson Welles still burnin' bright They'd said you were too dark And that they needed more light But with no shadow on the wall Then the dream's not right And then the dream will fade away And then the dream will fade away After he died, went to his wake There in Hollywood where most people fake Sat in back, Director's Guild The public was invited to attend Most empty seats but loved ones there People from his past and all the ones who cared Moses gave a sermon 'bout the dancing bear A traitor uttered Rosebud... Kane and Ambersons, The Mercury Theater Rock the Cradle, Third Man, The Stranger Voodoo MacBeth and the Lady From Shanghai A Touch Of Evil, hear The Chimes At Midnight Orson Welles died alone Slumped over his typewriter and his telephone But not before he'd written Where his hero goes home And where the dreams don't fade away People always fear what they can't buy and own And where the dreams won't fade —— words & music by stan ridgway dis information music bmi 2017 credits released August 10, 2017 Recorded, Mixed at GoldenTone Studios Venice CA March 2017 Mastered by Doug Schwartz at Mulholland Sound, Chatsworth CA Stan Ridgway: guitars, vocals Pietra Wexstun: keyboards, electronics Bruce Zelesnik: drum, percussion Strings: Laslo Vickers Bass: Bill Blatt Produced by Stan Ridgway "Rebel King" is a song written by Stan Ridgway C & P 2017 dis information music BMI
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"Mystery In The Woods " by Stan Ridgway
A440 Records / Ridgway Ambient Series
A generous sonic AMBIENT MYSTERY meditation
INCLUDES "Rebel King" - a new song by Stan Ridgway

+ TWO BONUS TRACKS INCLUDED
12. Man Of Stone (Ridgway cassette demo '96)
13. Little Green Men / Pietra Wexstun: keyboards / Bruce Zelesnik: drums / Jackie T. Lazar: soprano sax
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This release ALSO contains an 8 x 11 Concert POSTER PDF file (easy printing on plain white paper. And we thank you folks!

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released September 4, 2017

Note : "Suggested Instructions for Listening"
Play in background while doing mind numbing tasks, showering, exercising, answering mail, driving or sleeping. Please do not operate any heavy machinery or old puppets while listening to this recording.

Stan Ridgway : Audio Manipulations, Sound Design, Robots, Magnifying Glass, and Cyrptozoo Cleaner (V.1.6.9 )
Pietra Wexstun: keyboards and electronics, autoharp. dulcimer
Brfuce Zelesnik: drims and percussion
Jackie "teak" Lazar: Walkie Taklies, Helicopter, GPS, Pup Tents, Snipe Traps and Camping Supplies
Produced by Stan Ridgway
Ridgway Ambient Series
A440 Records
c & p dis information music bmi 2017

"Stan Ridgway's post-Wall of Voodoo output has, if anything, cemented his neo-noir rep as one of American music's greatest storytellers, the wild and wily Steinbeck of sad whiskey railroads and rusted, ramshackle American dreams." AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"If David Lynch were a musician, he would be Stan Ridgway. Both look at Leave It To Beaver America and see serial killers lurking beneath its porches. Both can infuse a simple everyday object with weirdness and dread, creating a world that's consistently disturbing, fascinating and cool." L.A. WEEKLY

"Filtered through his sardonically insightful wit, these stories become engaging not only for the details he includes, but the ones he chooses not to expose as well." THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Stan Ridgway tells stories from the underside of America. It's the dream gone sour; the dream that never even took root. Tales of losers who battle on and play the game their own way, with a glamour-less beauty and a bath of realism... slices of lives that knew the rules have been drawn up 'someplace else'; characters that have to bluff to get by." FOLLOW MUSIC AUSTRALIA

"Fast moving novellas full of dense musical imagery, peopled with characters from a human highway 61 revisited." THE FACE

"More noises from America's lost frontier. His songs tell stories that unfold gradually and trade in old fashioned narrative devices like character and suspense. It's a move at once conservative and daring - but, best of all, it works." ROLLING STONE

"Stan Ridgway is the Nathaniel West of rock." LA WEEKLY

"Ridgway has the talent to hold your attention by telling a tale in the same intense and clear way that rockers like Neil Young and Lou Reed do. A cool Californian commentator with a sense of humor to match his sense of history." Q MAGAZINE

"Ridgway's tales of the sad, soft underbelly of the American Dream are songs of hope petering into resignation, of idealism soured into cynicism; he's a very adult writer operating in an arena more usually home to the naive and infantile." THE INDEPENDENTS

"Its possible that Ridgway's change of stance reflects a more serious attitude toward his music. Ridgway isn't just a wise guy anymore." L.A. TIMES
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"Stan Ridgway's post-Wall of Voodoo output has, if anything, cemented his neo-noir rep as one of American music's greatest storytellers, the wild and wily Steinbeck of sad whiskey railroads and rusted, ramshackle American dreams." AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Stan Ridgway is an artist defined in the eyes of many by his quirks -- the rubbery twang of his voice, the dark and angular tone of his melodies, and the herky-jerky attack of his best-known performances. Listen past the eccentricities of Ridgway's surfaces and you'll know he's one of the most gifted songwriters of his generation, and Mr. Trouble suggests that he's trying to make it just a bit easier for folks to dig into the core of his work. Mr. Trouble opens with six new studio tracks that find Ridgway in noticeably different voice these days; his instrument is deeper and craggier, sounding dry and worn on "We Never Close," and his phrasing is by his standards subdued, with less yelp and more plainspoken resonance. The melodies are also a few shades less sharp this time out, with vintage jazz and R&B as obvious reference points on tunes like "The Drowning Man," "All Too Much," and the title cut. The arrangements present Ridgway's melodies in a more organic and straightforward fashion than one might expect, though "Mr. Trouble" and "Gone Deep Underground" give the players plenty of room to stretch out and explore the outer reaches of the music. (It helps that Ridgway's band is in excellent form here, especially keyboardist Pietra Wexstun, percussionist Bruce Zelesnik, and guitarist Rick King.) And Ridgway's songs are typically splendid while subtly reflecting the malaise of post-millennial America, particularly on "The Drowning Man," "Across the Border," and "Gone Deep Underground." All Music Guide


"Neon Mirage, is arguably the most emotionally revealing, musically far-ranging album of the L.A. singer-songwriter's accomplished career." AMAZON

"Listening to Stan Ridgway is always like a musical voyage. As he sings about "your presence in the sand" there's no wonder you'll see a Neon Mirage in the distance. With help from Dave Alvin, Pietra Wexstun, Ralph Carney, Rick King and the late Amy Farris, every lick, note and lyric is post-futuristic and brings to mind the world we're busy ripping apart now. Neon Mirage is without a doubt, Ridgway's strongest effort in years, and one that finds him saddled up and ready to ride with a world-wise bent into the sunset of the unknown - mirage or not. Challenging, interesting, and always highly entertaining. This particular well is long from drying up." ELMORE

"Ridgway's work is always passionate and completely compelling and Neon Mirage is no exception...Stan Ridgway at his quixotic best, telling jagged tales of modern life gone wrong with a casual urgency and a novelist's eye for detail, all set to a soundtrack that soaks up light in a beautiful darkness like polished ebony." CITY BEAT

"Rueful reflections from one time Wall Of Voodoo singer. Mortality and the absurdity of human existence are among the thematic strands running through Ridgway's new Neon Mirage, a dazzling effort that takes its place among autumnal efforts by Zevon, Krisofferson and Dylan. A stately grappling with identity and meaning." UK UNCUT

"Stan Ridgway's Neon Mirage is arguably the most emotionally revealing, musically far-ranging album of the L.A. singer-songwriter's accomplished career." AMAZON

Probably the most compelling portrait of American social life to appear on a rock 'n' roll record since Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska." "The Big Heat" (1986) Greil Marcus in ART FORUM

"Take some of the nocturnal knowledge inherent to Los Angeles that Jim Morrison so famously tapped, add a bit of Dean Martin's way cool swing-a-ding-ding...and you'd be getting close to the subliminal wow of Stan Ridgway. ..It's a completely stunning work, full of strengths and surprises that even while we've come to expect them from Ridgway, they still ring home here with an inescapable heart.. and the world it describes and lessons it imparts are the kind that are downright prophetic." BENTLEY'S BANDSTAND

Wall of Voodoo leader Stan Ridgway is in a reflective mood on "Neon Mirage" one of the finest outings in his idiosyncratic career. Featuring the outstanding roots rocker Dave Alvin and prized session violinist Amy Farris, Ridgway looks for permanence in a forever-changing world. DETROIT FREE PRESS

"In a career that's found him consistently attempting to defy any and all pop parameters, Stan Ridgway's never faltered when it comes to revealing his more exotic intentions. He showed that inclination early on with Wall Of Voodoo, and subsequently pursued it through the retro jazz affectations, dark cinematic-like musings and scary film scores that have become so intrinsic to his solo ambitions. Neon Mirage shines a new light on Ridgway's inner psyche, while also inviting his listeners to fearlessly peer inside. " BLURT

"It's been over 25 years since Stan Ridgway and L.A.'s seminal Wall of Voodoo released Call of the West, and that calls for a drink. The album's dusty, Barstow-to-Bakersfield, Ross Macdonald-meets-Edward G. Ulmer in a Death Valley Detour to nowheresville title track and grimly optimistic film noir narratives still reverberate across the musical Route 66 Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgway paved, roadkill and all..." Ridgway's post-Wall of Voodoo output has, if anything, cemented his neo-noir rep as one of American music's greatest storytellers, the wild and wily Steinbeck of sad whiskey railroads and rusted, ramshackle American dreams." AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Singer/songwriter Stan Ridgway's new solo album is a glorious hard-boiled Hollywood road movie for the ears. " THE WIRE

Ridgway has become his own wireless theater. Spanning nearly 30 years in song, master storyteller Ridgway pulls out new and old work to dazzling effect. MUSICMUSE

"Stan Ridgway is a brilliant iconoclast with a catalog as strong as that of any more famous songwriter you'd care to name with terrific solo records like Snakebite, Anatomy, The Big Heat, Black Diamond, Partyball and Mosquitoes and more. Thoughtful and mature, the new Neon Mirage is a rich palette of colors, provided by his keyboardist Pietra Wexstun, longtime guitarist Rick King, woodwind maestro Ralph Carney, and the late great Amy Farris on violin and viola. A song cycle inspired as much by loss as by living, Neon Mirage strips his signature sound down to the bare essentials, while still remaining as eclectic as always. The tunes in turn act as windows into Ridgway's soul, a view he's rarely offered before – even if the curtains aren't all the way open...With voyages into territories old and new, Neon Mirage is one of the best albums in Ridgway's long, auspicious career." THE BIG TAKEOVER

"In fact he's an ingenious writer with a grip on low - life imagery that hearkens back to that of Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht. If a modern American counterpart to Bertol Brecht's collaborations with Kurt Weil exits, it's the music of Stan Ridgway." SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Some know him just as the long lost singer with the great Wall Of Voodoo, others as one of the great unsung maverick geniuses of our time." MELODY MAKER

"For Stan Ridgway life is like an old detective movie, full of furtive con men and tough dames who hide their daily crimes in the gray mist of the city. This is mature music, short on sentimentality, long on imagination and style." PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"Stan Ridgway has a cast of thousands at his fingertips, and a wealth of tales in his head. A rare and famous talent. Not part of any club or click, just a maverick in his own right." LONDON MIDWEEK

"Stan Ridgway is one of the most unique and talented songwriters around." RECORD MIRROR

"Haunted by America's pulp serial past, Stan Ridgway has become his own wireless theater." THE FACE

"Stan Ridgway is equal parts Raymond Chandler and John Huston, Johnny Cash and Rod Serling." NME

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