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A little history, and the reason for this release.....
I created "A. Animal" in 1978 to fulfill a desire - to combine several musical styles into one cohesive unit - a single band playing avant Garde jazz, rock and funk, with a dose of punk: fusion. This was in direct response to the music I was listening to: Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather report, Tony Williams Lifetime, Billy Cobham, and many others. "A Animal" never had much success partly due to my inexperience booking and managing a band, but also because at that time this kind of player’s music had all but disappeared, and was increasingly unpopular.....In 1980 the band broke up and I began to pursue other projects. The Adaptors Movement Theater was one, and a very fruitful working relationship with master saxophonist Charles Haynes. Then several new bands, music for Dance and the beginnings of my home studio. In 1986 "A Animal" got back together. We played many successful local gigs and even recorded an album - "Overhaul" - in 1990. The fact that this album was never released (the deal fell through because of the gulf war), and the fact that the drummer couldn’t get time off from work to tour hastened the eventual demise of the band in 1994. At that point I stopped playing in bands and began working on my first solo record "Alone At Last", released in 1996. But I still wanted a performing unit that could slip easily from one style of music into another. I also became interested in Robert Fripp’s idea of a "small mobile musical unit", and I had been working on a streamlined rig, run from a single keyboard worn on a strap.
In 1997 I tried to bring all of this together: I reassembled "A.Animal" once more, with new personnel. We were tight and portable. Immediately it was apparent that this was a new band, and the name was changed to "Nail". For various reasons, this version of "Nail" broke up a mere 2 years later. Although we had a wonderful live energy, scheduling conflicts and a poor marketing strategy made it difficult to maintain. Also for me, there was just not enough stylistic variety. It was not yet right.....
Culled from our first live studio recordings, this CD represents a snapshot - a picture in time, if you will - in the evolution of this musician’s history. They are not perfect in mix or performance, but the shear raw energy comes though. These recordings capture us exactly as we were, live and unedited. Enjoy!

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released September 15, 1997

Originally Released 1997 on P-Dog Records
Produced by Neil Alexander/ N2 Productions
Engineered and Mastered by Ryan Ball
Neil Alexander (Synthesizers); Keith Macksoud (bass), Dan Johanson (guitar), Scott Morehouse (drums)
All songs by Neil Alexnder except:
"Vegetopia" & "Cut to the Chase" by Dan Johanson, and "Autobahn" by Neil Alexander & Charles Haynes.
© 1997 Pdog Records/Meate Dream Music B.M.I.

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Neil Alexander Newburgh

“All music is crossover”. I'm Neil Alexander, a synthesist and composer from Newburgh, NY. I've played thousands of gigs in about every style in 30+ years of making music, and have had ample opportunity to see where different styles intersect and how music crosses over. My music ranges from hi energy jams to greasy funk; sweet ballads, ambient electronica, drum 'n' bass & more. Have a listen. :) ... more

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