Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends

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Quote from: undefinedThe newly unearthed recordings can also be streamed online, and they showcase Bowie versions of Bob Dylan's "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" and John Lennon's "Mother" (the latter was a part of an entire tribute LP to the Beatle, which was later scrapped).

Both recordings date back to 1998 but never seemed to reach the light of day, until now.

Of course Reeves was involved with those recordings:
Engineer, Producer: Reeves Gabrels
Guitar: Reeves Gabrels

"Tryin' to get to heaven"
Producer: David Bowie
Saxophone, Vocals: David Bowie
Bass: Gail Ann Dorsey
Harmony  Vocals: Gail Ann Dorsey
Mixer: Mark Plati
Co- Producer: Mark Plati
Programming, Synthesizer: Mark Plati
Acoustic  Guitar: Reeves Gabrels
Electric  Guitar: Reeves Gabrels
Pedal  Steel  Guitar: Reeves Gabrels
Co- Producer: Reeves Gabrels
Synthesizer: Reeves Gabrels
Harmony  Vocals: Reeves Gabrels

Drums: Zach Alford
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QuoteReeves Gabrels, who played lead guitar for the Thin White Duke from 1987 to 1999, and is an active member of The Cure, actually lives in Troy and gets custom work done at Collar City Guitars.

Fisher says this isn't the first job he's done for Gabrels. In fact, he's built the guitarist a handful of guitars that he's ended up playing onstage with recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Cure.
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Quotefrom "Imaginary Friends Live", released October 1, 2017
Additional harmony vocals on "Yesterday's Gone" sung by James H. Rubin.

Yesterday's Gone was written by Reeves Gabrels and Robert Smith. Reeves Gabrels, ULYSSES (Della Notte) (1999/2000 album) has the studio recording with Robert Smith as guest vocalist.
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From Reeves on FB:
QuoteNov 10th in New York City, I'll sit in with Lizzie & The Makers for a show celebrating the band's new album -- produced by me (Reeves Gabrels) and Mario J McNulty and set for release on Nov 5th.
Album streaming pre-save links:
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QuoteGabrels recalls always being surrounded by music as a kid. His father was a fan of the New York country station WJRZ, while his mother listened to the pop-oriented WABC.

"My mom collected anything that was pop music, from the time when she was a Bobby Soxer," Gabrels says. "So that went from the Platters, the Coasters and the Dorsey Brothers and right on through to The Beatles. She was the first person who played the Beatles for me. I remember sitting in the car with her when Love Me Do came on. She turned the radio up and explained to me where the Beatles came from, told me about their haircuts. It was pretty magical."

Surveying his selections, Gabrels points out how they all share a common trait, a particular transportive quality that he says is unlike other art forms. "If you're looking at a painting or some other kind of visual piece, it's a different kind of experience," he says. "You can be staring at a famous painting in a museum, but you're catching the frame, the walls, or you're noticing other people walking around in your peripheral vision. With music, you seem to take it all in and it becomes immersive. Music has a power all its own."

Below, Gabrels runs down his picks for the 10 records that changed his life.
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