Babylon A.D. - 'The Lost Sessions'

 


LINE-UP:

Derek Davis - Vocals
Dan De LaRosa - Guitarist
Ron Freschi - Guitarist
James Pacheco - Drums
Robb Reid - Bass

 

TRACKLIST:
1.) "Love Blind" - In between the rhythm guitar riffs of this intro arrangement are small snare drum patterns.  In between the snare drum patterns, James plays a bass drum/snare drum pattern.  This bass/snare pattern is heavily influenced by a lot of the stuff John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) use to do in the seventies. After the third set of rhythm guitar riffs a second rhythm guitar kicks-in. Over the top of the musical arrangement Derek sings a vocal accent.  James plays a snare drum fill to connect the musical intro with the musical verse.  The band used the same musical arrangement for the musical verse as the one they used for the intro section.  If both Dan and Ron are playing during the musical verse, they are playing the same guitar rhythm.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  This rhythm change consisted of one of the guitarists playing a distorted rhythm guitar over the top of the other playing an electric picking arrangement. Derek changes octaves for the vocal lines of the musical chorus.  Derek carries the note out for the last lyric of each lyric line of this chorus.  This note only shows Derek's vocal ability but also just how underrated of a lead vocalist he is.  It sounded as if the electric picking guitar rhythm was double-tracked.  The hi-hat quarter-notes before Derek sings the title were done using the opening and closing effect.  There was a very short musical rest connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there is a short musical rest that leads into the lead guitar solo.  The guitar solo begins very melodic then as it progresses, more notes are added making it more intense.  I am listening to this on a computer so I'm not 100 percent sure however it sounded like there was a rhythm guitar change underneath the lead guitar solo.  After the lead guitar solo there was a breakdown section.  This breakdown section lead to a chorus arrangement.  The short coda consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. 

2.) "While America Sleeps" - The rhythm guitar riff that opens this intro fades in.  Underneath the rhythm guitar riff there was a guitar effect that ran from the right speaker through both speakers than out the left.  Underneath the two rhythm guitar arrangements, James plays a tom-tom pattern using his small, medium and floor tom. In between the medium and floor tom-tom, there is a bass drum pattern.  Over the top of the musical intro there are several vocal accents (in many ways the vocal accents sounded like owls).  There is a small vocal scream connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The musical pre-verse both the lead and rhythm guitar changed their rhythm arrangements.  I felt the way the riffs of the pre-verse was arranged gave the pre-verse an almost abstract sound.  A lot of this had to do with the drum line.  After the fourth lyric line there was a rhythm arrangement change.  This rhythm arrangement change was for the music verse. The guys kept the musical choruses verse simple.  For the drum line of the chorus, James used his left hand and played the snare, small tom, then medium tom.  As a drummer myself, I thought this gave the drum line a nice sound.  I also felt it showed James's drumming ability.  The musical verses consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  The drum line switched back and forth between a standard hi-hat pattern and a pattern played on the tom-toms.  The lead guitar solo could have been taken right out of an eighties hard rock lead guitar fake book.  After the lead guitar solo there is a breakdown section. 
3.) "Love is A Mystery" -The intro to this track consisted of a minor lead guitar solo over the top of a rhythm guitar arrangement. The lead minor lead guitar solo was double-tracked.  The rhythm guitar for the musical pre-verse was the same one the band used for the intro. Underneath the vocal lines and over the top of the rhythm guitar of the verse there was a second rhythm guitar.  This second rhythm guitar arrangement sounded like it was being done while turning the volume knob back and forth on the guitar.  There was a small pick slide effect and rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  After the pick slide effect there was a tom-tom fill along with three cymbal crashes to kick-in the drum line.  The major lead guitar solo connected the first chorus with the second verse.  The solo ran underneath the lyric lines of the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a rhythm guitar change.  This rhythm guitar change lead to a second lead guitar solo section.  After the second chorus there was a short picking guitar riff that lead to a third lead guitar solo.
4.) "Bang Go The Bells" -This iinally released s the first single that was originally taken off of Babylon A.D.'s freshman self-titled release.  Originally released in September of 1989.



     Signed to Arista Records Babylon A.D. released their self-titled CD in 1989.  The first two singles titled, "Bang Goes The Bells" and "Hammer Swings Down" made the release an instant hit with most Hard Rock fans (The CD charted 88 on the Billboard 200 )  By the time the band were set to record their sophomore CD titled, 'Nothing Sacred', which was released in 1992.  The climate within the music business was beginning to change.  In turn though the second CD was not as good as their first release there also was not much money if any put into promoting the release.  When you look through Arista's roster history the only other Hard Rock/Metal band the label had under contract was the Swiss band Krokus and I've just never felt even back then the label knew how to promote this genre of music.
     'The Lost Sessions, Fresno CA '93' is an E.P. consisting of three never before heard songs plus Babylon A.D.'s biggest hit "Bang Goes The Bells" which was taken from their freshman self-titled CD.  The title suggests the three songs that were never released are songs the band recorded after the release of their second CD.  These songs may have been recorded in 1993 however, there is no doubt they were written before the release of Babylon's first CD.  I say this because the songs writing style are more along the lines of their first release.  The three never before heard songs that are on this release are equally if not better than many of the songs that are on Babylon's self-titled release.  Either way if these were songs the band were working on for their third release or songs that was supposed to have been on the self-titled CD there is no doubt in my mind if these song had been released Babylon A.D. would have been a lot bigger than they were.
      If you are a fan of classic eighties Hard Rock or a fan of Babylon A.D. then this E.P. is an absolute must have!