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The 2017 special edition of our first album is now available from BandCamp.


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The 2013 edition of our first album is now available from CD Baby.


 album cover

Tracks:

1. Head in the Game

2. Playing with the Big Boys

3. Painting Abstracts (on location)

4. A Sample of One

5. Solo Flight

6. Prologue

7. The Steel Tree

8. Into The Shade

9. Interlude I

10. Selling the Dragon

11. Interlude II

12. Future Imperfect

13. Epilogue

 

Who are The Prodigal Sounds?

Take one part Kevin Gilbert; and one part Thomas Dolby. Add a generous dash of Mike Oldfield's guitar and Emerson's keyboards. Sprinkle with Tony Levin's tasty bass playing. Let it simmer for two decades.

From this broth we drank heavily, whilst recording these eight songs and six instrumentals.

Side 2 could be considered as a single, continuous suite of thematically related music.

This is the Fruit of the Steel Tree, our first album. Enjoy!

Fruit of the Steel Tree

Welcome to my collection of notes and scribblings about our debut collection of songs.

2017 - Updated Special Edition

Since the CD was originally released, I have noticed a few things I wished I had done differently. Mostly involving taking things out that shouldn't have been there; boosting vocals and backing vocals and improving clarity by tightening up the EQ on drums, bass, and vocal tracks. In some rare cases, I've completely removed or replaced a specific instrument in the mix.

I remastered the tracks to an integrated loudness level of -12 LUFS, slightly more dynamic than the original release.

The 2017 version of the album is refined, tweaked, and preferred; and now available in digital form, from BandCamp. You can read lyrics; purchase and/or stream the tracks from here:

https://theprodigalsounds.bandcamp.com/releases

2013 - Initial Release

Our debut collection of songs is called "Fruit of the Steel Tree", and was released to the world in 2013 on CD Baby!

CD Baby

Music by Colin Nicholls & Walter Nicholls
Lyrics by Colin Nicholls

Performed, engineered and produced by Colin Nicholls
Recorded in a spare room in Marin County, California, July 2010 - October 2013

Melodic progressive rock songs and instrumental interludes, a touch of 70's influence
but a product of the dystopian Now.

This release is still available as a physical CD from http://www.cdbaby.com/theprodigalsounds

Tracks

See the sidebar for streaming playback of each track.

For more information, lyrics, production notes, and earlier versions, and demos from the archives, click on the track titles below:

  Side 1

1. Head in the Game

2. Playing with the Big Boys

3. Painting Abstracts (on location)

4. A Sample of One

5. Solo Flight

Side 2

6. Prologue

7. The Steel Tree

8. Into the Shade

9. Interlude I

10. Selling the Dragon

11. Interlude II

12. Future Imperfect

13. Epilogue