In the beginning...
It sounded like an impossible undertaking: several musicians, from several different countries, collaborating on a collection of original songs for a global fundraising project called "Peace Partners".
The impossible part? The musicians involved would not gather together at some centrally located recording studio. Oh, no. The plan, here, was to conceptualize and complete these songs without ever sitting in the same room...or even, in some cases, setting foot on the same continent.
Rather, these recording sessions would take place in "the Cloud"; writing, arranging, recording, mixing, mastering each song entirely over the Internet, without any of the musicians involved ever meeting one another, in person. It was an "impossible" experiment -- made possible by modern technology.
Following those initial Peace Partners sessions, the two of us officially formed "Gypsies in Cyberspace" and continued to record together, continued to experiment -- developing what we hope is our own, unique sound. (Oh, yeah. We've yet to meet, in person.)
So, did the experiment succeed? Three years and six albums later, it's probably safe to say that, yes, it did.
Ultimately, that "impossible" experiment led to this, a seventh Gypsies' album: "Gypsies in Cyberspace: Greatest Misses".
How's that, again? Greatest "misses"? What can we say? Da Gypsies have never had a "hit" -- whatever that means, in this modern age of niche markets and Spotify playlists. What we have done, however, is record some pretty damn good music, over the course of the past three years.
How good? In the end, that's your call. Here are twenty songs, culled from those six earlier albums, to help you decide.
Kev & Jack
released 01 October 2013
Gypsies in Cyberspace:
Kevin Sweeney - guitar, bass, vocals
Jack Nimersheim - guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals
Special thanks to...
Chris Nurse - guitar, keyboards
Gil Wayne - guitar, keyboards, sitar, drums
Andy McGinty - guitar
...and musical friends:
Jason Nimersheim - guitar
Jim Gaines - pedal steel guitar
Ron Sachs - guitar
Ron Baumgartner - drums
Rick Marksberry - guitar, banjo, mandolin
Lorenzo Declich - bass, guitar, keyboards, drums
Travis Charbeneau - lap guitar
Paul Feia - bass
Patrick Lajeunesse - background vocals
Alessandra De Luca - background vocals
"La Clef des Chants" - choir vocals
Produced by Jack Nimersheim
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