The five seasoned professionals who make up The Walrus have been energizing nightclubs, community festivals and private parties in the Pacific Northwest with classic rock cover tunes since the band formed nearly 11 years ago. Now they are poised to delight their growing fan base with a collection of original, "uncovered" tunes that evoke and combine the melodic harmonies of the 1960s and the psychedelic musical arrangements of the '70s with present day inspiration and modern recording techniques.

In addition, haunting strains from the violin of the late Guy Mulford, who played at the Walrus' first public gig in 1996, are heard on "Guy's Song," a tribute to the beloved musician who died on Jan. 1, 2001. Mulford's posthumous fiddling is also a tribute to the high-tech recording equipment and talent at Bayside Recording in Bellingham, where the album was produced and recorded over the last two years.

Each of the 11 songs is so different that the debut album defies categorization in a single musical genre and sounds like a "Walrus Greatest Hits" collection. The songs range from "The Garden," inspired by the 1992 New Age novel, "Ishmael," and employing Crosby Stills Nash & Young-style harmonies to the deliciously vampy "Tongue in Cheek" to the psychedelic-sounding "Gaia."

The CD is rich with classic rock, pop and folk vocal arrangements; ballads about friends who are like a "Second Family" and about empowerment; screaming electric, acoustic and pedal-steel guitar licks; and love songs about absent as well as cheating lovers. The synergy of original themes and lyrics combined with Sgt. Pepper-inspired rock song melodies points to the versatility and experience of Bellingham's rockin' sea mammals.

Two songs on the album are directly inspired by the Beatles, the Walrus' favorite band to cover. Young's "Abbey Road" describes the ups and downs of rock music stardom, and "Hold Your Hand" is a 96-second dance number with harmonies as crisp as The Beatles' No. 1 hit, "All My Loving" (and reminiscent of a number of early Beatles songs including, of course, "I Want to Hold Your Hand").

Abbey Road
Directly inspired by the Beatles, Joe Young's "Abbey Road" describes the ups and downs of rock music stardom.



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The Garden
Acoustic guitars, bass guitar, drums and percussion with CSNY style harmonies



Alternative Pop Rock
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Tongue in Cheek
Vampy, bluesy, sexy "tongue in cheek" song with excellent female lead vocal



classic blues rock
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Starcharter
Soulful ballad with nice pedal steel guitar work



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Second Family
Rockin' bluesy celebration of friends



classic blues rock
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Steel Blue Kiss
Haunting, Fleetwood Mac-style song



Classic Rock
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Hold Your Hand
"Hold Your Hand" is a 96-second dance number with harmonies as crisp as The Beatles' No. 1 hit, "All My Loving" (and reminiscent of a number of early Beatles songs including, of course, "I Want to Hold Your Hand").



Beatles Pop
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Own Person
Lovely ballad about empowerment

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Adult Alternative
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Gaia
Haunting, Pink Floyd style with excellent vocal harmonies

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Classic and Progressive Rock
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Precious Stone
Driving beat with excellent female lead vocal



Classic and Progressive Rock
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Guy's Song
Lovely ode to a delightful violin player who died way too young. His posthumous violin graces the song.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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DMD Compact Disc Online
Uncovered
11 new Rock classics, featuring excellent vocal harmonies, fine acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and posthumous violin

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