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<<   The "Zerfas" Album by Zerfas   >>
cover back Zerfas
"Zerfas"

1973

Label: 700 West
Serial: 730710
Re-issued: 1994

<< A Side >>

  1. You Never Win
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Lead Vocal, Background Vocals
    • Mark Tribby : Bass, Guitars, Background Vocals

    Comments: Herman Zerfas - The solo in the middle of the song was intended to be done on synthesizer, but we didn't have any synthesizers at the time so we decided to use the organ and use Mo's Ring Modulator to obtain the same effect... I think it worked pretty well.
  2. The Sweetest Part
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Background Vocals
    • Bo Gooliak : Bass
    • Mark Tribby : Guitars, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals

    Comments: Herman Zerfas - Everybody wanted Mark Tribby to sing the lead vocal at first, but he was hesitant because he didn't think his voice was good enough for it... so then I was going to do the part as lead vocalist. Well, anyway we were sitting around drinking Mo's homemade wine... Mark decided he wanted to go ahead and do the lead vocal after all... so that's how it ended with Mark singing the lead as we wanted all along.
  3. I Don't Understand
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Drums, Percussion, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Background Vocals
    • Bill Rice : Bass, Background Vocals
    • Mark Tribby : Guitars

    Comments: Herman Zerfas - Mo finally finished his homemade synthesizer so we decided to use it on the intro to this. David actually put together the 2 parts to it musically... then we recorded one of Mo's kids being tickled. Then we dropped it to half speed and added it to the recording to give the proper giant effect. The backup vocals were done, to the best of my recollection, using a paper cone wrapped around the microphone... When you sang into it, it gave the effect of a megaphone and those were EQ'd to heighten the effect. We also added backwards reverb to the beginning of each chorus to emphasize the change of the musical feel.
  4. I Need It Higher
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Percussion, Guitar, Lead Vocals
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Lead Vocals

    Comments: Herman Zerfas - This was the first song that we recorded in one of our sessions that turned into the Zerfas Album. This is a song that David wrote back in 1969 which our original first being the Jubal Band recorded and contests locally in Indianapolis on the air. It had a faster feel than the version you hear on the album. I happen to like the album version better. That was also when the Zerfas Band was just David and myself.
<< B Side >>

  1. Stoney Wellitz
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Drums, Percussion, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Background Vocals
    • Steve Newbold : Bass, Guitars, Background Vocals
    • M. J. Whittemore, Jr. : Elks Horn

    Comments: Herman Zerfas - Another one where Mo's wine comes into play... when we were recording background vocals for this song Mo broke out another bottle of his homemade wine... we were feeling kinda loose and I think it shows in the backup vocals... we were having a lot of fun doing the,. One thing led to another... Mo broke out his Elk's horn and put the final touch on the end of the song.
  2. Hope
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Drums, Percussion
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Lead Vocals
    • Steve Newbold : Bass, Guitars

    Comments: Herman Zerfas - The middle section of this song was all performed on the keyboards by me over dubbing my parts with each other. We put it in the middle of the song as an afterthought after completing the other parts of the song. Also, the recording of the ocean was added to enhance the mood.
  3. Fool's Parade
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
    • Steve Newbold : Bass, Guitars

    Comments: Herman And David Zerfas - The backward noises are vocal... they do say something. It was done during the time period when the Paul McCartney dead scare was on and people were trying to find subliminal messages in albums. We just had fun with it. The next section is called Mushroom Soup. This was created by taking sound bites recorded at Mo's studio and taking them to Dungeon Studio #1 at the farm and sound effects added to them and taken back to Mo's studio for mixing.
  4. The Piper
    Song Credits:
    • Dave Zerfas : Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
    • Herman Zerfas : Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
    • Steve Newbold : Bass, Guitars, Background Vocals

    Comments: Herman Zerfas - The way the song finishes was completely intentional... it was meant to stop abruptly... it's not your equipment going bad. Also, in the introduction, the sound you hear was actually a pencil being rubbed on a steel drum around and around... that created a nice swirling effect.

<< Liner Notes >>

Author's Note: This album was recorded on full dimensional purpose, this way. More later ...

<< Comments >>

Copy sold on eBay for $825.00
- David Whittemore
(Wednesday, 2nd of July, 2003)

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(Thursday, 7th of July, 2005)

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- David Whittemore
(Wednesday, 1st of August, 2012)

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(Wednesday, 28th of November, 2012)

Re-issue copy (#487/500) sold on eBay for $182.50

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(Friday, 20th of December, 2013)

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(Tuesday, 4th of February, 2014)

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(Sunday, 13th of April, 2014)

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(Friday, 12th of February, 2010)

Copy sold for $777.77

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(Sunday, 13th of November, 2011)

Re-issue copy sold for $76.15

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(Tuesday, 8th of September, 2009)

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(Sunday, 24th of June, 2012)

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(Wednesday, 16th of May, 2012)

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(Monday, 2nd of April, 2012)

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<< Auxiliary Materials >>

  • "Factual Ramblings of a Man Driven by The Love Of Music"
    The closure of this re-issue project comes nearly two years after its inception. Murphy's Law ran rampart at every turn. I won't bore you with details but after all is said and done this has been a......
  • Moe's Original Studio Session Notes
    (1994 re-issue) Want some Zerfas trivia? The following dated notes were taken from the 700 West studio logbook and gig sheets. The items with bullets are recent reflections, of possible interest to......
  • "A Soul Tormented by Contemporary Music Finds a Humanizing Alchemy"
    (1994 re-issue) Record collecting, in one form or another, has probably been going on since the first fellow lost sleep over a missing Edison cylinder in his collection. If you wanted to trace a......
  • An excellent lysergia.com review
    ZERFAS: Zerfas (700 West, US 1973) Rating: 10 out of 10 Sounds best on: A beautiful September day Info at: liner notes with OOP reissue Availability: A CD release has been rumored for several years.......

 
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