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In 1996, Dave Mountain (ex-Fish vocalist) introduced John Bradley to Bill Sullivan, an extremely  talented songwriter. Bill and his band (Open Cage) were in the process of recording their introductory 7-song EP, "Where Do We Sign?" JB was called in to play lead guitar on several of the tracks.

Bill apparently liked what he heard, because shortly thereafter he hooked up with John to record a number of tracks in JB's own Barking Dog Studios (aka, "his bedroom").  The recording technique was simple, but effective: Bill would record his rhythm guitar part to a click track. Ray Burtoff (the singer from Open Cage) would come in and sing the vocals over the guitar part. Finally JB would fill in the rest of the parts (lead & rhythm guitars, keyboard, bass, and drum sequencing). The tracks (eleven in all) were recorded sporadically throughout 1997, and were eventually combined into the never-released "Billy's Stuff" CD.

Open Cage has since gone on to release a second CD, "Far From Home", and is planning a third release for sometime next year. Check out their website for further details, and while you're there, buy some of their stuff - they're good!

Anyway, JB's still quite fond of the 'Barking Dog Studios' versions of these tracks, what with all those tasty lead guitar bits 'n' all, and thought you might like to hear them. 

Talk
Bill Sullivan
1997 Bill Sullivan - All Rights Reserved - Used by permission


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The slow 'alternative' track.  Not quite acoustic, but it definitely has a bit of an 'unplugged' feel to it. Be sure to enjoy the melodic, "mid-70's Rolling Stones" style of laid-back lead: it's short, but oh-so-sweet.

You Move Me
Bill Sullivan
1997 Bill Sullivan - All Rights Reserved - Used by permission


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JB's personal favorite of the BDS tracks, this is sort of a monster hip-hop ballad, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Think "Gangsta's Paradise", but different. It's an interesting amalgamation of styles: there's this hip-hop drum pattern, coupled with a techno synth bass sound playing a kinda-funk pattern. Add a bare piano sound on top of some huge metal power-chords, mix well, and enjoy!

Right Now
Bill Sullivan
1997 Bill Sullivan - All Rights Reserved - Used by permission


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The piano ballad. An interesting departure, as this is the one non-guitar-based track that we recorded. Hell, it's completely guitar-less, just piano, strings, bass & drums.  It's also a thing of beauty, and wound up being Bill's "wedding song".

Miss You Most
Bill Sullivan
1997 Bill Sullivan - All Rights Reserved - Used by permission


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Up-tempo pop, with horn parts - they're not real horns, of course, but still...

Tomorrow
Bill Sullivan
1997 Bill Sullivan - All Rights Reserved - Used by permission


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A mid-tempo pop tune. Beatlesque string hits during the verse, a cool Cars-style mellotron counterpoint during the choruses, a bizarre non-lead break, all tied together with a decidedly 90's drum groove. It's the damndest thing!