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Suitcase Full Of Dreams

Release date:
June 21, 2018 (digital)
September 6, 2018 (physical)

Format:
Compact Vinyl EP – vinyl and CD on the same disc

Limited edition:
500 hand-numbered copies
Available

  1. Suitcase Full Of Dreams
  2. Everybody Came To Your Party (But You Were Gone)
  3. Thirteen
  4. Don’t Count Me Out

Recorded and mixed at Satélite Estudios by Jorge Otero and Juanjo Zamorano. Horn section recorded at Estudios Acme by Miguel Herrero. Foot stomps recorded at Ca Beleño.

Mastered at Metropolis Mastering by Tim Young.

Photography and design: Carlos Garna.

Produced by Jorge Otero.

The Band

Jorge Otero, Pablo Bertrand, Danny Montgomery, Juanjo Zamorano
With: Héctor Braga, Juan Flores, Miguel Herrero
Special guests: Pepín de Muñalén, Javi Otero and Marigel González

Compact Vinyl: Vinyl and CD on the same disc

The Compact Vinyl is a surprising format. There’s only been another release like this in the world.

One side carries a song in vinyl, which can be played on a turntable. The other side is a CD with the whole record, which can be played in a regular player.

The cover

The album cover photo was made in Asturias, Spain, but that’s not the biggest surprise. It’s a 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, and the incredible part of the story is that it belonged to Ava Gardner!

The songs

The title track, “Suitcase Full Of Dreams”, could be a trip on that Cadillac, through the red leaf forests of New England. There’s also a notable detail: it’s sung in both English and Asturian. Don’t be fooled by the soft beginning. There’s a lot of music and emotions ahead.

Everybody Came To Your Party (But You Were Gone)” begins with some foot stomps in the wooden stage of sorely missed Ca Beleño (Asturias, Spain), drenched in tape echo. It’s a song about those who have gone, and those who stay to bid them farewell.

Another surprise: “Thirteen”, originally recorded by the legendary Alex Chilton-fronted band Big Star. It’s the first time we record a cover in the studio. A fantastic horn section, with Juan Flores and Miguel Herrero, is here to stay. We wanted to pay homage to Big Star creating a full-band, electric version of this song.

Finally, Don’t Count Me Out”, the song that also appears on the vinyl side of the disc, and possibly our favorite. A battle cry and a celtic-soul mood that will take you to another era. The wood of the guitar and the metal of the horns. And our 1959 Hammond organ, brought from the USA to Spain by boat.

The album and the recording studio

This is the first album conceived from start to finish in our own recording studio, Satélite Estudios. We have custom-tailored the studio to our band, carefully choosing every piece of equipment in order to achieve the sound that we were looking for.

We take full advantage of both digital and analogue technology. Every mix goes through transformers and tubes, that “obsolete” tech that it’s still as current today as it was in the Fifties. And the recordings all start with the band playing together, face to face.

The album was recorded and mixed by Jorge Otero and Juanjo Zamorano, except the horn section recorded by Miguel Herrero at Acme Estudios. As is customary with our records, Jorge Otero is the producer.

Finally, we took a trip to Metropolis Mastering (London), to get the seal of approval of one of the world’s best mastering engineers: the legendary Tim Young. And, of course, to enjoy the pleasure of listening to our work in his spectacular, 2-metre tall PMC monitors. Such an experience!

Lyrics

"Suitcase Full Of Dreams" - lyrics (click to open)

Suitcase Full Of Dreams

We made a vow, and threw a party
And the night turned into day
I can’t hardly wait
To take that road with you

Some words are worth a thousand pictures
They will never fade away
Now we’ll revel in them
Every harvest moon

We got no roadmap and a full tank
And a suitcase full of dreams
Empty notebooks to fill
And wishes to come true

And while the red leaves of New England
Crackle gently ‘neath our feet
I can clearly see
True love always blooms

All we need is
You and me and a suitcase full of dreams
We’ll make our way with a suitcase full of dreams

Cola maleta enllena suaños
Viaxaremos ensin mapa
Mil páxines qu’escribir
Deseos por cumplir

Ya tan les fueyes arroxando
Van ruxendo ente los pies
Ye bien fácil ver
Que l’amor siempre xorrez

Tú y yo, y
La maleta enllena suaños pal camín
La maleta enllena suaños pal camín

I know we will travel further
Than we ever thought we would

All we need is
You and me and a suitcase full of dreams
We’ll make our way with a suitcase full of dreams

I know we will travel further (Tú y yo, y la maleta enllena suaños pal camín)
Than we ever thought we would (La maleta enllena suaños pal camín)

Together with a suitcase full of dreams

Everybody Came To Your Party (But You Were Gone)

And the sun still rose, defiantly warm
So out of place that cruel winter morn
And everywhere else life just went on
And everybody came to your party, and you were gone

We felt the sting of friendships lost
Some were renewed, you ought to know
We cursed the clocks, she held a rose
Everybody came to your party, but you were gone

And though you’ve sailed to distant shores
We’ll meet again, or so I’m told
I know that you would be pleased to know
Everybody came to your party though you were gone

Everybody came to your party, but you were gone
Everybody came to your party, but you were gone

Thirteen

Big Star cover. Lyrics not available.

Don’t Count Me Out

You say our fight
Ain’t worth a damn
And it’s no use
To make a stand

I’ll prove you wrong
You know I’m right
I’m not done yet
I won’t give in
Don’t count me out

You mock my words
Renounce your dreams
You let me down
You sound so mean

I’ll prove you wrong
You know I’m right
I’m not done yet
I won’t give in
Don’t count me out

Run and hide, go find the deepest cave
It won’t make your troubles go away

Credits

“Suitcase Full Of Dreams”
Music: Jorge Otero/Pablo Bertrand. Words: Jorge Otero. Asturian translation: Marigel González Losa.

“Everybody Came To Your Party (But You Were Gone)”
Music: Jorge Otero/Pablo Bertrand. Words: Jorge Otero.

“Thirteen”
Originally recorded by Big Star on his album “#1 Record” (1972).

Words and music by Christopher Bell/Alex Chilton (Publisher: Almo Music Corp. Obo Koala Music, Inc.)

“Don’t Count Me Out”
Words and music: Jorge Otero

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