Better Days - Includes Free Music Video

by THE "N.Y.C" August Rock Band

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The album was recorded over a period of time when the band was in its prime in those halcyon and heady days (1975-1979).

HISTORY OF THE N.Y.C AUGUST ROCK BAND

It started in 1973 with the chance meeting of two local musicians in an Eastside saloon called “Friends”: Mike Ward played guitar & piano, Ray Karl played bass. A few drinks & one long jam session sealed the idea of playing together. Soon after, their friend Joseph (Joe Ben) Bennardello told them he knew of a pretty good guitar player who was looking for something new. Enter H.D. Seupel. As it turned out, “pretty good” was a vast understatement...H.D. could flat out play! A number of drummers had to be carried offstage, exhausted, before Paul Gellen provided the skilful rock/funk back-beat that would drive the band’s sound. Singers came and went, too, until Tom Mooney showed up with the high-energy rock & roll voice that could handle the band’s diverse repertoire.

The band toured the Northeast, playing the college circuit and anywhere from ski resorts to beach resorts, all the while honing their sound and refining their repertoire. Managed by Steve Harris (ex v.p. of Elektra Records, instrumental in signing The Doors) and Ted Feigin (who discovered The Turtles and co-founded the White Whale record label), The NYC August Rock Band began to make their mark, opening for Blondie, Little River Band, Another Pretty Face, and The James Cotton Blues Band. They shared top billing with fabled blues man Robert Ross and the Dicey-Ross Band, Robert Gordon’s band, and the great Mink DeVille. They soon became a headline act on their own, playing to packed houses at all the legendary NYC venues of the time, including Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, The Ritz, The Bottom Line, Mudd Club, Trax and Dr. Generosity’s.

The band’s popularity and reputation led to a series of recording contracts. Produced by the great Terry Minogue and championed by New York radio’s premiere morning DJ, Jim Kerr (currently heard on Q104.3 FM in NYC), The NYC August Rock Band recorded and performed for the better part of a decade.

Now, journey back in time with the LosTraxx Time Machine to the most vibrant, creative and diverse period in New York’s musical history. We present “Better Days”, the first collection of lost recordings by The NYC August Rock Band. We hope you enjoy the trip.

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released April 15, 2013

Executive Producer: Brian Lewis
Studio Producer for Better Days, Share Your Heart, Make Our Way (The Reggae) and Lucky In Love: TERENCE P. (Terry) MINOGUE

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Track Name: Better Days
BETTER DAYS

I am not one to sing a lonely song
If feelin' good is bad, well there must be somethin' wrong
It doesn't have to rain just 'cause the sun don't shine
If I'm all alone, well, that's just fine

It's about time for you to see the light
Better Days are followed by better nights

I'll take my chances almost anytime
Playin' it safe ain't no way of mine
I've made some mistakes, and I will make some more
Nobody's perfect, besides, I'm not keepin' score

It's about time for you to see the light
Better Days are followed by better nights

It's about time for you to see the light
Better Days are followed by better nights

I am not one to sing a lonely song
This feelin' I got always makes me strong
Look for the best and you'll have just what you see
Never look back, the past is all you'll see

It's about time for you to see the light
Better Days are followed by better nights

It's about time for you to see the light
Better Days are followed by better nights
Track Name: Share Your Heart
SHARE YOUR HEART

Tell me it's a lack of direction
But variety's the spice of life
When you're there it's a sign of perfection
It's the gift of going left and then right

Do and do it again
Don't bother to count the days
Round and around til the next time comes
Lookin' for a way to get off

Share Your Heart, Share Your Heart, with me
Share Your Heart, Share Your Heart, with me

Laugh, and I'm feelin' much better
But the weight of it's too much to bear
Well, we travelled this way all together
Whatever we had we all shared

Do and do it again
Don't bother to count the days
Round and around til the next time comes
Lookin' for a way to get off

Share Your Heart, Share Your Heart, with me
Share Your Heart, Share Your Heart, with me

Time's always movin' so fast
Your future is quickly your past
Enjoy every moment while it lasts
While it lasts

Give and you'll never be sorry
Just find what you need from within
Love and you won't have to worry
Just as it ends it begins

Do and do it again
Don't bother to count the days
Round and around til the next time comes
Lookin' for a way to get off

Share Your Heart, Share Your Heart, with me
Share Your Heart, Share Your Heart, with me

Share Your Heart, Share Your Heart
Track Name: I Don't Know Why
I DON'T KNOW WHY

I don't know why, I don't know why
I don't know why, I don't know why

Why I still love you, after what you did to me
I feel so helpless, there's times I'd rather leave
Cause now you got another man
I'm not blind to him, you see
Woman, I just can't believe
What you're doin' to me

I don't know why, I don't know why
I don't know why, I don't know why

Do you remember, babe
The very first night that we met
We drank champagne and danced all night
Then we slipped off into bed

Wasn't it beautiful, and just a little sad
Afraid of losing those precious things we had

I don't know why, I don't know why
I don't know why, I don't know why

Well, you were my first love
And you're gonna' be my last
Everything before you came, just remains in my past
Cause now you got a backdoor man
I'm not blind to him, you see
Woman, I just can't believe
What you're doin' to me

I don't know why, I don't know why
I don't know why, I don't know why

I don't know why, I don't know why
I don't know why
Track Name: Never Give It Up
NEVER GIVE IT UP

Yesterday, I met a friend of mine
I haven't seen him for a while
Well, how you been, how about a drink or two
We both answered with a smile

I sit at home and wonder
Well, is it really worth it
When I give it all I've got
Everything's good, yet
Well there's something missing
And I wonder should I stop

Have you ever had something close to you
That you wanted for yourself
Something so good, something so sweet and gentle
That you want for nothing else

And how would you feel if you saw it pass on by
What would you do, would you try to reason why
And if it was like that every day

Never Give It Up is what I'd say
I'd never give it up, never give it up

I'd never give it up, never give it up

Never Give It Up, I don't need no answer
Already got just what I need
No matter what they say, no matter what they do
I don't listen nobody
You never give up something you need

If only wishes could cure the pain
If only dreams were real, that'd be a change
And if all of this remains the same

Never Give It Up would be the answer
Track Name: Don'cha Wanna Rock & Roll?
DON'CHA WANNA ROCK & ROLL

Our first big break was at Joyous Lake
It was no big break at all
We drove all night, gonna make it right
Said we're gonna have a ball
We took the stage, I was feelin' good
Asked us for some Johnny Cash
All we're gonna do is play our music
Music they said wouldn't last

I told 'em
Don'cha, don'cha, don'cha wanna rock & roll
And they said no

Well now we played on a boat for the EPA
All the politicians were there
There was John V Lindsay, Norman Mailer
All they could do was stare

I told 'em
Don'cha, don'cha, don'cha wanna rock & roll
And they said no

Hey everybody don't you understand
I'm only happy, happy playin' in a rock & roll band
Oh, we gotta play, ohhh, we gotta play

Well, now we played on a bar on the Upper Eastside
Whoa, the neighbors screamed
Tore down the walls and we broke down the doors
Boy, what does this mean

I told 'em
Don'cha, don'cha, don'cha wanna rock & roll
And they said no

We finally made it to a Broadway theatre
Whoa, the place was packed
Lo and behold we drew a disco crowd
Said they'd never never come back

I told 'em
Don'cha, don'cha, don'cha wanna rock & roll
And they said no

I told 'em
Don'cha, don'cha, don'cha wanna rock & roll
And they said no
Track Name: Make Our Way (The Reggae)
MAKE OUR WAY (The REGGAE)

I got something I want to tell you
Well, you might already know
It's the way you make me feel so good
It's the way you make me grow

You give me all I need and more
You always get me high
We stumble but we never fall
And we give it just one more try

Well, we got to keep on keepin' on
And we got to Make Our Way
Well I never wanna let you down
But sometimes I feel that way

It's the two of us most all the time
And it seems we're all alone
The World becomes a movie set
For a film that's never shown

Many days and many, many, many nights
All roll up into one
It's just a passing midnight shadow
Of what we may become

And we got to keep on keepin' on
And we got to Make Our Way
Well I never wanna let you down
But sometimes I feel that way

Well, we got to make it together
We got to Make Our Way
Well, we got to make it together
We got to Make Our Way

We're gonna' make, gonna' make it
Gonna' make it, gonna' make it
Gonna' Make Our Way

We gonna' make, we gonna' make
Gonna' make, gonna' make,
gonna' Make Our Way
Track Name: Lucky In Love
LUCKY IN LOVE

They say I'm odd,
Some places I'm barred, but that's all right
Baby, that's all right
Call me a loser, I've won me a few
Gonna' win me, win me some more

When you see me comin'
Don't look at me bad
Cause I'm lucky
Yes, I'm so Lucky In Love
Tell me how I feel
Tell me how I feel

Call me a fool
I didn't take much school, but I get by
Yeah, baby, I get by
They say I'm lonely
When you see me only, I'm doin' fine

When you see me comin'
Don't look at me bad
Cause I'm lucky
Yes, I'm so Lucky In Love

They say I'm odd,
Some places I'm barred, but that's all right
Baby, that's all right
Call me a loser, but I've won me a few
Gonna' win me, win me some more

When you see me comin'
Don't look at me bad
Cause I'm lucky
Yes, I'm so Lucky In Love

Cause I'm lucky
Yes, I'm so Lucky In Love

Tell me how I feel
Tell me how I feel
I feel lucky
Track Name: Stagger Lee
STAGGER LEE

I was standin' on the corner when I heard my bulldog bark
He was barkin' at two men, they were gambling in the dark
Stagger Lee and Billy, two men that gambled late
Stagger Lee threw a seven, Billy swore that he threw eight

Stagger Lee told Billy, now I can't let you get away with that
You see, you won all my money and my brand new Stetson hat

I said oh, Stagger Lee
Oh, Stagger Lee

Stagger Lee went home and he got his forty-four
I'm gonna' go to that bar room, gonna' pay that debt I owe
Stagger Lee went to that bar room
And he stood across the bar room floor
He said now nobody move and he pulled his forty-four

I said oh, Stagger Lee
Oh, Stagger Lee

Stagger Lee, cried Billy, now please don't take my life
I got three little children and a very sickly wife
Stagger Lee shot Billy, he shot that poor boy down
And the bullet went through Billy
And it broke the bartender's glass

I said oh, Stagger Lee
Oh, Stagger Lee