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John Vaughan - CD "Rhapsody From Sixth Avenue"


IIt is surely more than serendipity that John Vaughan's magnificent new album Rhapsody from Sixth Avenue came out on the 40th anniversary of the Beatles White Album - the variety and complexity of musical experimentation and production techniques (superbly led by Ramesh Weeratunga), the quixotic switches from ballad to reggae, guitar solo to Joe Kucera's haunting soprano saxophone, weeping guitar solos to Richard de Bastion's marvelous piano all show an artist tipping his hat to his heroes of yesterday while at the same time, in Rainy Day in Liverpool saying what feels like his farewell to his boyhood heroes on a pilgrimage to his musical Mecca.
And so to the songs - an exhilarating mixture of styles and themes - nostalgia, rain and mortality, mixing it up with upbeat themes of optimism summed up by "In the End" - - yet instead of "The love you take being equal to the love you make", we have instead here the fatalism of "In the end it really makes no difference, you always end up where you're going to be". And here is the lie exposed - John Vaughan has made a great difference, to a great many people, and his new album shouts out his artistic talent from the rooftops of Sixth Avenue back through time to the long-empty balconies of Hagelberger Street. Rhapsody sublime - The Notting Hill Gazette hails a masterpiece.

The Notting Hill Gazette (James Cortenay) London UK

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1. You Mean The World To Me
2. Hit The Road For The Sake Of The Song (Don't Be Lonely)

3. Let It Go
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4. I Still Have A Suitcase In Berlin

5. In The End
Give My Regards To Notting Hill
7. Rhapsody From Sixth Avenue
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8. A Rainy Day In Liverpool
9. Hamburg
10. I Wanna Stay
11. Summer In The Morning
12. Mozart Sleeps In Brooklyn
13. T
he Moon Has Left Town
14. Rain Go Away
15. Painting Of A Little Girl With Her Dolls
16. Anymore Anyhow Anyone
17. Sputnik Lounge Chill Out
18. Two Talented Tuba Tuners
19. Throw A Snowball At The Moon
20. Gare St-Lazare
21. Sketches Of Clubland (Berlin 1972)
22. Prague 3 a.m.
Nina's Song

Acoustic and electric guitars

John Vaughan, Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Andy Reimer, Jon Shaw, Frank Dietz

Basses Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Ingo Bischof, Jens Tröndle, H. D. Lorenz
Pianos, Keyboards, Organ, Spinet, Mellotron, String arrangements Ingo Bischof, Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Richard de Bastion, Jens Tröndle, Andres Koslik
Drums Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Rolo Rodriguez, Wolfgang Tierfeldt
Percussion, Tabla Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Christian Wasdaris, Tommy Goldschmidt, 
Lead vocals, harmony vocals John Vaughan, Simone Reifegerste, Prabath Rupasinghe, Ramesh B. Weeratunga
Backing vocals John Vaughan, Ilka Posin, Claudia Gerth, Simone Reifegerste, Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Ron Randolf, Prabath Rupasinghe, 
Horns, Trombones, Trumpets, Saxes, Clarinets Gerald Meier, Mathias Lauschus, Skip Reinhart, Joe Kucera, 
Singing Saw Katharina Bek
Barking Ramesh's neighbors dogs
Cat Snoring Kitty Cat
Dialogues, voices, 

John Vaughan, Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Lightning Buck, 

Programming, Soundscapes, Samples Ramesh B. Weeratunga, 


John Vaughan - CD "Postcards From The Road"


POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD is wunderbar! Masterful story telling lyrics, inspired music, flawless execution, and stellar production. A classy album…smart and fresh. Entirely original sound! Some highlights…

“State Secrets”…Love this brisk waltz---full of mystery and intrigue. I was impressed at every turn. Just when I could predict the chord sequence you’d surprise me with new chord movements over the lyrics, “who are these ambassadors of fun”/ “groove loons in the night”/and on the chorus, “please keep the state secrets hid”---very clever.

Brilliant guitar/mandolin unison!!! Every note…PERFECT.

John, your lyrics are stunning! I appreciate the craft/time involved. Great imagery! Are you sure this is your 2nd language?! Frightening to think what you’re capable of in your native tongue!

“When The Shadows Fly Away”…Totally seduced by this charmer (: Lush, playful chord changes. Sincere vocal and endearing lyric. Clever instrumental section! Delicious jazz piano, lounge tones and Sergio Mendes vocals. Paradise!

“Sikinos Island”…A lovely snapshot. A McCartney moment (:

“The Ghosts Of Marrakech”…A gripping, haunting narrative that rhymes seemingly without effort. “They disappear but they’re not gone”/nice verbal hook...great platform to build upon. Jack Kerouac meets Rod Serling.

“Deep In A Dream”…A collage of scattered, but well defined images with blurry interpretations…just like a dream (:

“Anthem for Kreuzberg”…Powerful soundtrack to this tragic tale. Brilliant artistry at work! The perfect sonic landscape for this compelling story. Potent change of scenery during the funky, urban section…your vocal delivery emphasizing the glib reaction. An ambitious story, John. WOW!

“Poolhall in Rangoon”…thanks for the tip (;

“Nitecap”…Love it!

Lastly, SENSATIONAL speaking voice.

John the master storyteller! Thank you for the lovely postcards...

Phyllis Johnson (USA)

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1. Tokyo Hotel Blues
The Tomb Of Carlos Gardel
3. State Secrets
When The Shadows Fly Away
5. Sikinos Island
6. Breezy Conditions
7. The Ghosts Of Marrakech
8. The Sweetheart Of Iwo Jima
9. Deep In A Dream
10. Anthem For Kreuzberg
11. 4:15 In The Morning
12. Tribute To T.M. Fabian
13. Poolhall In Rangoon
14. Nitecap With Eddie Sharp And Rama


Acoustic and electric guitars: John Vaughan, Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Bob Williams, Jon Shaw

Basses: H. D. Lorenz, Ramesh B. Weeratunga

Pianos, Keyboards, Organ, Spinet, Mellotron, String arrangements: Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Ingo Bischof, Sebastian Demmin, Andreas Koslik

Drums: Ramesh B. Weeratunga

Percussion, Tabla: Ramesh B. Weeratunga

Lead vocals, harmony vocals: John Vaughan

Backing vocals: Ramesh B. Weeratunga, Ron Randolf, Jesse Ballard, Tamara, Erci Ergun, Vassili Vegas, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dialogues, voices: John Vaughan, Petra Yvette Sharp

Programming, Soundscapes, Samples: Ramesh B. Weeratunga, 

Dolki: Nimal Susin

Dobro: Steve Miller

Chello: Metin Hakan, Engin Kutlu

Violin: Yasemin Yologlu

Anatolian Harp: Gülbahar Cinar

Egyptian Horn: Joseph Zoni

Fuzz Clarinet: Izzet Demir

Pool Player: Eddie Sharp, Bubba Reece

Bandoneon: Sebastian Demmin

Accordeon: Jörg Strassberger

Low Whistle: Ian Melrose

High hat cymbal:Bob Howell



John Vaughan - CD "Somewhere In Europe"


A truly "classic", Mid 70's, singer songwriter CD. Recorded in "Cold War" West Berlin, these songs beautifully capture the lives and the times of people and places back then. The original LP had 12 tracks and this re-issue CD also features 8 Bonus Tracks.
John Vaughan is a fellow military brat who also lived in Heidelberg, Germany in the late sixties and did something many of us dreamed of-stay and live in Germany! His songs are about his life in Berlin and hippy times in Crete. Most albums have a couple of good tunes and the rest is worthless but all the songs on both albums are great!

Greig Lewis (USA)

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1. Sundown Waker
2. My Little Sweetie And Me
3. Marseille Harbor
4. A Card Sharks Life
5. Brian
6. Me And Whiskey
7. Gone To India In A Volkswagon Bus
8. Cafe Afternoon
9. The Moonman And Me (Thought Of You)
10. To The Old Chap
11. Palaiochora Day
12. Goodbye Berlin
13. Rock And Roll Rosie
14. The Devil You Know
15. I Remember Charlie Goranson
16. Me And Whiskey II
17. Bright Lights
18. Little Jim Ricki
19. The Berlin Wheel
20. One More Mile To The Border

Acoustic and electric guitars

John Vaughan, Steve Miller, John Shanahan, Lyndon Green
Klaus Weiland, Christof Deschner, Jon Shaw, Arnim Scheffler
John Thomas, Bobby Feldman, Hans Grossmann

Lap steel guitar and dobro Steve Miller
Bass guitar H. D. Lorenz, Steve Miller, Dave Taylor, John Shaw
Keyboards Jim Whittemore, Henry Hirsch, Ralf Vornberger
Danny Deutschmark, Reinhold Sobota, John Shaw
Drums Chris Evans, Bob Howell, Conny Bomarius, Joe Huebner
John Mernit, "Philadelphia" Dave Crome, Benny Basher
Percussion Tommy Goldschmidt, Jesse Ballard, Bob Howell
Jim Whittemore, Chris Evans, Aris Papageorgiou
Tenor saxophone Joe Kucera
Harmonica Francis Serafini, Panos Katsimichas
Bouzouki Haris Katsimichas
Cello Joerg Suckow
Mandolin Dag Westling
Background vocals Shelley Beal, Chris Parsons, Jesse Ballard, Ron Randolf
Dave Taylor, Lyndon Green, Christof Deschner, Steve Miller
John Thomas, Jim Whittemore, Haris Katsimichas
Panos Katsimichas, Aris Papageorgiou