This specially curated four CD set compiles Dave Graney N The Coral Snakes three albums between 1994-1997. "You Wanna Be There But You Don't Wanna Travel" (1994), "The Soft N Sexy Sound" (1995) and "The Devil Drives" (1997).
The box set also includes a custom-compiled collection of rarities from the era titled "Crayfish Palace Royalty"; B-Sides, rarities and assorted tracks that weren't included on the final recordings.
It is ridiculously cheap at $25 and lower.
It was kind of Liam to consult us about the artwork and we compiled the rarities disc.
It was great working with a large company and I'd do it again like a shot. the pr reach and the distribution. Nothing like diving into a machine!
I loved all the recordings. We did "you wanna be there..." in Metropolis in South Melbourne with Tony Cohen. Didn't have a single thought of changing the track listing or remixing anything. Tony is a master and has so many old school skills.
"The Soft'n'sexy sound" was done at the same place with Victor Van Vugt, again. Sounds perfect to me. Victor had left Australia with the Moodists in 1984 and also worked with us on "rock'n'roll is where I hide" , our re-recordings album for Liberation in 2011.
"The Devil Drives" was recorded at KISS studios (formerly Platinum) at the Toorak Rd end of Chapel street. Up near the Channel ten building. Clare and I took it to London to mix with David Ruffy and lucked into the house engineer at Matrix Maison Rouge who was just brilliant. Leading up to that session we'd met with a lot of big name local dudes and Kenny was so creative, so easy going and so great that it was totally enjoyable.
Of the records we've made I love THE DEVIL DRIVES, THE DAVE GRANEY SHOW, WE WUZ CURIOUS and YOU'VE BEEN IN MY MIND the most. Like I said, I love them all and play songs from all over the place but those ones have real poise and focus.
Album title : Crayfish Palace Royalty. The rarities disc.
General internal attitude : Dave Graney always had too many songs. Also always thought you had to leave everything on the field- on each album. Put it all out!
"Don't puddle up on me, china" – From the Devil Drives session. A great groove that was just too long – at over 7 minutes. The title is saying “don’t start cryin’ on me, mate”
“Theme from the quim hunters!”
"What kind of fool are you?"
“partial to the game”
“we're here to go”
All songs left off from the Devil Drives. $2.00 hookers “Sanctuary Cove and “Partial to the Game” feature Frank Bennett in his best Sinatra tones as guest monologue stylist. Playing out some Sinatra scenes. (He also appeared on the actual album on the song “Biker in Business Class”).
"The confessions of Serge Gainsbourg"
"It's your crowd I hate"
These two songs were on the b-side of the “I’m gonna release your soul” single. The first is an instrumental “day in the life of a French pop star song. (Sound effected Concept by Dave Graney- music by the Coral Snakes) and the second song was expanded to “Morrison Floorshow” a year later.
"Late, late, late"
Written and sung by keyboard player Robin Casinader.
"the Lady from Bangkok"
"Pillow talk" (sylvia robinson)
"java la grande (celestial boogie)"
"32-20 blues" (robert johnson)
All songs recorded in creative afterburn from the “you wanna be there…” sessions at Atlantis studios in Sth Melbourne, mixed by Tony Cohen.
"the Expatriate Trip"
Left off from the Soft’n’ Sexy Sound album.
A cover for a tribute album that was impolitely ignored.