Cover of the City of LOST Children by Gina Rowland.
SEVEN YEARS after its recording, rock group TRANSCENDENCE release the September 11th tribute song Rebuild America for sale on a new rare and unreleased tracks collection album entitled The City of Lost Children. The song Rebuild America was recorded in October of 2001 just after the World Trade Center attacks in New York but never officially released. The song was eventually turned into a music video. Now the song is finally being released for sale with all proceeds to benefit September 11th victimsâ€™ families through the Robin Hood Foundation. The album also features 13 other rare or never before released tracks from all five of the bandâ€™s previous albums.
In anticipation of two new studio albums this year comes first this compilation of unreleased outtakes and rarities from TRANSCENDENCE that offers fans access to many of the bandâ€™s most hard to find hidden tracks and studio gems for the first time ever. The City of Lost Children is a compilation of studio outtakes from all five of the bandâ€™s officially released albums that spans eight years. The album also includes unreleased favorites such as the R&B flavored Whenever I’m with you — a familiar staple on various MTV shows over the years, and the September 11th tribute song Rebuild America; as well as two Brazilian-classic covers sung in Portuguese when singer Ed Hale was at the peak of his Tropicalismo obsession. From irresistibly catchy commercial pop (Jacquie) to psychedelic alt-rock (Kill the monkey), raw, urgent indie-rock (All is lost) to Beatlesque Brit-pop (Andreaâ€™s Fault) and avant garde experimental instrumentals (Nothing is cohesive part II) The City of Lost Children offers a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of the creative and prolific musical collective known as TRANSCENDENCE with 14 never before released tracks that is sure to be a treasure chest for those who want a to take a deeper look into the ever-eccentric groupâ€™s past musical explorations. As diverse and eclectic as the song selection is, fans should find it a special collection that sounds like it could be an album in and of itself. And indeed now it is.
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To read track by track notes and lyrics, click here.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001 TRANSCENDENCE singer/guitarist Ed Hale was at a school in Costa Rica when he heard the news. [For more back story, see the â€œnews sectionâ€ from 2001 of the bandâ€™s website] The rest of the band was in the recording studio laying down basic tracks for their new CD — what was to eventually become the Sleep With You album.
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When flight restrictions were finally lifted, Ed flew back to the States and into the studio to resume work on the album. But first Hale played them a new song he had written the days following the catastrophe on September 11th. The song was called Rebuild America. They quickly recorded the song, each laying down their own tracks one by one and finished the entire song that first night. Because the song did not fit the content or format of the Sleep With You album â€“ for fans familiar with the disc, this is obvious — it wasn’t placed on that CD and was never formally released. Instead it floated around the Internet and sat on the bandâ€™s â€œunreleased songsâ€ page of their website for years.
Interestingly, it was the bandâ€™s webmaster G2, while browsing â€œviewing statsâ€ of the bandâ€™s website who noticed that the song was receiving a lot of â€œclicksâ€ and plays from that page though it had never been released or even publicized that it existed. Another event that propelled the band to actually do something about the never before released track was that they would occasionally receive emails from Fire and Rescue Workers from around the country who wrote to say that they â€œreally liked the song and send their buddies the link to listen to it.â€
The most recent email the band received about “Rebuild America” was from first response emergency rescue worker Matthew Tartaglia from Perkasie, PA who worked at the World Trade Center site for two months straight after the attacks. Thank you for your email Matthew. So after six years the band decided it was time to get the song out there, and the fastest way to do that was through YouTube. Why not make it showcase the victims and the heroes through photographs.
Bassist Roger Houdaille commented, â€œRebuild America was the first song I ever tracked with TRANSCENDENCE. It didn’t seem to have anything to do with the rest of the songs we were recording at the time like Superhero Girl or Minnie Driver, but I knew Ed was really into us recording it because of what happened and all. I think itâ€™s still one of our strongest tracks so I’m glad that weâ€™re at least putting it out there.â€
“The way this song came together was amazing,” stated drummer Ricardo Mazzi, “the cause was much greater than the need of creating music or art, it was larger than that. And we all knew it. The fact we’re talking about 9/11, remembering fallen heroes, calling for unity in our song is an honor to me and I have this band to thank for it. Everyone put their heart and soul in this song and completed their parts rapidly but thoroughly, from the tracking, recording, mixing, and mastering.”
Hale commented, â€œRebuild America is a hard song for me now, just because of everything that we have seen come out in the last four or five years since September 11th. Itâ€™s hard to know what really happened that day… what we do know is that a lot of innocent Americans died. And you know that’s why we recorded the song. That’s why I wrote it. When you listen to it now you can really hear the optimism of what it felt like those first few days after September 11th. I mean, you can feel the patriotism of the song, which is so different than what we feel in the air now in America. So the song is hard for me now. I was really amazed how the whole country came together those first few months to rebuild. You know? And now with the invasion of Iraq… itâ€™s just hard to know what to feel. I still like the original idea of the song itself. And I like the idea of turning it into a video, just to celebrate how people came together those first few months… and to mourn the loss of the lives of those people who died that day… those were different times… But the song captures that.â€
Indeed Rebuild America may be one of the most emotional songs the band ever recorded â€“ every player contributed something unique and passionate and brilliant of their own to the songâ€™s touching and poignant message. The fact that the band is so associated with activism now and the song has such a patriotic feel to it makes it a slight anomaly in their catalogue to be sure. But as the band members freely admit, it was recorded just after the days of 9/11 when the world was a different place and America was in a different place entirely. So for the first time ever they decided to officially release the song as a photographic slide show in honor of the victims and the rescue workers of that momentous time in American history.
Ed Hale and the Transcendence spent the last three days in the studio recording a song in honor of the one year anniversary of last years September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. The song is entitled Rebuild America and was written by Ed last year on September 11th.
I saw the planes crash into us
I saw the people cry
I saw the buildings come crumbling
I saw the rescuers sigh
I saw the president weep
On national TV
I saw the volunteers sweeping
To clean the new York city streets
As we try
Yes we try
To rebuild America
The land of our fathers
The land of our mothers
We are not alone
“This is a very personal song for me. I never played it for the guys and had no intention of putting it on an album or anything. I just wrote to get it out. I would play it a lot around the house during those first few days after the attacks as a way to deal with my emotions. Last week I thought about the song when I realized the anniversary was coming up and I played the song for the guys and said maybe it’s not us, you know, but hey do you guys want to record it? Everyone jumped in and really gave their all, sang and played more passionately and openly than I think we ever have before. I wish it never happened. I hope we really can rebuild.â€ Ed
Recorded at Dungeon Recording Studios, September 8th to 10th
Engineered by Fred Freeman and Joe Williams
Produced by Ed Hale and Fred Freeman
Mixed and Mastered by Fred Freeman
Jon Rose: keyboards, string arrangements, and samples Ricardo Mazzi: drums Fernando Perdomo: guitars Roger Houdaille: bass guitar Ed Hale: vocals and guitar