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~ Cherry Beat ~
Characters - Relationships - Session Musicians - Songs
~ Recording Sessions ~
Part One - Part Two - Part Three - Part Four - Part Five - Part Six - Part Seven - Part Eight
Part Nine - Part Ten - Part Eleven - Part Twelve - Part Thirteen - Part Fourteen - Part Fifteen
Part Sixteen - Part Seventeen - Part Eighteen - Part Nineteen - Part Twenty

April 2003

The band's first post reunion album was released in January 2000, and their first post reunion album of their first post reunion live concert was released in January 2001. After a 20 month break, the band got back together to practice for their upcoming live concert.

Though there were a few other things that would happen during the 2003 - 2004 period, including the release of "A Girl's Mind [Alternate Edition]" which contained an alternate track list of the songs that were released on the original version of the album, some of which were presented in slightly different mixes, along with a couple of songs that were released as singles during that time that weren't included on the original album.

After the release of the alternate edition of "A Girl's Mind" and after the band's second post reunion live concert had passed, the band would begin to perform a series of jam sessions. It was during several of these jam sessions where the band members would find inspiration for the songs that the band would write and record for their second post reunion studio album, and their fourteenth studio album.

6th May 2003

Album Release — A Girl's Mind [Alternate Edition]

An alternate edition of the band's seventh studio album "A Girl's Mind" was released on this day. It contains an alternate track list of the songs that were released on the original version of the album, along with a couple of songs that were released as singles during that time that weren't included on the original album.

Several of the tracks are presented in slightly different mixes, giving the album a slightly more stripped down approach, rather than the various added percussion overdubs that were added to some of the tracks by Riley Ganz. Peter McDonald was rather unhappy with the decorative layers of percussion overdubs that were added by Riley, and felt that the album really needed the opportunity to be released in a format that he had considered to be closer to the original intention of the finished product.

Torquil Dohrn and Chudley Maron wholeheartedly gave their approval for the project of releasing an alternate edition of the album. Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell, though less enthusiastic about the idea, nonetheless gave their approval, since they both knew how much the album meant to Peter, and knowing how disappointed he was when some of the tracks were remixed in a way that did not meet with his approval.

Even Riley Ganz who felt rather put out by this couldn't bring himself to object. The remixes of the tracks that reversed the changes made by Riley Ganz would be produced by Gregory Dogan, although the remainder of the tracks that wouldn't be stripped of any instrumentation would remain credited to their original producers.

"Vibraphone Tombs" and "Salt 'n' Pepper Suite" were presented in their original mixes that were released on the original album, because the vocals and/or instruments frequently switched between channels, so remixing them would spoil the experimental feel of those two tracks. While the instrumentation of the mixes of "Ultra-Passion" and "Honey Barley" are identical to those found on the original album, these mixes have the lead vocals and drums placed in the middle of the stereo picture, to give the album a more modernised sound and feel.

"Gold Digger", "Do the Salsa", and "Waltz of Scotland" had already been released in remixed formats with the lead vocals and drums placed in the middle of the stereo picture, these mixes having been previously released on the band's 2001 Singles Collection album. These remixes had the lead vocals and drums placed in the middle of the stereo picture, to give the album a more modernised sound and feel, much like the new remixes of "Ultra-Passion" and "Honey and Barley".

"Celtic Dash", "A Ride in the Country", "Your Love is Life", "A Girl's Mind", "Summer Dream", "The Girl in the Heather", "Shot through the Heart", and "In the Middle of the Night" were all remixed and reproduced by Gregory Dogan for the alternate edition of "A Girl's Mind". In addition to having the lead vocals and drums placed in the middle of the stereo picture, all the percussion overdubs that were added between the 2nd and 4th October 1977 by Riley Ganz were eliminated.

For "Celtic Dash" and "A Ride in the Country", the tambourine, cymbals, wood block, and percussion overdubs from the 2nd October 1977 were removed from the new remixes. For "Your Love is Life", the cymbals, wood block, and percussion overdubs from the 2nd October 1977 were removed from the new remix.

For "A Girl's Mind" and "Shot through the Heart", the tambourine, cymbals, wood block, and percussion overdubs from the 3rd October 1977 were removed from the new remixes. For "Summer Dream", the tambourine, cymbals, and wood block from the 2nd October 1977 were removed from the new remix.

For "The Girl in the Heather", the tambourine, cymbals, wood block, and percussion overdubs from the 4th October 1977 were removed from the new remix. And for "In the Middle of the Night", the cymbals, wood block, and percussion overdubs from the 3rd October 1977 were removed from the new remix.

A Girl's Mind [Alternate Edition] — Album

Chart Position: #3 (UK Album)
#7 (US Album)
Released: 6th May 2003
Recorded: 11th February 1972, Dohrn Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
29th - 31st December 1976, 1st January - 1st October 1977, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
17th November 1977, Rose Hills, Oxford-shire, United Kingdom
Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Power Pop, Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Gregory Dogan (tracks 2 - 4, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15)
Riley Ganz (tracks 5, 6, 8, 10, 13)
Chudley Maron (tracks 1, 5, 9, 13)
Track Listing: Vibraphone Tombs
Celtic Dash [2003 Stereo Remix]
A Ride in the Country [2003 Stereo Remix]
Your Love is Life [2003 Stereo Remix]
Gold Digger [2001 Stereo Mix]
Do the Salsa [2001 Stereo Mix]
A Girl's Mind [2003 Stereo Remix]
Ultra-Passion [2003 Stereo Mix]
Salt 'n' Pepper Suite
Honey and Barley [2003 Stereo Mix]
Summer Dream [2003 Stereo Remix]
The Girl in the Heather [2003 Stereo Remix]
Waltz of Scotland [2001 Stereo Mix]
Shot through the Heart [2003 Stereo Remix]
In the Middle of the Night [2003 Stereo Remix]

14th June 2003

Another big day for the band members of Cherry Beat. Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Torquil Dohrn, Devon O'Connell, Milford Ekdahl, and Wilbur Milardo would play live in California. They would play a total of 27 songs on their own without any participation from session musicians. With Wilbur as a sixth band member, Cherry Beat was determined to make this live concert as successful as the last big one which took place three years earlier.

Chamber of Love

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:17 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:50
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

Jeep

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:22 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:44
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Alto Saxophone
Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar

Rock It!

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:27 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:15
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Electric Piano
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Synthesizer
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar

Mochaccino Springs

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:32 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:05:57
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar

Blast Off

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:38 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:57
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Mellotron
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

The Girl in the Heather

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:42 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:13
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Lowrey Organ
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Moog Synthesizer
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

Cut Loose

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:47 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:55
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Percussion
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar

Paintball Attendant

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:51 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:28
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Lowrey Organ
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Fuzzed Electric Guitar

Backstabber

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 6:56 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:59
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Electric Piano
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar

Sexy Young Hips

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:00 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:54
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Harmonica
Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Lowrey Organ
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar

Daymare

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:04 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:27
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Keyboard
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Percussion
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar

Sweet Little Suzie

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:08 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:21
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Tenor Saxophone
Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Electric Piano
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar

The Deed is Done

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:12 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:45
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Lowrey Organ
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Percussion
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

Takin' a Ride for Money

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:16 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:20
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Grand Piano
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Percussion
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

Pot of Gold

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:20 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:29
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Fuzz Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Electric Piano
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar

Diamonds and Cherries

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:24 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:23
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Tenor Saxophone
Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Electric Piano
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar

Magpie

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:28 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:36
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Bass-line on Electric Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Percussion
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Maracas
Devon O'Connell — Bongo Drums
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Acoustic Guitar

Love is the Power

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:32 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:56
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Classical Guitar

Honey and Barley

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:36 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:46
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Percussion
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar

Sybel Cannibals

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:40 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:12
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Accordion
Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Keyboard
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Cello
Wilbur Milardo — Backing vocal, Percussion
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Classical Guitar

Her

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:44 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:50
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Sitar
Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Lowrey Organ
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar

Moolah Mogul

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:48 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:20
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Lowrey Organ
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar

Waltz of Scotland

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:52 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:22
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Great Highland Bagpipes
Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Acoustic Lead Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Bass Drums
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Snare Drums
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar

Think

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 7:57 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:23
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Sam Whitby — Synthesizer

A Dream of a Dream

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 8:01 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:03:48
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Lead vocal, Electric Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Moog Synthesizer
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Electric Piano
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar

Moonlight Bay

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 8:05 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:05:22
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Keyboard
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Moog Synthesizer
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Rhythm Guitar

The Ballad of Louise Starker

Recorded: 14th June 2003, 8:11 PM, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Duration: 0:04:42
Personnel: Torquil Dohrn — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Milford Ekdahl — Acoustic Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Wilbur Milardo — Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Classical Guitar

17th September 2003

Album Release — Live in the U.S., 2003

Live in the U.S., 2003 — Album

Released: 17th September 2003
Recorded: 14th June 2003, Oakland Central Stadium, Oakland, California
Genre: Pop Rock, Rock Music, Rock and Roll
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Gregory Dogan
Track Listing — Disc One: Chamber of Love
Jeep
Rock It!
Mochaccino Springs
Blast Off
The Girl in the Heather
Cut Loose
Paintball Attendant
Backstabber
Sexy Young Hips
Daymare
Sweet Little Suzie
The Deed is Done
Takin' a Ride for Money
Track Listing — Disc Two: Pot of Gold
Diamonds and Cherries
Magpie
Love is the Power
Honey and Barley
Sybel Cannibals
Her
Moolah Mogul
Waltz of Scotland
Think
A Dream of a Dream
Moonlight Bay
The Ballad of Louise Starker

17th April 2004

Gregory Dogan put together a medley featuring three of the songs the band had recorded between 1981 and 1982 which he had also produced. The medley contained "Moonlight Bay", "Moolah Mogul", and "Pigeon Post" in that order.

"Moonlight Bay" which originally ran from 0:00:00 to 0:04:28 was edited down to 0:03:20. "Moolah Mogul" which originally ran from 0:00:00 to 0:03:22 was edited down to 0:02:28. And "Pigeon Post" which originally ran from 0:00:00 to 0:03:42 was edited down to 0:01:22.

The three songs were then edited together, certain elements from "Moonlight Bay" were mixed into the "Moolah Mogul" and "Pigeon Post" parts of the medley, and certain elements from "Moolah Mogul" were mixed into the "Pigeon Post" part of the medley so that the three songs would blend in better.

The lead vocals and drums of the three songs were also placed in the middle of the stereo picture to give the medley a more modernised sound and feel. The medley's running time was 0:07:10.

25th July 2004

Album Reissue — Paintball Arena

The band's 2000 studio album "Paintball Arena" was reissued on this day with a bonus disc containing previously unreleased tracks the band had recorded, most of which were covers. Interestingly, only one of these tracks was recorded during the 1999 recording sessions for "Paintball Arena".

The other tracks were recorded either in 1998, 2000, or 2001. The recently put together "Moonlight Bay/Moolah Mogul/Pigeon Post" medley was also included, despite being a medley of songs recorded much earlier in 1981 and 1982. Adding the medley to the bonus disc was seen as a way to fill in the gap.

Paintball Arena — Album Reissue

Released: 25th July 2004 [2004 Compact Disc Reissue]
Recorded: 28th — 30th October 1981, 1st — 2nd January 1982, 8th September and 6th October 1998, 4th January — 7th December 1999, 28th February, and 5th, 9th, and 12th May 2000, and 28th July 2001, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
31st December 1981, Moonlight Bay Stadium, Oxford, United Kingdom
26th February 2000, and 19th and 25th August 2001, Oxford Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
25th May 2001, Peter and Elodia McDonald's Backyard, Oxford, United Kingdom
25th August 2001, Faringdon Golf Course, Oxford-shire, United Kingdom
Genre: Art Rock, Blues-Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Gregory Dogan (Disc 1: tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, Disc 2: tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10)
Elodia McDonald (Disc 2: track 9)
Peter McDonald (Disc 1: tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, Disc 2: tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9)
Devon O'Connell (Disc 1: tracks 2, 4, 5)
Sam Whitby (Disc 1: tracks 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, Disc 2: tracks 1, 6, 7, 10)
Track Listing — Disc One: Angled Strokes
Craquelure
Mochaccino Springs
Diffuse Glow
Conté Crayon
Ocean Ripple
Stained Glass
Mortar Skies
Paintball Attendant
Charcoal Bubbles
Polar Coordinates
Striped Cone
Palette Knife
Mosaic Tiles
Tie-Dyed Silk
2004 Compact Disc Reissue — Bonus Disc: Rock This Town
Run Devil Run
Try Not to Cry
What It Is
Moonlight Bay/Moolah Mogul/Pigeon Post [Medley]
The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Breakfast in America
Judy Drownded
Bip Bop/Hey Diddle (I Want You Back)
Yankee Doodle

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