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Shane O’Brien annual New Year’s Eve Show 2016 The Devil’s Kitchen

The Devil’s Kitchen ©2000 Shane O’Brien

Shane O’Brien annual New Year’s Eve Show 2016
The Devil’s Kitchen. The piece was originally written in 2000 by O’Brien and was included as track 2 of his third CD released titled “Jammin’ on Land” ©2001.

The 2016 show added to the O’Briens Edge alumni membership:
Andy Walo – guitar/vocal
Willy Andresco – bass guitar
Carl J. Bittman – drums

A little something extra to gaze thru

Re: our CD from 2003 by Shane O’Brien

From The Jungle To The Zoo

From The Jungle To The Zoo (c) 2003 includes 11 tracks. Some of the tracks are a little longer than the 3 minutes and 30 seconds standard radio ready length expected. These are great one of a kind jams. The title comes from Shane leaving the Jungle Studio everyday to go to work (as a Ironworker) constructing an L.A. Zoo exhibit, therefore the CD title came to be true…

Here’s The CD Cover: “From the Jungle to the Zoo”
and
Track 2 Titled: “Reflection of You and I”

 

 

And here are the Lyrics:

Reflections of You and I ©2012
By Shane O’Brien

Whatever that gang club is out down there?
Yeah whatever that gang is, what is that ah!
Rancho San Pedro, that’s what they are yeah, yeah!
Part of the Young Guys, the Young Crowd and all that sh**
You know man. We’ll give a ’em a little Latino flavored love, ah, hah!
I don’t really see you gone baby
I don’t really see you, see you gone away
But I know now, it’s just costing me another day
I don’t really think it baby. I don’t think it really matters no more
Who’s right or wrong, or where to go
I really don’t think it matters baby. Um! It don’t matter no more
Um, um, now! Um, um, alright!
Every time, every time I open my eyes
Every time now, I get scared about the thunder and the rain
That’s pouring’ in my heart for you baby. Feel it!
I’ve been thinking about baby, about taking you to Mexico
I’ve been thinking about now, little darlin’, about taking you to Mexico
They got a little Tequila down there, and I know
It’s a little, little juice for the mind yeah, yeah
And you’ll never ever recall. Oh no!
You’ll never ever recall, which way to go
Just don’t know, don’t know, don’t, don’t, don’t. Ah, yeah
It don’t really matter now, really, it don’t matter if you love me anymore
Yeah, yeah man
And if you think now, it don’t, don’t affect you
And if you think now, it don’t really, really, really affect you baby
Just turn around, just turn around, turn around
Look at yourself now, yeah! Yeah! Just look at yourself now
What do you see, is a reflection of me?
A little of you and a little of me now!
And a little of you and a little of me yeah!
A little of you and a little me here babe, it’s just a little of you

Shane O’Brien playing to his own Namesake, The Genuine One

Shane O’Brien Playin’ his song titled “The Genuine One

 

Shane O’Brien Playin’ to his own namesake refers to a song he had written about a decade ago in the early 2000’s. The first album version is part of the album titled “King Me, Baby” ©2003 by Shane O’Brien. K.M.B. was pressed into Disc in 2003 of which about 1,000 copies were distributed. A truly limited release which lasted a couple of weeks before they were all distributed. More would had been made, but at that time O’Brien was on a writing terror, creating all the new tracks for another release of that year titled “She Love’s Me Not” ©2003.

This rendition of “The Genuine One” is a Solo 12’ve String Acoustic Guitar and Vocal Performance recorded in 2013 as part of the CD titled “A Jungle Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013.
This CD features Shane O’Brien performing Solo unplugged performances of some songs written from a 30 year long collection of his own created music archives.

Here’s a cool track from that 2013 CD,it’s titled The Genuine One

 

A Jungle Studio Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013
A Jungle Studio Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013

A recent road trip to the Detroit/Windsor area created a photo opp that brung back a time in the past of which Shane was a member of a Canadian group called “The Polaris Project“. This was his last Canadian group with their last gig being a performance at Windsor’s then rocking venue, Danny’s Canadian Tavern. There are photos of that show still floating around but it takes a good search to find them.
The last time we found some was at a reservation desk at a hertz rent a car establishment in Windsor. The reservation agent had a photo album containing a good amount of photos from the ‘ event.       Shane found out about these photo treasures when he was renting a car during a scheduled gig in the area some fifteen years after that Danny’s Tavern gig. After the rental agreement for the car was signed, the agent noticed a certain familiarity upon reviewing the signatures and promptly ask O’Brien if he would be interested in purchasing some extra insurance for the weekend car rental. Which he turned down since insurance came with the rental anyway. Sill the agent persisted with a second offer for Shane to consider adding extra insurance strongly suggested by agent fora measly ten or fifteen bucks.
At this time he chose to support his strongly advised suggestion by pulling out from underneath the counter his prized old photo album which contained photos in chronological order of that 15 years ago gig. As it happens, the guitar Shane was playing was a Gibson Les Paul that just so happened to get engulfed in a raging amount of flames. Shane looked at all of these shots in a bit of a shock and with a shade of misplaced glow about him. No extra insurance was purchased either…

Here’s two separate photos

taken at the very same location

only 35 years apart.

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Trivia Question:

Look closely at the following CD Cover Titled

“Solid Gold Treasure Chest” Disc 1

Shame, Shame, Shame Blues Band was the name of Shane O'Brien's band prior to the switch to "OBrien's Edge"
Shame, Shame, Shame Blues Band was the name of Shane O’Brien’s band prior to the switch to “OBrien’s Edge”

You may notice that there are two members of this group that currently hold Union Books for Local 433 Union Ironworkers.

Can you name them?

Here’s a link to a fun song. It was a blast recording this little Diddy. Tony Sena and Shane O’Brien just let all preconceived notion of what is normally accepted for a recording session with no expectations of of any kind other than a time of shared musical excitements for about 5 min and a little more…