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Neil's third album, originally released in 1992, showcases some of his favorite songs from the 1st half of the 20th century. The selections feature tunes by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and Rogers & Hart. It also includes 3 of his own compositions.

Neil did get a little carried away with the liner notes. Be sure to check them out below.

Original liner notes.

1 Ain't Misbehavin'
2 Prelude To A Kiss
In A Sentimental Mood
Sophisticated Lady
3 Bluesette
Someday My Prince Will Come
4 A Fond Farewell
5 Love Is Here To Stay
They Can't Take That Away From Me
6 Yesterday's News
7 Over The Rainbow
When You Wish Upon A Star
8 Sweet Child
9 Chattanooga Choo-Choo
10 My Funny Valentine
Mañha De Carnaval (Black Orpheus)
Take me to

Well, after 2 albums in 1 year, it took me about 3 years to get to the next. Funny how life changes. We now had 2 young kids running around the house and my guitar time was significantly different at the time.

Instead of being able to play for a couple of hours a day, I had to scramble to find a few minutes whenever possible. This made me work on more elaborate but less improvised arrangements. I spent about 6 months playing 3 or 4 tunes, then went to the studio and recorded them. I repeated this process twice more, and 18 months later had the album finished. Of course this meant I could barely remember how to play any of the tunes from previous sessions.

I also neglected to write any of them down at the time, and only got to a couple of them a little later. Which means I only have guitar arrangements to the original songs and 3 or 4 others. Someday I will painstakingly sit down with the album, figure out the songs, and write them out... hopefully.





Hot Off The Press~

Neil Hogan has turned his attention to standards by such illustrious composers as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Rodgers-Hart, and interspersed a few personal tunes among the more well-known selections.

As usual Hogan arranges some of the songs into medleys (such as the logical pairing of Over The Rainbow and When You Wish Upon A Star) and as usual he plays them with consumate skill.

Paul Comeau, Dirty Linen Magazine