NEEVA - Neeva (1983)
New Wave, Synth-pop
James Nevius, Vanessa Wilkinson
Artwork By [Art Direction And Design] - Spencer Drate
Drums, Noises [Telephone] - Andy Newmark
Primary Assistant Engineer - Arthur Payson
Guitar - James Nevius , T.J. Tindall (tracks: 03, 08, 09)
Mastered By - Howie Weinberg /Photography [Album Cover Photos] - Curtis Knapp
Producer - T.J. Tindall /Recorded By - Eddie Ciletti
Songwriter - C.P. Roth (tracks: 03, 08) , James Nevius , T.J. Tindall (tracks: 06) , Vanessa Wilkinson (tracks: 01, 02, 05)
Synthesizer [Korg Ms-20, Wasp, Micromoog, Pulse] - Vanessa Wilkinson
Synthesizer [Yamaha Cs-80, Oberhiem] - C.P. Roth
Vocals - James Nevius
Piano - Cotton Kent (track 06)/Whistling - Arthur Payson , Eddie Ciletti , James Nevius , Vanessa Wilkinson
Recorded and Mixed at Skyline Studio, New York City, 1981.
"Will You Be Mine" is listed as two separate tracks, Part I and Part II, on the Side B disc label. However, the two parts are combined into one physical track on the vinyl, are listed on the LP cover as one track, and the side B label only gives the total time for the one "combined" track.
01 Starshine (3:05)
02 Love (Gotta Hold On Me) (3:25)
03 Blue Star (3:08)
04 In Tune (3:13)
05 Seventeen (3:00)
06 Walking On Air (3:11)
06 Let Your Body Go (3:25)
07 Will You Be Mine (Part I And II) (7:15)
08 Tomorrow's On Its Way (3:20)
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It's strange but i found info about everybody who contributed on this album,except the most important two persons ,the members. (I found some James Nevius on the net ,one of them leading tour guides in New York,other has a famous club etc.,but none of them the guy im looking for.It was same with Vanessa Wilkinson)
I met Jim in Tenafly NJ. I moved from San Francisco with my band Human Benz. I started a band called Our Daughter Wedding with my then boyfriend Keith and our high school friend Layne.(LOTS of stories there) Jim had a band called Neighbors and Allies at the time. We decided to put together a band. TJ Tindal had been following N&A and really liked what Jim and I had going so offered to produce us. The cute couple of the 80's. After Neeva (10 years later!) I met up with TJ again and we got married. He produced my next record which the guys from Billy Squires band played on. I never released that one.
NEXT: Yes we played live a lot. In fact we went on a mini tour with DavidJohansson. From the NY Dolls.
I am a classical flute player. Have played flute all my life. I was attending Napa College when I was in high school and playing first chair forthe North bay wind ensemble and the San Francisco Wind ensemble. I love contemporary music and played flute in a rock band that played high school dances and military bases when I was in High school. That band was called Dusty Rose. I played keyboards because I really disliked how Jethro Tull butchered the flute in rock music so I just could not play my flute and changed to Keyboards. My second record I did play flute. I wrote almost all the music and sang lead on all songs and keyboards. Alan ST John did almost all the keyboards on that one however.
Thank you for your interest! I can talk DAYS about those days! The daystaking dance classes with Madonna, Charlie Roth..........my modeling in NY that interwinded with the music......the other videos I cameoed in (MinkDeville "I must be dreaming" for one. I was the strawberry blond)"
Later Nevius became a pastor for Apostolic Church of Truth and Spirit and still playing music.see this (there's also a recent photo of Jim there):http://www.webacts.org/
some more pics here:
"Yes, John Trubee and I were high school buds and played together for a few years. I appear on some of his tracks. He was considered as lead guitarist for Neighbors and Allies, but Fred Reed fit in a bit better. Vanessa came to NJ with Keith Silva from California. Layne Rico followed them later and the three of them formed Our Daughter's Wedding in 1980. Meanwhile, Neighbors and Allies was the toast of the town in New York. The original lineup of Neighbors included myself, Tim McGeary, Fred Reed, Gordon Zuehlke, and Scott Simon.
BTW - Madonna was the only one who could really dance. The rest of us were doing it to get in shape and to keep our balance on stage, etc.
"He's moved to Minnesota, but he's still the best fixer (electronic equipment) in the biz, and he does it by mail-ordure."
"A Recipe for Tape Restoration. By Eddie Ciletti. Very detailed explanations with a lot of photos. Mr. Ciletti provides detailed plans for a do it yourself tape baking system. Recommended for the highly ambitious!"
I'm so vary glad you like NEEEVA. It was one a few a few albums I Recorded and Mixed. (Arthur Payson was the primary assistant engineer at that time. Even though he'd never admit it, Arthur was a good guitar player who at the time was changing career paths.)
I'll be happy to fill in all the gaps I can.
More than anything, I would like to set the "record" straight as far as Arthur is concerned. He was my assistant, a very capable and knowledgeable partner in the process, HOWEVER, the "sound design," aka the recording and mixing process, was all "out of my head," for better or worse. I was still learning alot then, my primary strengths are, in this order technical, musical and historical. It has taken me a long time to nurture the weaker aspects of my skill set. I have since found my niches and am very happy with my life and results I can get in the studio. Arthur did go on to do bigger projects than I did and I would attribute this to his two strengths - being more musically talented and more politically savvy. I tended to be very direct and this is not always the way to nurture a struggling artist.
It all started like this...
full eddie story ( not updated in over ten years)
Jim, Vanessa and Charlie were a fun bunch to hang out with - all very talented - which made working with them a pleasure. Their music was very different from HJ and all the gamble-huff stff that TJ and Cotton were known for. TJ was stretching out, trying like many musicians to catch the "new wave" of music. Vanessa seemed so young at the time and the video does not do her justice. She was much more the girl-next-door than the costumes and make up made her out to be. Still, it was good to seem them then. I have a picture of all of us in the studio that I will scan and post."
You can see NEEVA photos -and more info- here:
Some info about the guest musicians:
Cotton Kent was the Keyboard player in The Salsoul Orchestra and also worked with The Trammps,Loleatta Holloway,Carol Williams etc.
C.P Roth worked with John Giorno Band,Shannon,Nolan Thomas,Monet,Noel and a member of Blessid Union Of Souls
The engineer is Arthur Payson a sound engineer and record producer who often works in tandem with Desmond Child. He has worked with such diverse acts as Cher, Clarence Clemons, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, Ratt, and Alice Cooper.(also with Robin Beck,Mass Production,John Waite,Secret Weapon et.)
So it's funny to see these -mainly-soul/funk musicians took part on this new wave album!:)
"He's been a successful producer for some time. He did not play on the album, but he was with the band from the video up to our breakup. He really got his start in NYC with Neeva. I didn't know at the time, but Tim McGeary of Neighbors and Allies and The Rescue, had suggested him to me to replace Scott Simon who had left Neighbors for Our Daughter's Wedding. Tim and I disagreed about adding a keyboard player. Ultimately, all our fussing back and forth led me to form Neeva. But, Marteen and I eventually got together. Marteen eventually took over for C.P.Roth. We did some demos with him. "Countdown" and "Feel Cool" were recorded at Todd Rundgren's studio in Woodstock. Marteen was with us for that one.
John Holbrook(http://www.johnholbrook.biz/Site/Welcome.html)was the engineer and Jean-Yves Labatt was the producer.(French-born Jean Yves "M. Frog" Labat was a short-lived member of Todd Rundgren's Utopia, he only appeared on their first album before being replaced by Roger Powell,see: http://theband.hiof.no/albums/labat.html)" (Jim)