On December 7th 2012, we, an eclectically talented team of creators, coders, marketeers, ‘suits’ and sellers launched a new way of licensing and distributing music. This is called Sounds Dangerous and is the exclusive store for all my latest music, song charts and music licensing.
Here are my 15 solo albums to date
I recognize that to some ‘fans’ my albums and song catalog creates a kind of paradox. I cross over many genres, from gospel to rock, from folk to new age, from singer/songwriter to composer. Some of my songs are sung in Churches around the world while others are featured in network TV shows and feature films. I like to write for different audiences and mediums….. each provide a challenge and that makes writing music interesting to me. And I realize that this can also make it difficult for audiences…. some are fans of one style and quite bemused by another.
Hey as Bing Crosby said “Don’t fence me in!”.
7 NEW ALBUMS
A funny thing happened while I was helping to build the ‘back end’ of the Sounds Dangerous site. A lot of ‘the guys’ were randomly listening to tracks from my catalog and the question would arise “What album is this on?” And guess what… many of the songs were from film and TV projects and had never before been released to ‘the public’. And so with a bit of arm twisting and some “I see the Light moments”… I now have 7 new albums (see descriptions below) which include over 100 non-commercially distributed tracks… each of them exclusive to Sounds Dangerous.
In March 2011 I released “Rescue Me”. In some ways it is a blend of all my previous albums, featuring musicians from the Amazing Stories, The What Club with guest vocals from Sandra Stephens and Sam Sparro.
In 2008 I released “Flesh & Bone”, a somewhat reflective, acoustic/vocal album, in the vein of Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Sufjan Stevens and Donavon Frankenreiter. “Prisoner of Hope” best reflects the sound and success I have enjoyed in ‘Hollywood’. An earlier album “Chris Falson”…. known as the black and white album…. has a similar vibe and if you enjoy one you may enjoy the other.
The Quiet, is another reflective, acoustic/vocal album, however this is more gospel or hymnal in nature. Tree by the Water and The Amazing Stories (Live) feature many of my songs that are sung in Churches and the fabulous voices of Linda McCrary and the Amazing Stories….. the albums are ‘bluesy’…… someone described our sound as ‘blue eyed gospel’.
For Dreamers Only was my first solo album…..and is just music. Because I was known for ‘jamming’ at the end of songs (the never ending ending….) people started asking for an album of this kind.
THE MAKING OF A MAN
This could be called “The Making of an Album” as it took nearly 20 years to complete. I recorded some of the songs in San Diego circa 1993 with Keith Walker and Robert Vaughn, and the others with Chris Rich and Neville L’Green, Dave Raven and John Nau (members of the Amazing Stories) around 2001. The album is quite similar to the Chris Falson (Black & White) album… a mixture of bluesy, moody, jammy pieces with strong Floyd, Clapton, JT, Beatle influences.
Although the actual album has never been released before many of the songs were licensed to various TV and film projects around the world. (e.g. Without a Trace, CSI Miami, Las Vegas, Ed, Queer Eye, Jake 2.0) I am not sure of any sensible reason why, but as I continued to write and produce other albums, this one project remained the forgotten step child. Now however, with the advent of Sounds Dangerous we have mastered this collection of songs (yes there are others waiting to be loved), stuck a photo of me (aged 21 ish) on the cover… the making of a man… and have released it to the music loving fans around the world!!!!
(The follow up to The Quiet)
During the summer of 2011 we had the keys to a friend’s house in the hills of Carpinteria. Most weekends we would escape the hubbub of Los Angeles for the tranquil vibes of humming birds, wind in the willows (gum trees actually) and long walks around the mesa. One week, while my wife was away visiting family I decided to have a time of quietness… kind of a retreat up in these hills… and to experiment recording my personal worship times without the assistance of a recording engineer. So I set up my portable recording studio in the living room overlooking the coast of Santa Barbara (its tough but someone has to do it)… placed a few mic’s for vocals and guitar… and just sat there for hours singing my favorite worship songs and hymns to God… and this album is the result.
It’s completion is another story. While I had some deep ‘moments’ with God I couldn’t really hear anything of beauty in these tracks. As is often typical for an ‘artist’, I was too close to them. These recordings remained on my hard drive for over a year until Gavin and Natalie Fuller emailed me to say how much they loved my new album. “What new album” I replied. It turns out that I had mistakingly added these files to a batch of Quicktime files Gavin needed for a project we were co-producing. My next step was to get a ‘second opinion’ and so I took the tracks around to my studio engineer friend Tony Green… told him the ‘saga’… and as he listened (and mastered the album)… he told me… in a nice way… that I was an idiot for holding back this album. Subsequently we decided to go through the rest of my hard drive and we have since found quite a few other projects that have now been mastered and released through Sounds Dangerous.
USE WORDS IF YOU HAVE TO
Another product of my time in Carpinteria is this instrumental project. I wrote most of the tunes sitting in the same living room listening to the birds and the wind in the trees and gazing out at the long coastal sunsets. I also wrote several pieces sitting in my favorite barn in all the world… in a little village in Switzerland. It is not a coincidence that these two locations symbolize to me the seasons of restoration or inner quietness… and without any striving I wrote not just this album, but many songs over the years in these life giving environments. The album is bit like my earlier album “For Dreamers Only” however the sounds, instruments and melodies reflect my years living in America and the influences of Americana and the music ‘south of the border’. If you are a fan of Ottmar Liebert, Pink Martini, John Mayer, Larry Carlton, Earl Klugh you may like this album.
This is more of a catalog of songs rather than an album project. Who ever heard of an album containing 57 tracks? Most of these songs were written for various TV shows, indie feature’s and or other recording artists. Some of the tracks are the original demo’s of songs featured my other albums remixed and mastered for Sounds Dangerous. And I have to say that I like this strange collection of songs. I even have several versions of the one song(s)… why…. because they both sounded good. I would be a record label’s nightmare.
Several years ago, a director told me that he liked to listen to my music (the pieces I had written for his feature film) whilst driving along the coast highway late at night. He likened the experience to dreaming with the night sky. When that movie project finished I kept writing these pieces and have continued to do so… a tune now and then… right up till the release of this project. These pieces allow me to tell stories though my guitar(s), varying textures of sound and instruments and an eclectic mixture of musical styles. If you have ever attended one of my concerts you will know that I like to create an atmosphere through the music… and often the most enjoyable moments are the long jammy or ambient song endings… and in some ways that is a good description of this album.
This again is a collection of music pieces, all written for various TV shows and films. It’s a bit like a mix tape for a dinner party with fragrances of Jazz, Lounge, Latin (or gringo latin), Spy music and bar room blues. It is ‘extremely’ diverse and if you love a good surprise then buy the whole album… or you may want to preview each piece and purchase just the ‘dinner music’ and or the ‘dance set’. We plan on adding tunes to the project based on the feedback of ‘music lovers everywhere’.
THE LIVE COLLECTION
Over the years we must have recorded hundreds of live shows, concerts or worship services… and while the live performances often left people ‘wanting more’ the 2 track recordings were usually (99% of time) dreadful. HOWEVER we found a handful of live recordings that passed the “ouch I’m flat… I hit a bum note… you played a wrong chord… I forgot the words” test… and decided to have them mastered for release. While the sonic quality does not compare to any of studio recordings these tracks do have something special… and for some of my friends who snagged a pre-release copy… this is their favorite album of mine. From memory some of the musicians who chimed in during these live moments were Tony Green, Susan Constantini Green, James Bowen, Danny Ybarra, Gary Krohn and Michael Campion.
Conceived for a friend of mine who has struggled with a debilitating illness for most of her life. The concept was this…. “What if” I could just sit in her in room for a moment to sing and play my music over her life. Accompanied by the very sensitive Tony Green, Susan Constantini Green, Dave Raven, Sandra Stephens and Sam Sparro, Rescue Me is a musical journey of rest, self discovery and belief.
The eighth solo album from the Australian singer/songwriter, now living in Los Angeles, who manages to straddle the worlds of film music (plenty of money) and Christian music (very little). This project, originally released in 2009 features Chris’ usual aggregation of musicians, The Amazing Stories, with a couple of guest vocalists, Sandra Stephens (best known for her pioneering gospel dance recordings with N-Soul Records back in the ’90s) and Sam Sparro (who is of course both Chris’ son and a bona fide pop star). Chris has been making albums since 1989 but this one is a bit different. He describes it as “a musical journey of rest, self-discovery and belief; a healing album conceived for a friend who was suffering from a debilitating illness”. There are nine tracks and they are all longish. The mood throughout is intimate, even meditational, with a pared-down sound from the band. Track one is basically an instrumental, centred around the hypnotically repeated “Breathe in, breathe out”. The album’s concept takes us through being lost (the title track) and “I Want To Believe” (with a funky jazz feel) to the uplifting lyrics of “Unconditional Love”. My favourite was “In This Moment”, with effective interplay between the vocal line and the electric guitar. The later tracks are consoling and affirming and end by celebrating God’s love in “Shine”, with its late-night feel and join-in chorus. A classy album for Falson’s small but committed band of supporters.
Reviewed by Stella Redburn for Cross Rhythms Radio (UK)
FLESH AND BONE
The sound of Flesh & Bone is open and acoustic and it features the lovely and sensitive performances of Tony Green on upright bass, Susan Constantini Green on acoustic piano and Danny Ybarra on percussion. As well as being great friends, these guys make up the nuclei of my band here in LA and I feel quite naked when I have to perform without them.
Hope you enjoy. Would love your feedback…good or other.
PRISONER OF HOPE
April 2004 we, The Oxygen Thieves invaded the McSparren household just off the Miracle Mile, filling every available space with electric and acoustic noise makers. All the songs were recorded live…. you know… like the good old days….. fixing only the really bad bits and adding a harmony or solo once we had all agreed ( a miracle in itself) on a good take. We wanted the album to sound true and organic and so have left alone the very human aspects of jamming, the natural ambiance of city traffic and bird life and of course the occasional slamming of doors and creaking of chairs. All of these songs were written for people I have met in my travels over the past year or so.
1.Back on My Feet 2.Rhythms of Grace 3.Come Home 4.Love Found Me 5.Only Love 6.Prisoner of Hope 7.Change the World 8.You All Along 9.It’s a Beautiful Day 10.The Path
“For Many years people had been asking me , ‘do you have an album with just your voice and your guitar?’ My answer has always been a resounding no, and up until very recently I had absolutely no desire or plans to make such an album. Strange though it may seem I feel quite naked and vulnerable (and quite nervous) performing on my own and yet it is often during these (odd) occasions strumming to my own voice that I experience a unique sense of peace and freedom. I had always considered myself primarily a band musician, enjoying the creative support of other musicians. However, I have somehow found an enjoyment over the past eighteen months playing solo and have actually discovered a new way of expressing myself as an artist. And so I gradually softened to the idea (with the help of my wife’s constant urging) of this ‘just me and my guitar’ project. During a season of rest (which really means I had no work) my friend Chris Rich called up to say that he had a few days open in his studio. I explained the idea of a quiet album and he said, “let’s do it!” Days later, armed with a few guitars, I drove over to his studio “The Shed” and in two very lazy days we recorded and mixed this album. Mostly new with a few old favourites, these are some of the songs that I like to sing to myself when in pursuit of ‘the quiet’.”
Chris Falson, September 2000.
1.Were you There? 2.Teach me Lord 3.Who Would Lay His Life Down 4.No Eye Has Seen 5. I’ve Been With My Lover 6.I Can Hear The Angels Singing 7.Without You I’m? 8.Jesus Crucified 9.Unconditional Love 10.I Need More
A TREE BY THE WATER
“A Tree By The Water” maintains the loose-but-tight character and feel of Chris’s earlier albums that has led some critics to refer to his sound as reminiscent of James Taylor, Van Morrison and latter-day Clapton. Filled with Chris’s subtly brilliant acoustic and electric guitar work, and songs that range from gentle ballads to bluesy rockers and soulful Gospel, it continues Falson’s groundbreaking role in expanding the boundaries of modern worship music. “
Reviewed by Gordon Ely of Billboard Magazine
1.Like A Tree 2.To Be With You 3.Everything’s Alright 4.More Of Jesus 5.Holy Spirit 6.The Throne Room 7.Here I Am Lord 8.Wash My Sins Away 9.Peace Of God 10.I Will Wake In The Morning 11.I Want To Be Like Jesus
FOR DREAMERS ONLY
Chris’ first solo project recorded in 1989 is this Instrumental album. Recorded with many of the musicians featured on Chris’ other albums this is the ideal “turn out the lights, sit in you favorite chair, close your eyes and forget about your problems” album. Over the years Chris has always featured a set of contemplative music in his concerts and after constant requests from fans and friends he re-released this CD with 2 bonus tracks for our enjoyment.
1.Here Comes The Dreamer 2.Lord Of My Dreams 3.The Tide Is Turning 4.Peace 5.For Dreamers Only 6.Angels 7.The Cross 8.Dusk
LIVE WORSHIP WITH CHRIS FALSON
NOTE: Unavailable @ Sounds Dangerous
Review Premier Magazine UK
“Australian songwriter Chris Falson’s live performance mixes his gruff Joe Cocker style vocals with bluesy playing and gospel vocal backings. The mix makes this album an inspiring worship experience. From the Hammond organ filled groove of the opener Standing On The Rock through to the simplicity of the atmospheric gentle worship of Pure Joy and Let Me Be A Worshipper, Falson certainly has a soulful approach! Contributions from legendary Gospel vocalist Linda McCrary only serve to give this a touch of class and all eleven songs go to prove what a fine songwriter Falson has become.”
1.Standing On The Rock 2.Let Me Be A Worshipper 3.Come To The Waters 4.Help Me To Forgive 5.The Heavens Round Your Throne 6.Pure Joy 7.We Need A King 8.All Honour 9.I See The Lord 10.One Voice 11.Calling Jesus
SELF TITLED ALBUM
Premier Magazine UK: “Chris Falson’s debut album on Broken records features tasty, blues influenced guitar licks, songs that speak to the heart and mind, and memorable vocals.”
This was Chris’ first solo album as a singer/songwriter. It was produced by Robert Vaughn (Island Records) and engineered by Keith Walker (Crowded House, Midnight Oil). Recorded in Sydney and Mixed in LA the album was released by Broken Records in 1992. The track Good People was released as a single and received steady rotation on radio stations around the US. Though the album is often ‘unavailable’ it remains a favourite of diehard Falson fans.
1.Cool Water 2. One Day 3.Good People 4.Jamming With The Angels 5.Wake Up 6.Who Do You Love? 7.Ease The Pain 8.I Am Waiting 9. Wind In His Hair/Can You Go The Distance?