54-40 is (in order)  Neil Osborne, Brad Merritt, Dave Genn and Matt Johnson. 

54-40 is (in order)  Neil Osborne, Brad Merritt, Dave Genn and Matt Johnson. 

Goodbye Flatlands Live At The Media Club

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This clip is from 2004 performance at Vancouver’s Media Club. Dave’s brother , film maker James Genn came by and recorded this song. Goodbye Flatland, the title track from our new lp at the time.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE -  2004

WRITTEN BY - 54-40

COMMENTS -  Recorded for our amazing fans at a small venue in Vancouver.

Live at the Star Theatre

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ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE -  1998

WRITTEN BY - 54-40

COMMENTS -  Recorded and Mixed by Andre Wahl for Thirty Year Anniversary Lost & Found Archive Collection.

Recorded in 1998 at the Star Theatre by Andre Wahl…54-40 are captured in their prime in front of an appreciative audience.  Joined by adored friend of the band Coco Love Alcorn, the band has never sounded better.       She La - Live at the Star Theatre by 54-40Band One Gun -Live at the Star Theatre by 54-40Band

Rolling Stone -Neil Osborne Mix

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ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE -  1991

WRITTEN BY - 54-40

COMMENTS -  54-40 Rolling Stones. Mixed Warne Livesey for the Thirty Year Anniversary Lost & Found Archive Collection.

Rolling Stones- As told by Neil Osborne

I was sitting on my bed playing the guitar chords daydreaming. My daughter (Coral) walks in and sits beside me and we start to chat while I’m still chording. 54-40 opening slot for the Rolling Stones in Calgary was a week away. For me, the Stones are the apostles of Rock n Roll. So…. Coral and I just started to express our dreamy excitement over the chords. 54-40 did a warm up show in at a small club Banff a couple of days earlier. Unknown to us Ron Wood was in Banff on a break. He came to our show and took us out for drinks afterward. When we arrived at the Saddle dome in Calgary. Ronnie graciously came out to meet us and introduced us to Charlie Mick and Keith. It was a great night and total career highlight some 20 years after we formed. Enjoy

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I Feel Something - Neil Osborne Mix


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SONG TITLE - I FEEL SOMETHING - Neil Osborne Mix

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE - Previously Unreleased Material 

WRITTEN BY - Neil Osborne, Brad Merritt

COMMENTS -  In 1986, 54-40 were signed to Warner Bros. in Los Angeles. 54-40 had just produced the Green record with a remix and Warner wanted 2 more LPs after that. In preparation for that second LP (Show Me) we sent them a demo of new material at hand. Funny thing is – until recently I did not remember making that demo.

LosAngeles_brad-177-600-400-80-rd-255-255-255-wm-right_bottom-50-5440watermarkgifThe demo was found in our storage locker and I have had the pleasure of re-living those early memories. I have always felt that Show Me took a wrong turn in production. I’ve lived the Melanie song ( “Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma”). In any event, I’ve undertaken to mix those demos and boot ‘em up for you hear. The first one to check out is a song that didn’t make the cut called “I Feel Something”. This exemplifies the groove and rhythm 54-40 was into at that time. Every band that can call themselves a band has a “sound”. An important part of that sound is the collective “feel” of the rhythm and groove. Discovering that “pocket” sends a band on a creative path, for it’s the engine that moves the music. Enjoy and please leave us your comments!

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SONG TITLE - ONE GUN - Neil Osborne Remix

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SONG TITLE - ONE GUN - Neil Osborne Remix

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE -  1987

WRITTEN BY - Neil Osborne, Brad Merritt

COMMENTS -  54-40 ‘s Classic song One Gun. Remixed by Neil Osborne for the Thirty Year Anniversary Lost & Found Archive Collection.

One Gun - As told by Neil Osborne

This is the demo for One Gun recorded in 1986. I wrote the song while staying at  Whistler Mountain on Christmas Eve. I had met my wife (Geanine) some 5 months earlier and was overcome by her commitment to social justice. She was with her family in Calgary and  the song pretty much wrote itself.. The 2  chord progression never changes – what does change is the melody. The “hey there pretty girl” followed by “she said” and then the chorus melody. This serves the story telling quite well with each setting having it’s own melody. On the demo the bass line remains constant with the guitar chords. This , along with the tom- tom implies the march of armies never ending. Another nice touch is Phil’s lonely trumpet suggesting a post battlefield image. Enjoy!

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