Welcome to Silent Bugler V.1!
This is Silent Bugler Records, home of Mr. Encrypto, Bruce Gordon and "Let's Be The Beatles" (see below), and it's where great 60's-influenced pop plays forever! Please listen carefully, as our menu options have changed...
Mr. Encrypto -- SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS
The latest news continues to be the release of Mr. Encrypto's album SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS. Like the last album, it's produced by Earle Mankey, and like the last album, it's a mix of Mr. Encrypto originals and a few choice covers -- this time, songs by the Kinks, the Byrds, the Apples in Stereo and the Small Faces. Click here to listen and to order.
SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS - Portrait of the Album as a Review:
babysue reviews: "Here we have eleven tracks stripped of any nonessential elements...and casting a definite spotlight on vocal melodies...a particularly well-done version of Ray Davies' "Dreams" that sounds so good that it rivals the original." LMNOP reviews, babysue.com, Oct. 2001
THIS IS ROCK'N'ROLL RADIO: "Secret Identity Crisis emulates Neil Young's classic Rust Never Sleeps by opening and closing with different versions of the same song, in this case the hypnotic 'Rock And Roll Is Killing Me (Softly)' and closing with the raucous "Rock And Roll Is Killing Me (Loudly.)' We couldn't get enough of the first Mr. Encrypto record, and this new one likewise looks to be an immediate fave on our little mutant radio show." Carl & Dana, THIS IS ROCK'N'ROLL RADIO, WXXE, Syracuse, NY. Oct. 6, 2003
Fufkin.com: " ...this record edges toward more introspective material, mixing in some depth with the expected pop magic. Yep, Mr. Encrypto has some singer-songwriter in him. And he's quite good at it...The soft take (of 'Rock And Roll Is Killing Me') is poignant, while the closer is a no holds barred poison laced version that rocks in an appropriately lethal way. While I certainly enjoyed the debut disc, this record is a fuller experience, and backed up by strong songs throughout. I foresee further growth on the horizon" Mike Bennett, fufkin.com, Dec. 2003)
Americana-UK.com: "Against all odds the whole concoction works, and works pretty damn well. The vocals remind you of a slightly less rattled and more poppy Neil Young, and it is simply impossible not to tap your toes and nod along. The album's keynote track is "Rock And Roll Is Killing Me'...it's hard not to be reminded of 'My My Hey Hey' in both style and track positioning but Mr. Encrypto holds his own, which is no mean achievement." Jeremy Searle, Americana-UK.com, Dec. 28, 2003.
Jam Records: "Full of sublime original 60's influenced pop and also includes a superb cover of the Byrds tune 'Get To You.' This one really delivers the vintage pop goods." Jeremy Morris, Jam Records catalog (www.jamrecordings.com)
Amplifier Magazine: "Although it's more rock oriented and less produced than Mr. Encrypto's debut, Secret Identity Crisis is not short on the mind-blowing chord changes that marked his first record. Standout tracks include the laid back "Another Good Year" and the menacing blues thumper "The Big One"...also personalized versions of the Kinks' "Dreams," the Apples in Stereo's "Silver Chain," and the Small Faces' "I Feel Much Better." Not to be missed.'" David Bash, Amplifier #40, Jan-Feb 2004
Power of Pop: "Double-take at the Neil Young-inflected Rock and Roll Is Killing Me (Softly)" with its companion piece Rock and Roll Is Killing Me (Loudly), marvel at the clearly Roger McGuinn inspired countrified rocker Silence is Poison and thrill to the rustic psychedelic Another Good Year as Gordon and co-producer Earle (Sparks) Mankey prove that it is possible to pay tribute to the magical 60s and yet remain creative and relevant." Kevin Mathews, powerofpop.com, Jan. 27, 2004
High Bias : "Secret Identity Crisis is even better than the debut Hero and Villain, with sharper melodies, cleaner arrangements and plenty of Encrypto's soulful vocals. Cool taste in covers (the Kinks, the Small Faces, the Byrds, the Apples in Stereo) as well. Michael Toland, highbias.com, Feb. 29, 2004
Pop Culture Press: ...a brilliant homage to Rust Never Sleeps-era Neil Young called Rock and Roll Is Killing Me (Softly), with singer Gordon honing in on the kind of loneliness and desperation that the best rocknroll ever waxed speaks to. (Album closer, Neil style, is the antithesis, a screaming rocker called Rock and Roll Is Killing Me (Loudly).) In between, the mysterious Encrypto mines a thick vein of clever original, 60s burnished pop and choice covers like the Byrds Get To You and the Kinks Dreams. Of the originals, Silence Is Poison, a subterranean slice of rocknroll and sly wordplay along the lines of certain works by Mr. Dylan and Mr. Costello, delves straight into the contradictions of life. Luke Torn, Pop Culture Press #58, Spring/Summer 2004
Mr. Encrypto -- HERO AND VILLAIN
Meanwhile, we do still have a few copies of Mr. Encrypto's first album, HERO and VILLAIN! Folks from far and wide have agreed to agree that it is, in a word...agreeable. (See the reviews below.) Click here to order this megadose of subversive -- yet still strangely addictive -- grade-A pop! (By the way, did we mention that, like the new album, it's produced by Earle Mankey? Just checking.)
And, we still have these (absolutely free!) reviews of HERO AND VILLAIN that appeared in:
Cleveland's Music's Bottom Line ("'What Goes Wrong' has more hooks than Grandpa's fishing hat...this is the way records used to be made." Tom Swope, Feb. 2001)
babysue reviews ("In our minds this has already become an INSTANT CLASSIC...one of the very BEST releases of the year." LMNOP reviews, babysue.com, Sept. 2001)
The Power of Pop ("'What Goes Wrong' is a rocking gem in the tradition of the Buffalo Springfield and the Rolling Stones; 'The Last Time' is a textural masterpiece that the likes of the Beach Boys and the Association would be proud of." Kevin Mathews, powerofpop.tripod.com, Sept. 2001)
Fufkin.com ("At times, this disc has a vibe similar to some of the best American indie-pop records of the mid-80's." Mike Bennett, fufkin.com, Oct. 2001)
hEARd magazine ("'Long After Long' took me way back to the days of REM....There has been a lot work go into this project -- let me tell you, it was worth it." Terry Allen, hEARd.com.au, Nov. 2001)
Amplifier Magazine ("Gordon wears his Beatles/Beach Boys influences like a tilted crown...reminiscient of fellow one-man pop juggernaut Roy Wood." Brian Baker, Amplifier #27)
The Big Takeover "Worthy of legitimate critical praise. Fans of Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Paul McCartney, Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne will adore these songs. Highly recommended!" Bryan Swirsky, Big Takeover #50
Read for yourself!
One and the Same Man?
Some conspiracy-minded folks think Bruce Gordon and Mr. Encrypto are one and the same man! Here are the facts. You decide!
Every song the Beatles ever recorded was "rewritten" by someone else at some point or other. That's the premise; find out if it holds up -- click here and read one man's opinions about Beatles songs as recycled by other songwriters. Newly updated, with the songs from the "Please Please Me" through the "Sgt. Pepper" albums. Slowly but surely...
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