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NOVO COMBO
45 West 55th
SONG INFO

In the sections below you'll find song info and stories about each song from the album "45 West 55th".

Don't Throw Your Love Away

(3:44)

Written by: Jack Griffith, Pete Hewlett

Jack Griffith - Vocal, Guitars, Keys

Pete Hewlett - Vocal

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Stephen Dees - Bass

Jack collaborated with Pete to craft this poignant new song, which speaks to the importance of supporting loved ones who may have lost their way. Backed by Michael's and Stephen's driving groove, Novo Combo returns with a vitality that's as potent as ever.

E-Train Revisited

(5:31)

Written by: Stephen Dees, Desmond Child

Stephen Dees - Vocal, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Percussion

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Pete Hewlett - BG Vocal, Guitar

Jack Griffith - Guitars

This newly revamped rendition of "City Bound E-Train" finally brings to life the meticulous vision bassist/vocalist Stephen Dees and guitarist Jack Griffith always dreamed of for this song. With impeccable attention to detail, the tones and execution are perfectly aligned, breathing new life into this infectious signature track. Upon hearing Novo Combo back in the day rehearse “E -Train” famed Atlantic records giant Ahmet Ertegun committed “this is a great song”.

Everything it Takes to Be Happy

Recorded during an early demo session, the band initially felt it wasn't quite the fit for their debut album. However, stumbling upon it years later amidst a treasure trove of tapes, one can't help but wonder, "What were they thinking?" This track undeniably rocks!

(3:18)

Written by: Pete Hewlett

Pete Hewlett - Vocals, Guitars

Jack Griffith - Lead Guitar

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Stephen Dees - Bass, Guitar

Sorry for the Delay

(4:16)

Written by: Stephen Dees

Stephen Dees - Vocal, Bass

Pete Hewlett - Vocal, Guitar

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Jack Griffith - Lead Guitar, BG Vocal

Robert Caban - Tambourine

This demo showcases the original version of a popular Novo Combo track. During the band's early days, their gigs attracted attention from notable figures, including prominent models. Writer Stephen Dees observed that some of these individuals seemed disconnected from reality, often displaying an unnecessarily inflated sense of self-importance. The original demo features an additional verse, offering insight into the band's creative process and social observations.

Please Don't Do That

(5:14)

Written by: Stephen Dees, Michael Shrieve, Pete Hewlett, Jack Griffith

Pete Hewlett - Vocal, Guitar

Jack Griffith - Guitar

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Stephen Dees - Bass

The original demo marked a pivotal moment in shaping Novo Combo's musical direction. Michael and Stephen first explored the riff of this song during their initial meeting, when it was just the two of them. As Pete and Jack joined the fold later on, they contributed key components that brought the song to fruition. The song is a comment on technology running amok. Sound familiar?

It's Only Temporary

(4:29)

Written by: Stephen Dees

Stephen Dees - Vocals, Bass, Guitars

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Jack Griffith - Guitars

Pete Hewlett - BG Vocals

Patricia Ann Dees - BG Vocals

Charlie DeChant - Saxophone

Victor Wainwright - Organ

This fresh new track echoes the irresistible, sing-along chorus reminiscent of fan favorites like Novo Combo's "Up Periscope." With its upbeat melody and relatable lyrics, the song explores the theme of feeling trapped in a rut but finding the clarity to recognize it as merely temporary. With special guest Charlie DeChant (sax), Patricia Ann Dees (bg vocal) and Victor Wainwright (organ).

Hard to Say Goodbye

(5:26)

Written by: Pete Hewlett

Pete Hewlett - Vocal, Guitar

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Stephen Dees - Bass

Jack Griffith - Lead Guitar

This original demo unveils a Latin-inspired ballad crafted by the band. Drawing from one of Pete's compositions from his pre-Novo days, they re-imagined it into a mesmerizing, soulful groove, elevated by Pete's exceptional vocal delivery.

aXIS LIVE

(4:31)

Written by: Jack Griffith

Jack Griffith - Vocal, Lead Guitar

Pete Hewlett - BG Vocal, Guitar

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Stephen Dees - Bass

Experience the electrifying live rendition of Jack's song "Axis Will Turn" from their self-titled album. Novo Combo's live performances were known for their high-energy, ass-kicking intensity.

Sirocco (drum solo)

It’s Michael Shrieve live on drums! Need we say more?

(2:56)

Written by: Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Long Long Road

This is the original demo of this reggae-infused track, a heartfelt homage to the memory of Bob Marley. Lyrically delving into the depths of life's journey and contemplating what the future may hold.

(4:04)

Written by: Stephen Dees, Jack Griffith

Pete Hewlett - Vocal, Guitar

Jack Griffith - BG Vocal, Lead Guitar

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Stephen Dees - Bass

What's Been Happening with You

This demo recording unearthed from the depths of the closet, is another rock/pop gem infused with a funky groove.

(3:02)

Written by: Michael Shrieve, Pete Hewlett

Pete Hewlett - Vocal, Guitar

Michael Shrieve - Drums

Stephen Dees - BG Vocal, Bass

Jack Griffith - Lead Guitar

Another Slow Fade

In this remake with a new arrangement, Stephen's perspective on life shines through. It's a reminder that life is fleeting, urging listeners to seize the moment and take action to live life to the fullest.

(3:53)

Written by: Stephen Dees

Stephen Dees - Vocal, Bass, Guitars, Keys

Pete Hewlett - BG Vocal

Michael Shrieve - Percussion

Alberto Cruz - Drums

Robert Caban - Congas

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