Record Producer

Since 2005, Ric Albano has been involved in the production of several full-length albums as a producer, composer, arranger, co-producer and/or executive producer. These involved diverse musical acts, so of which Albano was involved with as a performer or composer. All of these albums were published on the independent record label, Cygnus Wave.

Production Credits

The Journey by Sinclair Soul
June 2017
International Release
After seven years away from recording and producing, a new album unexpectedly emerged out of some casual acoustic sessions in the Spring of 2017. The Journey is the official debut album of Sinclair Soul, a project which dates back to at least 2012. This album consists of seven original songs written by Ric Albano and recorded along with drummer Ron Simasek and multi-instrumentalist Bret Alexander. Co-produced by Albano and Alexander, The Journey was recorded at Saturation Acres studio in DuPont, PA and released by Cygnus Wave Records in digital format.
Animal Society
December 2010
Unreleased
The self-titled debut album by the rock trio Animal Society. Recorded at Saturation Acres and mixed and mastered by Ric Albano at Cygnus Wave Studios, the album’s ten tracks contain a diverse mix of styles and moods, touching on elements of rock, new wave, jazz, funk, country, and folk.
Dollars for Diane Compilation
January 2010
Limited Release
The Dollars for Diane Compilation CD is made entirely of original music by Pennsylvania Artists. The album is dedicated to Diane Kovaleski, who suffered a severe stroke during surgery in 2007 which has left her unable to walk, speak, or care for herself. Proceeds from the album benefited The Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania.
Imaginary Lines 33
September 2009
International Release
Imaginary Lines 33 is a triple-length, 2-CD collection of songs that span the five years of Ric Albano’s Imginary Lines project. It contains previously released material from Imaginary Lines I and Imaginary Lines II along with tweleve new selections. Together, this forms a totally unique, 33-song album that is the ultimate Imaginary Lines collection. Imaginary Lines 33 is the only international release by Cygnus Wave Records to date.
Not One of You by Hormoans
April 2008
Not Publicly Released
An authentic “new wave” band from the early 1980s, Hormoans recorded a few dozen tracks of their original compositions along with original “translations” of some standard material. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon thereafter and these recordings remained “lost” for over a quarter century. Finally in 2008, these recordings were remastered to form the album Not One of You, co-produced by Jim Hammond & Ric Albano.
Imaginary lines II
December 2007
Not Publicly Released
Imaginary Lines II was an effort to follow up the richly-produced Imaginary Lines I with a simpler counterpart. At its inception, the album was to be the second in a trilogy of Imaginary Lines single albums but some production delays that pushed it’s release until late 2007. When released in December 2007, the album excluded some unfinished songs and contained no guitars on any track. All the songs were later enhanced and included on Imaginary Lines 33 in 2009.
Imaginary lines I
October 2005
Limited Release
The first professional production by Ric Albano, Imaginary Lines I was an ambitious undertaking with complexly arranged songs. The album contains some good performances to complement the rich compositions. Recorded and released in 2005, it songs written by Ric Albano, dating back as far as 1997 and recorded at Saturation Acres studio was mixed and mastered by Albano at Cygnus Wave studios. All the songs were re-released on Imaginary Lines 33.
The Evolution of Noise, 1987-1995 by Wahray and Soul
Not Publicly Released
Ric Albano made hundreds of semi-professional, analog recordings from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. In 2003, he remixed scores of these tracks and in 2011 he finally made a digital release called The Evolution of Noise, 1987-1995 under the artist name Wahray and Soul.

Musician

Born and raised in Hazleton, PA, Ric Albano became a dedicated listener of music thoughout childhood, morphing from country/western to pop to classic rock. In 1984, he purchased his first instrument, an odd hybrid of electric piano and harpsichord and about a year later he joined his first rock band, named Running Wild. Together they wrote a handful of original songs that they played at their first gig about a week before high school graduation in 1986. About a week after graduation, the band promptly broke up.

Ric got interested in songwriting and recording. He slowly began to acquire musical instruments – electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, and percussive instruments, harmonica – all of which he slowly taught to himself. Using a Fostex 4-track recorder, he developed a makeshift home studio and would ultimately write and record nearly 300 songs under the pseudonym RAREx (later renamed Wahray and Soul) between 1987 and 1996. Influenced by prog-rock acts, these songs were experimental, adventurous, and eclectic. Some were quite interesting, some less than inspiring, but due to the semi-professional recording quality, none of these songs had ever been released publicly until a 72-song digital collection called The Evolution of Noise, 1987-1995 was put out on the Cygnus Wave website in 2011.

In 1989, Ric he received former training in Audio Engineering and briefly worked and recorded in a professional studio in Ohio. Later he would work live sound for several Pennsylvania bands, including The Badlees during the period immediately preceding their national breakthrough. Ric was also a performing member in series of short-run bands with names such as Misery Loves Company and The Steel Breeze and also briefly performed as a solo acoustic.

Starting in 1997, Ric took a long hiatus from writing and recording original music to focus on domestic life and working towards a college degree. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and relocating to suburban Harrisburg, PA, Ric returned to writing and recording with a concept project called Imaginary Lines. He built a small home studio to record a demo and chose Saturation Acres Recording Studio, owned by Bret Alexander and Paul Smith, for the high-end professional recordings. In 2005, Ric recorded and released Imaginary Lines I with Alexander on guitars and another Badlee and longtime friend, Ron Simasek on drums. This was followed up with a second release, Imaginary Lines II in 2007. The project was completed in 2009 with a “super-sized” 33-song compilation of everything from the first two albums plus new and unused material. Future band mate, Erik Trabert provided guitars for several songs on this final phase while Simasek remained the primary drummer and Janet Rains of M80 added vocal support. The result, Imaginary Lines 33 was released internationally on September 9, 2009.

In 2008, Ric formed the band Animal Society was formed in 2008 with drummer Matt Roy and guitarist Erik Trabert. In the band, Ric played bass guitars and provided lead vocals, performing unique adaptations of classic rock songs before writing and developing original material. Ric produced the band’s epoynomous debut album, which was released digitally in late 2010, shortly after the band called quits.

Through the early 2010s, Ric continued to compose and arrange songs as well as occasionally play a live gig under the stage name Sinclair Soul. A plan for another studio project is in the very early stages of development.

 

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