Drake, Near the Alley

by Gary Ritchie

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A fantastic collection of Retro Pop/Rock songs. Rocking guitars, Pounding Drums, Vocal Harmonies Everywhere!! A great 60's and late 70's vibe. AND, there is a hidden track not listed anywhere. It's only available on the cd version.

A COUPLE -O- REVIEWS.....REVIEWS.....REVIEWS!!

Groovy Stuff with plenty of Cool Vibes!
More groovy underground guitar-driven pop/rock from Wimberley, Texas recording artist Gary Ritchie. Gary isn't afraid of letting his fans know who his influences are, as his albums include a handy list for easy reference. This time around folks who have influenced his sound include The Nobles, The Grapes of Wrath (one of our favorites), Sluggo, The U.M.F.'s, Malchick, Loose Lips, and more. Unlike a lot of independent artists, Ritchie's music has a great deal of commercial appeal. Almost all of the tunes on "Drake, Near The Alley" sound like oughta-be hits. The mood is upbeat and positive...and Gary's got a voice that really makes his songs sizzle. Plus...the guitars always hit the target. Fifteen meaty tracks here including "Hum, Sing, Repeat," "Back To You," and "Pull Your String." Groovy stuff with plenty of cool vibes.

BABY SUE
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A TERRIFIC collection of songs! Rock on Ritchie!
Gary Ritchie “Drake, Near The Alley” 9/5/2013
Chicago based Gary Ritchie gives us a follow-up to Hum, Sing, Repeat from 2011. This time we start with the title track from his last album “Hum, Sing, Repeat,” a loving nostalgic look at rock back in Richie’s childhood. With his partner in crime Jeff King (bass, guitar, keys) they play through a terrific collection of songs. “Victimized” and “Charming Life” are catchy melodies that compare well to The Romantics.
The band takes on early Beatles simplicity for “Hear My Pleas” and then it’s back to the guitar riffs of “Midnight Lovers,” which sounds like a lost Raspberries tune. Clearly Ritchie knows his classic power pop, as “Back To You” has some Badfinger-styled guitar. The quality of tracks vary after the mid point, but standouts include “Invisible Man” and “Pull Your String.” Rock on, Ritchie!

The POWERPOPAHOLIC
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Plenty Of Hooks and Lots Of Jangle!
A second wow! Gary Ritchie already has an impressive power pop resume; "Drake, Near The Alley" further enriches his repertoire of masterful power pop tunes. Ritchie’s voice and songwriting remind me a lot of Bill Retoff – which means there are plenty of hooks and lots of jangle in these 15 tracks. Standout tunes include “Charming Life,” “Midnight Lovers,” “Do You Remember?” and “Here’s To You.” Each Gary Ritchie album is a welcome addition to my power pop music library.

Eric Sorensen, "Jangle On" Pop Geek Heaven
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Masterpiece of this year!!
A classic masterpiece of this year!! It will be remembered.

Fab Fermo, Teenage Targets
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released August 1, 2013

Gary; drums, electric & acoustic gtr., keys and all Vocals.
Jeff; bass, electric gtr, keys.

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Gary Ritchie Texas

Gary's "real" instrument would be drums. But, he is a full, fledged Pop guy. Plays most of the instruments & vocals on his albums. A former Chicagoan now living in Austin, Texas. Loves a melody with a Big-Beat behind it. With 4 full length solo cd's behind him, he's loving the freedom of recording what and when he wants. So enjoy! ... more

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Track Name: Hum, Sing...Repeat
Hum, Sing...Repeat;
I spent my milk money to get a 45
Those little revolvers brought me alive
I got my first record down on Pulaski road
And made a reputation at the Armitage show
You're waiting for the one you know
When Art played it on the radio-0-0
Hum sing and repeat to hear the top 3 was a treat
We waited all day and most of the night
To hum sing and repeat
Total domination from the English boys
We were glad all over they made a real good noise
The Grapes made a racket The Truth followed behind
Drake near the alley was the scene of the crime
At 10 o'clock it's time to go
A new one made it to the radio-0-0
Hum sing and repeat to hear the top 3 was a treat
We waited all day and most of the night
To hum sing and repeat
Those days are long behind me but always close at hand
Track Name: Charming Life
Charming Life;
Don't I know you I think I know you
You were the one from years ago long past
I thought you cool, you thought me foolish
We'll sit right here I'll tell you something fast
Well things have changed since we were juniors
And that alone to you is something new
So stick around for just a minute
And I will tell you what I've been up to
I've been living a charming life
I've got 2 cars and had three wives
I've got more money than I can stand
Listen to me I'm sure you don't understand
Yes I'm living a charming life
Don't need to work it fits just right
I've got more money than I can spend
Listen to me I'll see you around the bend
It's getting late I better go now
People like me have lots of things to do
Though it was nice while it lasted
I can't be seen with the likes of you
I've been living a charming life
I've got 2 cars and had three wives
Track Name: Woman, Oh Woman
Woman Oh Woman;
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
You've gone and let me down
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
I know you're fooling around
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
I think that this is the end
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
With my 'tude I won't bend
Cause when I look in you eyes you think you're such a big prize
When you stare in my face I still get kind of crazy I know it's a disgrace
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
Still want you here by my side
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
I think I've got too much pride
You and me is that the way it's suppose to be
You and me sounds kinds good even naturally
You and me is that the way it's suppose to be
You and me sounds kinds good even naturally
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
I think I like it this way
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
Let's try to start a new day
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
Can we last a long time
Woman oh woman woman oh woman
Or will this be my last rhyme
To ask you back again or to be just friends
And while I sit here and pine you say you didn't want me
But know you've changed your mind
You and me is that the way it's suppose to be
You and me sounds kinds good even naturally
You and me is that the way it's suppose to be
You and me sounds kinds good even naturally
You and me is that the way it's suppose to be
You and me sounds kinds good even naturally
You and me is that the way it's suppose to be
You and me sounds kinds good even naturally
Track Name: Here's To You
Here's To You;
Many times I've been out of line
Didn't care had me a real good time
Waisted days by the dozen
Always had some real good loving
Making trouble on someone else's dime
A little kid in a big man suit
The people say oh he look so cute
Play the skins for some money
Shake his head and feel so funny
Clap your hands and give the big salute
You've always been there to right me
Never a care despite me
Now this is my hats off to you
Here's to you You're there when I needed you
Here's to you You never let me down
Here's to you I'll make a toast to you
Here's to you good friends are always around
Turns out I've had a charming run
Been left for dead I am the lucky one
About time I got my stuff all straight
Fingers crossed I hope it's not too late
Step by step I climbed the ladder
No allegations that really matter
All in all thank you for all the fun
Here's to you You're there when I needed you
Here's to you You never let me down
Here's to you I'll make a toast to you
Here's to you good friends are always around
Here's to you You're there when I needed you
Here's to you You never let me down
Here's to you I'll make a toast to you
Here's to you good friends are always around
Here's to you
repeat........
Track Name: Invisible Man
Invisible Man;
So you got the singer in the band
I'll bet you it's a one night stand
You came with me but you don't care
You look through me like I'm nowhere
I want to hear my name called
I want it to be you
I want to hear my name how do you do
If you want to leave me that's alright
But if you want to stay be mine tonight
Well now I've heard that you and he are through
The singer boy pulled a shot on you
I knew I knew this would be your fate
If you still want me it's not too late
I want to hear my phone ring
I want it to be you
I want to hear my phone what can I do
But if you want to leave me that's alright
But if you want to stay be mine tonight
And if you want to love me that's OK
If you want to stay be mine
If you want to stay be mine
If you want to stay be mine tonight