“The Eleventh Hour” by Lloyd Landesman
Album Out Now! Stream/Download
- Smoke and Mirrors (Landesman/Kaddissi)
- CBS College Football Theme Song 2020 (Landesman)
- This Train (Landesman/Kaddissi)
- Three Faces of Eve (Landesman)
- Manic Depression (Hendrix)
- In Six We Trust (Landesman)
- The Watcher (Landesman/Kaddissi)
- Time and Space (Landesman)
- Diamond Eyes (Landesman/Kaddissi)
Produced by Lloyd Landesman for Blue Steel Music
Lloyd Landesman: Keyboards, GTR’s (Track 2), LV (Track 3), BGV
Randy McStine: GTR’s, LV (Tracks 1,7,9)
Paul Briscoe: Fodera, Rickenbacker, Fender Basses
Nick D’Virgilio: Drums (Tracks 1,7,8,9)
Marco Minnemann: Drums (Tracks 4,5,6)
Simon Phillips: Drums (Tracks 2,3)
Freedom Bremner LV (Track 5)
Wilma Kaddissi: Lyrics (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9)
Mix Engineer: Malcolm Pollack
Mastering Engineer: Mike Rogers
Recording Engineer: Lloyd Landesman
Nick’s drums recorded at Sweetwater Studios by Nicholas Morrow
Marco’s drums recorded at his home by Marco
Simon’s drums recorded at Brotheryn Studios by Jason Mariana
GTR’s & Vocals recorded at The Barn at Thunder Creek by Frank Aversa
Bass recorded at One Mind Music by John Campos
GTR’s, Basses, Keyboards recorded at Blue Steel Studio by Lloyd Landesman
Lyric Video: “Smoke & Mirrors” ft. Randy McStine
About Lloyd Landesman
Lloyd grew up in Forest Hills, New York alongside other musical luminaries such as The Ramones, Leslie West and Simon & Garfunkel. He began playing in bands in the mid ‘60’s culminating with the self-titled release, “Haystacks Balboa” in 1970. He was signed to Polydor Records, the album produced by the legendary George “Shadow” Morton, and went on a national tour opening for Jethro Tull, Rod Stewart and The Faces, Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, Eric Burden and War and many others. This proved to be a great learning experience.
The 1970’s were spent playing and recording with various groups in many top-notch studios like Electric Lady, Hit Factory, and Criteria in Florida. It was there in 1977, while working on his bands’ album, that he rubbed shoulders with artists like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Robin Trower, and of course the Bee Gee’s who were in the process of recording the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.
In the early ‘80’s, he worked and toured with Clarence Clemons and The Red Bank Rockers, Edgar Winter, Rod Price (Foghat), Ellen Foley (Meat Loaf), Todd Rundgren, and many others. A chance meeting with an old friend, Frank Aversa (producer Spin Doctors) in late 1984 eventually led to a staff writer/producer job at Sicurella/Smythe, a successful “jingle” company. It was then that his career took off, writing and arranging music for ad campaigns for Budweiser, Visa, Chevrolet, Ford, Mennen, Pepsi, and hundreds more. Most notable, Nestle White Chocolate “Sweet Dreams”, and the CBS NCAA College Football theme, which is in its 33rd broadcast season.
In 1987, he moved to another jingle company, Crushing Music, where he continued compose and produce many more spots. Throughout this period, he had the privilege of working with the best studio musicians in New York, Will Lee, Anton Fig, Steve Khan, Marcus Miller, Lenny Pickett, Michael and Randy Brecker, Rick Derringer and many more. Also wrote spots for artists like Carl Perkins, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Johnny Winter, Lonnie Mack, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lobos, Mick Jones/Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Squeeze, and many more.
Success continued into the ‘90’s writing/arranging/producing music for many major ad campaigns. In late ’93, he started his own production company, “Red House Music” where success continued. Due to the overwhelming demands and distractions that come with running a business, Red House closed it’s doors and he began the next leg of his journey as a freelance composer. It was also at this time, in 1999, that sound engineering was added to his resume. From then until present day, he has been engineering in his own Pro Tools studio.
The 2000’s began with continued success writing music for, Sears, Subway, Kia, Fisher Price, Hasbro, Kay Jeweler’s “Every Kiss Begins With Kay” and many more.
Other sonic branding besides Kay Jeweler’s include Subway “Eat Fresh”, Sears “Blue Crew”, and Edible Arrangements “Make Life a Little Sweeter”.
In 2007, on a whim, he answered a Craigslist ad seeking a keyboardist for a jazz- fusion band. The results were a 2010 release of Meridian Voice “Atypical Symmetry”, as well as a long standing relationship with bassist Paul Briscoe, and Guitarist/solo artist Randy McStine. In 2012, he began work on what turned out to be a solo album titled “The Eleventh Hour” scheduled for an early 2020 release.
Wilma Kaddissi (Lloyd’s co-writer)
Lloyd met Wilma Kaddissi by chance at a NYC Gramercy Hair Salon in 2011. Over the course of the last eight years, they have written dozens of songs together, four of which appear on “The Eleventh Hour”. It has proven to be an exceptional creative partnership. At age five she was a gymnast and ballet student and carried on dancing and gymnastics throughout high school representing her school as a state gymnast. As a dancer she was touring and performing professionally before graduating from the performing arts high school she attended in Sydney, Australia. She carried on her dancing career in both Sydney and Los Angeles for almost twenty years.
Wilma started her musical journey in her teenage years playing various instruments before falling in love with and focusing on being a drummer. Wilma co-founded and played the drums in alt/rock bands ‘The Toxic Femmes’ and her current band ‘Opium Ink’. In 2019, Wilma was the drummer in the music video single ‘Late’ by the band Altitudes & Attitude, a side project featuring ‘Anthrax’ bassist Frank Bello & ‘Megadeth’ bassist David Ellefson.
Over the years she focused sharpening her skills as a lyricist & songwriter by attending a music college in Sydney and by attending numerous song-writing seminars with some of the industry’s most respected teachers from the Berklee Music College of Boston, and by co-writing with many musical artists and producers.
Randy McStine is a musician, songwriter and producer. He is primarily known as a guitarist and vocalist, whose initial work with Lo-Fi Resistance led to collaborations with members of King Crimson, Joe Satriani, Porcupine Tree, Tears For Fears, Miles Davis, and more. Fueled by a wide array of influences, McStine’s work embraces genres such as Rock, Alternative, Progressive, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop, and Ambient. His latest album, Idle, was released at the end of 2019.
“McStine is an artist in the true sense of the word, and one we will be hearing about often in the future.” – Scott Medina, Sonic Perspectives