June 12 of this year marks what would have been my father’s 61st birthday, and all of us at the Foundation have been working hard to come up with the perfect way to honor him this year. For starters, we’re debuting the first incarnation of the new and improved Brad Delp Foundation website! We hope you enjoy the new pictures and videos, and stay tuned for even more fun new updates still to come in the weeks ahead!
Secondly, as many of you know, we have spent the past few years working on restoring my dad’s catalogue of unreleased songs, with the aim of putting them together as an album to release to the public. This has been a MASSIVE undertaking! Many of my dad’s master tapes were damaged in a flood that took out a good part of his basement. Thanks to the tireless efforts of his good friend Roger Carmody, who spent many months baking the mold off of the tapes (and getting sick in the process!), we’ve managed to salvage a great deal of these recordings and are finally now in the home stretch of this labor of love. The completed album will be a compilation of songs spanning from the early 70’s through the 90’s, in different genres, featuring dad alone and with his closest friends and colleagues. It is our goal with this project to let the public hear my dad as those of us closest to him have always known him. These songs are a glimpse of the man, apart from the band, doing what he was born to do in the purest possible form and I can’t wait for you to hear it!
To that end, we’ve decided that the perfect way to celebrate dad’s birthday this year is to give you a little sneak preview of what’s to come! The song below is the raw and unmastered version of the upcoming album track “Alone” which my dad wrote back in 1973! It’s the oldest recording we have, featuring my dad along with Roger Carmody and Tom Febonio. Listen carefully for the playful banter at the beginning between dad and Roger, and the tiny little “chirp” at the very end, which Roger tells me was actually dad doing his best impression of a parakeet! Classic Brad!
Art work by Meg Sullivan