'6 of 1' is a collection of acoustic tunes from the previous ten years written in English and Spanish, including alternate versions of “Superheroe” from La Ruta’s 'Bailando en la Tierra de los Zombies' and “Jacques Cousteau” from 'The Avatar Sessions', as well as the instrumental “Maybe I Should’ve Told You” from 'GTREP'. Plus, three unreleased tracks: “The Deal”, “Untitled #48”, and “La Ultima”.
Available for download in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
"Superheroe" recorded by Brian Montgomery at Spin Studios, Long Island City, NY. "Untitled #48" recorded by HM at One Seventeen, BKNY. "Jacques Cousteau" recorded by Brian Montgomery at Avatar Studios, NYC. "The Deal" recorded by Kevin Omen at Drunken Monkey Studios, BKNY. "La Ultima" recorded by Rafael "Xuxi" Lazzaro at Mambo Recording, NYC.
These songs were recorded in separate circumstances and at different times over the last decade. Here’s a little back-story on them:
"Superheroe" was recorded in 1999. It’s included here because the EP it originates from was released in 2001.
I have never performed “Untitled # 48" since it was recorded. And, consequently, I don’t know how to play it anymore!
"Jacques Cousteau" was, of course, recorded at Avatar Studios, in Feb. of 2002.
Kevin Omen’s home studio in Brooklyn was where we demoed "The Deal", which is the version included here. I’d had the music sans lyrics for about 5 years until I finally got crackin’ in 2005.
"Maybe I Should've Told You" appears here in the same version as on 'GTREP'. The basic part was written around 2004 but a few years later, I was inspired to complete the arrangement after listening repeatedly to a compilation by the late, great guitarist Michael Hedges.
On a trip to Santiago, Dom. Rep. in 2003, I think, I came across some old Guitar Player magazines in my old bedroom closet. One issue from the '90s—with Muddy Waters on the cover—had an article on alternate tunings. I decided to experiment with open E tuning when I returned to NY, and that’s how “La Ultima” (“The Last”) came about. (That it closes this EP and has the same title as the last track as The Replacements’ 'All Shook Down' album is not entirely coincidental.) Originally intended for a La Ruta album that never came to fruition, the original master recording of this song was lost, so what we have here is an old-time-y sounding, um, replacement. Oh, well…
And thanks for listening.
released June 7, 2011
Produced by Henry Mena
All songs published by Mena at Work (SESAC)
NYC-based singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer; frontman for power pop-leaning The Henry Mena Ego Trip; sole member of instrumental lounge/electronica outfit Tonight at Noon; formerly of popular '90s NYC Rock en Español pioneers La Ruta.