PLAYLAND ARCADE

Bob Lord

"The best kind of sensory overload." - Glide Magazine

"PLAYLAND ARCADE is a fun and exhilarating listen, dynamic and very well put together, brimming with unexpected diversions... It’s slick, skillful and compelling." - The Progressive Aspect

“Bob is kind of like a musical Picasso... Lord’s vision and execution are masterful.” - Geoff Wilbur Music Blog

“I love your version of ‘The Backward Swan.’ I listened to the tracks on your album and found them to be very creative and extremely good... I would describe your approach as music for the intellectual, with broad hints of classical and jazz as well as pop and rock. I loved being taken on a musical journey with surprises like you have in the songs as these tracks unfold." - Guitar legend Duane Eddy
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Liner Notes

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been visiting Hampton Beach on the New Hampshire seacoast.  When I was a boy we would drive up and stroll along the shore, eat fried dough, play table hockey at the arcade, and take in the sights and sounds of what was always to my young mind a satisfyingly strange, surreal, and sensational experience. 

It’s a place with a real history, in an area that has seen (or possibly seen?) everything from spaceships to witches, centuries-old massacres to mid-60s beach riots, vagrants to vacationers, and I always try to remember that I’m only witnessing it, like everything else, for a brief moment along a massive continuum.  And I always wonder what will happen next. 

Now I live here in Hampton not too far from that beach, one of the biggest and most spectacular in our region, and this past Summer of 2020 has been the first in my memory when I wasn't able to visit Playland Arcade – my favorite place on the strip – to play Galaga and Centipede and complain about how I *again* got stuck with the crooked skee ball machine. 

So while I await a return to the boardwalk I’m sharing this music with you.  Bring a stack of quarters, grab a 6-pack, and enjoy the ride. 

Bob Lord 

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All tracks composed, arranged, performed, and produced by Bob Lord, except as noted
Recorded, engineered, and mastered by Jon Wyman, except as noted 


1) Fry Doe (Lord/Wyman) 

Bob Lord (bass) 
Jamie Perkins (drums) 
Ed Jurdi (guitar) 
Chris Dow (flute) 
Jon Wyman (foley) 
Eduardo Silveira (percussion) 
Percussion arranged and recorded by Dayron Ortega in Havana, Cuba 
 

2) Hey (Lord) 

Bob Lord (bass, vocals, Hammond organ, percussion) 
Jamie Perkins (drums, percussion) 
Josh Corringham (hand claps) 
 

3) Yo Soy Miguel (Lord) 

Bob Lord (bass, vocals, keyboards, programming) 
Jamie Perkins (drums, percussion) 
Duncan Watt (organ) 
 

4) In For The Kill (Lord) 

Performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra 
Conducted by Pavel Šnajdr 
Recording produced by Vít Mužík 
Recorded and engineered by Jan Košulič 
Arranged by Bob Lord 
Orchestrated by Mark Saliba 
 

5) Night Sweats (Lord) 

Bob Lord (bass, guitar, keyboards, piano, percussion, programming) 
Jamie Perkins (drums, percussion) 
Duncan Watt (synthesizer solo) 
 

6) Lobster Roll (Lord) 

Performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra 
Conducted by Pavel Šnajdr 
Recording produced by Vít Mužík 
Recorded and engineered by Jan Košulič 
Arranged and orchestrated by Mark Saliba 
 

7) The Backward Swan (Casey) 

Bob Lord (bass) 
Jamie Perkins (drums) 
Chris Dow (flute) 
 

8) Air Hockey (Lord/Watt) 

Duncan Watt (Wurlitzer piano) 
 

9) Intermezzo (Lord/Watt) 

Duncan Watt (foley) 
 

10) Skee Ball (Lord) 

Bob Lord (bass, keyboards) 
Jamie Perkins (drums, percussion) 
 

11) Wyoming Vice (Lord) 

Bob Lord (bass)
Jamie Perkins (drums) 
Chris Dow (flute)

With the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra 
Conducted by Pavel Šnajdr 
Orchestra produced by Vit Muzik 
Orchestra recorded and engineered by Jan Košulič 
Arranged by Bob Lord 
Orchestrated by Mark Saliba 
 

12) Get Yer Drink Up (Lord) 

Bob Lord (programming) 
Shaun Frenchie Michaud (guitar solo) 
 

13) Beach Pizza (Lord) 

Performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra 
Conducted by Pavel Šnajdr 
Recording produced by Vít Mužík 
Recorded and engineered by Jan Košulič 
Arranged and orchestrated by Mark Saliba 
 

14) Tenderly (Gross/Lawrence) 

Bob Lord (bass, keyboards, programming) 
Duncan Watt (Wurlitzer piano) 
Chris Robinson (bass) 
Steve Ruhm (drums) 
 

15) Opening Day (Lord) 

Bob Lord (bass, keyboards, programming) 
Jamie Perkins (drums, percussion) 
 

16) Fanfare for a Losing Team (Lord) 

Performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra 
Conducted by Pavel Šnajdr 
Recording produced by Vít Mužík 
Recorded and engineered by Jan Košulič 
Arranged by Bob Lord 
Orchestrated by Mark Saliba 
 

17) Mighty Forces (Lord) 

Bob Lord (keyboards, programming) 
Jamie Perkins (drums, percussion) 
Andy Happel (violin) 
 

18) Last Word (Lord) 

Performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Pavel Šnajdr 
Recording produced by Vít Mužík 
Recorded and engineered by Jan Košulič 
Arranged by Bob Lord
Orchestrated by Mark Saliba


19) Siege (Lord) 

Bob Lord (bass, keyboards, programming) 
Jamie Perkins (drums, percussion) 
Duncan Watt (Hammond organ) 
Jon Wyman (foley) 
Eduardo Silveira (percussion) 
Percussion arranged and recorded by Dayron Ortega in Havana, Cuba

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