2006 - Rick Lazaroff - Groovistico Ballistico
Oh yes. And it's about time. I recorded this
masterpiece on and off during 2005 (for those who do not know me well, I can
be quite mordant at times). It's all instrumental
improvised. I played
fretted and fretless bass, guitar, synths and did all the drum and
percussion programming. I enlisted the help of a
couple of comrades (Pete Swann -Guitars, Joe Lagan - Keyboards)
You could say it's a fusion/ industrial/ ambient/ jazz/ rock soundscape
type of recording. It does not
sound as ugly as I first
envisioned it. I hope there
is enough tasty bass stuff
there for all who have waited and listened to me pound out the eight notes
for vocal power pop tunes in the past. However, it
certainly is not a bass solo fest kind of thing. That would have been too
easy. I just might resort to that for my 2nd outing which should be out by
late 2007. One thing for sure; it does not sound remotely like
anything I have done in the past. I actually quite like
it. I owe a big favour to Mr. Pete Swann for his amazing
improvisations and mastering job. A magician in front or behind a mixing
2001 - Open Maximus
Wide Open - Recorded live in 1978 either out by the Mohawk racetrack or
at the Edwin Hotel on Queen Street E. Wide Open was a cover band that I
played in a couple of years before forming Santers. The band featured Al
Staniforth (lead vocals, flute) and Tom Wells (drums) who were just
finishing a stint in "Lighthouse" (one of Canada's great bands of the 60's
and 70's), myself on bass and childhood buddy Barry Pausey (Cinema Face) on
a double necked Gibson S.G. (ala Mahavishnu John McLaughlin).
Al "back and forth" Staniforth was also lead vocalist/founding member of one of Canada's
original prog/ fusion/ rock bands "Audiomaster" during the early 70's. We
played mostly cover material ranging from Peter Gabriel, Gentle Giant to The
Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. There are three originals on this disc that were
either written by Mr. Pausey or co-written with myself and Al. It was a
simpler time back in the late 70's and we always had a blast doing our gigs.
What I remember the most and what comes to mind when listening to this disk
is tube amplification. It's powerful, warm and grinding, just like the ads
This C.D. was re-mastered by me from a cassette tape and doesn't sound
that bad all things considering. I do have a few copies for any collectors that would
like to own a piece of Canadiana rock or any Santers fan that want
everything available that we recorded.
2000 - Cold Fusion (
The Best Of )
Santers - It's finally here! The albums everyone's been waiting for. The
very best of SANTERS on one CD. This CD fuses the bands best 12 tracks from
their first four studio albums, plus 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks
and rare photos exclusive to this release. The musical alchemy includes:
Can't Shake You, Mistreatin' Heart, All Right Now, Road to Morocco, Winter
Freeze, Shot Down in Flames, You Turn Me On, Time After Time and many more
tracks from their "Top Secrecy" album, previously only available in the
SANTERS IV - Box Set. You can order this CD and more at
- Top Secrecy
Santers -The long lost "Top Secrecy" recording has been released in
Germany by Point Music & AOR Heaven. Released in 1998 in Japan as part
of the 4 CD box set, Santers IV, this release includes 4 live bonus tracks
recorded May 1st 1982 at the Queensbury Arms, Toronto, Canada.
Orhan Demir Trio -A compilation release of material from several Demir
releases including two cuts from "Windmill" featuring myself on fretless
bass and Jack Vorvis on drums. More guitar wizardry from Turkish/Canadian
jazzer. Includes tracks with Neil Swainson on bass and Barry Elmes on drums
and some solo pieces by Orhan.
Santers -Hey, how about this! A Box Set Release of all the original
Santers' studio recordings plus something from the vault. This collection
includes "Top Secrecy" a never before released studio recording from around
'85 or '86, I'm not quite sure, I'll have to check on that one. This
collection is ace. Sounds great; looks great. Nice to hear the tunes on "Top
Secrecy" since they've been buried for quite some time.
1996 - Dancing Off The Deep End
Darlene Watters -Dance, soul, funk, rock recording featuring the lovely
and sonically pleasing, Darlene Watters. As well as splitting all
songwriting duties with my beauteous partner, I tackle all the synths and
percussion machines. There is some real bass thrown in for good measure.
This recording was expertly engineered by the portly Steve Negus of Saga
fame. You can, and you will dance to this recording. With deep regrets, no
mambos were included. Available on cassette only. You can order a copy at a
very reasonable cost. Email Us and I
will post one to you with great haste.
1995 - 1st Shot And 2nd Shot
Santers -This is a double C.D. re-release of all the Santers recordings
excluding the live tracks form Mayday. Digitally re-mastered, this
compilation sounds great. Released and distributed by Long Island records in
1990 - Windmill
Orhan Demir Trio -This free jazz/fusion album features the immensely
talented Orhan Demir on guitar whose style is a mix of Django, McLaughlin
and his own middle-eastern flavorings. Fretless bass is heard throughout
this album. With four long bass solos in six songs, this album gave me lots
of opportunity to show off my improvising abilities. This recording was
given outstanding reviews in Option magazine (L.A.), Cadence (N.Y.) and
Downbeat magazine. Originally released on Hittite records.
1984 - Guitar Alley
Santers -Santers last studio album recorded shortly after an exciting
cross-Canada tour, opening for Ozzy Osborne in every hockey shrine from
coast to coast. This album in my opinion was our strongest effort to date.
After four years of solid touring and lots of studio time, the band had
definitely matured. Produced by Rik Emmet and engineered by Ed Stone. We all
had a blast doing this album. Great vocal and guitar work from Rick Santers.
Rhythm master, Mark Santers at his very best; lots of great drum tracks
here. Nifty bass and guitar trade-offs in the track High risk. Very tasty
bass. This album was released in the U.S., Japan, Europe and of course,
Canada. Originally released on Ready Records.
1982 - Mayday
Santers -A four song E.P. This album featured 2 live songs and 2 studio
songs. The live stuff was recorded at the Queensbury Arms in Toronto, May 1
1982. There's an extended bass solo in the song Time after Time and a very
heavy guitar solo extravaganza included here. The band was much more
rambunctious in a live setting. Originally released on Ready Records.
1982 - Racing Time
Santers -The 3rd release for the boys. This recording was halted and
moved to a different studio mid-stream. However, not enough funds were left
so the bed tracks were kept from the original sessions. Despite my
reservations about this recording, there are many fine tunes on this album
which were a staple of our live shows. This album also sold very well in
England, which led to a very successful U.K. tour in the spring of 1983.
Originally released on Ready Records.
1981 - Lee Aaron Project
Lee Aaron -This album was done with a plethora of
musicians including myself, the Santers brothers, Buzz Sherman, Earl
Johnson, Rik Emmet, Frank Soda, Billy Wade and a merry cast of thousands.
Originally released on Freedom Records.
1980 - Shot Down In Flames
Santers -Santers first release on Ready Records in Canada. This album was
also released extensively in Europe. Santers hard driving debut showcases
great guitar work from Rick Santers and Groovin' rhythms from Mark Santers