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The Cate Brothers Band: The Malibu Sessions

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4-track demo EP with the great Cate Bros Band. Recorded in 1982 at The Band's legendary Shangri-La studio in Malibu, CA, with Garth Hudson on keyboards and strings on tracks 3 and 4. Released on CD in 2014 by the Swingin Door Records label in Fayetteville, AR.

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The 'Malibu Sessions' was first conceived when Randy Stratton setup an office in Los Angeles in 1982, to be closer to the L.A. Recording Industry. One of the first projects he went to work on was securing a Recording contract for The Cate Brothers. Stratton approached Larry Samuels and Rob Fraboni who he knew from mutual associations with 'The Band'. Samuels was part of 'The Bands' management in the 70's. In 1982, he was still running Shangri-La Studio in Malibu, California. Fraboni was a highly respected producer having produced, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, The Band, 'The Last Waltz' motion picture sound track, to name a few. Both were very interested in getting The Cate Brothers out to Shangri-La to record. They contacted Earl and Ernie and reached an agreement for them to come out and record an EP (Extended Play) and shop to major record companies. The EP was well received, however, it was post disco era and lots of uncertainty in the industry. The timing wasn't right in 1982.

The Cates continued on and toured with 'The Band' and actually filled the void and then some when Levon and other members decided to carry on without Robbie Robertson. The Cate Brothers, released a new CD 'Radioland' in 1994 that sold very well on a national Indy label. They followed with other Indy label releases. Along the way Shangri-La studio was nearly destroyed by a fire and the masters kept at the studio were. The studio was saved and restored, and is still putting out successful recordings to this day. Stratton took the tape he held on to of the recordings done and gave it to Darren Novotny who digital restored them. Earl and Ernie were very pleased with how good they sounded! The decision was made to release the EP through an Indy and share it with their fans and the music world for the first time 32 years later. Like all Cate Brothers music, it's not dated. The EP is as relevant now as it was in 1982. So sit back and enjoy for the first time these excellent songs with special performances by Bonnie Raitt and Garth Hudson.


  1. Hold On
  2. Don't Need a Woman Like That
  3. I Can't Keep Up With You
  4. I Can't Change It

The Cate Brothers Band - The Malibu Sessions - 2014 - Swingin Door Records

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