• The Higher Notes – Oriental Blues
    • The Higher Notes – Lily of the Valley
    • The Higher Notes – Crackle Ska
    • The Higher Notes – Dusk Till Dawn
    • The Higher Notes – Yes She
    • The Higher Notes – Smoke Rings
    • The Higher Notes – Earth Shuffle
    • The Higher Notes – Roomservice
    • The Higher Notes – Just Before Dawn
    • The Higher Notes – Desert Dance
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    • 1. Oriental Blues
    • 2. Lily of the Valley
    • 3. Crackle Ska
    • 4. Dusk Till Dawn
    • 5. Yes She
    • 6. Smoke Rings
    • 7. Earth Shuffle
    • 8. Roomservice
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    • 10. Desert Dance
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    There are two adaptations on this album from this era “Solitude” and “Smoke Rings”, all other songs on the album are original compositions. “Double Salute” is just a big labour of love for the music and sounds of back in the days, so it was with great care the band and producer picked the right instruments, amplifiers and microphones, particularly using microphone placement to create an authentic sound.

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