The songs on this release represent music once lost, set aside when real life happened, but have now reemerged from the mid seventies to early eighties.

Like riding a bike my fingers fell right back into place as if they’d never left…


STAGES - Released Winter 2017


All songs written by Curt Sobel

Produced by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner


Drums/Percussion: Doug Yowell

Bass: Mike Visceglia

Guitars/Mandolin: Thad DeBrock

Martin D28 & KALB guitars: Curt Sobel

Piano/Keyboards/Accordion: Gary Schreiner


Trumpet: Tim Quimette

Trombone: Randy Andos

Tenor sax, Flute, Clarinet: Jack Bashkow


Background Vocals:

Emily Bindiger

Audrey Martells

Dennis Collins

Guest Vocals: Julie Corbalis                 


Strings/Horns/Keyboards arranged by Gary Schreiner

Background Vocals arranged by Emily Bindiger


Rhythm Section/Horns recorded by Dave Kowalski at Teaneck Sound Studio, NJ

September 2016 and January 2017

Additional tracks recorded by Gary Schreiner at Rich Man’s Den, NYC, 2017


Guitar and Vocals recorded by Curt Sobel at various locations throughout the years



Mixed and Mastered by Robert L. Smith at Defy Recording

Lacquers cut by Chris Muth at Taloowa

Pressed by Burlington Record Plant

Artwork printed by Imprint Indie Printing

Jacket design by A2Z Graphics, Inc.


Workhorse Records, Pacific Palisades, CA © 2017 


All rights reserved. All songs © 2017 Curt Sobel Music (BMI)



Special thanks to Andrea Valentini at Teaneck Sound Studio, Teaneck, NJ, the musicians who played on these songs for helping me bring them back to life, George Naha for creating mindful fingerboard charts reminding me how I had played these in earlier life, my wife Connie and our three boys, Tommy, Jay and Brett (much appreciate your Neuman TLM103), sister Margo and brother Michael for cheering me on, my parents Milford and Gloria Sobel for sharing their love of life and music and supporting my move from pre-med to music as a career, and finally to Jack and Kathleen Clark, my wife’s parents whom I love dearly for their support through the years...and for their daughter. To Steve Kalb for the use of his exquisite ‘original’ KALB guitar, my extended family and friends eager to hear how this all turned out, and especially to my extremely talented musical partner, Gary Schreiner. This project could have never gotten off the ground without his enormous contributions – talent, humor, ears, arrangements, awesome piano/harmonica performances, guidance, affirmation, a couch to live on, connections to the best players in NYC, and years of friendship and collaboration forged at Berklee College of Music. And finally, to my music teachers who shared their gift of treble and bass clefs inspiring a lifetime of creation – Don Wilkins, Mark French and Jon Aldrich at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jane Heirich at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Larry Wolfe and Sandra Phillips at Clinton Junior High School, Oak Park, MI.