CENTER OF GRAVITY

1997 - 1999

It was twenty years ago today that a band called Center of Gravity played their first show. We were 16 years old. I was on guitar and vocals and a friend I had known literally since birth was on drums next to me. We made a lot of noise that night and for many of the nights that followed; adding friends to the stage along the way, writing and recording music that was all our own, all Center of Gravity.

 

Photo’s were taken, tapes recorded shows, flyers were handed out and performances were filmed. Some of those memories were saved and boxed away. Since then I have been looking for the right time and median to share the archive I had amassed. There were a few attempts over the years to pull the collection together but they never made it very far.

 

The Complete Center of Gravity marks the twentieth anniversary of the band. All my memories as I recall them, all the photos and recordings that I’ve saved over the years, all together here for those that remember and those that care to relive the journey.

 

andy loflin

September 13, 2017

LISTEN

SAMPLE THE Box set

The Complete Center of Gravity includes three discs that provide a glimpse into the massive archive of 178 recordings. All three discs can be streamed below.

 

Center of Gravity’s 1999 studio album "Selftitled" was never released while the band was together and only saw a limited pressing of 10 copies for friends and family. Now it has been restored and presented here for the first time as originally envisioned.

 

The final performance to be captured on tape was recorded on October 6, 1999 at Connolly's Irish Pub in Greenville, SC; "Live in '99" presents the full unedited tape. The band was captured at the top of their game, playing new songs alongside refined staples during the final months of Center of Gravity.

 

A selection of twenty-four recordings from the archives are collected on the final disc; starting with the very first song recorded at their first show in 1997 and ending with stellar an acoustic session recorded in 1999. In-between are recordings from "Closer to Free" and "The 2nd Movement",  the full "Blue" demo, rehearsals, outtakes, and live recordings.

THE BOX SET

the complete
center of gravity

The Complete Center of Gravity box set is presented in a custom engraved wooden box and contains every recording ever made by the band from 1997 to 1999. The enclosed USB drive holds 178 audio files, 6 concert videos, photographs, posters, and more from the archives; the bulk of which have never been released until now.

 

Center of Gravity’s 1999 studio album "Selftitled" is included in the box set on CD alongside "Live in '99" and the archive sampler "Archives". Also part of the set are a number of items right out of archive and into the box including original copies of "Closer to Free", "The 2nd Movement" and  “Blue” on cassette, setlists, flyers, and photos.

 

Rounding out the box is a hardbound book that pieces together the archives and tells the story of Center of Gravity. The book contains accounts of performances and more with photos and artwork from the archive to help illustrate the experience.

 

Interested parties should email Andy Loflin for details on purchasing The Complete Center of Gravity box set.

Tracklist:

 

"Selftitled"

 

1. Bring It Down

2. My Idea of Fun

3. Prove Yourself

4. I Can't

5. Piece of Mind

6. Start Again

7. Uncomplicate This

8. Perfect 5

9. Get Up and Dance

10. Lake View Drive

11. The Ends

 

AUDIO ARCHIVE: 1997

[1997-09-13, Live at The Iron Horse, Easley SC]

1. Cool Blues Riff

2. Bring It Down

3. From Everything (Comes Everything)

4. When I Find Myself

5. High And Dry

6. Revisiting December

7. Somethings

8. Money

9. Past One Yet

10. Italy

11. The Ends

 

[1997, "Closer To Free" Demo]

12. Cool Blues Riff

13. Bring It Down

14. From Everything (Comes Everything)

15. When I Find Myself Tomorrow

16. High And Dry

17. Revisiting December

18. Somethings

19. Money

20. Italy

21. Live Through This

22. The Ends

23. Ode To Metallica

 

[1997-11-15, Live at The Iron Horse, Easley SC]

24. Five Days

25. Revisiting December

26. Live Forever

27. Live Through This

28. Italy

29. Bring It Down

30. Past One Yet

31. You'll Know

32. Understood

33. Ebb And Flow

 

[1997-11-25, Rehearsal at Russ' House, Liberty SC]

34. Museum

35. You'll Know

36. Time, William, Time

37. What Comes Around

38. Time

 

[1997-12, Demo, Liberty SC]

39. Who Killed Karen Silkwood

 

AUDIO ARCHIVE: 1998

 

[1998, Acoustic Demos]

1. Bring It Down

2. Understood

3. Revisiting December

 

[1998, 2nd Movement Outtakes, Jan-Feb]

4. Ill@ease

5. Song 1

6. Blue

7. Song 2

 

[1998, "The 2nd Movement" Demo]

8. The Essex

9. Museum

10. Time

11. Five Days

12. What Comes Around

13. Ebb and Flow

14. Past One Yet

15. Can You Remember When...

16. Understood

17. The Song I Wrote On My Fender

 

[1998-05-08 through 05-15, Rehearsals]

18. I Can't

19. Song 3

20. Song 4

21. Now You Know

22. Song 5

23. Song 5 (Vrs. 2)

24. Song 2

25. Uncomplicate This

26. Song 6

27. 6

28. Song 7

29. Song 7 (Vrs. 2)

 

[1998, "The Blue Sessions" Demo]

30. What Comes Around

31. Understood

32. Blue

33. The Ends

34. Ebb and Flow

 

[1998-08-08, "Live on Main " , Greenville SC]

35. Start Again

36. Somethings

37. Money

38. Uncomplicate This

39. The Ends

40. Understood

 

[1998-09, Original Demo]

41. Piece Of Mind

 

[1998-09-28, Rehearsal]

42. Song 8

 

[1998-10-05, Original Demo]

43. My Beliefs

 

[1998-11-06, Live at The Woodshed, Greenville SC]

44. Five Days

45. Understood

46. Avon (1:11 AM)

47. I Used To Care

48. Piece Of Mind

49. Uncomplicate This

50. The Bends

51. My Idea Of Fun

 

[1998-11-07, Live at Spinning Mule Records, Clemson SC]

52. 6

53. Five Days

54. Understood

55. Avon (1:11 AM)

56. I Used To Care

57. Piece Of Mind

58. Uncomplicate This

59. My Idea Of Fun

60. Cool Blues Riff

61. Start Again

62. You

63. Live Through This

64. The Ends

65. I Can't

 

[1998-11-21, Live at The Iron Horse, Easley SC]

66. One Last

67. Avon (1:11 AM)

68. Wish You Were Here

69. The Ends

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: 1998

 

[1998-05-08, Live at Liberty Middle School Auditorium]

1. Understood

2. The Ends

3. Blue

 

[1998-07-25, PocoFest, Easley SC]

1. 6

2. Ebb And Flow

3. Understood

4. Start Again

5. Past One Yet

6. Blue

 

[1998-07-29, Live at Los Hermanos, Clemson SC]

1. Five Days

2. Now You Know

3. Live Through This

4. Past One Yet

5. Revisiting December

6. Museum

7. Uncomplicate This

8. From Everything, Comes Everything

9. Fragments: Time, Money, Understood, The Ends, Start Again, I Can't, The Essex, The Sweetest Taste, 6, Ebb and Flow, What Comes Around, Blue

 

[1998-08-01, Live at The Iron Horse, Easley SC]

1. Museum

2. Country Jam

3. Uncomplicate This

4. Now You Know

5. Time

6. Start Again

7. The Essex

8. Five Days

9. The Sweetest Taste

10. Understood

11. The Ends

12. I Can't

13. What Comes Around

14. Ebb and Flow

15. 6

16. Blue

 

[1998-08-08, Live on North Main Street, Greenville SC]

1. Start Again

2. Somethings

3. Past One Yet

4. Money

5. Uncomplicate This

6. The Ends

7. Understood

8. I Used To Care

9. All I Have and More

10. High and Dry

11. Live Through This

12. Ebb and Flow

13. The Sweetest Taste

14. What Comes Around

15. Five Days

16. Blue

 

AUDIO ARCHIVE: 1999

 

{1999-01-05, Demo Session, Liberty SC}

1. Andy Talking About The Studio

2. Lake View Dr.

 

[1999-01-23, Live at LMS, Liberty SC]

3. Lake View Dr.

4. I Can't

5. Prove Yourself

 

[1999-01-23, Live at The Iron Horse, Easley SC]

6. Blue

7. I Can't

8. The Sweetest Taste

9. The Essex

10. One Last

11. Closing Jam

 

[1999-02-13, Live at Liberty Methodist, Liberty SC]

12. Introduction

13. One Last

14. Bleecker Street Blues

15. Italy

16. Understood

17. Avon (1:11 AM)

18. I Used To Care

19. Back and Forth

20. Lake View Dr.

21. Perfect 5

22. Jam Song

23. Prove Yourself

 

[1999-03-26, Live at O'Ryan's, Seneca SC]

24. Bleecker Street Blues

25. Back And Forth

26. Piece Of Mind

27. I Can't

 

[1999-04-30, Live at O'Ryan's, Seneca SC]

28. Happy Birthday O'Ryan's

29. Bring It Down

30. Bleeker Street Blues

31. Back and Forth

32. Piece Of Mind

33. I Can't

34. You

35. My Idea of Fun

36. One Last

37. Waiting On The A Train

38. Wish You Were Here

39. The Ends

40. Gameshow

41. What Comes Around

42. Alice In Wonderland

43. Uncomplicate This

44. I Used To Care

45. Happy Birthday Reprise

46. Out On My Way Again

 

[1999-08-02, Acoustic Session]

47. I Used To Care

48. Alice In Wonderland

49. You Said

50. Pleasure And Pain

 

[1999-10-06, Live at Connolly's Irish Pub, Greenville SC]

51. Introduction

52. Sally Said

53. Thank You List

54. Avon (1:11 AM)

55. Prove Yourself

56. Out On My Way Again

57. You Said

58. Fire

59. Regrets (cut)

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: 1999

 

[1999-05-28, Live at O'Ryan's, Seneca SC]

1, I Can't

2. Bleecker Street Blues

3. Start Again

4. You

5. One Last

6. Piece of Mind

7. Out On My Way Again

8. Uncomplicate This

9. High And Dry

10. Lake View Dr.

11. American Band

12. Ballad of John and Yoko

13. A Different Country

14. Wish You Were Here

15. My Idea of Fun

16. Alice in Wonderland

17. Get Up and Dance

18. Blue on Black

19. Avon (1:11 AM)

20. Piece of Mind

21. The Ends

 

[1999-05-31, Live at Freedom Weekend Aloft, Anderson SC]

1. I Can’t

2. Bleecker Street Blues

3. What Comes Around

4. The Song I Wrote on My Fender

5. Piece of Mind

6. High and Dry

7. Back and Forth

8. Out on My Way Again

9. You

10. One Last

11. Start Again

12. My Idea of Fun

13. Waiting on the A Train (fragment)

14. I Used To Care

15. The Ballad of John and Yoko

16. Bring It Down

17. Prove Yourself

18. Blues Jam

19. Blue on Black

20. American Band

21. Lake View Drive

22. The Ends

23. Country Jam

24. Alice In Wonderland (incomplete)