Bryce Janey - Burning Flame 2013
All at once we heard the screaming guitar in Chrome Horse. It 's a song about love for the motor and has a pleasant and driving rhythm . Bryce has a good strong voice , which is very suitable for this kind of songs . This song is definitely regularly be heard at festivals bikers . The guitar is the album to play a leading role . This is not surprising because Bryce is a true guitar virtuoso . After this tantalizing good opener , is the sequel to " Long Ways Home " a lot less . Only the rousing guitar may feel some lesser offset . ' Guitar Playing Fool ' is about Bryce's own life as a guitarist . It's about everyone can hear the guitar because the guitar sounds phenomenal. It is a strong song that you can not get enough of . The Hammond Tommy T -Bone Giblin is not dominant , but subtly present throughout the whole song , and gives a very nice value to this song . Strong and powerful bass lines of Dan DJ Johnson are the basis of " Can You Feel It " . Here we certainly hear Hendrix influences in sharp vicious guitar playing Janey . The older ones among us will immediately recognize the original band behind 'The Stealer ' , because this issue of The Free 1970 is one of two songs that Bryce has not written himself. It has a very swampy bog sound . It continues after more than forty years, still a prime number. " Stone Cold Killer 'is about a lost love . The rhythm section of Eric Douglas on drums and DJ Dan Johnson on bass play a solid, tight, and opdwepend pumping rhythm and on top of Bryce Janey puts his talents as a guitarist once again in the spotlight .
At the sound of the slide guitar begins ' The revenuers " , another song where all the records are pulled open and where Hammond handsome escorted into the chorus. The original Delta blues song " Special Ryder Blues " by Skip James is much more than half a century old and Bryce Janey has put this song in a whole new look , say, made almost unrecognizable . Much fuller with sharp giaarriffs . Still nice that a number of more than seventy years old get back recognition in this way . 'The Last Goodbye' would not hesitate to Tony Joe White can be. We hear the same swampy marsh blues sound that we always find the songs of Tony Joe . Also ' Organic Man' has the same sound , but is qualitatively something less than its predecessor . The last song is the title track 'Burning Flame' and so a little odd on this album . It 's a slower song where Hammond Tommy T -Bone Giblin plays a leading role and handsome . Also fronting Bryce Janey gets once the maximum from his favorite instrument. The fierce guitar on top of the hot rolling Hammond sounds gives a very pleasant sound . This should run all day for me .
For the production of 'Burning Flame' Bryce Janey worked with Joe Romagnola . The recording, mixing and mastering Bryce did all yourself . Janey may be proud of his ninth solo album , because it has become a great CD . Especially for lovers of the guitar , this is a must , and for many rock and blues fans, this might be different under the Christmas tree . Nice package
By Phillip Smith
Bryce Janey’s newest CD, Burning Flame has been the only disc in my vehicle all week, and I haven’t had the urge to pop in a different disc yet. That’s just how good this album is. Chock full of Texas style blues, about motorcycles, guitars, bootleggers, and lost love, with a little swamp thrown in; this eleven track album features the Dan “DJ” Johnson on bass guitar, Eric Douglas on drums, and Tommy T-Bone Giblin on the Hammond organ.
janey brings us in with a strong opener, “Chrome Horse”, a blues-ridden rocker, sure to be a favorite of motorcyclists everywhere. When I hear this one, I think of how great it would be to hear it on the FX television show, Sons of Anarchy.
If you asked what songs really jump out, I would certainly include, the Jimi Hendrix influenced “Can You Feel It?” Johnson’s killer bass line drives this one, while Janey lays down some smoking guitar licks. “Guitar Playing Fool” is one I really feel. Giblin’s Hammond shines through as Janey sings about making a living playing music.
There are a couple of covers on the album worth mentioning. The first is “Special Ryder Blues” by Skip James, which Janey has definitively made his own. I love the bass line on this one, and overall this is one of my favorite cuts on the whole album. The second cover, “The Stealer”, a Free cover originally recorded in 1970, which has a new more eerie swampy personality. Another nice selection from the swamp is “The Last Goodbye”, and this is one I am instantly drawn to. Janey lets loose and the guitar seems to play itself. I really like this one a lot.
Janey has set the bar up another notch, one upping himself again. Burning Flame is absolutely enjoyable from start to finish. It is definitely worth exploring.
BRYCE JANEY – GAME OF LIFE 2012
There’s something about that old blanket you’ve had forever that you pull out when it gets cold…the feel of the material, that smell, the way it lays just right on you and leaves you safe and warm in its embrace, leading you to sigh, smile and say something like “they just don’t make them like this anymore.” Well, like a musical version of that blanket, there’s something very familiar, well worn and comforting that comes through when you listen to brother Bryce Janey on his latest release, Game Of Life, featuring 11 tracks of 100 proof bluesy bliss infused with his smoldering guitar and vocal stylings.
They really don’t make them like this cat anymore…an authentic and consummately accomplished Son of the Blues, playing his beat but sweet road-worn strat, soulfully telling his life stories through a smooth and sweet gravely rasp and conjuring stinging and soulful mojo out of his instrument like a voodoo priest casting spells at the crossroads in the middle of the night. The opener “Down Home Blues” sets the stage with a pulsing swamp foot groove, soaring slide work and single malt-smooth vocals, laying the blueprint for the rest of this rock-solid outing.
Bryce covers the ZZ Top classic Waitin’ For The Bus and the Allman Brothers Come And Go Blues with aplomb, actually giving the distinct impression that these versions predate the originals. That may sound like blasphemy, but one listen proves the point…Bryce truly makes them his own as he works out hard and digs in deep on each with sweat, attitude and confidence. Killer.
The set continues with the standout title track, Game Of Life, which anchors the entire disc beautifully in terms of feel, delivery and message, highlighted by a soaring “future retro” backwards guitar intro that adds spice and character and also features some very cool musical twists on this classic Janey-ized groove as the tune turns around and leads out.Flying High On Your Love seamlessly morphs a back beat shuffle verse with a Hendrixian-tinged chorus…an unexpected stylistic innovation that is wickedly cool. The closer Faithfully caps the disc perfectly with Bryce lamenting “It’s the game of life you play / I must carry on / I will sing my song / I must be strong / faithfully” interspersed with his heartfelt and emotional lead breaks throughout this wonderful piece. Ahhh…perfect.When you need to pull out that old, familiar blanket of the sonic kind that’ll always make you feel good, throw Game Of Life on, crank it up, lay back and enjoy that good and worn-in old feeling once again. I think you’ll find that once this one’s in rotation, it’ll never come out.
Jimmy Ryan (Truth Squad)
The Game of Gratification
Stretched out on a poolside lounge chair, gazing at the beautiful Lake Chapala and the surrounding mountain ranges under a clear blue sky, soaking up some eighty-five degree sun rays, is only one part of how I started each day of vacation in this quaint little town of Ajijic, down in Jalisco, Mexico. The other involved initiating a soundtrack for the day on my beloved iPod. My very first listen of Bryce Janey's Game of Life CD happened to be the first music I listened to early in the morning on my first day of vacation. I enjoyed this album so much that listening to it first thing each morning became a part of my daily routine. No doubt Janey has definitely one-upped himself again, making Game of Life his best album to date.
"Down Home Blues," the first selection, whisks the listener into the album like a steam engine rolling full speed down the tracks. A blues history lesson all wrapped up in one song, this one is powerful and authentic. What a great way to set the tone of the rest of the album. Janey gets funky on the title track, "Game of Life," dishing out some psychedelic blues Hendrix-style as he sings about the sometimes abrupt harshness of reality and the comfort of tapping into one's dreams. Wrapping up the album, "Faithfully," a soulful and emotional song about commitment, heartbreak, and hope. I found this one to be one of the most interesting songs due to the layered guitar sounds which built up to a climax at the end.
Author - Philip Smith (Blues Revue Mag) (2.12)
Blues In My Soul Reviews - 2010
- Hard driving blues-rock in the mood of Johnny Winter, Mountain, Cream, and Hendrix, Bryce Janey's new power trio CD will stop guitar aficionados in their tracks. A mixture of original tunes and well-chosen covers, Janey shows taste and restraint -- as well as let-it-all-hang-out, over-the-top flair, ability, and expertise. For the most part, the CD is a high energy party, with Janey showing off what he's got: And what he's got is guitar chops that are not easily matched. He is equally proficient in slide guitar and straight playing, showing influences that include the Allman Brothers and Derek Trucks, but also Joe Bonamassa and Gary Moore. His singing shows maturity and experience, often bringing to mind Howlin' Wolf. But his playing is anything but old time blues -- it is progressive blues for a new era. It is the direction that old school virtuosos would go in if they were around today. Thankfully, Janey is here to stay, and his playing just gets better and better.
Steve Rosen, author (February - 2010)
Anyone who's familiar with vintage tube amplifiers has heard of "NOS" (New Old Stock) parts - meaning either (1) old, but never used before, or (2) new, but manufactured using "vintage" specs. This metaphor can be applied perfectly to the absolutely fabulous "old school" approach embodied in Bryce Janey's latest release, Blues In My Soul. With his road worn Strat, using only his fingers, he proceeds to lay his soul bare within the most expressive display of touch sensitivity, tone control, wicked chops and arc-welded grooves this side of the Mississippi delta. Even a cursory listen reveals how deep this cat digs.. every track drips with a smooth, well-worn rawness and authenticity, each delving deeper, like every song is a page from a living document. Coaxing sweltering sounds through his fingers, Bryce slow cooks his mojo to strip off any unwanted impurity, leaving only the essential essence of his vintage vibe unfiltered - like a long, slow boil that makes the meat fall off the bone. I'm not kidding. To top off this complete package, layered over this intense riffage are "Gentleman Jack" smooth and strong vocals spinning tales of hard-won emotional battles fought; sometimes won, sometimes lost. Bryce truly carves a deep and wide heartland homestead in the electric blues guitar landscape with this powerful release. Dan "DJ" Johnson (bass) and Eric Douglas (drums) lay the foundation of this blues groove temple.. in all its varied permutations.. but instead of building walls, Bryce proceeds to tear them down with an incendiary display of white hot riffage that is raw and anxious, yet smooth and calm. If that seems contradictory, just listen to the stories that Bryce tells, both with his words and his music - it will all become clear The blues ARE in his soul.. it's as if you can actually hear the spirits of those late, great souls of the electric blues speaking through Bryce, passing their spiritual torch to this young man for safekeeping. A vintage vibe is everywhere, with deep reverence, respect, belief and conviction, infused with an old soul purity.. yes.. you CAN hear them speak through Janey's unique voice. Whether it's his original tunes, or his inventive reinterpretation of others (just check out Trower's "In This Place"), everything fits like an old pair of boots. How refreshing.. no pretension, just pure, deep, soulfully smoking guitar awesomeness, delivered with passion and power. Bryce Janey is the "New Old Stock" of today, a standard bearer with a direct spiritual connection to a musical place that's, for the most part, largely ignored or forgotten.. and if remembered, often marginalized by the forces of novelty. I know that these are just words. Now you must listen to the sounds that inspired these words. Get this record, and let Bryce take you back to that "old school" place where you always feel welcome. Then you'll know - it will all become clear-
Jimmy Ryan (Truth Squad) (February 2010)
Blues In My Soul is the superb sixth record by Iowa native Bryce Janey, son of legendary Billy Lee Janey (of Truth and Janey). Bryce has a ballsy swagger to his music that puts it somewhere between ZZ Top, Canned Heat and Head East. Hard Rock Southern Country Blues may be the more lengthy description. A student of old school blues, SRV and his own father has fine-tuned the guitarist into an exceptional musician. The sting of his guitar can be felt in the autobiographical "Funky Guitar Blues" where he builds a hip-shaking groove while shooting electric solo spurts into the belly of the song. His vocal growl is reminiscent of Doyle Bramhall II with shades of Molly Hatchet's Danny Joe Brown and sells the lyrics with emotional impact whether he's singing the soulful "Mean Old Town", the rough and tough "Hard Workin' Man" or Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor". The real wake up call comes with opening track, "Country Fever" where the band, including bassist Dan DJ Johnson and drummer Eric Douglas, take a heavyweight '70s boogie and beef it up with razor sharp guitar. For fans of sludge warriors, Truth and Janey, it's a thrill to have the strutting "Running Down The Road" and riff-heavy "Walking on a Live Wire" penned by father and son. Both are straight blues grinders but have that mid-western roll-licking backbeat. With thirteen tracks on the disc, it's hard to pick favorites. However, we'd suggest starting with a couple friendly rumblers like the swaying "Medicine Man" which could easily fit on an old Whitesnake record. There's also the brilliant "City Under Water" which has a laidback bass-driven groove that allows the guitar to carry it along with a thick pulsating riff. The chiseled solo runs etch into the song and polish it to a fine shine. Robin Trower's "In This Place" is not only a classic cover, but also a chance to hear Janey's voice paint a melodic canvas radiant with color. "Get You Off My Mind" and "Mission of Love" slow for impact with wickedly seductive playing and a midnight vocal that only means trouble.
Todd K. Smith (The Cutting Edge) (March 2010) www.cuttingedgerocks.com
A Huge Texas PresenceBlues in My Soul, the latest release by Bryce Janey, shows true grit as it showcases his skillful songwriting, fine guitar slinging, and deep soulful vocals. There is a huge Texas blues presence on this album, akin to Billy Gibbons, Johnny Winter, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Accompanying Janey are Dan Johnson on bass and Eric Douglas on drums. Both are excellent musicians and assist in making Blues in My Soul the enjoyable listening experience that it is.
The bass line Dan Johnson provides for “Walkin’ on a Live Wire” is infectious and ominous. I could listen to this song all day long. It is my favorite track here. Janey has a talent for making his Strat sing, and the way he exhibits that talent makes this song a treat. Another great song, “Mission for Love,” with its funky trance-inducing groove is pure enjoyment.
“City Under Water” stirred up a lot of emotion as it unleashed memories of the flood of 2008, which hit Janey’s hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, very hard and left an unfathomable amount of destruction. The feeling of helplessness we all had as we saw the river rise over its banks is duly expressed as Janey sings, “The sky is falling/the ground is coming up/water at my knees/ I’m running out of luck.”
Other notable cuts include a pair of really cool cover songs, Johnny Winter’s “Medicine Man,” and Robin Trower’s spacey ballad “In This Place.” Blues in my Soul is a fine album. Pick it up and have a good listen.
Phillip Smith is a contributing writer to BluesWax(Blues Revue Online)
Bryce Janey has an elegant way of making a record. This is very nice on the ears and it moves you right to the core. Bryce has some whiskey soaked vocals and his playing is fantastic. My favorite on the record is MEDICINE MAN which is a cover of Johnny Winter. Absolutely excellent. He pays homeage to Robin Trower on the track IN THIS PLACE. I rate this five-star and it adds depth to my music collection.
suprise suprise!, ..February 9, 2010..
By grooveyard gerry (....illinois....) -
This review is from: Blues In My Soul
Blues and blues-Rock! It doesnt matter Bryce Janey has it big time.This is the first disc I heard/picked up by him.Its his first grooveyard record cd and man its a great one.I cant quite put to words the sound here.Its very bluesy, heavy,great tone on the axe for sure.
Another thing is his vocals. It didnt hit me until the end of the cd when he covers Robin Trowers In This Place that he is a dead on ringer for James Dewar in the vocals department.However I cant say the cd sounds at all like a Trower cd, so he certainly is his own man here.I wish I could do a better job reviewing this cd because I find it so appealing to listen to over and over. If you like your blues in that hendrix style then this wont dissapoint.
Bryce Janey/ Delta Road-2015
Man, this is deep. Deep in authenticity, deep in the pocket and steeped deep in the blues. If it's a true, from the heart serving of guitar driven, groove drippin' goodness you seek, then take a trip down the Delta Road. That's where you'll find guitarist and singer Bryce Janey and his natural, utterly believable grinding good times and heartfelt cries of anguish. Unlike many bluesters, Janey tosses away the need for flash and fluff, his dark, lived in voice and the ability to wring true emotion from his fretboard, more than enough to get his message across and have you fully onboard.
Having bassist Dan "DJ" Johnson and drummer Eric Douglesalongside him allows Janey to take a walk in all directions, a bending solo infusing "This Old Guitar", a sweet Hendrix shimmy brought to life in a more traditional way through "Feel Like A Stranger". However that a track like "Shake The Walls (With Foot Stompin' Music)" can engage so organically, proves why that no matter what fads, genres and technology flits past, the blues stays the course, true to itself and unwavering in what its strengths (great songs, passionate performances, heart on sleeve lyrics) really are. There are no airs and graces in this music and neither are there in "Time Doesn't Wait", "Same Old Thang" or the classy Rory Gallagher cover "Lonesome Highway"; an album which always feels as though it is a labourof love, delivering riff after riff, solo after solo and beat after beat of the music Bryce and his band live for. Nothing is forced, with every note being played for the song and a real sense of understanding of what makes Delta Road the show of strength it is, and when you can call on the mid paced chugger of "Better Off With The Blues" (now there's an apt song title!), or the bass rumble and guitar tumble of "World Of Trouble" there's simply no let up in the quality of what's on offer. A gritty cover of the Robert Johnson classic "Hellhound On My Trail" closes the album out in authentic style and while what's come before may not be quite as stripped back, it is an indicator of where Bryce Janey's Delta Road originates from and where it calls home.
1. KEEP MARCHIN' ON
2. THIS OLD GUITAR
3. DELTA ROAD
4. SHAKE THE WALLS (WITH FOOT STOMPIN' MUSIC)
5. FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
6. BETTER OFF WITH THE BLUES
7. LONESOME HIGHWAY
8. WORLD OF TROUBLE
9. SAME OLD THANG
10. TIME DOESN'T WAIT
11. HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL
Added: October 9th 2015
Reviewer: Steven Reid
By Phillip Smith (PhillyCheezeBlues) on September 5, 2015
Format: Audio CD
I’m engrossed with the latest album from Bryce Janey, Delta Road. This outstanding collection of bodacious guitar blues is jam-packed with exceptional songs and great musicianship. Bassist Dan Johnson and drummer Eric Douglas both return to back Janey once again in the studio, keeping that signature sound intact.
Right from the beginning, Janey delivers the goods. “Keep Marchin’ On” takes the listener on a musical journey. A funky rhythm and a dab of psychedelic undertones enhance the phenomenal guitar jams he lays down. This track is surely at the top of my list of favorites. While singing about the strong kinship between himself and his instrument, Janey lays down a catchy smooth bluesy groove in “This Old Guitar”. This is a great platform to launch some really nice, attention-grabbing guitar licks.
Don’t let the song title “Same Old Thing” fool you. The song is anything but that. Once the ignition key is turned, the funk is released and Janey steers the song skyward. The sound he conjures out of his guitar is simply amazing. Janey digs in deep with lots of tasty slide on title track, “Delta Road”, a rich and swampy homage to The King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson. I love the harmonica bursts provided by Peter Welsh. While on the subject of Robert Johnson, I have to mention the stripped-down rendition of Johnson’s classic tune, “Hellhound on My Trail” which Janey closes the album with. This one is clearly remarkable.
Delta Road keeps the groove moving from beginning to end, and in my humble opinion is Bryce Janey’s best work yet.
Bryce Janey - "Delta Road" (GYR139)
Bryce Janey began his career at the age of thirteen in his hometown of Marion, Iowa in the blues rock trio, The Janeys. With his mother on drums and his father, Billy Lee, on guitar, the band knew both regionally and also found a lot of success nationally. They shared the stage with more than 50 national acts, including Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Johnny Winter, Elvin Bishop and the big Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor. Bryce began a solo career in the early nineties and combined the two projects flawlessly. In 1995 he released his first solo album, 'Practice What You Preach.' The album experienced a lot of success. Bryce always releases a great album -- 'Burning Flame' and 'Blues In My Soul' are two good examples of this. With 'Delta Road,' Janey is now on his tenth solo album. As usual, most songs on 'Delta Road' again are from the pen of Janey himself. Anyone who loves energetic blues rock driven with spicy guitar riffs is in the right place with Janey. The album contains eleven tracks and was recorded at Stray Dog Recording Studios in Marion, Iowa. Along with Bryce, Grooveyard Records boss Joe Romagnola was involved in the production, recording, mixing and mastering.
The rhythm section of Dan Johnson on bass and Eric Douglas on drums begin firmly on the opener, 'Keep Marchin' On.' Moments later, the frontman joins his companions and immediately attacks the number with strong vocals along with spicy and sizzling guitar riffs. Those riffs are one of the strongest points of Janey and he will lavishly dish them out throughout this whole album. Without doubt a very clever opener. Driving blues rock solidly takes you from the first note of 'This Old Guitar.' Bryce gets down on his Fender Stratocaster in the title song, 'Delta Road.' Guest musician Perry Welsh contributes more than a bit with his raw blues harp. For me, one of the highlights on the CD. The songs continue to maintain a high level and those who love the crisp guitar work are no doubt very well catered to. Dan Johnson on bass is also equally in the spotlight during 'Feel Like A Stranger' and 'Better Off With The Blues.' Bryce's very strong fretwork on the neck of his Strat takes focus here but does not overwhelm. You wonder each time what Janey is going to do again.
The Rory Gallagher cover, 'Lonesome Highway,' left me wanting more. With Eric Douglas on drums and Dan Johnson on bass, Bryce has a very solid rhythm section. 'World OfTrouble' takes an unusual but excellent start thanks to Eric and Dan. Bryce sings that he is always close to the guitar and I do not doubt it for a second. Just listen to the irresistible 'Same Old Thang' and you know what I'm talking about. It is reminiscent of the heyday of psychedelic blues-rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. Janey can also operate at a slower, more sensitive way. The beautiful ballad, 'Time Does Not Wait,' is even more sweet in the voice and the six string. Bryce honors his idols. After the cover of Rory, he closes the album with 'Hellhound On My Trail' by Robert Johnson. Delta blues of the highest order. Beautifully plaintive vocals and haunting slide guitars finish this excellent album. Bryce Janey can again look back with satisfaction on his tenth solo album. Recommended.
Walter Vanheuckelom (Rootstime)
BRYCE JANEY: "Delta Road" (GYR139)
“Bryce Janey is like a force of nature — his blues-rock guitar playing storms through the terrain of his contemporaries
and would even give old school guitar heroes reason to get out of town. On ‘Delta Road,’ his is joined again by Dan Johnson
on bass and Eric Douglas on drums. Together, they create hard-hitting music that is bound to make history. Giving the word
‘virtuoso’ new meaning, these boys are serious. They have studied the idiom with heart and soul, and have lashed back with
their own musical statement, redefining the genre. The passion and expertise with which they rock the house will leave people
talking for decades. Janey’s guitar is front and center, as it should be. Move over rover, and let Janey take over. I have no doubts
that he will. This is heavy blues guitar rock for the future!”
Steve Rosen (Author/Journalist) (August 2015)
BRYCE JANEY - "Delta Road" (GYR139)
Bryce Janey's recordings have always been rooted firmly in the blues with a rock and roll edge which further established Janey
as one of the rare musical talents of his generation. On his latest release, 'Delta Road', Bryce Janey continues the tradition of smokin'
blues with doses of southern spice throughout. If you know Bryce Janey, then you know what to expect here. Guitar-driven blues rock.
Not a big departure from his recent releases, but not just a rehash either. These tunes have a nice variety of melody and style, not just
all full-speed weedly-weedly. Plenty of guitar shredding too, but I didn't find it to be overdone. Not one bad song in this package, from
cutting blues numbers like ,"Keep Marchin' On" and "This Old Guitar" to the rocking "Shake The Walls (With Foot Stompin' Music)",
"Feel Like A Stranger", "Better Off With The Blues" , and a solid cover of the Rory Gallagher penned, "Lonesome Highway", makes this
collection worth every penny spent for this album. The production is not overly compressed and has an in your face feel to the music
which adds to the "Live in the Studio" feel. Overall, 'Delta Road' is yet another release that is guaranteed to generate mixed opinions.
One thing is without question though, no matter what the public's reaction, Bryce Janey continues to strive for breaking new ground
with his music. Uninterested in retreading the same ground or fitting into the current music scene,unlike some of his more 'popular'
contemporaries, Bryce Janey' s influences do not begin and end with Hendrix and Vaughan. He is a true artist that isn't afraid to follow
his muse wherever it leads him. Time will only tell where Bryce Janey 's music will take him next...after all, with the talent he has on guitar,
it really doesn't matter what direction his material heads in, itsjust a pleasure and a privilege to listen and go along for the ride.
Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society/ All Access Magazine (August 2015)
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