Hey Ruth – Largo

Hey Ruth
Largo
199? Independent

Don Chaffer
Lori Chaffer

Side 1:

  1. Apocalypse Now
  2. Been a Long Time
  3. Wanting to Come Home
  4. Without You
  5. Waterdeep

Side 2:

  1. A Place Where You Can Stay
  2. Who We Need
  3. Learning How to Rest
  4. One Night Out in the Rain
  5. My Baby Keeps Me Sane Sometimes
  6. Peace

This is another demo by pre-Waterdeep band Hey Ruth. No date on this one, so I don’t know if this one was released before or after Allegretto (or at the same time). Also no list of band members. Of course, you can see that there was a song called “Waterdeep” here before that band was formed. All of the songs here were released in 1998 on the Old Stuff compilation, although I don’t know if these are the same versions of the songs on there or not. But if you are wondering, yes this demo is slower than the more brisk Allegretto demo.

Missing Information: Who all played on this tape, what year was it released?

Hey Ruth – Allegretto

Hey Ruth
Allegretto
199? (no label)

Don Chaffer
Lori Chaffer

Side 1:

  1. Hey Hey Hey
  2. Come to Me
  3. To the Singer on the Stage
  4. I’m the One
  5. His Perfection

Side 2:

  1. Soul of Slavery
  2. Who is in Me
  3. Big Word Tyranny
  4. The Animal
  5. Hunting the Tender Heart

Hey Ruth was one of the bands that Don and Lori Chaffer were in before they formed Waterdeep. In fact, you can hear a lot of the later Waterdeep sound in these songs. Kind of alt-rock-ish, kind of funky, kind of folk-ish rock. The cassette above is all the information I have about this one specifically, so no release date or names of who played on it. The same is true for the other tape I have by them called Largo. However, the Shaffers did release a compilation double CD (called Old Stuff) that had many of the songs here on it with the date of 1991-1993. So I have some idea of when this was released. “Come to Me” and “Who is in Me” didn’t seem to make it on to the compilation CD in 1998. Also, some of the songs that are on the compilation might be older or later versions than the ones here.

Missing Information: Who all played on this tape, what year was it released?