Here's a quartet of forthcoming goodies!
BRYAN FERRY 'Olympia' [Release Date 25/10/2010]
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The legendary Bryan Ferry returns with his brand new studio album 'Olympia' on Virgin Records on October 25. 'Olympia' follows up Bryan Ferry's last studio album 'Dylanesque' which hit the UK top 5 on its release in 2007.
The album features eight new songs, and Ferry's moving adaptation of Tim Buckley's 'Song To the Siren', and also an amazing version of Traffic's 'No Face, No Name, No Number'. The new songs include collaborations with Scissor Sisters ('Heartache By Numbers') and Groove Armada ('Shameless')
It is the first album to reunite Bryan Ferry with Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay since Roxy Music's seminal album 'For Your Pleasure' in 1973. It also features contributions from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Nile Rogers from Chic, ex Stone Roses bassist Mani, and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 'Olympia' was co-produced by Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies.
Book format is a deluxe 40 page 10" book. It comes packaged in a deluxe slipcase with 'Olympia' album plus 2 bonus tracks, CD of additional mixes and DVD featuring the making of 'Olympia' plus 'You Can Dance' music video.
CHARLOTTE CHURCH 'Back To Scratch' [Release Date 25/10/2010]
Charlotte Church is back with her first album in five years, 'Back To Scratch', on October 25th.
Produced by Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall, James Morrison) and Sacha Skarbeck (Adele, James Blunt), the fourteen track collection is multi-textured pop dynamite, showcasing Charlotte's incredible range as well as her knack for informing each and every song she sings with unabashed emotion.
Her second pop album – following 2005's Platinum selling 'Tissues and Issues' – 'Back To Scratch', shows off a mature, refined side to Charlotte, with a sophisticated pop sound that will doubtless win her legions of new converts as well as satisfying her loyal fan-base. Partly written in Nashville with Luke Laird and Patrick Davis, she also worked with local Welsh artists The Druids and Jonathan Powell on the album.
'Back To Scratch' opens with the title track, which is also set to be the first single from the album (Sunday October 24th). Contemplative but vibrant, it details a relationship breakdown and was originally inspired by problems faced by a close family member. However, by the time Charlotte came to record the track, her own relationship with rugby player Gavin Henson was also coming to an end. "It became the perfect song for my situation," explains Charlotte, "so I sing it with a lot of conviction."
Other highlights include the reflective 'Ruby' (originally recorded by French singer, Camille), a warm Parisian jazz shuffle full of affectionate motherly advice to her young daughter and infused with a vintage vinyl crackle. 'Logical World' places Charlotte alongside the likes of KT Tunstall and Amy MacDonald, a grown up guitar track with a rousing, perfect-pop chorus. 'The Actors' sees Charlotte giving a nod to musical theatre, with its Lloyd Webber style intensity and dramatic dynamics while the delicate 'Story of Us' explodes into stadium ballad territory and tells of her relationship with her mother. "She's brilliant, I love her to bits, but she takes a lot of care and affection," reveals Charlotte. "The song is kind of sad. She cries every time she hears it."
Elsewhere 'Don't Think About It' shows off a Southern swagger influenced by Charlotte's time in Nashville, with bold Bobbie Gentry vocals and a sultry bluegrass backbone. The optimistic 'Cup Of The Sun' is a short but ever so sweet folk-pop number, laid with lush harmonies and the autobiographical 'Honestly' buzzes with a show tune style sparkle. Tucked away secretly at the end of the album sits a tender, hugely affecting version of Joni Mitchell's classic 'River', set to an elegiac string quartet arrangement. Hidden depths eh? Well that sounds familiar…
GEORGE HARRISON & RAVI SHANKAR 'Collaborations' [Release Date 18/10/2010]
Dark Horse Records are honoured to announce the 18th October release of a limited edition deluxe boxed set entitled 'Collaborations'. Comprising of 3 CDs & 1 DVD, the release celebrates the sitar master's 90th birthday.
'Collaborations' is a celebration of these two musical geniuses and how their friendship and deep mutual respect for each other created opportunities to push musical boundaries. This limited release is uniquely numbered and comes flushed with extras and rarities. The DVD shows an unreleased rare concert performance from 1974 and the CDs include several albums for the very first time including 'Chants of India' (1997), 'The Ravi Shankar Music Festival From India' (1976) and 'Shankar Family & Friends' (1974). The package also includes a lavish 56 page book with liner notes by Ravi and George 'in their own words' plus a foreword by Philip Glass and many previously unreleased, historical photographs. All were composed by Ravi Shankar & produced by George Harrison over a period of 20 years.
to finish the list, a personal recommendation. I first went to see Broken Records
in March 2009, having only heard one song but instinctively knowing I would love more, and walked out at the end with a big cheesy grin on my face, they simply blew me away and walked straight into my Top 10 fave bands. Their debut album 'Until The Earth Begins To Part' was one of my faves from the last couple of years and I would recommend anyone to check it out.. I am extremely excited to get my hands on this album and to go see the boys again!
BROKEN RECORDS 'Let Me Come Home' [Release Date 25/10/2010]
'Let Me Come Home' is the new studio album by Scotland's Broken Records. The follow-up to 2009's debut 'Until The Earth Begins To Part', 'Let Me Come Home' started out as a series of sketches and song fragments in frontman Jamie Sutherland's kitchen, later taking form in demo sessions at an old distillery grain store in the Scottish Highlands. Recorded and produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Delgados, Belle & Sebastian) with artwork conceived by Vaughan Oliver at V23, 'Let Me Come Home' will be released on CD and LP.
Speaking about the inspiration behind their second album, Jamie Sutherland says: "An idea started to form about the direction of the new record based on several films and albums that I became gradually obsessed with at that time. Watching the widescreen emptiness of films Badlands, Rumble Fish and East Of Eden, as well as records such as Bruce Springsteen's 'Nebraska', Nick Cave's 'Murder Ballads', Calexico's 'Feast Of Wire', and REM's early back catalogue all became a strong influence on the direction of the new songs. It was also during this time that the lyrical theme of the record started to take shape, thinking about what was going on around me in the form of fears and concerns over making relationships work, and a need for security."