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Midnight Voices - the CD : Thief In The Night
« Reply #40: 22.09.07 at 14:13 »
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Does a song about a guitar need to indicate what the instrument sounds like? Here Pete demonstrates. The track opens with the spooky, breathy sound of the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute held like a recorder but played like a bottle in an echo chamber, and together with piano, the outlandish woodwind instrument holds centre stage during each 'white-space' interval of the song. Yet it's remarkably true to the original -- sure, the harmony vocal is missing, but that's not especially noticeable. And the tempo is slowed, not a change I usually like, the song running to 3 minutes 53 seconds as compared to the rattling 2'36" of the 1971 version.
 
It doesn't remind me much of Memphis, or Majorca. But it all suits.
 
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Midnight Voices - the CD : Be Careful ... Moon
« Reply #41: 23.09.07 at 13:10 »
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I've just listened to 4 versions of Be Careful When They Offer You The Moon.  
 
The first is from the "The Party's Moving On" TV series (1970), where Pete is accompanied by Julie Covington on harmony vocals, and backed by the trio of Laurie Holloway (piano), Jeff Clyne (bass) and Johnny Spooner (drums). See it HERE.
 
The second, also from TV in 1970, comes from "What Are You Doing After The Show?" and features a double-tracked Pete backed by a band under the direction of Harry Rabinowitz. This can be heard HERE.
 
Third in the sequence is the version which appeared on the RCA re-issue of "Beware Of The Beautiful Stranger". It too was recorded in 1970, on the 11th of August, and features Pete, again self-harmonising on vocals while playing two guitars, tambourine and piano (takes some doing!) together with the famous Albert Hall on flugelhorn, Dai Davies on trombone, Brian Odgers on bass guitar and Tony Marsh on drums. This song must be the best-represented on our site, for you can hear this third version HERE.
 
Lastly, but only in chronological sequence, is the version on the "Midnight Voices" CD. At 3'07" it's the longest yet, but that doesn't mean it's slow. In fact it includes a 16-bar instrumental break, as does the BOTBS version, which has a longer intro and still clocks 2'57"; but the tempo is similar. By comparison the Pete and Julie TPMO version, at 2'10" with no instrumental break, sounds slow. The WAYDATS? rendition, at 2'22" with an 8-bar break, rattles along in a manner quite frantic!
 
Sarah Moule handles the vocal harmony on the MV version. Her voice takes a little getting used to -- it doesn't soar like Julie's, but keeps quite close to Pete's, giving quite a laid-back feeling overall. Mike Outram's electric guitar and Simon Wallace's piano weave pretty figures around the melody. It's all smooth and respectful, just possibly too respectful, given the song's jokey metaphor which could benefit from a more wacky delivery, though maybe not at the breakneck tempo of WAYDATS!
 
This could turn out to be the best-ever version of BCWTOYTM. This one isn't available as a preview, but I'm sure you'll all be hearing it very soon.
 
Steve
 
PS: Edited to correct audio source URLs.
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Re: Midnight Voices - the CD: Hillside update
« Reply #42: 24.09.07 at 02:46 »
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Just to let you all know that there's been a frustrating glitch with, wouldn't you just know it, the barcode on the digipak.   The upshot is that copies are now unlikely to be available till next week at the earliest (i.e. not before Oct 3rd).  If you're very, very good, perhaps that nice Mr Birkill will post another preview in the mean time.    As soon as I have definite news, I'll post it here, and open the celebratory display counter at the Hillside shop for orders.
 
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Re: Midnight Voices - the CD: Hillside update
« Reply #43: 24.09.07 at 02:58 »
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on 24.09.07 at 02:46, Pete Atkin wrote:
...perhaps that nice Mr Birkill will post another preview in the mean time.

Should I, children?
 
PS: was that 'mean time' a reference to the clock still being off? Smiley Sorry!
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« Reply #44: 24.09.07 at 06:18 »
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Oooh, go on! Thief in The Night sounds tempting. But on the other hand it would be a shame to steal any thunder from the 'official release date'.
 
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Re: Midnight Voices - the CD : Thief In The Night
« Reply #45: 25.09.07 at 22:20 »
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on 22.09.07 at 14:13, S J Birkill wrote:
Does a song about a guitar need to indicate what the instrument sounds like? Here Pete demonstrates. The track opens with the spooky, breathy sound of the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute held like a recorder but played like a bottle in an echo chamber, and together with piano, the outlandish woodwind instrument holds centre stage during each 'white-space' interval of the song.

 
and here http://www.clivebell.co.uk/news.htm  you can find two pictures of the excellent musician,  Clive Bell,who plays the Shakuhachi on Pete's new cd - in fact in the lower, rather orangey, picture he is actually playing the instrument.  I am pleased to say I took the photos - although I didn't expect to get a chance to mention them here  Smiley
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« Reply #46: 21.10.07 at 10:25 »
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I also waited with some trepidation for this new album.  I listen to the old 1970s one so much that I was really worried that I wouldn't like the new versions of such old favourites.
 
I was so WRONG!  I think this new album is totally brilliant and I just can't stop playing it!
 
The arrangents and delivery of these songs I think just reflect the maturity of Pete as a musician and as a performer.
 
I really like his laid back, slightly behind the beat, delivery of the lyrics.  Is there no end to this man's talents?
 
Alan Barnes is brilliant on the sax - I thought that I would miss my old friend Tony Coe on Perfect Moments.  
 
This album is an excellent supplement to the originals and probably better reflect the way that Pete sings now rather than then.  I think he should be very proud of this as a piece of work!
 
All I can say is ... if you haven't bought  Midnight Voices ... BUY IT!  You won't regret it.  
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« Reply #47: 22.10.07 at 16:47 »
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Cheesy At last it's here! Grin Grin Grin Grin Just got home from work to find that my copy has finally crossed the Scottish border. Listening to it for the first time while I write this and make the dinner. Wow! Just heard intro to Thief in the Night. Comments to follow.
 
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« Reply #48: 23.10.07 at 09:27 »
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Midnight Voices has made it through the postal sludge to reach Tyneside today. Anyone else still waiting? And is it selling well? Critique to follow. But thanks again Pete and Hillside Music.
 
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« Reply #49: 23.10.07 at 11:42 »
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There are quite a few still waiting. if the Hillside Music inbox is any indication.  A similar package sent to a London address on October 3rd arrived yesterday...  
 
145 copies ordered to date.  Is that well?  
 
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« Reply #50: 23.10.07 at 14:33 »
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Well, after Friday's disappointment (see Gigs board) I ordered mine on Sunday (21st) and it arrived this morning! Complete with a note apologising for the lack of CDs on Friday - thanks, Pete, it's appreciated.
 
Obviously (a) the PO is recovering and (b) the Hillside Music packing and dispatch department has lost none of its legendary efficiency.
 
Thief in the Night was playing while I was typing this. Sublime!
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« Reply #51: 24.10.07 at 12:17 »
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Well it's arrived this morning, and on the platter (or whatever it's called these days) right now.
 
First impressions - like the laid-back jazz feel. Love BCWTOYTM. I can see this album accompanying many a dinner party, subtly engaging the attention of the previously-unilluminated guests until one says "who's that artist?".
 
And what a great set of musicians!
 
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« Reply #52: 26.10.07 at 17:24 »
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Like Dave, I too was concerned that I would not like the new arrangements of the 1970s  
songs, particularly THAM, my all time favourite. However, after playing the CD all I can say is WOW.  
Just one teeny-weeny, nit-picking criticism - TFMOTH was given the track 13 spot, surely this belongs to BOTBS!! Grin
 
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« Reply #53: 27.10.07 at 12:19 »
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on 24.10.07 at 12:17, Leslie Moss wrote:
I can see this album accompanying many a dinner party

 
I'm glad you have so many dinner parties Leslie - you are obviously a significant arm of the promotions department  Wink
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« Reply #54: 27.10.07 at 20:50 »
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Hi there!
 
My CD arrived just before I left to drive to Leeds (which incidentally, took exactly the same number of hours that it took me to get to Elephant and Castle the day before).
 
Point is, I had it on over and over and over on the journey there and back the next day.
 
I love it.  Just love it.  Even Master Of The Revels (which has always been my favourite)!
 
So well done everyone and well done, Pete and crew.
 
It's been a long time coming but worth the wait.
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« Reply #55: 27.10.07 at 22:37 »
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Thats a relief - if you love the new arrangement of Master of the Revels Julian then all my worries about the new CD are now over !
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« Reply #56: 29.10.07 at 18:38 »
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Yes, well....
 
I like the old one more, I must say.  But I'm impressed how the new version has captured the atmosphere of a show/something about to happen.
 
Can Pete perform it like this live though?  I think not.  Although I may be wrong.  I often am wrong.
 
Let's ask him!  (Where else could you do this?)
 
Pete:  Can you perform Master Of The Revels (new version) like this live?
 
Well, CAN you?    Smiley
 
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« Reply #57: 29.10.07 at 19:54 »
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...and Julian if he doesn't answer (in time!) I can tell you - and so can Naomi and Richard and Cathy and Steve & Carole and Alexis and the whole audience at the Blue Hours Newbury where he did perform it like this - decisively !  
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« Reply #58: 29.10.07 at 20:35 »
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Good grief!
 
The man's a marvel.  I've said it before and I've said it again.  Just then.
 
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« Reply #59: 29.10.07 at 21:39 »
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Midnight Voices has hit North American shores, delivered here in darkest Wisconsin by Al the postguy this afternoon. I note that ITunes recognizes the genre of the songs as "Unclassifiable". What else?
 
Cheers,
 
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