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Re: New CD
« Reply #20: 06.05.15 at 13:51 »
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And two Here We Stay's - very kind of you Mr A!  Smiley
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« Reply #21: 29.05.15 at 11:21 »
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The Colours Of The Night available to pre-order on Amazon with scheduled release date given as 6th July.
Having said that, I plan to order direct from Hillside.
 
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« Reply #22: 06.06.15 at 08:15 »
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I'm pleased to announce that Pete's new CD, The Colours Of The Night, is now available for advance order from the Hillside Music online shop. Order today - shipments from our Bristol facility are expected to commence on or about June 28th.
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« Reply #23: 06.06.15 at 09:29 »
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Got mine already!!! And absolutely outstanding it is too. Thoroughly recommended. The most significant release in a very long time, in my opinion.
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« Reply #24: 06.06.15 at 16:11 »
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Sorted!
 
And what a terrific setlist from last night.
Wish I'd been there - sounds like it was a great gig!
 
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« Reply #25: 10.06.15 at 21:41 »
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WARNING: Listening to music - any kind of music whatsoever, no matter how apparently innocuous - can seriously improve your life.
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« Reply #26: 12.06.15 at 11:47 »
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Received my copy from Hillside already and it is quite wonderful.
IMO Pete and Clive's strongest release since The Road Of Silk, but maybe that's a reflection of the air of pervading sadness as I listen to what is likely the last big project collaboration from this pair of geniuses.
How on earth their music has eluded mainstream popularity is beyond me.
Anyway, for those of you still to obtain this delightful album.........enjoy!
 
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« Reply #27: 15.06.15 at 22:15 »
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Just happened upon the press release here
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New CD & Hillside shop
« Reply #28: 16.06.15 at 18:08 »
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Attention All Shoppers!
 
Pete is taking a short vacation, so he'll not now be despatching any product until June 29th.  
But the on-line shop remains open for orders: your CDs will be despatched on his return.  
 

 
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« Reply #29: 17.06.15 at 11:32 »
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I've listened to the album right through about 6 times now and IMHO it is right up there with the classic 70s material. The up-tempo numbers are ridiculously catchy, but what is remarkable is how Pete has sequenced the individual songs, bookended by the two versions of the title track and "Me to Thank" as a coda.
Very clever stuff.
 
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F**king review
« Reply #30: 29.06.15 at 03:25 »
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Online music magazine folking.com runs a short review of the new CD, by Dai Jeffries.
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« Reply #31: 04.07.15 at 16:26 »
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The current issue of Uncut magazine (August 2015) has a review by Andy Gill of the new CD, unfortunately I don't think it is available online so you'll have to resort to picking up a copy in the newsagent like the old days. He gives it a 7/10 and says that it "represents the final chapter in the almost half century partnership of Pete Atkin and Clive James,a union that produced at least one masterpiece in Driving Though Mythical America". He highlights 'The Beautiful Changes' as being one of the best tracks along with 'The Closer Someone Is'. A generally positive review. Certainly, in my humble opinion, it is the best work that Pete and Clive have produced since the albums of the 1970's.
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« Reply #32: 14.07.15 at 14:44 »
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HiFi Choice magazine (July 2015): 4 stars (out of five) -- and they don't review many albums at all.
 
And thanks to James Kerr for advance notice that the upcoming edition of Record Collector magazine gives us a maximum 5 stars!
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« Reply #33: 15.07.15 at 17:47 »
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The Colours Of The Night *****
Hillside CDHILL 09
 
Grin and tonic? It's Pete and Clive's last round.
 
The subtext to this unexpected new release from Bristol folkie Pete Atkin is the imminent demise of his lyricist, Clive James. They say death is a good career move, but the much-loved poet has been making the most of the time he's been given, rekindling his 70s partnership with Atkin by supplying further words for him to put to music.
 
The welcome result is like finding a much-loved pair of shoes at the back of the wardrobe, the air of familiarity underscored by a revamped version of The Beautiful Changes, a song that titled a Julie Covington album of Atkin/James songs in 1971.
 
One set of new lyrics has been given two radically different musical settings (Clive apparently didn't like the first), and hence boasts two titles, The Colours Of The Night and Last Ditch; both approaches work. But it's the closing Me To Thank that tugs most at the heartstrings, given the all-too-real prospect of James' departure.
 
Atkin's back catalogue has traditionally been elusive: the See For Miles label's collapse was followed by incineration of his Demon reissues in the Tottenham riots of 2011. So grab this while you can and revel in a classic and much underappreciated partnership of Australian wit and a dry British musical delivery.
 
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(Thanks to James Kerr for the copy of this review -- SJB)
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« Reply #34: 15.07.15 at 20:44 »
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And many thanks to SJB for posting this. A generally good review, but "dry British musical delivery"? Objection, your honour!
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« Reply #35: 17.07.15 at 10:17 »
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I mean I really, really don't want to seem ungrateful, but, really, I mean, "Bristol folkie"???!!!
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« Reply #36: 17.07.15 at 17:32 »
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Can I put in a request for one of those good old slaver shanties?
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« Reply #37: 17.07.15 at 18:14 »
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The Colours Of The Night: Songs by Clive James and Pete Atkin
Hillside, out 6 July
 
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Superb final chapter in creative partnership between Brit singer-songwriter and Aussie broadcaster.
 
Singer-songwriter Pete Atkin has been making records since the '60s, but it's his collaborations with Clive James that he's best known for. James -- poet, critic and author -- brings wit and emotion to Atkin's melodies and the two have worked in harness since 1971's excellent The Beautiful Changes, creating records of low-key excellence. And now, as James's health is in doubt, they've reunited -- with long-term cohort Chris Spedding among others -- to make this superb, twilight-ish record, where songs such as Time To Burn and Nothing Can Touch Us Now offer an almost wry lyricism (there's a revisiting of The Beautiful Changes too). If you buy one album by an underrated '70s singer-songwriter with lyrics by a great TV critic and wit, make it this one.
 
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« Reply #38: 17.07.15 at 18:15 »
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Pete Atkin
The Colours Of The Night
Hillside
 
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Songwriting duo's last hurrah
 
This represents the final chapter in the almost half-century songwriting partnership of Pete Atkin and Clive James, a union that produced at least one masterpiece in Driving Through Mythical America. The literacy, emotional intelligence and musical aptitude that marked their best work is evident here in songs like "The Closer Someone Is", about the way we seek memories of old lovers in new partners, and the title track's recognition of the poor bloody infantry. Chris Spedding's back to lend force or filigree, as required, and Alan Barnes' sax wreathes sultry smoke around some songs. The best lines, though, come from the 1970 song "The Beautiful Changes": "Too late is the way a man finally learns/the light of salvation recedes and returns." How did Clive know, so long ago?
 
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Pete Atkin on his songwriting partnership with Clive James
 
"We've been writing songs together since 1967," Pete Atkin says of his long partnership with Clive James. "But our productive collaboration has now come to an end as a result of Clive's health." Diagnosed with leukaemia, emphysema and kidney failure, James announced in 2012 that he was "near the end". But he's hung on to publish a translation of Dante's Inferno, a volume of verse about his own imminent mortality and to reconnect with Atkin, with whom he collaborated on six albums in the 1970s and a further set of new compositions in 2003. Atkin describes thair final work as a collection of "entertainments", his music animating James' literate lyrics about change, obsession, divorce and mortality: "There's a strong narrative element to the songs, setting up a situation and exploring it. Everything Clive does, he does to the highest standard. He's never just tossed off a lyric in his life. He's very serious about it." Despite the circumstances, he insists there was nothing sad or maudlin about their final collaboration: "I still can't believe my luck hooking up with Clive all those years ago. He's spoilt me and I'm going to have to start writing my own lyrics from now on."
 
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« Reply #39: 17.07.15 at 18:17 »
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Though they've never enjoyed any significant commercial success with their songwriting partnership, it's abundantly clear that Pete Atkin and Clive James have relished working together across the best part of five decades.
 
Undoubtedly the release of this record is a poignant moment for them both, given that it's likely marking their final collaboration, with writer and broadcaster James suffering terminal cancer. I doubt that lack of sales truly matters to them -- in the 70s they were signed to RCA but wriggled from their contract with a final album of humorous vignettes -- since James notes their collaboration as 'far and away the most fruitful artistic venture I have ever been mixed-up in'.
 
He claims to have ignored a record company executive who labelled their collaborations as 'folk', preferring instead to describe 'a blend of jazz, rock, pop, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and anything else'. They also oft have a classic crooner's sophistication, as though they're being sung at a classy nightclub from somewhere back in the mists of time.
 
That elegance of composition sees us through the melancholic sadness of some of Clive's words, not specifically meant to reflect his own stage of life but absolutely resonating with his situation. And anyway, in their laments of loves lost they still have a life-affirming charm.
 
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