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BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY
& THE CAIRO GANG

‘The Wonder Show of The World’

On 29 March 2010 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang (Emmett Kelly and Shahzad Ismaily) released ‘The Wonder of The World’ album on Domino on CD and vinyl formats. The three perviously recorded together for the album ‘Lie Down In The ... Read more in Amazon's Bonnie Prince Billy Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B000WTNDFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


Product Description

1 x CD EP
UK 2007

1I Came To Hear The Music4:42
2I've Seen It All3:42
3Am I Demon3:44
4My Life4:03
5I'm Loving The Street2:39
6The Way I Am4:14
7Cycles4:09
8The World's Greatest2:28

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a collection of 7 cover versions and one original Bonnie track (track #5). With a 30 minute running time it's more of a short LP than a single or EP.

Will Oldham churns out a helluva lot of material, some of it is not too good but there are always some real gems on each CD. 'Ask Forgiveness' is no exception, though there are no real duff tracks on this CD. Tracks #2 (a Bjork cover) & #3 (a Danzig cover) are probably the weakest. The outstanding tracks as far as I'm concerned are #1 (I Came Here to Hear the Music), #4 the Phil Ochs cover (My Life) and the R. Kelly cover #8 (The World's Greatest) which is just beautiful. I'm not sure what he does with his cover versions but he seems to be able to extract the essence of any song and completely re-work it with the result that he could claim the song as his own.

If, like me, you were a bit disappointed with Will Oldham's last batch of cover versions, 'The Brave and the Bold' then have no fear, this CD certainly makes up for it. It's well worth £8 (just £1 per track!). If you're a Bonnie fan then I'd recommend you get this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Prince Jamie on 20 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Having just listened to this through for the first time, I can upon first hearing say that it is definately a return to excellency by Mr. Will Oldham. His latest EP under the "Bonnie Prince" moniker is a collection of eight songs, seven covers and one Billy original. The tracks that have so far stood out to me have been "I came to hear the music", penned by Mickey Newbury, and the Frank Sinatra cover "cycles".

They are simple comositions, in comparison to his previous LP "The Letting Go", but of course, Will is never one to be accused of repetition. Think a more up-beat "Master and Everyone". Well worth the £7 you'll spend on it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D Belbin on 26 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Picked this up in a record shop, on spec, and have been blown away by how good it is. This could end up being my most played BPB recording.
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Gault on 14 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Amazon, you appear to have the wrong listing for this item. His name is Bonnie 'Prince' Billy not Charlie! what's going on? I haven't heard the record yet so I can't really say if it's a goer but I bet it's good all the same. We saw him in Perth last year and he was just brilliant.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
keep on coming 5 Dec. 2007
By AWD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When Will Oldham puts out a full album it is almost always a masterpiece. His last several were brilliant, "Letting Go", "Master And Everyone", "Ease Down The Road", "I See A Darkness", just one great album after another. In between albums he puts out a lot of "projects". With the exception of his collaboration with Matt Sweeney, "Superwolf", none of these projects are as great as his fully conceived albums, but all of them are still good, still worthwhile. This album is not quite as diverse and interesting as the collection of covers Oldham did with Tortoise a few years ago, but it is a bit more accessible and certainly has some sublime moments. This new set of covers has a couple of numbers that will take you away. R. Kelly's tune, "World's Greatest" is mostly empty posturing in the hands of Kelly, but Oldham somehow imbues the song with an everyman quality that inverts the cockiness of the song by making "greatness" seem attainable to everyone. Danzig's "Am I Demon?" further explores a long running conceit for Oldham, that of embracing the darkness within. Phil Ochs comes back alive with Oldham's melodic and sincere take on Och's intimate song "My Life". Like Dylan, BPB is not afraid of putting one of his own great songs in an obscure place and the one original here "Loving The Street" is an upbeat laid back feel-good Oldham cut that would, in turn, make a great cover song for someone else. It's always a bit of a surprise when Oldham isn't brilliant and a few songs here feel like retread oldham. But nonetheless, the big moments make this compilation worthwhile to own, and the overall listening experience is smooth and subtle, everything fitting together like a worn in puzzle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the odd 1 star reviews - Will Oldham continues to weave gold out of his strawy beard 29 Nov. 2007
By sageturk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Will's back - if I See A Darkness or Superwolf are in your record collection, get this album. Then again, you were already planning on it, right? Closer to his collaboration with Tortoise (The Brave and the Bold) this is a collection of mostly-covers - so fragile and delicate and fargone from the source material as to make it all his own.

Achingly beautiful stuff from the hush-voiced master.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bonnie King of Covers 16 Dec. 2007
By Thomas Blakiston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A few years back Will Oldham recorded an EP of cover songs as Bonny Billy called "More Revery", which I love. Based on his performance on that EP, which was rockin', I purchased "Ask Forgiveness" as soon as I heard about it and have not been disappointed. Oldham's gentle style here is much like his last few albums. However, as I found Dawn McCarthy's back vocals on "The Letting Go" to be distracting I have been itching for some "new" Oldham to listen to. "World's Greatest" is this EP's gem; Oldham takes words that are gaudy and boastful and makes them humble and endearing. Heartily recommended.
Nice little album 29 April 2008
By L. Sewell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After the at-times breathtaking but inconsistent "The Letting Go", comes this very much consistent album. I give them both 4 stars, for very different reasons of course.

I am tempted to compare this to his earlier album "Master and Everyone", but this album has a lot more going on in terms of instrumentation. Pretty guitar work and nice harmonies help add sparkle to lyrics that are at times pretty conventional by Bonnie Prince Billy's standards. That doesn't mean that they are bad lyrics - except for Cycles, which is probably the most obvious country lyric I've ever heard. I hate straight country music, but Oldham's earnest delivery makes it all ok.
Only an occasional fan -- but I adore this record. 3 May 2008
By Chris Estey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have a hard time keeping up with everything the Bonnie "Prince" releases, and have found some well reviewed materials pretty resistible. But this record is so delightful, for the reasons Mike lists in his synopsis -- great choice of songs, sweet background vocals, and just charming (if oddly haunted) laid-back singing and playing. Possibly one of the finest of the year, and rewards persistent playing.
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