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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pastiche Records
  • ASIN: B00C9CILMQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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British singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie s first two albums won her critical acclaim for mixing folk, blues and jazz with vivid lyrical imagery. Her latest album Glory Days cements her reputation, not only as a starkly original songwriter, but also as a formidable musician. Featuring eight original songs and one cover, the solo guitar tracks (Postcards to Outer Space, Oh Mary) mark her as a fiercely good guitarist and a Joni Mitchell for the new age. There is a sharp intelligence and wit at play, as she bestows her musical heritage (she is half American) of Delta blues, Cole Porter-esque wordplay and folk narrative onto visions of the modern world where church bells can be downloaded, wars watched on 24-hour news cycles and where relationships rely on the receptiveness of smart phones (Signal Failure). ...equally assured writing about the personal or the political. The Times Despite her trademark smattering of socio-politics Glory Days is Gillespie s most personal album to date. Songs alluding to grief reveal songwriter intent on transforming the pain of loss into a triumphant celebration of life. Similarly, the love songs on the album evolve from heartache my, my, your love was like/digesting dynamite to the witty quips of comical pastiche Babies and All That Shit you want some hooker in the back ground and I don t mean John Lee. Backed by a formidable band including 2010 Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes on piano, Sarah Gillespie s Glory Days was produced by Gilad Atzmon. His production beautifully augments the backdrop of Gillespie s melodies with dreamlike Wurlitzer piano, subtle clarinets and moody accordions. All this provides Gillespie with the space to weave her poetic tales, which she delivers with an edgy tour de force that marks her out as an exceptional performer. Despite the smattering of socio politics, Glory Days is Gillespie s most personal album to date. Songs alluding to grief (Postcards to Outer Space) the night devours us and the wind sings its oblivious blues and the beatific title track that journeys through biopic snap shot images of reminisced moments, reveal a songwriter transforming the pain of loss into a triumphant celebration of life. Similarly the love songs swing from heart ache my, my your love was like digesting dynamite to the witty quips of Babies And All That Shit you want some hooker in the back ground and I don t mean John Lee. With a voice described as powerful, seductive & vulnerable, Gillespie delivers her stories with a tour de force worthy of any theatrical stage. A more raw and acoustic album that its predecessors, Atzmon s innovative production places Gillespie s deft finger picking guitar at the forefront of a formidable trio featuring Mucury nominated Kit Downes on piano, Enzo Zirilli on drums and Ben Bastin on double bass.

About the Artist

Sarah Gillespie was born in London to an American mother and British father. She grew up in Norfolk, England interspersed with numerous trips to Minnesota, where she soaked in the sounds of Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and early blues and jazz. From the age of 4, Sarah composed songs on piano, and then at 15 began playing guitar. At 18, she moved to the USA, busking in the streets and playing gigs. On returning to London, she gained a first class degree in Film And Literature and an MA in Politics and Philosophy from Goldsmiths University. Supporting Ian Dury s band The Blockheads at Ronnie Scotts one night, Sarah met the saxophonist and composer Gilad Atzmon who went on to produce Sarah s critically acclaimed albums Stalking Juliet (2009) In The Current Climate (2011) and her anti-war narrative suite The War on Trevor (2012). Sarah has since performed live on BBC Radio 4 s Woman s Hour, been interviewed by Andrew Marr on Start The Week as well as receiving radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and numerous radio stations world wide. She has performed in many festivals, arts centres and jazz venues in Europe and across the UK including headline shows at the world famous Ronnie Scott s in London. Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as (joining) Bob Dylan s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original. Sarah s band features Enzo Zirilli on drums and Ben Bastin on double bass with special guests Gilad Atzmon and Mercury nominated pianist Kit Downes joining on recent concerts. Her third album Glory Days will be released in June 2013. Sarah also writes political papers published on various news websites, paints, performs poetry and hosts songwriting workshops. She lives in London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Bell on 16 Jun. 2013
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It seems to have been a long wait for this third full album but its fantastic! The quality of her voice shines through - in the past she has sometimes been a little bit 'shouty' and hard but with this CD her voice is softer and fuller. The songs are unusual - I can't understand the meaning of all the lyrics but there are some nice word pictures in there. The instrumentation is brilliant. No one else sounds like her - it would be recognisable anywhere. Can't wait to see her in St Ives in early July! My favourite track at the moment is 'Babies and all that s*** for the humour, but then I play it again and have a different favourite track!

She seems to do a lot of touring (and having seen her twice, I would say the live sound is BETTER than her recordings!) but I don't know why she isn't more well-known or more reviewed on Amazon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris McGranaghan on 23 Dec. 2013
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Every now and again you hear an album that stands out from the rest, something that makes you think, something that is so unique that it merits repeat listenings. Well that's what happened when I first heard Stalking Juliet back in 2009 and again with In The Current Climate in 2011. Ms. Gillespie's latest album, Glory Days released in 2013 is even better than its predecessors and I've been playing the cd for over 6 months now. The album is highly personal and is dedicated to her late mother. Musically, it is both uplifting and moving and as always, highly lyrical. The sound is stripped down in comparison to the previous two albums and reminds me of Dylan's Desire in overall feel and mood. The playing of Gilad Atzmon (numerous instruments), Kit Downes on piano, Enzo Zirilli on drums and Ben Bastin on double bass is exceptional throughout leaving room for the lyrics to rise and fall in the most glorious way. Atzmon's production is superb throughtout, a man who knows his way around the studio and someone who should be utilised by many artists. An exceptional album that will soon be released on vinyl. One of the albums of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thespionic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2013
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I liked Sarah Gillespie's first two albums which contained some very strong songs and should have produced a hit single for her. This third effort is very pleasant to listen to and reminded me a great deal of the `acoustic' sound of the 60's / 70's from the likes of Melanie etc. Her lyrics here are interesting and are perhaps a change of style?
I liked the title track - `Glory Days' and `The Soldiers Song' which both had a little more drive & oomph! The middle part of the album became a bit 'samey' for me and I have heard a better version of St. James Infirmary, which I felt was a little tame and a chance missed, as it's such a great song.
In truth, this effort is a little too unremarkable compared to her earlier efforts which were excellent. The band desperately need a hit album or single to get them really noticed and exposed to a far wider audience. I hope she gets it, as she is very talented, as are her band members - especially with Gilad Atzmon in tow?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David John Cross on 29 Dec. 2013
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Discovered Sarah only recently through a recommendation from a friend. This album is my most recent of hers, but I seem to be rapidly becoming a Gillespie completist! A great singer-songwriter with a refreshing, intelligent, and singular way with words and perspective on life. Musically draws not only from folk roots but knows her way around blues and jazz, and can really rock it out when she needs to. Sometimes soft, subtle and sweet, sometimes sassy, strong and sexy, and never less than powerful, proficient & poetic. Rapidly beginning to garner the success she richly deserves, and also if happen to find that she's playing live near you, whatever you do, don't miss it. A great album, very highly recommended. Click the buy button - Sarah never disappoints.
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