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After over 35 years in the music business – and with a credit list longer than both your arms – in 2009 Henry Priestman (having not sung since 1981!!) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of Modern Life” to critical acclaim. And now at last he’s ready to release the eagerly awaited follow-up entitled “The ... Read more in Amazon's Henry Priestman Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B00GURTT2W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Same Circus, Different Clowns 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
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After three years in the making, Henry Priestman's 'The Last Mad Surge of Youth' will be unleashed on UK listeners on 17th February 2014 through Proper Records. Eclectic, introspective and compelling, it was worth every second of the wait. Released in 2009 on Island Records, Priestman's first solo album, 'Chronicles of Modern Life', earned him plaudits as a major songwriter. More than 35 years in the music industry have helped bring some seasoned guests to the new album. 'The Last Mad Surge of Youth' features the talents of Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts), Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Paul Simpson (The Wild Swans) & Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson/Beach Boys). The album's opener 'At The End of The Day', co-written with singer/songwriter Lotte Mullan (who also provides harmonies) was written for Henry's mother. It couples well with 'True Believer', which features both the co-writing talent of the Grammy-nominated John Beck, and a choir of school children from one of Henry's school-songwriting workshops, to create a two-part opener to the album. A fall and rise that hints at the level of detail that's gone into an album that masterfully tugs on and releases the heart strings. 'Valentine Song' showcases Priestman's knack with creating gripping, cinematic and emotive songs. It has been transformed into the central theme of the film Kismet Diner, winner of first prize at the "2013 Manhattan Short Films Festival. The album flits between angry fiddle-laden stomps (Goodbye Common Sense), introspective singer/songwriter (At The End of The Day, and the title track) and blues–tinted pop (Rant 'N' Rave). That it's so eclectic should be of no surprise for an artist whose debut topped Amazon's Folk and World music chart, whilst at the same time been described as"music for grumpy old men" by Radio 2's Johnnie Walker. Whilst creating 'The Last Mad Surge of Youth' Henry has been playing many housegigs and also holding songwriting workshops at schools around the country, both of which will serve as good preparation for heading back to the road for a nationwide series of live dates in February, March and April 2014 to coincide with the release of the album. Henry's varied career has seen him open for the Sex Pistols, tour with The Who (with his 1st band, Yachts), and write every song on a triple platinum selling album with The Christians. To say nothing of music for ads, BBC TV Wildlife, X-box, & production work. Since the start of his solo career he has so far mined a similar rich vein of diversity and this latest album seems no exception. 'The Last Mad Surge of Youth' is a timely and well-constructed album, a voice for all the punks, rockers & folkies that have grown up and are still a little bit angry!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By oldstuff VINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2014
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Henry Priestman had something of a surprise hit on his hands when he released his 1st solo album "The Chronicles of modern life" with Radio 2 legend Johnnie Walker describing it as "music for grumpy old men". I loved it despite being a few years short of "old". With its honest lyrics, simple instrumentation and catchy tunes there was something for everyone to relate to. However, Henry was ranting against the system a bit with some of the songs. This eagerly-awaited and often delayed follow-up finds Henry a few years later in a more wistful and melancholy mood. There are still a few anti-establishment songs combined with some retrospective tracks and also a version of his and Lotte Mullan's excellent tune "Valentine's Song". Henry has well and truly left his past group success behind and proven that, even rapidly approaching his 60s, he is an excellent singer-songwriter and an antidote to the bland teens that seem to bog down the charts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Sephton on 16 Mar. 2014
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I'm told that as we get older, our sense of taste gets duller and the frequency range we here gets reduced - this is a good thing - it means that we are not bombarded with as much irrelevant "noise" and we can more finely observe the pleasures and frustrations of life as we get older. This is also true of the latest offering from Henry Priestman.
In the Seventies, he gave us the frenetic, new wave pop songs like "Suffice To Say" on Stiff records, but success was elusive for them..
In the late 80's and 90's, Henry found international fame in The Christians, with their many Top 40 hits, their hallmark sound of strong melodies and powerful lyrics, many of which were written by Henry, who was happy out of the spotlight playing keyboards.
After The Christians, Henry continued writing and working with artists such as Take That's Mark Owen and 10cc's Graham Gouldman, but again, shunning the limelight.
In 2009 he decided to step into the spotlight, but in a low-key way. Releasing "The Chronicles of Modern Life" with a list of topics reflecting so accurately the shift in focus of what matters to a man approaching middle age - redundancy, getting old, going grey and more, although there is still room on the CD for a modern re-working of that catchy single "Suffice To Say" appears as a hidden track at the end. His singing voice was modelled, he has admitted, on a later day Bob Dylan but suited well to the stories he has to share. The album was a great success, surprising Henry more than anyone else by all accounts ! A second album was inevitable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tillymutha on 2 April 2014
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This CD was purchased after hearing Henry talking about it on my local radio station BBC Radio Humberside. True believer is my favourite track, totally inspiring. A real feel good Albumn for anyone using music as a bit of thereapy. Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Waterfall on 11 May 2014
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another fab album from henry priestman. Highly recommended. was worried that it would not be as good as the first album. I was wrong, it's brilliant
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger on 11 April 2014
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I think of him as England's Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan ... I like his songs and I like singing along to them ...what more can I want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J L Bastow on 9 May 2014
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This CD doesn't dissapoint and is a good follow up to Chronicle of Modern Times.. The lyrics are as pertinent as ever and a good variety of themes.
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Another great CD from Henry. This is the one I have been waiting for and now it is here I am really enjoying it.
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