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Western Skies

Roddy Frame Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redemption Records Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B000F1IL3M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Coast 4:240.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Rock God 4:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Day of Reckoning 3:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Shore Song 2:370.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Worlds In Worlds 4:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Portastudio 3:000.89  Buy MP3 

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About the Artist

Roddy Frame is set to release a brand new album on May 1st and is undertaking a full UK tour throughout May and June, commencing a week after the album's release. The album, Roddy's third solo release, is titled Western Skies. It follows a similar pattern to 2002's brilliantly recieved Surf also released on the Redemption label. The 11 tracks feature delightfully soulful, emotive vocals from Roddy, expertly crafted songs and Roddy's accomplished, immaculate guitar work.

Wheras Surf was an entirely solo effort, Western Skies was recorded and co-produced with Jeremy Stacey in his Chelsea studio with Roddy playing guitars and occasional bass, Jeremy playing drums and other instruments and some additional bass from Mark Neary. There is more light and shade than on Surf but it's still an old-style "back to basics" record, all recorded on tape with nothing digital in sight.

The title track was originally a collaboration with Radio 1's Rob da Bank. Roddy wrote a lyric and melody for a track that Rob had written with his partner Mr Dan and released under their collaborative name, Lazyboy. Roddy's version is a slowed down, complete reworking of the song.

The forthcoming tour sees Roddy going out on his own, playing both acoustic and even electric guitar. Roddy has been building up his one-man show over the last few years, mixing both current and old material. In 2003 her performed acoustically at the Glastonbury Festival for the first time and in 2004 had a headline slot at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Last year, he played a month long residency at Ronnie Scotts and the forthcoming tour is by far the most extensive since touring as Aztec Camera in the nineties. This album is already being hailed as his best yet.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant LP. Probably Roddy's best to date 3 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
After the career-reviving, critically-acclaimed Surf, Roddy Frame's new album Western Skies is still predominantly acoustic though this time other instruments are used very sparingly to excellent effect. Like most of Roddy's work, it's a slow burner to start with though repeated listening reveals one of the best albums of the year so far.

Western Skies begins with the haunting title track which contains effective use of marxophone (!) and melodica by Roddy's co-producer and main instrumental sideman Jeremy Stacey. This is followed by some nice flowing acoustic work on The Coast and the superb jazz-influenced Marble Arch which features a brilliant flat-picking guitar solo. Like the rest of Western Skies, the melodies are excellent on these opening tracks - understated yet memorable and melodic yet with that distinctive Frame phrasing coupled with Roddy's romantic, poetical lyrics.

Further highlights of Western Skies include Rock God, Roddy's tribute to his teenage idols Marc Bolan and David Bowie which includes a very welcome electric guitar solo. Also excellent are the brisk, all-acoustic Dry Land, the most fully-arranged track Days Of Reckoning as well as virtually all of the other tracks on this consistently well-crafted album.

Western Skies is an excellent LP that continues the Roddy revival which began in earnest with Surf. A superb album with strong melodies and some exquisite playing - lets hope that in time it gets the recognition and sales it richly deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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So waited ages for this release. Already a loyal follower of the man, have tickets to see him live (again) in Liverpool on 26 May.

Somehow received this three days before it's release so had a chance to give it a good listen over the bank holiday weekend. Having been hugely addicted to Surf and The North Star, his previous post-aztec offerings, I was, at first a little - no make that, very - dissapointed with Western Skies. Evetually though after more than a few listens the lyrics got hold and the melodies followed shortly afterwards.

Be prepared for something more than a little different to his previous work, or perhaps its not that different just a complete blend of all his previous styles. It's neither north-starish nor surfish, a little of both and a lot of neither.

Most fans will already know the title track Western Skies, previously a released ep by Lazyboy (a Rob Da Bank production), but leave aside the annoying repetetive backign to the released version and enter a fairly unusual drum pattern and a mad "if it's good enough for you it is for me" ending. Roddy's songs have always had strong endings but this one seems to leave the song hanging int he air in my ears.

The remaining tracks have inspiring, if a little more abstract than previously, lyrics. The highlights in there incluse "Day of Reckoning" which has single written all over it. Slightly too poppy I guess for the hardened fans but a fabulous tune nonetheless.

Get it, hate it, listen to it some more, kinda like it, listen again, love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Been too long 6 Aug 2013
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Between albums for Roddy Frame followers. Some say this was a great return to form, i dont think he ever really lost it. Rock God and Portastudio are stand out tracks

C'mon Roddy - release something new :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 9 May 2006
By Jon
Format:Audio CD
This is very good. I loved Surf and played it to death, but this is better than even that. There is a fuller texture and a more natural feel about this album, and a greater variety of songs. In many ways it reminds me of some of the better early Aztec Camera stuff - Day of Reckoning would fit easily on High Land Hard Rain. The title track is an improvement on the original version of the song that I already love. Rock God doesn't sound like its title, but is perhaps the highlight of an album of outstanding moments...'Thank you for the moon, thank you for the stars, thank you for the turning them on...'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roddy Frame - Western Skies 2 May 2006
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This album is a gorgeous follow on from his fantastic 2002 offering 'Surf' and in my opinion is a very well balanced, natural follow on from Surf. This album contains very sparse tracks like 'Shore Song' and 'Dry Land' which are sumptuious by their very simplicity to the more rounded efforts like 'Rock God', 'Day of Reckoning', 'Portastudio' and my current favourite 'Worlds in Worlds'. The songs are all written in Roddy's, witty, clever and very emotive way, and go to show why he has no peers. Rock God is a space oddity, David Bowie homage track in which the beauty of Roddys grasp of lyrical imagery shine through. The man and his music go from strength to strength, and I can't recommend this album highly enough. As you would expect from Roddy, the guitar playing across this album is immaculate. Well worth the four year wait. Please buy this album and be captivated by the Roddy Frame experience? (You won't regret it!).
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I felt I must share this experience with other listeners. I was in the car with my 2 year old son and I had Western Skies on the stereo - The Coast had just started. I heard a delighted voice from the back... "Daddy, I can see the music. Daddy, daddy, I can see it, its sparkling!" Needless to say, it is now his "very favourite music" and he demands it whenever we are in the car.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Roddy......another album in 4 years
This is a good album if you are into the solo side of Roddy, deffinately better than Surf but not as good as the North Star . Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2007 by 63
5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance from the main man!
What can I say other than this is his best yet. Surf was superb but unbelievably this is better. Much more light and shade, Portastudio is such a laugh, Marble Arch warm and... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2006 by The great Lowell George
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up the Level
Surf was Brilliant and this follows in with quality of the same level. It does take a listen or two of this album to appreciate it. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2006 by B. J. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album, well produced. Love Surf? Love Western Skies !!
I have always been a big fan of Surf and before that The North Star. On purchasing Western Skies, I was a little disappointed on the first listen through (I mean, how can you top... Read more
Published on 26 July 2006 by .
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!
Been a fan since Just Like Gold and would rate this as approachable as The North Star and a bit more well-rounded. Read more
Published on 22 May 2006 by World Wide Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!!!
Another winner from Roddy - starts off brilliantly with Western Skies, and keeps up the good work all the way through. Excellent!
Published on 21 May 2006 by Mrs
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Western Skies
Throughout his career, which spans approximately 25 years, Roddy Frame has proved to be a wonderful songwriter and guitarist. Read more
Published on 7 May 2006 by Paul Vasey
5.0 out of 5 stars best yet
loved everything from Love itself onwards, his last three "solo" albums have been fantastic, Western skies is the best of the 3 and has some of Roddy's finest guitar,songwriting... Read more
Published on 4 May 2006 by R. A. Blackley
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