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|1. Western Skies|
|2. The Coast|
|3. Marble Arch|
|4. She Wolf|
|5. Tell The Truth|
|6. Rock God|
|7. Day of Reckoning|
|8. Shore Song|
|9. Dry Land|
|10. Worlds In Worlds|
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.
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 morePublished on 20 Oct. 2007 by Speedy Vespa 63
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. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2006 by RWH Allen
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 morePublished on 26 Aug. 2006 by The great Lowell George
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 morePublished on 15 Aug. 2006 by B. J. Wilkinson
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 morePublished on 26 July 2006 by .
Been a fan since Just Like Gold and would rate this as approachable as The North Star and a bit more well-rounded. Read morePublished on 22 May 2006 by World Wide Webster