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on 29 January 2006
This is a lovely, odd record and I'm grateful to David Tibet or whomever was responsible for unearthing it from wherever it's been buried since its recording in the late '70s and early '80s. Fay's music is odd, lush, and inexplicably moving: I'm not a spiritual person, particularly, but songs like "Strange Stairway" tug at something deep within me. "Tomorrow" has emotional weight, but its songs are also masterfully constructed, even hooky in places, and Fay's overdubbed voices deepen the intimacy of his sound. He's backed by a sympathetic band here, three musicians who clearly share Fay's vision - they veer from folk to psych in the space of a few measures, and Gary Smith's guitar alternately caresses and cuts. I'm at a loss for apt comparisons - Syd Barrett, maybe, though Fay replaces Barrett's untethered whimsy with something more serious.
As a previous reviewer noted, the two halves of the album proper are interrupted by a set of nine tracks (not listed on the outside of the disc) that appear to be demos - the sound quality is rough, but the sometimes fragmentary songs are of consistently high quality. A nice bonus, if oddly placed.
Ideally, listeners should probably come to this one through Fay's two early '70s albums for Decca, "Bill Fay" and "Time of the Last Persecution" - the former finds Fay's simple, jewel-like songs lavishly set in arrangements for a 27-piece orchestra, while the latter is a much rockier affair (in both senses of the word). For the moment, both are back in print in nicely remastered versions from Eclectic Discs, so grab 'em while you can. Each is wonderful, and rewarding in its own way - but neither fully prepared me for the rough beauty and the mystery of "Tomorrow."
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on 12 July 2008
this is such a beautiful beautiful album..odd..strange..spacey...and like no other record ive ever heard, im transfered to another place when i play this album..its like time stands still..its so captivation..peace and love flow throughout this album..there is a small number of my freinds who agree that this is simply one of the greatest lp,s of all time..along with pink moon...another green world..etc...i recall getting into when talking ablout the great albums of all time with a like minded music collector, from scotlamd..( im from melbourne) he mentioned that this is the greatest most beautiful lp..i went and got it..and totally agree.ive since played to numerous freinds who are just blown away by it..imagine the flaming lips..soft bulleten, recorded by robert wyatt in 1978..and there you have it
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on 23 November 2011
I bought Bill Fay's cds after seeing his photo during an Amazon search, I read the recommendations and bought them blind. I have not been disappointed! Bill's music is soulful and spiritual-and this album (as is his others) is fantastic. I urge the reader to delve into Bill's two solo cds first then this. When I received the cd and put it on the opening song really
sets the scene for the music. Thanks to David Tibet for realeasing this. For me, the genius of Bill is in his
engaging and human lyrics, how he crafts the songs and how he delivers them. I get a real peaceful vibe when I listen
to his music and a feeling of being in the presence of a kindred spirit. Bill describes the human condition well in his songs-
love, longing, hope, living, dreaming, harnessing creativity and if these words hit the spot for you, buy it, introduce your friends to it-spread the word. Bill Fay is a true treasure waiting to be discovered. Enjoy!
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on 4 April 2015
An album that took ages to issue, since the label dropped him. This is jazz, old-skool Pink Floyd. He is also still preoccupied by Christian motifs, but in a good way. He has tribulations, indeed, but in the end he sits by the master, and all is cool. Dissed by critics, loved by his fans.
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