The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years CD
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On 1st August 2011 Occultation Recordings will be releasing the much-anticipated album from the legendary Liverpool post-punk group The Wild Swans on CD and as a digital download. Recorded at Liverpool s Parr Street Studio, the 12-track album sees founder member Paul Simpson joined by old friends Les Pattinson (ex-Echo And The Bunnymen), Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), and Mike Mooney (ex-Spiritualized) with additional guitar contributions from Will Sergeant (Echo And The Bunnymen) and backing vocals by Candie Payne.all songs were written by Paul Simpson and the album, their first since 1989 s Ian Broudie-produced Space Flower, is produced by Richard Turvey and The Wild Swans. Tracks in Snow, a three-track companion CD of non-album tracks will also be available to coincide with the album launch from the label s website and on the band s June tour. This unhappy band has been unfinished business for me for over 20 years, haunting my days and nights, obsessing my thoughts at the expense of my health and sanity. I never got over the sudden implosion of the first incarnation and was devastated by the crash and burn of the second. In returning from the wilderness I am not trying to recreate the unique sound of any of the former members, how could I? It is the original spirit of the group I am after, the original blueprint for an English electric brotherhood. This shouldn't be viewed as a reformation or even an exorcism, it is a continuum; different but the same . Paul Simpson
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Not a bad track on the album but standouts have to be Falling To Bits which would not be out of place on Suede's first album, Chloroform, which is classic Wild Swans with a catchy chorus, and My Town with its acidic lyrics which could have come straight from the pen of Paul Heaton.
All in all a superb album from a great band that has never got the recognition that they deserve. Not easy to pigeon hole but I would say if your a fan of Echo and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, Suede, or C86 indie, I don't think you will be disappointed.
The band always required an English literature student's acquaintance with characters like Saint Sebastian, full of arrows, who makes an appearance again, after all these years, on the artwork for this album painted as a cat. Drake's Armada, Milton and William Blake rub shoulders with new immortals like Johnny Rotten, and Mrs Thatcher; and Robert Wyatt is wheeled in to rhyme with Toxteth Riots. It's a great achievement.
Robert Wyatt? "I can still remember the last time we played on Top Gear." The first night it was broadcast June 15, 1969, those were the opening words Wyatt almost sang: for "The Moon in June" with his band Soft Machine. I taped it from a John Peel radio session onto a cheap Ultra reel to reel tape recorder and I played it, and stretched it and rewound it countless times. Was I the only one? This version was never heard of again until it was released on Strange Fruit in 1990. The same song, released soon after, reworked for their LP "Third", was hopeless by comparison.
So it was I recorded, more than a decade later, 13th May 1982, on better equipment, the first Wild Swans session with "Thirst", "No Bleeding" and "Enchanted".Read more ›
This band is so vital and important as The Smiths, Echo And The Bunnymen, Doves,and it's even better than those new bands like Travis, Keane, Coldplay, etc.
No band could capture the feeling of loss of an old england that disappeared a long time ago.
In musical terms, the sound is amazing, and they also have Les Pattinson (Echo And The Bunnymen), on bass guitar, including Mike Mooney and Ricky Maimi on guitars. Producer Richard Turvey plays the keyboards and Steve Beswick, plays the drums. Occasionaly, Will Sergeant (Echo and The Bunnymen) plays guitar in some tracks, also originally wild swans keyboardist Ged Quinn, plays in and provides the album cover with a wonderful painting. Candie Payne is the female voice on additional backing vocals.
This album, has got everything to be a success! Now it depends on you. It's time to give the recognition this band deserve.
Original member and lead singer Paul Simpson has gone through numerous line-ups which have included many famous Liverpudlians such as Pete de Freitas (Echo and the Bunnymen), Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds), Chris Sharrock and Ian McNabb (Icicle Works).
However, the latest incarnation which includes Ricky Rene Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen), Mike Mooney (Julian Cope/Spiritualized), and Steve Beswick (Slipstream) have come up with a masterpiece.
This is an epic album with soaring tunes and evocative lyrics, it is music to be savoured. It is the album The Wild Swans always threatened to make in the 80's and 90's but have only now got around to making.
'The Coldest Winter in A Hundred Years' has had limited publicity and has been criminally neglected by the critics, but it is deserving of your attention. Buy the CD or download a copy now.
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To compare "The Coldest Winter..." with their former album in percentage. It goes like this.
70% similar to Bringing Home the ashes
20% similar to Space Flower
and... Read more
Never thought they would fulfill the promise from their early work, but after all this time they did. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2012 by Chris Van Der Wijk