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Presents The 8th [CD + DVD] CD+DVD, NTSC

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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, NTSC
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B007RITZK4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Southside
  2. PANTHER
  3. Sermon Of A Little Faith
  4. Pharaoh's Boot
  5. LUST
  6. Strawberry-Type Birthmark
  7. GLUTTONY
  8. Uncle Luther, Officer Pork-Pork and Fat Alice
  9. GREED
  10. Newfounded Uprising Collective
  11. WRATH
  12. Ain't Done Payin' Yet
  13. ENVY
  14. Pharaoh's Liar
  15. SLOTH
  16. The Street Been Put To Sleep
  17. PRIDE
  18. The People Who Own The Night
  19. GOSSIP
  20. CODA
  21. Walk Into The Light

Disc: 2

  1. DVD details to follow shortly

Product Description

Product Description

The 8th is one of the longest songs ever written and was one of the hits of last year's Manchester International Festival 2011. A song in eight chapters, it looks at the seven deadly sins through a series of scenes taking place in a single poverty-stricken neighbourhood, one where a new, thoroughly modern sin, The 8th is able to insinuate itself into every person's life… Given a theatrical narrative by award-winning playwright Che Walker (Royal Court and Young Vic) and directed by Paines Plough's joint artistic director George Perrin, the staging of the show at the Manchester International Festival last year was a massive success, with three sold out shows across the event. The staged version of The 8th was commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Paines Plough and premiered at MIF 2011. Alongside Paul Heaton, The 8th features guests - star of US hit series The Wire – Reg E Cathey, Ivor Novello winning artist Cherry Ghost, ex Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott, as well as sweet soul singer Wayne Gidden, Scottish singer songwriter Aaron Wright, The Earlies Christian Madden, Hull country & western singer Mike Greaves and the wonderful Yvonne Shelton.

BBC Review

The concept album was an early casualty of punk. After the grandiosity of The Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s The Wall, to name but quite enough, new groups decided that a whole record devoted to one theme was pompous and wrong.

The Jam turned Setting Sons into a normal record, The Damned mocked the whole thing with a joke about “Tummy” (you had to be there), and concept albums went away. Then punk went away, bands like Rush and Marillion came back out, and it was possible again to make themed records as diverse as Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach or David Bowie’s Outside.

And now the concept album lumbers back in again from a highly unexpected quarter. Paul Heaton, maker of sharp pop in the 1980s and 90s with The Housemartins and later The Beautiful South, has had a bitty career of late. After The Beautiful South fizzled out a few years back, Heaton released a couple of solid but unspectacular solo albums (one, unhelpfully, as Biscuit Boy) which didn’t do that well – largely because he seemed reluctant to alter the melodic and lyrical template which he’d been using in his last two bands.

It’s a welcome surprise then that his latest effort is a massive step in a new direction, a short story of sorts (narrated by The Wire’s Reg E. Cathey and written by Ché Walker), set in the USA and themed loosely around the Seven Deadly Sins. The 8th uses funky beats, synth blasts, gospel motifs and guest appearances from Simon Aldred (Cherry Ghost), Steve Menzies and The Beautiful South’s Jacqui Abbot to create this fresh sound.

At times Heaton’s melodies are a bit familiar (and his opposition to words like “the” and “a” continues) and the story gets in the way of the music, but he can only be commended for moving away from his own overused pulse beat. Often, The 8th is hard-going, but at best it has some powerful moments, such as Heaton’s reggae-rock take on the 8th sin, GOSSIP. At absolute worst it’s a powerful, exciting experiment that should revitalise Heaton’s always eccentric muse.

--Ian Roullier

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Format: Audio CD
Paul Heaton is one of life's' greatest songwriters. Although only 50, when he reaches his 70th birthday I sincerely hope he's held in the same high esteem as Dylan, McCartney and Simon. He has the back catalogue to prove it, but on `The 8th' he's not content to rest on his laurels, and what he has put together is essentially a theatrical opera based around the seven deadly sins.
The album contains 10 new Heaton compositions mixed in with narration from Reg E Cathey (The Wire), but from a listening point of view it doesn't really work, but the songs standout on their own and are sung by a variety of musicians. Throughout it are unmistakable Heaton lyrics "the times they are a changin / but only if you're Bob" (Panther) to "fat was the ass that was sitting on the seat" (Gluttony), while on `Greed' he cleverly has a dig at Bono's financial transactions ... "smiling Irish eyes...Holland's banking Ireland's sweetest thing".
`Envy' is the closest we get to a Beautiful South song, with former female vocalist Jacqui Abbott making a welcome return (ahead of her appearance on his new album next year) and is still singing as gorgeous as ever. `Pride' certainly not a U2 cover (as if Paul would want to add to Bono's royalties) is sung by folk-singer Mike Greaves, whom Beautiful South fans will remember as the composer of `Diamonds' many years ago. What a voice this man has, and it just draws you in when he sings ... "buy a flag / wear a pin / get that scarf around your chin". He's a sort of cross between Cohen and Dylan and we deserve to hear more from this talented singer / songwriter.
It's not till `Gossip' (the 8th deadly sin) that Heaton himself makes a cameo appearance. Half-way through, this one goes into a chant that would fit perfectly on Carry On Up The Charts.
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I don't usually write Amazon reviews, this is only my second, but felt I needed to add something after the two poor reviews this album has garnered so far. Up front I will say that I think The 8th is a stone-cold masterpiece. If you approach it expecting a typical Paul Heaton album then you may be disappointed, but I would urge you to lose the blinkers and discover one of the best albums of 2012. This is an album that MUST be listened to in one sitting and in the right order - no shuffling here. As a continuous piece or a song cycle it works beautifully. Taking the Seven deadly sins as its starting point the album moves towards revealing a possible 8th. A deadly sin for our craven, modern times. There is a linking story between Heaton's songs that to this reviewer works beautifully and eventually builds to something and is powerful, moving and redemptive. Indeed you could argue that it is the linking narration by American actor Reg E Cathey (from The Wire), channelling Gil Scott-Heron, that is the real star here. Yes, Heaton himself only leads on one song, but the other vocal performances including King Creosote and Jacqui Abbott are excellent and prove that Heaton can still craft a tune even when stepping out of the limelight. Political, polemical, moving (I blubbed at the end) and unlike anything he has done before this is an album that will grow in stature.
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I saw this Live in sheffield Lyceum and was a little unsure as the base was too load and I found it difficult to hear the lyrics, so I thought id buy the album to have a second listen and I wasnt disapointed.

This is a Paul Heaton Masterpiece I have always loved Pauls songs but this is far more than a collection of songs around a theam with the fantastic naration by Reg e cathey this is a Journey thrrough a mans life with all its twists and turns. Its not been out of my car since i bought it and its just gets better evry time you hear it.

Love it Love it Love It
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On first hearing this will make you sit up with amazement. What on earth is Paul Heaton playing at? Let it sink into your head as background music before sitting down with headphones on and the lights off. You are in for a unique experience. You will listen to every word in the dialogue section and the songs will become more and more familiar. This is an absolute MUST CD for anybody with any interest in music. I'd go as afr to say it just may be the best album of the 21st Century so far! This has really hit me big time!!
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Got this at recommendation from a mate who was trying to understand the 8th. Gotta confess I'm still a bit puzzled but in a good way. It's different from other stuff of his but the song-writing skills are very evident and the live performance fascinating. He is such a clever writer, much underrated and I regret I've only really started to listen to his stuff recently.
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Paul Heaton shows he is so much more than a songwriter for |The Beautiful South. He's always been a fantastic songwriter but here he shows he can write to a concept - The Seven deadly Sins - and allow others to portray the songs on his behalf. Must be a great show to watch
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Okay, I've read a few 'comments' and I think a few detractors (and potential buyers) need to learn the difference from a Paul Heaton album and this one which happens to be called 'Paul Heaton presents the 8th'....anyone see the difference?
Good, I'll continue!
My view, and it's only my view, this is a concept album on which Paul Heaton 'discovers' there is an 8th deadly sin.
He 'presents' seven guests on the album to sing about each sin and then sings about the 8th!
Lots of Paul Heaton signature stuff here but if it's Paul's voice you crave you could end up disappointed. Great songs interspersed with a Story that unravels throughout the sins.
This for me is a classic but like I said at the top of my finger punching 'it's just my view'
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