Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Julie Covington" 1978

On the heels of her 1977 U.K. hit -- a cover of Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed" -- Julie Covington went back into the studio with producers Joe Boyd and John Wood to record 11 more tracks for what would be her self-titled second album. Boyd helped put together a stellar cast to support Covington -- including Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Ian Matthews, and Trevor Lucas from the various incarnations of Fairport Convention, as well as Steve Winwood, John Cale, Andy Fairweather-Low, and a collection of top-shelf session players. When it came to material, he was also helpful in gathering a fine collection of songs for Covington to wrap her powerful, theater-honed voice around. Boyd brought Thompson's "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" and Sandy Denny's previously unreleased "By the Time It Gets Dark" to the project, while Covington added the Weill/Brecht composition "Barbara's Song" from her days in the theater, to a list that included tunes from Kate Bush, Steve Winwood, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle. There's a slight commercial sheen to the music that gives the Thompson and Denny tracks a certain accessibility ("Bright Lights" was the first single), while "Barbara's Song" fits naturally with Andy Fairweather-Low's dancehall shuffle "Dancing in the Dark," or John Lennon's "How." On the other hand, Tom T. Hall's rocking "I Can't Dance" is stiff and not really well-suited to Covington, while Anna McGarrigle's "Dead Weight" seems forced and a bit rushed, lacking the subtle venom and dark humor of the original. Reissued in 2000, Julie Covington...Plus, which is a nice mix of folk-rock and pop, adds the bombastic "Only Women Bleed" along with a respectable cover of Little Feat's "Easy to Slip" to the original 1978 release (Julie Covington). Both songs were previously only available as a single. ~ Brett Hartenbach, All Music Guide

Julie Covington: vocals
Richard Thompson: guitar, mandolin, vocals
Ian Matthews: vocals
Trevor Lucas: 12 string guitar, vocals
Simon Nicol: rhythm guitar
Steve Winwood: organ
John Cale: piano, clavinet
Willie Weeks: bass
Neil Larsen: keyboards
Chris Spedding: roland synthesizer
Russ Titelman: acoustic guitar
Andy Newmark: drums
Ray Cooper: percussion
Plas Johnson: saxophone
John Kirkpatrick: accordion
Greg Prestopino: vocals
Andy Fairweather Low: vocals
Gary Travers: vocals

Produced by Joe Boyd & John Wood

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic album - thanks for sharing

20 December, 2006 04:08  
Blogger greg davis said...

thanks.
saw this on vinyl a few months back but didnt buy it.
all star lineup...

20 December, 2006 05:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love her voice!!!!
Thank you very much again.

bobdylan(Frank)

20 December, 2006 06:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a really great post, thanks so much for your efforts

21 December, 2006 04:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazon has this as unavaibale and valued at 88 pounds!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004WN0A/thejuliecovin-21

thanks

05 February, 2007 00:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. The Julie Covington albums are impossible to buy new, so this is really appreciated.

08 March, 2007 21:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i stumbled onto your website and now i don't want to leave.it's like being in an alladins cave.all these wonderful lost or forgotten rarities really are treasures thanks so much for your time &efforts

01 June, 2007 23:34  
Blogger chancer127 said...

wonderfull thanks.

16 March, 2008 06:01  
Blogger whadefu said...

once again, another treasure, your hard work takes my breath away & even after all this time most of the links are alive showing the popularity of your site & the music...

thanx again...

alex...

24 April, 2008 00:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Superb

08 October, 2008 23:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Almost impossible to get here in Oz. Much appreciated

26 October, 2008 09:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post. I bought the reissue of Julie's first album but couldn't obtain this second album. Bright Lights is one of my favourite pop songs ever.

08 February, 2009 11:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wish the download link was still active - would love to hear this one

25 March, 2010 09:24  
Blogger Jack Gardner said...

could someone put up a new link? would love to hear this one

05 May, 2010 05:59  

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