Friday, February 08, 2008

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin

"Up From The Dark" 1986 [LP version]





















1986's Up From the Dark collects a series of U.K. singles recorded by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin (both formerly of Hatfield and the North; Gaskin was leader of the group's female auxiliary, the Northettes) in the early '80s. Although Stewart's and Gaskin's roots are in '70s progressive music, these singles show an understanding and appreciation of post-punk dynamics, both in the subtly ironic '60s covers (nearly half of the album, ranging from their hit deconstruction of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" to a pair of Motown tunes to a sympathetic reading of the Honeybus' freakbeat gem "Do I Figure in Your Life") to a sublime pair of covers of recent singles. Thomas Dolby's "Leipzig," one of his finest early songs, is given a ghostly, gorgeous reading, and this version of Andy Partridge's "Roads Girdle the Globe" is the finest XTC cover ever. Stewart's old bandmates Pip Pyle and Phil Miller contribute, as do King Crimson's Bill Bruford and Gaskin's old singing partner Amanda Parsons, but this is not prog rock nostalgia in any form. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide

01. I M In A Different World
02. Leipzig
03. It S My Party
04. Johnny Rocco
05. Siamese Cat Song
06. Busy Doing Nothing
07. Rich For A Day
08. Waiting In The Wings
09. The Emperor S New Guitar
10. The Hamburger Song
11. Henry And James
12. The World Spins So Slow

3 Comments:

Anonymous 美鏡乱 said...

リクエストにお応えいただきありがとうございます。いや~、何とも懐かしい音色ですねぇ・・・。当時はSpirogyra的なものを期待していたのでかなり失望したのですが、そうは言いながらもよく聴いていた記憶があります。"As Far As Dreams Can Go"というアルバム(当時は気付かなかったのですが日本のみの発売らしいですね)に収録の"Locomotion"のふわふわしたカバーで夢見心地だった、そんな20年前(笑)。

09 February, 2008 12:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I have the B side Waiting in the wings on a 7". Have searched so many times for an mp3. You have made my weekend. Thanks again

06 April, 2008 23:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

来年の3/20-22 来日公演があります。ご案内まで。

28 November, 2008 10:39  

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