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London singer-songwriter Bill Fay released two albums on the Deram label in the early '70s and promptly disappeared into relative obscurity for 30+ years. In the last 10 years or so those albums have finally begun to get the recognition they deserve, and 4 Men With Beards is proud to be able to bring them back into circulation on 180 gram vinyl. First up is the self-titled debut from 1970, an absolute classic of British folk-rock.
1. Garden Song 2. The Sun Is Bored 3. We Want You To Stay 4. Narrow Way 5. We Have Laid Here 6. Sing Us One Of Your Songs May 7. Gentle Willie 8. Methane River 9. The Room 10. Goodnight Stan 11. Cannons Plain 12. Be Not So Fearful 13. Down To The Bridge
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Fashion be damned: Pop culture is just one big Hometown Buffet for writer-director Quentin Tarantino. Nowhere has that sensibility been more apparent than on his hand-picked soundtrack choices, and this oft tongue-in-cheek tale of a female assassin's revenge (his first film in six years) is no exception. With dizzy, almost palpable glee, Tarantino evokes the international hall-of-mirrors influences that energize martial arts films and much of Asian pop culture in general. Thus the hip-hop of Wu Tang's RZA (who, along with composer Charles Bernstein, concocts what passes for the score's traditional cues) somehow finds itself but one ingredient in a heady souffle that includes vintage TV and film cue rarities (Al Hirt's main title from The Green Hornet, Bernard Herrmann's haunting theme from Twisted Nerve, the spaghetti western melodrama of Luis Bacalov's The Grand Duel, Isaac Hayes in full blaxploitation mode on Run Fay Run), Charlie Feathers' vintage rockabilly and a pan-kitsch sensibility that encompasses Zamfir, Nancy Sinatra's angst-in-the-pants take Bang, Bang and Santa Esmeralda's disco-era workout of Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. Tarantino's contemporary Japan-Pop selections are no less giddy, ranging from Meiko Kaji's sultry Flower of Carnage to The 18.104.22.168's loopy Woo Hoo. It's everything we've come to expect from a Tarantino score (including dialog excerpts and a few sound fx stingers), with a madcap trip around the pop music world thrown in for good measure. -- Jerry McCulley
1. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - By Nancy Sinatra 2. That Certain Female - By Charlie Feathers 3. The Grand Duel (Parte Prima) - By Luis Bacalov 4. Twisted Nerve - By Bernard Herrmann 5. Queen Of The Crime Council - By Kill Bill Soundtrack 6. Ode To Oren Ishii (feat. The RZA) - By Vincent Tempera & Orchestra 7. Run Fay Run - By Isaac Hayes 8. Green Hornet - By Al Hirt 9. Battle Without Honor Or Humanity - By Tomoyasu Hotei 10. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - By Santa Esmeralda 11. Woo Hoo - By The 22.214.171.124's 12. Crane/White Lightning - By The RZA/Charles Bernstein 13. The Flower Of Carnage - By Meiko Kaji 14. The Lonely Shepherd - By Zamfir 15. You're My Wicked Life - By Kill Bill Soundtrack
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"Bill Fay is now regarded as one of the great British songwriters" - MOJO
"A talent undimmed by decades away from the studio" - Guardian
Ask Bill Fay about his relationship with his instrument and he says something revealing, not "Ever since I learnt to play the piano," but "Ever since the piano taught me " What the piano taught him was how to connect to one of the great joys of his life. "Music gives," he says. And he is a grateful receiver. But, it makes him wonder, "Who is the sender?" Fay - who after more than five decades writing songs is finally being appreciated as one of our finest living practitioners of the art - asserts that songs aren't actually written but found. He recorded two phenomenal but largely overlooked albums for Decca offshoot Nova in 1970 and 1971. After 27 years of neglect, people like Nick Cave, Jim O' Rourke, and Jeff Tweedy were praising those records in glowing terms. Recorded in Ray Davies' Konk Studios, North London, Who Is The Sender? sees Bill expanding upon themes he has touched on from the beginning, spiritual and philosophical questions, observations about the natural world and the people in the city he has lived in all his life.
1. The Geese Are Flying Westward 2. War Machine 3. How Little 4. Underneath The Sun 5. Something Else Ahead 6. Order Of The Day 7. Who Is The Sender? 8. The Freedom To Read 9. Bring It On Lord 10. A Page Incomplete 11. A Frail and Broken One 12. World Of Life 13. I Hear You Calling (Studio Reunion)
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Bill Fay is one of English music's best kept secrets. At the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum's Gary Brooker.
He made two solo albums but his contract wasn't renewed, which left his LPs and his reputation to become cult items. But he never stopped writing, the music kept on coming.
Now, in his late sixties, he has produced Life Is People, a brand new studio album that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.
1. There Is A Valley 2. Big Painter 3. Never Ending Happening 4. This World 5. The Healing Day 6. City of Dreams 7. Be At Peace With Yourself 8. Jesus, Etc. 9. Empires 10. Thank You Lord 11. Cosmic Concerto (Life Is People) 12. The Coast No Man Can Tell
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