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£17.99Visit product page →Green vinyl with 4 page lyric insert/booklet) – Limited worldwide to 500 copies
When you’ve co-founded one of the most successful bands in Irish history, written one of the best-loved guitar riffs of all time and had the British Prime Minister claim he listens to your songs when he “needs a lift” (which, let’s face it, must be quite often), it would be easy to put your feet up, sit back and bask in the glory of a successful career in music.
Or you could just keep on working like legendary blues guitarist and Thin Lizzy founder member, Eric Bell, who has just finished recording his first studio album in more than six years.
Exile, the first collection of new material since 2009’s Lonely Nights in London, was recorded at Edge Recording Studios, a converted barn in Cheshire. Basic, homely and unpretentious, what the studio lacks in corporate frills, it more than makes up for in pedigree. Owned by renowned sound engineer John Delf, who works with some of the globe’s biggest bands, including Five Seconds of Summer Plan B and The Script, and run by Mark Winterburn, one of the UK’s top studio engineers, it offered the back-to-basics, artist-led approach that Eric needed to tempt him back into the studio.
Over the years, Eric had become disillusioned with the recording process, and “world-weary” sound engineers in particular, and had often felt like the finished product bore little relation to what he had originally played.
It was this promise of creative freedom, the freedom to experiment and even to fail, coupled with the open-minded, flexible attitude of the staff, that drew Eric to Edge Studios.
Lyrically, the new album covers a lot of ground; some songs reflect the difficult times in Eric’s life, others explore universal themes of love, fatherhood and loss. Some were penned many years ago, lying dormant as if waiting to be brought to life, some were written very recently. There’s even a cover of a rock ‘n’ roll standard.
Although Eric didn’t start out as a songwriter, working alongside Phil Lynott in Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison in Them and Dave Clark in the Noel Redding Band allowed him to see the songwriting process up close and gave him the confidence to find his own writing style.
Today, Eric remains resolutely analogue in his approach to songwriting. He admits to having carrier bags full of cassettes at home, filled on both sides with 10-second snippets of ideas for songs. Every now and then he goes through them, searching for the one gem that might be the starting point for a new song.
Eric’s final days with Thin Lizzy are well-documented, as are his struggles with drink and drugs, particularly during the making of Vagabonds of the Western World, the band’s third, and arguably best, record. He does, however, have fond memories of the band’s first recording session.
In the intervening years, Eric has built up loyal fanbase right across Europe, who have followed his career closely and are eagerly awaiting his next project. So, what can they expect from the latest Eric Bell offering?
1. Deep In Your Heart
2. Don't Love Me No More
3. Gotta Say Bye Bye
4. Vote For Me
6. Little Boy Running
7. Rip It Up
8. Concrete Jungle
9. Thank God
10. Song For Gary
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£11.99'Standing at a Bus Stop' is legendary guitarist, musician and songwriter Eric Bell’s second album for Of The Edge Productions. The eagerly anticipated follow up to 2016’s Exile - Eric’s first studio recording for more than ten years - Standing at a Bus Stop gives fans more of what Eric does best - bitter sweet lyrics, gorgeous melodies and fantastic guitar riffs.Visit product page →
Featuring nine brand new tracks written by Eric - plus two wonderful covers of Howlin Wolf's ‘Back Door Man’, and Elvis’ Mystery Train - this latest album showcases Bell’s talent for song writing and his desire to keep moving forward with his music. “It would have been very easy to become Thin Lizzy part II,” says Eric, “but I’ve always gone my own way. You shouldn’t be scared to take a chance and experiment. Whatever talent I possess, I want to use it and you can’t do that if you’re always looking to the past.”
Once again, Eric draws heavily on his own life for inspiration on this record (and his extraordinary life has certainly produced plenty of song writing material!), crafting songs that are highly personal yet completely universal - songs of love and loss, dreams and memories, good times and bad.
Some are recent creations, reflecting Eric’s thoughts on the modern world; some were written years ago, forgotten and rediscovered for this album. “You get a free razor blade with every copy!” laughs Eric.
“The songs on this album might be a bit melancholic but they’re not miserable. They are honest, they’re about real people and places and capture certain points in my life that meant something and made me who I am. “I was never really considered a songwriter until Exile,” he adds, “so it’s amazing to have the chance to do another record. It feels like a natural progression for me. Like maybe I can write after all.”
1. Back Door Man
2. Changing Room
4. In Memory of Django
6. Golden Days
7. Mystery Train
8. One Day Too Early
9. Pavements Paved With Gold
11. Standing at a Bus Stop
12. Walking in the Park
13. Golden Days
Release Date: 01/12/2017