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£16.99Phil Swill'Odgers is well known as one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of The Men They Couldn't Hang. He is also highly regarded as a solo singer/songwriter in his own right and this brilliantly fresh new album brings his songwriting prowess into sharp, bright, focus.Visit product page →
Lyrically this is a collection of unique tales with cinematic imagery - from kitchen sink realism and social commentary to technicolor splendor. The album, in the main, was recorded in the studio built for Kirsty MacColl by Steve Lillywhite in their family home in Ealing.
The studio resonates with musical history and Phil was also lucky enough to be able to use guitars previously owned by Kirsty. Musically the album has many levels - it takes Phil Odgers'warm melodic voice and rhythmic strumming as a starting point, adds a bit of double bass, fiddle and lead guitar in all the right places. It's never crowded.
The Train'has a genuine Johnny Cash feel - ¦in fact, on that track, Swill played the actual Martin guitar once owned by Johnny Cash. Blue Skies And A Saturday Job'showcases the unusual combination of acoustic guitar with baritone and tenor sax whilst the albums only cover song, Long Stem Rose', is lovingly embraced by cornet, flugalhorn, trumpet and bass trombone. Mist On The Water', perhaps the fullest song on the album, has a full string arrangement with violins, violas and cellos adding extra depth. Piano and Drums also make a brief appearance but nothing is overplayed giving the entire album a beautifully understated feel.
Phil Odgers and producer James Knight made a point of only using real instruments and live performances - no auto tune here, this is as real as it gets folks! These organic and passionate sessions have resulted in a magical and deeply accomplished album by the UK's most underrated singer - ¦.
1. The Train
2. Blue Skies And A Saturday Job
3. No Getting Over You
4. Mist On The Water
5. Moving On Again
6. Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down
7. Too Cold For Me
8. Long Stem Rose
9. Tomorrow Will Be Fine
10. Eddie Was
11. Half Past 3
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£16.99The revered British folk punk group The Men They Couldn't Hang celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2014 with the release of a brand new album, The Defiant'. Previewed with a sold out London show at Shepherds Bush Empire in April that won rave reviews in The Guardian and on The Arts Desk and an accompanying EP that saw significant specialist airplay on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music BBC Scotland and BBC Wales, the release of The Defiant'will be followed by a UK tour and a return visit to SBE.Visit product page →
The Men They Couldn't Hang formed in 1984. Championed by John Peel, their debut single 'Green Fields of France' was a huge hit on the UK Indie chart and was no. 3 in Peel's Festive Fifty for 1984 (behind The Smiiths and Cocteau Twins). The song subsequently appeared on their first album, Night of a Thousand Candles'. The following year, they recorded How Green Is The Valley'with producer Mick Glossop, while by 1988 and their third album Waiting for Bonaparte', TMTCH had also achieved recognition in mainland Europe for their political comment and raucous live shows.
Touring in support of 1989's Silvertown', the band played to a crowd of more than 250,000 in Estonia as communism started to crumble, prior to an unforgettable appearance at Reading Festival. At the height of their career, they recorded the acclaimed Domino Club' with producer Pat Collier, but then went on hiatus in 1991 following a farewell tour'. Performing sporadically for the next few years, TMTCH reunited permanently in 1996 and released a new album, Never Born To Follow'and the Six Pack EP' that delighted their fans by displaying a fresh power and vitality to their music.
Two Best Of'collections, Majestic Grill'and The Mud, The Blood And The Beer'[both 1998] were eventually followed by the well received albums The Cherry Red Jukebox' and the Pat Collier produced Devil On The Wind'in 2009. TMTCH have spent the last few years touring regularly throughout Europe and playing at numerous festivals alongside the likes of The Levellers, Billy Bragg and Nick Lowe. They also headlined the 10th anniversary commemoration of Joe Strummer's Acton Town Hall show in November 2012.
They kicked off their own 30th Anniversary celebrations with a sold out show at Shepherd's Bush Empire in April 2014.
1. Raising Hell
4. Carrying the Flame
5. Turquoise Bracelet Bay
6. Silver Chains
7. Night Ferry
9. Atheni Dreams
10. Fail to Comply
11. Hardworking People
12. Twilight Road