Like The Wedding Present before them, Cinerama have had a close association with the John Peel show from the outset. This second collection of recordings made exclusively for the programme, both in live performance and in studio sessions at the BBC's famous Maida Vale Studios in London, features the earliest rendition of songs that went on to form the core of the band's second and third albums, Disco Volante and Torino.
Included are six songs that eventually became singles, among them the string-laden epic, Health And Efficiency, number 3 in 2001's Festive 50, and a French vocal version of the ultra sexy Lollobrigida. The album also features Quick, Before It Melts, Number 2 in 2002's Festive 50, and described by the NME as a candidate for "Single Of The Week Forever".
The Cinerama web site can be found at www.cinerama.co.uk “The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!” John Peel
This year David Gedge finally realised a dream that he's had for about 15 years.
He's been doing The Wedding Present since they released their first single in 1985, of course, but, since the late 1990s, he's also had a side project called Cinerama whose music is less guitar-orientated and features more in the way of strings, orchestral brass, vintage keyboards… and anything else from classic pop arrangements that’s taken his fancy, to be honest. Last June Cinerama performed live for the first time in what you might call 'all its glory’... with a string quartet, trumpeter, flautist and assorted other guest contributors.
This spectacular event, which was held at London's 'O2 Academy Islington’, was something of a one-off, so David decided to film it and record it for posterity. ‘Live 2015’ is the result of his endeavours. From the first twang of guitar to the last twinkle of piano keys, this recording sparkles; a total departure from The Wedding Present, as David intended it to be, of course. Cinerama bring to life favourites selected from each of their four studio albums.
With its "musical set pieces and vocal nuances fine enough to rival Bacharach and David", Cinerama’s recent studio album ‘Valentina' was described as "a truly sparkling and uplifting concerto for the modern age" by Vive Le Rock Magazine.
Tracklisting: CD: 1. 146 Degrees 2. Kerry Kerry 3. You're Dead 4. Ears 5. Careless 6. Hard, Fast And Beautiful 7. Mystery Date 8. You Jane 9. Honey Rider 10. Your Charms 11. The Girl From The Ddr 12. Dance, Girl, Dance 13. Quick, Before It Melts 14. Airborne 15. Après Ski 16. End Credits 17. Cat Girl Tights 18. Wow
DVD as CD tracklisting plus: ‘Model Spy [Live]’ ‘Mystery Date Promotional Video’ ‘Deer Caught In The Headlights Promotional Video’ ‘Behind The Scenes’
A 24 Track Double Cd [18 Track Double Lp] Compiling Eps, Obscurities, Songs In German & French And A Cover Of "Diamonds Are Forever". Partly Recorded By Steve Albini. With Extensive Sleeve Notes By Cinerama's Bass Player.
Cinerama is David Gedge’s ‘other’ band, formed in 1998 when The Wedding Present were taking a break. They have released three studio albums and three compilations, of which Seven Wonders Of The World is the third. The Cinerama compilations round up singles and EPs and principally feature tracks that were not included on the studio albums. The CD version of Seven Wonders Of The World also features a stripped down acoustic session that Cinerama recorded for the KRTU radio station in San Antonio Texas in 2009.
Gedge used Cinerama to explore a different musical territory to The Wedding Present and often cited John Barry and Ennio Morricone amongst his influences. Although this gave the band a big screen filmic feel Cinerama also often incorporated classic pop as well as surf music into their sound. Some of the singles on Seven Wonders Of The World were taken from Cinerama’s 2002 album, Torino, which was described by Uncut Magazine thus : “Cinerama are escaping the shadow of Gedge’s illustrious indie-legend past. Torino is a giant beast of adulterous lyrical fantasies, cult soundtrack flourishes and the screams of Steve Albini-engineered guitars”.
1. Health And Efficiency (6.20)
2. Swim (3.11)
3. Diamonds Are Forever (2.51)
4. Health And Efficiency [Version Francaise] (4.37)
5. Lollobrigida [Version Francaise] (3.39)
6. Quick, Before It Melts [Single Version] (3.24)
7. Ears [Acoustic Version] (3.54)
8. As If (4.33)
9. Careless (2.51)
10. This Isn't What It Looks Like (3.34)
11. Sparkle Lipstick (3.40)
12. Don't Touch That Dial (5.23)
13. The One That Got Away (4.53)
14. On / Off (1.40)
15. It's Not You, It's Me (2.41)
16. Erinner Dich (2.05)
17. I Wake Up Screaming (4.30)
18. Unzip [Live, At The Edge Of The Sea] (3.22)
Bonus Tracks [CD Only]
1. Your Charms [Acoustic Version] (2.54)
2. Get Smart [Acoustic Version] (2.51)
3. Honey Rider [Acoustic Version] (3.43)
4. Kerry Kerry [Acoustic Version] (2.17)
5. King's Cross [Acoustic Version] (2.56)
6. Quick, Before It Melts [Acoustic Version] (3.04)
This Album Compiles Cinerama's Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth And Thirteenth Singles.
Tracks 1-3 were originally released on the Scopitones CD single "Health And Efficiency" [TONE CD 008] in 2001. Tracks 4-5 were originally released on the Scopitones 7" single "Health And Efficiency" [TONE 008] in 2001. Tracks 6-8 were originally released on the Scopitones CD single "Quick, Before It Melts" [TONE CD 010] in 2002. Tracks 9-11 were originally released on the Scopitones CD single "Careless" [TONE CD 012] in 2002.
Tracks 12-14 were originally released on the Scopitones CD single "Don't Touch That Dial" [TONE CD 016] in 2003.
Tracks 15-16 were originally released on the Go Metric 7" single "It's Not You, It's Me" [MM/001] in 2004.
Tracks 17-18 were originally released on the Artificial Head Records And Tapes 7" single "I Wake Up Screaming" [HEAD 011] in 2013.
Disc Two: Tracks 1-6 were originally recorded for a "Music For Listeners" session that was transmitted by KRTU - San Antonio, Texas, USA, in 2009 by Michael Thomas and Orlando Torres.