|Like the old saying goes, "if it doesn't rain, it pours" and all of a sudden we have three new releases out in October.|
Out this week:
PYTHON LEE JACKSON: Sweet Consolation 1966-73 (hac130)
Following on from the Missing Links, Purple Hearts and the Wild Cherries, the latest ‘classic reissue’ from Half A Cow Records is from one of the most popular live Sydney bands of the 60s beat era - Python Lee Jackson. Starting with the three CBS 1966 singles (featuring Mal McGee on lead vocals and Mick Liber on guitar) the band re-grouped in London in the late 60s and went on to have Rod Stewart sing on the hit 'In A Broken Dream'. Unfortunately, this track DOES NOT APPEAR on this compilation (as the current copyright holder, a former accountant for the Bay City Rollers, did not want to licence the song to us) but the song's writer David Bentley has recorded a new version especially for this cd, complete with the full never-before-heard lyrics. Also included are the 1968-73 London recordings (except the Rod Stewart-sung tracks). All 24 songs first time on cd, including 11 unreleased-until-now. Plus 36 page booklet.
El MOPA: The Metal Years (hac138)
The third album from Sydney four piece el Mopa has been described as ‘Sydney soul’. While the band endorses that description, we are all world citizens now, aren’t we? So it’s more than that – with touches of psych folk ('The Dead Certainty'), mariachi intensity ('What We’re Burning') and roots tinged rock ('Dirty Old Town') and even songs matching the title - the 90s dinosaur stomp of 'I See A Strobe' and the stoner rock of 'The Metal Years'. Back from the wilderness with a new line-up, El Mopa arises more powerful than ever, with three voices leading the chorus: founder Simon Wooldridge, guitarist Matthew J Toohey (Kid Cornered) and bassist producer Emma Hoy (Pip Branson Corporation, the Bonettes, Bruce). Guests like Bree Van Reyk (Holly Throsby), Darren Hanlon and Penny McBride (the Cannanes) put them in good company. A long time in the making, and longer in the waiting, this is el Mopa’s musical values distilled to optimal 40 minute form.
Both these cds are packed in the Eco-Box jewel case, made from 100% recyclable polypropylene - much lighter than the plastic and won't crack. Dig the new breed!
Out October 17th:
AGNES KAIN: Across The Ocean Grey (hac136)
Since the release of their debut album Keep walking or I’ll kill you in August 2007, Agnes Kain made the move to London and are now about to release their second album Across the ocean grey. Penned on buses, trains and during airport sleepovers around the world, it is another beautiful collection of songs reflecting on the small things that usually go unnoticed around the bigger things. Recorded by Stef Simunic and Chanelle Afford in London then mixed and mastered in Glasgow at Ca Va Sound by Brian McNeill. interview with Agnes Kain
HAC IN OL' BLIGHTY
Live in the UK? Want to S.L.I.T.U.K? What? That is short for Shop Locally In The UK. And Half A Cow has joined up with the wonderful Rhythm Online Record Shop and you can now buy all the titles on Half A Cow direct from them.
Half A Cow now has a worldwide deal with the all-conquering iTunes and we've been adding the back catalogue in leaps and bounds. Want Pip Proud on your ipod? The classic Spdfgh album Leave Me Like This pumping out of your mobile phone? Or, even better, make a cd of it and blast this long-deleted album through a stereo system.