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Dexys — Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul (3 Jun. 2016)

Dexys — Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul (3 Jun. 2016)

 Dexys — Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul (3 Jun. 2016)
•   Páté studiové album Dexys. Na svém kontě už mají platinu v UK za druhé album “Too–Rye–Ay” (1982), které získalo #2 v UK a na Novém Zélandu. Za stejnou desku získali gold v Kanadě. Navíc, za debut “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels” mají v UK silver. Předcházející album bylo v UK na pěkném #13. místě, v Norsku #27. Komu by se zdálo 5 studiových alb za necelých 50 let trochu málo, je dobré vědět, že vydali také 16 singlů, 5x Live, 8x kompilace a 4x videografie. Frontman Kevin Antony Rowland (ročník 1953) má dvě sólo alba. Za celou éru se v kapele vystřídalo 50 hudebníků na všech pozicích.  Skupina získala Brit Awards v kategorii Best British single (za píseň “Come On Eileen”).
Birth name: Kevin Rowland
Born: 17 August 1953, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, England
Location: UK
Genre: Folk, Jazz, Soul
Album release: 3 Jun. 2016
Record Label: Rhino / Warners
Duration:
Tracks:
Disc 1:
01. Women Of Ireland      3:22
02. To Love Somebody      4:33
03. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes      3:30
04. Curragh Of Kildare      4:11
05. I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen      4:36
06. You Wear It Well      4:51
07. 40 Shades Of Green      3:13
08. How Do I Live      5:00
09. Grazing In The Grass      4:19
10. The Town I Loved So Well      6:01
11. Both Sides Now      3:46
12. Carrickfergus      6:26
Disc: 2
01. To Love Somebody (Solo Vocal)
02. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Solo Vocal)
03. Curragh of Kildare (Solo Vocal)
04. I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (Solo Vocal)
05. How Do I Live (Solo Vocal)
06. Grazing in the Grass (Solo Vocal)
07. The Town I Loved So Well (Solo Vocal)
08. Carrickfergus (Solo Vocal)
09. How Do I Live (Instrumental)
10. Grazing in the Grass (Instrumental)
11. Both Sides Now (Instrumental)
Disc: 3
01. Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul — The Film
Personnel:
Current members:
•   Kevin Rowland — lead vocals, bass, guitar, piano (1978–87, 2003–present)
•   Lucy Morgan — violin, viola (2003–present)
•   Sean Read — keyboards, sax (2013–present)
•   Michael Timothy — keyboards (2013–present)
guests:
•   Helen O’Hara  violinist
Product description:
•   The album is a body of work which sees Dexys putting their heart and soul into every track that Kevin Rowland has wanted to do since the mid–1980s. Drawing on Rowland and co-producer/core band member Sean Read’s Irish roots, the album is a combination of their interpretations of Irish songs and other select compositions. Each song has been given at least the same level of attention and care as any of their own songs would be. This record is not a stop gap, or a fill in album. It is not a covers album.
•   “We had the idea to do this album in 1984 or 1985,” says Rowland. “It was to be called Irish and was to feature songs like ‘Carrickfergus’, ‘Curragh of Kildare’ and ‘Women Of Ireland’ — all of which are featured here. Dexys broke up not too long afterwards, so it didn’t happen.”
•   “Over the years, I would often think about it,” he continues. “The idea of it never went away. I can recall 10 or 12 years ago thinking, for example, ‘If I do ‘Carrickfergus’, I can try this or that.’ Or maybe we can do ‘You Wear it Well’, as the brief had expanded from solely consisting of Irish songs, to songs I’ve always loved and wanted to record. The album was always at the back of my mind. Then just as we were getting ready to record ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’, I had an inspirational bolt from the blue, a strong clear feeling that this album should be our next project.’
•   “The album is called Dexys DO Irish & Country Soul: DO it, not BECOME it,” he emphasises. “We’re not trying to be Irish, and we haven’t used too many Celtic instruments on there. It’s our sound. We’re bringing our style to these songs. I’m just a guy who follows my intuition, my inspiration. This really felt like the right thing to do. We have put probably more care and attention into these songs than we might have done with our own songs, because the odds were high. It was important to get them right, and make sure every one of them felt relevant to us.”
•   The 3 disc Deluxe Edition includes the album, a brand new 50 minute film and a bonus CD of accapellas and instrumentals.
Review
Dave Simpson, Thursday 2 June 2016 22.30 BST / Score: ****
Dexys: Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul review — a playful triumph
•   Dexys Midnight Runners broke up before Kevin Rowland could realise his vision of an album of traditional Irish songs, but the added “country soul” tag means it now stretches as far as Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now and a shuffling romp through Rod Stewart’s You Wear It Well. Playful pop sits alongside the melancholy beauty of the instrumental Women of Ireland, with guest violinist Helen O’Hara back for the first time in 31 years. Eyebrows may be raised over the more idiosyncratic choices and interpretations, but Irish–parented Brummie Rowland’s emotional connection with these songs is audible. He invests them with warmth and character, inhabiting them rather than covering them. Grazing in the Grass is enjoyably loopy; Paul Coulter’s The Town I Loved So Well is gently furious. Carrickfergus, an 18th–century song about a dying Irish labourer previously sung by Van Morrison and Bryan Ferry, finds Rowland digging deep into empathy and compassion for one of the performances of his career.
•   https://www.theguardian.com/
Website: http://dexysonline.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dexysofficial?lang=cs
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