Instant Replay – New Triple Vinyl Folk Artsit Compilation

Instant Replay
Stealing Sheep – One of the artists on Instant Replay

ECC Records unveil ‘Instant Replay’, a stunning vinyl-only triple album featuring 32 brand new versions of songs originally recorded between 1971 and 1981. It follows on from 2017’s highly acclaimed compilation album Self Preservation Society that featured reworkings of songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like its predecessor, it has been personally curated by Mark Constantine, founder of Lush and passionate music fan, this time bringing together some of the finest funk, folk, pop and ballads of the time.

Compositions by artists as diverse as Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Sparks, The Clash, Vangelis, Mott the Hoople and Stevie Wonder, have been reinterpreted by a galaxy of established and rising stars including Teddy Thompson, Stealing Sheep, Eliza Carthy, Jackie Oates, Marry Waterson, Bash & Pop and Honeyfeet. The result is yet another, magnificently diverse, six-sided jewel of a record.

Mark Constantine says: “There’s a trend to use the phrase ‘curated by’, but in this case it’s never been more appropriate. For me, selecting outstanding tracks from that decade to be covered by such magnificent performers has been the ultimate luxury. Some selections are obscure and overlooked greats; others are some of the most popular of the era. As you’ll see, once we started we couldn’t stop – and the digital album has even more tracks! I hope you love it as much as I do.”

Once again, this triple vinyl presents a collection of songs which may sound unlikely on paper but in reality are truly stunning in their diversity and creativity. Side A opens with Honeyfeet’s cover of the 1971 Jethro Tull song Locomotive Breath featuring a magnificent, bluesy vocal from singer Rioghnach Connolly, also heard on the uplifting hands-in-the-air cover of Vangelis’s State of Independence from Afro Celt Sound System. Stealing Sheep tackle Peter Gabriel’s Excuse Me and rework Heart’s Barracuda into an artful slice of synthpop, while Marry Waterson provides a radical reimagining of the Cure’s 10:15 Saturday Night alongside Robert Palmer’s Johnny and Mary with cello accompaniment. Elsewhere we hear a beautiful reinterpretation of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On by Teddy Thompson who goes it alone with just vocal and ukulele on Stevie Wonder’s If It’s Magic, both juxtaposed by The Kenneth’s proggy version of Werewolves of London. With 37 tracks on this delectable collection, there is a new discovery on each listen.

ECC Records was founded by Mark Constantine, founder of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Simon Emmerson – record producer, guitarist, founder of Afro Celt Sound System and core founder of The Imagined Village (a collaborative work of many roots artists that includes Eliza Carthy) is its Musical Director. Read more at https://www.eccrecords.co.uk/about/

‘Instant Replay’ is released on 7 June 2019 as a triple-vinyl available from all Lush stores, selected vinyl outlets and from eccrecords.co.uk plus all the usual digital retailers (Cat # ECC100-014).

INSTANT REPLAY – Full Track Listing

Side A

  1. Locomotive Breath – Honeyfeet

– originally appeared on Jethro Tull’s 1971 album Aqualung
showcases Ríoghnach Connolly’s brilliant bluesy vocal and virtuoso flute playing

  1. Tusk – The Kenneths

– title track of Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 album

  1. The Hansbach – Gamesteacher

– taken from from Rick Wakeman’s 1974 prog rock epic, Journey to the Centre of the Earth

  1. Barracuda – Stealing Sheep

– a complete reworking of Heart’s soft-metal track into artful synthpop

  1. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us – Dream Themes featuring Piney Gir

– originally a number 1 hit for Sparks in 1974

– recorded by TV theme tribute band Dream Themes, formerly the backing group for Mancunian showbiz legend Frank Sidebottom

  1. Down And Out – Eliza Carthy

– a version of a song from Paul Williams’ Oscar-winning 1976 soundtrack to the film Bugsy Malone

– performed by the multi-award winning Eliza Carthy MBE

Side B

  1. All The Way From Memphis – Max Poscente

– originally a hit for Mott The Hoople in 1973

– blistering sax solo comes courtesy of PJ Harvey and Tindersticks collaborator Terry Edwards

  1. What’s Going On – Teddy Thompson

– a beautiful reinterpretation of the Marvin Gaye protest song

– Teddy’s work, both solo and with his talented family (including Richard & Linda) is widely acclaimed

  1. Lost In The Supermarket – Sheema Mukherjee

– first appeared on The Clash’s 1979 album, London Calling

– features Sheema Mukherjee’s sitar and distinctive vocal

  1. Who By Fire – One eskimO

– classic Leonard Cohen track with a melody based on a Hebrew prayer

– a brand new recording by Kristian Leontiou’s One eskimO project

  1. Tubular Bells (excerpt) – Rhodri Marsden

– an excerpt from Mike Oldfield’s magnum opus

– narration comes courtesy of Simon Heyworth, co-producer of the original album

  1. The Belfast Hornpipe – Na Cliaraí

– tune originally popularised by The Dubliners

– a collaborative effort between Honeyfeet’s Connolly and producer Richard Evans

NOTHING IN THE WORLD LIKE…

Side C

  1. State Of Independence – Afro Celt Sound System

– Written and recorded by Yes frontman Jon Anderson and Greek synth wizard Vangelis in 1981

– Subsequently and memorably covered by Donna Summer

– A huge number of musicians involved in this epic reworking by the Afro Celts

  1. Nothing In The World Like Love – The Free French

– the opening track from Labi Siffre’s 1971 album The Singer And The Song

  1. Tangled Man – Green Gartside

– A rare recording by Scritti Politti frontman Green Gartside
– taken from Anne Briggs’ 1971 album The Time Has Come

  1. Liza Radley – Jackie Oates & Barney Morse Brown

– b-side to The Jam’s 1981 hit “Start!”

– reinterpreted with cello and violin courtesy of Oates and Morse Brown

  1. Brass In Pocket – Honeyfeet

– the first number one single of the 1980s, originally recorded by The Pretenders

Side D

  1. Overture~Cotton Avenue – Working Week with Julie Tippetts

– First appeared on Joni Mitchell’s 1977 album Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter

The first collaboration between Working Week and Julie Tippetts since 1989

  1. Amsterdam – Ben Murray

– A cover of Al Stewart’s homage to the Dutch city from his 1972 album Orange

  1. Dead Ringer – Si Nicholls

– a song from The Stranglers’ 1977 album No More Heroes

– performed by Lush’s very own father & daughter combo Simon and Libbi Nicholls

  1. 10:15 Saturday Night – Marry Waterson

– A radical reimagining of the original recording, which appeared on The Cure’s debut album, Three Imaginary Boys

produced and arranged by solo artist Adem Ilhan, formerly of Fridge, now with Domino Records

  1. The Kiss – Rosie Doonan

– a track from Judee Sill’s beautiful 1973 album, Heart Food

– features one of the UK’s leading harpists, Ruth Wall

EMOTIONAL RESCUE

Side E

  1. Grace Darling – Atlas and The Pleiades

– features four vocalists: Rosie Doonan, Mira Manga, Jackie Oates and Angie Pollock

– the closing track of Strawbs’ 1975 album Ghosts

  1. Still… You Turn Me On – Ben Murray

– a track from Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s fourth album, Brain Salad Surgery

– performed by actor, folk musician and singer Ben Murray

  1. Emotional Rescue – Honeyfeet

– a version of The Rolling Stones’ falsetto single from 1979

  1. If It’s Magic – Teddy Thompson

– Teddy goes completely solo, with just vocal and ukulele

– a song from Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life album (1976)

  1. Johnny And Mary – Marry Waterson

– Robert Palmer’s 1980 song about the shallowness of male politicians and the boredom of their wives

– accompanied by Barney Morse Brown on cello

Side F

  1. Werewolves Of London – The Kenneths

– the original is best known for its appearance in the Tom Cruise film The Color Of Money
– recorded by Warren Zevon in 1977 with Fleetwood Mac’s rhythm section

  1. Pulstar – Gamesteacher

– The 1976 synthesiser masterpiece by Vangelis reworked with a full band

– The current drummer of prog legends Gong provides the rhythm track for this version

  1. Mandolin Wind – Bash & Pop

– featuring Tommy Stinson, former bassist with The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses

– original track released by Rod Stewart in 1971

  1. You’ve Got A Friend – Martha Tilston

– One of Carole King’s best known songs, appears on her Tapestry album

– performed by singer and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Martha Tilston

  1. Instant Replay – Wattle & Daub

– Dan Hartman’s disco classic reworked by multi-instrumentalist Rob Smoughton (Hot Chip, Scritti Politti, Black Peaches) and his bandmate Rhodri Marsden

USB

  1. Excuse Me – Stealing Sheep

– A track from Peter Gabriel’s 1977 debut album

  1. Water Bearer – Beagle & Amalthea

– The title track from the 1978 album by Sally Oldfield, sister of Mike Oldfield

  1. Grease – Nuala Davies

– The title track of one of the highest-grossing musical films of all time

– solo violin courtesy of Jennymay Logan of The Elysian Quartet

  1. Back To Nature – Palm Skin Productions featuring Kate Berney

– the original, an early electronica classic by Fad Gadget, was the second ever release on Mute Records

  1. You’re So Vain – Beagle & Amalthea

– a Ronettes-style reworking of Carly Simon’s biggest hit

 

The Self Preservation Society

Here is something that must have been a lot of fun to do… Released by ECC Records – 19th February 2018 – A really folking brilliant, folk-rocking and beautiful listen – Darren Beech

‘The Self Preservation Society’, a stunning vinyl-only triple compilation album, three years in the making. Personally curated by Mark Constantine, founder of Lush and a passionate music fan, the album features 34 versions of songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s, bringing together some of the finest progressive, folk and psychedelic moments of that era. Original compositions by artists as diverse as Genesis, Nick Drake, The Doors and Frank Zappa have been reinterpreted by a galaxy of established and rising stars including Teddy Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Jackie Oates, Marry Waterson, Julie Tippetts and Honeyfeet. The album captures a period of time that was rich with experimentation; an era when anything and everything could happen. The result is a magnificently diverse, six-sided jewel of a record.

Mark Constantine on Teddy Thompson’s version of The Zombies classic, She’s Not There, taken from the album…

The track is one of many “from a period of time when my friends and I were experimenting by listening to everything from West Coast bands like The Byrds to classically-inspired groups such as The Nice,” says Mark Constantine. Honoured and thrilled that that some of his favourite artists, many of whom he had worked with before, shared his enthusiasm and passion for these songs, he added, “Each track has had the deluxe treatment from a collection of great individuals, bands and producers. The result means a great deal to me, and I can’t stop listening to it.”

The album will be available from all Lush stores (plus via the amazon link below) bringing this extraordinary collection to a new audience. The record is full of breathtaking moments, many of which sound unlikely on paper but are stunning in reality. The Imagined Village’s take on Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, featuring pounding dhol drums of Johnny Kalsi and Eliza Carthy’s incredible vocal performance, is an undoubted highlight. Barney Morse Brown’s version of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love”, a face-off between layered cellos and pounding drums, adds a sinister, ghostly edge to a rock classic. Beautiful vocal performances by Jackie Oates, Rosie Doonan and Marry Waterson bring nostalgic memories of The Zombies, The Byrds and Leonard Cohen into sharp focus. And two versions of Quincy Jones’s “Get A Bloomin’ Move On” – the theme to the 1969 film The Italian Job – bookend the album.

“They were truly extraordinary times,” says Simon Heyworth, who mastered the record. “I was an avid attendee at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco… I would go to every concert I could, including Cream, Blind Faith, The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield. I never saw The Zombies perform, but Teddy Thompson’s rendition of ‘She’s Not There’ is brilliant. I love the way all these recordings sound.”

‘The Self Preservation Society’ is released on heavy-weight triple-vinyl.

‘The Self Preservation Society’ Track list:

Get A Bloomin’ Move On – The Pickled Walnuts
The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack – Beagle & Amalthea
Hocus Pocus – Man Diamond
Time Of The Season – Jackie Oates
Fresh Garbage – Julie Tippetts
I Wouldn’t Leave My Wooden Wife – Iamesh and the Secret Collective
Gunga Din – Rosie Doonan & Ben Murray
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) – Beagle & Amalthea
Lady Eleanor – Ben Murray
As You Said – Doonan, Oates & Manga
Sunshine Of Your Love – Barney Morse-Brown
Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – Marry Waterson
Hello, I Love You – Beagle & Amalthea
Reasons For Waiting – Honeyfeet
She’s Not There – Teddy Thompson
Riders on the Storm – The Dhol Foundation featuring Charlie Casey
Kashmir – The Imagined Village (feat Eliza Carthy)
White Rabbit – Honeyfeet
America – The Naked King
Utterly Simple – Sheema Mukherjee
For What It’s Worth – Kami Thompson
Don’t Bogart Me – Honeyfeet
Crazy Cajun Cakewalk Band – Iamesh and the Secret Collective
Lullaby – Matt Shaw & James Porter
Graveyard – Jackie Oates & Barney Morse-Brown
Terrapin – James Porter
The River – The Naked King
Montana – Iamesh and the Secret Collective
Get A Bloomin’ Move On – Dream Themes
Nantucket Sleighride – Beagle & Amalthea
Stamping Ground – Iamesh and the Secret Collective
Moonchild – The Naked King
Time Has Told Me – Ben Murray

USB EXTRA – It Happened Today – Wojtek Godzisz

ECC Records Web link: https://www.eccrecords.co.uk/about/