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Electric Eden: Rob Young’s ground-breaking survey of music making in the British Isles

Album release: Electric Eden (2 CD compilation)
Release date: 20 August 2012 
Label: Universal Music Catalogue 

Universal Music Catalogue is scheduled to release Electric Eden, a new compilation, hand-picked by author and journalist Rob Young, on August 20th 2012. The two-disc set is designed to serve as a companion to Young’s highly acclaimed book Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music which was published by Faber & Faber in 2010.

Just as the book mapped out a native British musical voice that reflected the complex relationships between town and country, progress and nostalgia, radicalism and conservatism, so too does this compilation.

It’s a veritable connoisseur’s choice of folk music which collects together such diverse artists as Archie Fisher, Meic Stevens, Bill Fay, Comus, and Mick Softley, even David Bowie - alongside the more expected names such as Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, The Incredible String Band and Nick Drake.

The two disc set is divided into an Acoustic Eden and an Electric Eden and comes with comprehensive, track-by-track notes by Rob Young.

Rob Young comments: 'This compilation is designed to follow the flow from acoustic to electric folk in the late 60s and early 70s, a magical time in British music. I've tried to include a mixture of rarities, unheard versions, familiar names and unjustly neglected heroes and heroines. I'm particularly proud of including a rare original version of 'A Sailor's Life' by Fairport Convention, literally the first time a rock drum kit was ever used on a traditional folk song. History in the making!'

Track listing


1. Peter Bellamy - ‘Oak, Ash and Thorn’
2. Traffic - ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’
3. Bert Jansch - ‘The Waggoner’s Lad’
4. Fairport Convention - ‘Stranger to Himself’
5. Archie Fisher - ‘Reynardine’
6. Bread, Love and Dreams - ‘Brother John’
7. Bill Fay - ‘Garden Song’
8. Water Into Wine Band - ‘Stranger in the World’
9. Tudor Lodge - ‘Willow Tree’
10. Comus - ‘Diana’
11. Meic Stevens - ‘Yorric’
12. Magic Carpet - ‘The Dream’
13. Sweeney’s Men - ‘The Pipe on the Hob’
14. Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - ‘False Knight on the Road’
15. Dr Strangely Strange - ‘Dark-Haired Lady’
16. Albion Country Band - ‘I Was a Young Man’
17. COB - ‘Music of the Ages’
18. Roger Nicholson - ‘The Carman’s Whistle’
19. Bridget St John - ‘Fly High’
20. John Martyn - ‘She Moves Through the Fair’


1. Richard Thompson - ‘Roll over Vaughn Williams’
2. Steeleye Span - ‘The Lark in the Morning’
3. Unicorn - ‘Country Road’
4. Fairport Convention - ‘A Sailor’s Life’
5. Trees - ‘Glasgerion’
6. Fotheringay - ‘Gypsy Davey’
7. David Bowie - ‘Black Country Rock’
8. John Martyn - ‘Glistening Glyndebourne’
9. Mike Cooper - ‘Paper and Smoke’
10. Shelagh McDonald - ‘Mirage’
11. Spirogyra - ‘Disraeli’s Problem’
12. Mick Softley - ‘Time Machine’
13. Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band - ‘Murder of Maria Marten’
14. Pentangle - ‘Jack Orion’
15. Incredible String Band - ‘Painted Chariot’
16. Nick Drake - ‘Voices’

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Scottish songbird Lizzie Nightingale releases her anticipated E.P., ‘Tiny Teardrops’

EP release: Tiny Teardrops
Release date: 6 August 2012
Listen: (free download)

"I think it's a really strong EP, Alone for me being the stand out, grandiose, triumphant and almost cinematic. She has got one damn strong voice." - Ally McRae, Radio 1

After a successful stint working alongside Libertine Gary Powell, Scottish singer-songwriter Lizzie Nightingale has decided to spread her wings and go solo for the release of her forthcoming E.P Tiny Teardrops, which is available as a free download until August 6 2012.

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Lizzie spent her early years doused in the edgy sounds of Eurythmics, Kate Bush and Bowie as well as a few Motown classics courtesy of her mother (who was a singer and performer). Harmonies and melodies came easily to her and after studying music theory and everything major to minor in between, the music bug took control.

With her musical goals firmly in sight, Lizzie released a compilation of demo tracks. She gained immediate support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and Galaxy FM and sold thousands in the UK and Japan. The success of these tracks also led to a Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 1. Her new EP, Tiny Teardrops, is the result of Lizzie finding her own individual sound, and after months of writing and developing, this timid yet vivacious Scottish girl is gearing up to showcase her raw and real talent.

Influenced by artists such as Regina Spektor, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox, Tiny Teardrops is written in its entirety by Lizzie, and produced by some of the best up-and-coming producers around. Lizzie has been collaborating heavily with Matty ‘Parka’ Thomson (Wayne Hector, Lady Leshurr, Monica) who has brought most of the EP to life, lending his tip-top production skills to Tiny Teardrops, Footsteps, and a heavy dupstep mix of Alone. She has also linked up with London based producer Mazoulew (Random Impulse, G.R.E.E.D.S) on the track Lights, a tribute to anyone who has love for what they do in life.

Although previously released on iTunes, the song Sparkle, produced by Joel Hartman (2000fastwomen) and the Team Tartan remix, courtesy of fellow Scot Show N Prove, (Rizzle Kicks, Benny Banks), both feature on the EP, as Lizzie felt they completed the package perfectly.

The first video to be released from the EP is for Alone, Lizzie’s take on Magnetic Man’s Flying Into Tokyo, and she more than does it justice, giving it her own twinkly treatment.  

This young lady has a bright future ahead of her; being a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, and with her flawless vocal skills, she ticks all the boxes required for success. Look out for her on a stage near you, backed by her band, the mighty Remedies (Ed Sheeran, Mikill Pane). Live is how Lizzie does it best.

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Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter reveals 20th studio album

Album release: When I’m President by Ian Hunter
Release date: September 4, 2012
Label: Proper 

As leader of ‘70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock’n’roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate songwriters.

On September 4, 2012, Hunter will release When I’m President (Proper Records), his 20th album of original songs, and the latest highlight in a storied career that’s produced immortal anthems like All The Young DudesAll the Way From Memphis, Once Bitten, Twice Shy and Cleveland Rocks.

The new album's 11 originals include such infectious, personally charged numbers as the wry, socially-conscious title track, the gently introspective Fatally Flawed; the bittersweet ballad Black Tears, the chugging rocker Wild Bunch, the swaggering I Don't Know What You Want (which features a guest vocal by Hunter's son Jesse) and the vivid, haunting Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse) — all of which showcase the jagged immediacy of Hunter's one-of-a-kind voice and the punchy authority of his longstanding all-star backup combo, The Rant Band.

"The songs seem to be more upbeat this time round," Hunter notes. "The last two albums were pretty political, just because I thought the Bush years were horrible, and thankfully that's passed.  But I don't go looking for songs; I have to wait for them to come to me. I had a spurt there in the summer of 2011, and that grew into this album. I'd get up every day with something ringing in my head, so I'd try to catch it and get it down. Songwriting's always been a mystery to me in that way.  Now and again you're nearer the sun, and you have to be ready to capture it."

The qualities of musical depth and emotional honesty that distinguish When I'm President have been constants in Ian Hunter's expansive body of work. Hunter was already a young veteran of London’s burgeoning rock scene when he joined Mott the Hoople in 1969, and recorded four iconoclastic albums with the quintet by the time it rode the glam-rock wave to international superstardom with the David Bowie-produced 1972 album All the Young Dudes and its Bowie-penned title hit.  The band's artistic and commercial success continued with 1973's Mott and 1974's The Hoople and Mott the Hoople Live, helping to set the stage for the rise of British punk and new wave before the group disbanded in 1974. 

Hunter moved to New York and segued into a celebrated solo career with 1975's Ian Hunter, quickly building a formidable body of solo releases that expanded upon the achievements of his former band.  

Following 1983's well-received All of the Good Ones Are Taken, Hunter took an extended hiatus that kept him out of the spotlight for much the next decade, until the 1993 death of his longtime friend and collaborator, guitarist Mick Ronson, jolted him back into musical action.

Like such acclaimed recent Hunter releases as Rant (2001), Shrunken Heads (2007) and Man Overboard (2009), When I'm President — his first new recording since Mott the Hoople's historic 2009 reunion shows at London's Hammersmith Odeon — ranks with Hunter's most impassioned and insightful work.

Hunter’s creative rebirth has produced some of the best music of his lengthy career, and When I'm President continues the remarkable resurgence of this true believer in rock 'n' roll's transformative power. 

Hunter will kick of a tour of the United States and Europe on September 1. More details will be announced shortly. 

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