Marc Almond - Shadows And Reflections (2017) Deluxe Edition CD Rip
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Marc Almond - Shadows And Reflections (2017) Deluxe Edition CD Rip

Artist: Marc Almond
Title: Shadows And Reflections (Deluxe Edition)
Year Of Release: 2017-09-22
Label: BMG (EU)
Genre: Pop/Rock, Alternative, Torch Songs
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue+.log)
Total Time: 45:00
Total Size: 309,07 Mb (Full Scans)
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Marc Almond's new album Shadows And Reflections features sumptuous arrangements of iconic torch songs and 60's orchestral pop for which he is beloved, as well as two new original compositions. The release features songs written or recorded by artists such as Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll, Billy Fury and the Young Rascals. It thematically begins and ends in an apartment. "It's about this guy that's living in a luxury expansive glass apartment overlooking the city, filled with sculptures and beautiful things, an empty soulless shell, surrounded by absurd wealth," Almond explains. "He is sitting alone and I imagine listening to this music, possibly the songs that make up this album. He's rich in the bank but the poorest person you know." 2017 cements the 60th Birthday year for the singer who the Observer noted, "has never stood still" and follows on the great success of his Top 10 album Hits And Pieces. ~Amazon~
Leave it to Marc Almond to bridge the gap between covers and concept albums. Shadows and Reflections is both. Its track list reveals iconic '60s-era pop songs of astonishing variety. There's Burt Bacharach's "Blue on Blue" and Johnny Mandel's "The Shadow of Your Smile," as well as the Herd's "From the Underworld," a gorgeous, daring read of the Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad," and Bobby Darin's "Not for Me," to mention a few. Almond and his chief collaborator, British composer, arranger, and saxophonist John Harle (who wrote the set's "Overture" and "Interlude," and co-wrote the closer "No One to Say Good Night To" with the singer), used a guiding aural aesthetic in opting for expansive panoramic sound; they sought to emulate "a very late 1960s Italian cinema soundtrack...." Conceptually, the album begins and ends in a luxury apartment; its protagonist surrounded by objects of art and beauty but emotionally empty. He's alone throughout. As the lyric in the closing track states: "...I'm rich in the bank but the poorest person you know." Musically, this deep dive into '60s-era mood music, with its lush strings, lilting and twanging guitars, muted brass, and imaginative percussion, sounds timeless. Almond imbues these songs without a trace of nostalgia or irony. The orchestrations are complex and imaginative, and reinforce the notion of isolation, loneliness, and the desire for intimate connection. After the relatively restrained "Overture," the listener is jolted for a moment by the jaunty yet somehow forlorn use of harpsichord in the reading of the Action's title track. Almond sticks close to its melody, but puts his indelible handprint on it through his phrasing, which both illuminates and deepens the lyrics. The reading of Julie Driscoll's "I Know You Love Me Not" possesses the aching drama Dusty Springfield's mid-'60s material did, as well as evoking Driscoll's sense of indictment -- Duane Eddy-esque guitars and all. The set's first single is a reading of the Young Rascals' "How Can I Be Sure." This version, like the original, is innocent, but this blue-eyed soul can't help but make its question existential. It's followed by Timi Yuro's "Something Bad on My Mind," where its teen pleading is replaced by a heartbreak and disbelief so profound it breaks free of the boundaries in its lyrics. The Baroque string charts in "From the Underworld" are bridged to electric guitars and drums by no more -- and certainly no less -- than the passion and pathos in Almond's singing -- as if he knew what its writer (Peter Frampton) was predicting all along. Finally, his versions of the Mandel and Darin tunes smoke, smolder, and burn, earning their place in the hierarchy of interpretations. At the age 60, Almond delivers Shadows and Reflections with absolute commitment. On its surface, it is an exotic encounter with the sound of another era, but this is not merely an homage, but a work of tremendous musical vision and emotional depth. ~Review by Thom Jurek~
Release of this album/CD: 2017, September, 22 [CD BMG (EU), Cat.# 538310901 / UPC: 4050538310900]
(p)(c) 2017 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

Credits:

Art Direction – House @ Intro
Cello – Ivan Hussey (tracks: 1 to 14)
Drums – Mark Stevens (tracks: 1 to 14)
Engineer, Producer [Additional Production] – Jo Webb
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals – Jo Webb (tracks: 1 to 10, 12 to 14)
Illustration – Patrick Taft
Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone – Mike Stevens (tracks: 1 to 10, 12 to 14)
Lead Vocals – Marc Almond
Mastered By – Andy Walter, Tris Penna
Orchestra – Urban Soul Orchestra (tracks: 1 to 14)
Organ – Tim Oliver (tracks: 1 to 14)
Photography By – Mike Owen
Producer, Arranged By – Mike Stevens
Trombone – Nichol Thomson (tracks: 1 to 14)
Trumpet – Tom Walsh (tracks: 1 to 14)
Violin – Stephen Hussey (tracks: 1 to 14)
Vocals – Holly Petrie (tracks: 1 to 14), Iain Hornal (tracks: 1 to 14), Melanie Lewis-McDonald (tracks: 1 to 14)


Tracklist:

01. Overture (01:57)
02. Shadows and Reflections (02:49)
03. I'm Lost Without You (03:14)
04. How Can I Be Sure (02:48)
05. Something Bad on My Mind (03:31)
06. Blue on Blue (02:37)
07. I Know You Love Me Not (03:27)
08. Interlude (00:23)
09. From the Underworld (03:11)
10. Still I'm Sad (03:04)
11. Embers (03:57)
12. Not for Me (02:23)
13. All Thoughts of Time (03:44)
14. The Shadow of Your Smile (03:19)
15. No One to Say Goodnight To (04:36)

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Analyzed: Marc Almond / Shadows And Reflections
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -2.84 dB -18.21 dB 1:57 01-Overture
DR12 -1.62 dB -15.58 dB 2:49 02-Shadows & Reflections
DR13 -1.40 dB -17.39 dB 3:14 03-I'm Lost Without You
DR11 -1.82 dB -16.37 dB 2:48 04-How Can I Be Sure
DR12 -3.21 dB -18.00 dB 3:31 05-Something Bad on My Mind
DR11 -3.77 dB -17.87 dB 2:37 06-Blue on Blue
DR11 -1.06 dB -15.90 dB 3:27 07-I Know You Love Me Not
DR9 -7.06 dB -21.85 dB 0:23 08-Interlude
DR13 -0.58 dB -16.93 dB 3:11 09-From the Underworld
DR12 -4.09 dB -18.71 dB 3:04 10-Still I'm Sad
DR6 -8.43 dB -16.68 dB 3:57 11-Embers
DR15 0.00 dB -16.94 dB 2:23 12-Not for Me
DR11 -4.67 dB -18.96 dB 3:44 13-All Thoughts of Time
DR12 -4.34 dB -19.45 dB 3:19 14-The Shadow of Your Smile
DR12 -4.21 dB -18.48 dB 4:36 15-No-One to Say Goodnight To
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Number of tracks: 15
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 767 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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