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Cherry Ghost - Live At The Trades Club Hebden Bridge 2LP

Cherry Ghost - Live At The Trades Club Hebden Bridge 2LP

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"As the final act before their hiatus – coming after three critically praised albums in a decade - 'Live at the Trades Club Hebden Bridge' is Cherry Ghost performing an intimate, starkly arranged set at the 2015 Heavenly Weekender. Released now for the first time – on double vinyl and download – this is perhaps the best realised collection of songs from Cherry Ghost, the alias of the Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Simon Aldred.

The instrumentation – Aldred is joined on keyboards and light percussion by Christian Madden and Grenville Harrop – brings to the fore Aldred's peerless songwriting, his oak-aged, prematurely wisened baritone. 'History' wrote the Quietus in 2014, 'will be kind to Aldred', and this collection proves exactly that – with a bit of time and distance, the songs presented here show a highly singular, highly accomplished songwriter, aspiring to the pop classicism of Glen Campbell or Bill Callahan.

All of human life is here – tracking a drizzly Northern gothic of last bus loneliness, late-night Spars, solitary drinkers, factory floors and Gods that betray. And yet, there's more than meets the eye. There's magnetic renderings of his best known songs - 4AM, People Help the People, the soaring Mathematics - but surprises reveal themselves. All I Want and Herd Runners candidly examine Aldred's sexuality, whilst the seldom heard b-side Bad Crowd reveals Aldred to be a much funnier songwriter than remembered.

What runs right through Aldred's work, however, is a yearning – a much tested faith in romance – so no wonder that the album ends on its most optimistic notes, at the darkest point of winter nestled in the West Yorkshire valleys, promising clear skies ever closer."

Tracklist:

1. Drinking for Two
2. Herd Runners
3. 4AM
4. Fragile Reign
5. Sacramento
6. Thirst For Romance
7. My God Betrays
8. Throw Me to the Dogs
9. All I Want
10. False Alarm
11. Bad Crowd
12. Please Come Home
13. Mathematics
14. Four Eyes
15. People Help the People
16. Clear Skies Ever Closer

About this product: this is the August Record Store Day '20 release on 2x vinyl.