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« on: January 24, 2008, 12:43:36 PM »

Well worth shelling out a few bob for, I reckon:

http://www.decemberists.com/news.aspx

I'm interested in what he says about Shirley Collins, and to hear his version of Barbara Allen!

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 06:25:26 PM »


Well worth shelling out a few bob for, I reckon:

http://www.decemberists.com/news.aspx

I'm interested in what he says about Shirley Collins, and to hear his version of Barbara Allen!

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The ep "Colin Melloy sings Trad arranged Shirley Collins" (or something like that) is essential, as is his ep of Morrisey covers - both sold at solo gigs only I think...but available at various sites of ill repute if you look hard enough...
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2008, 05:06:02 PM »

Not long until this comes out now...really looking forward it  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2008, 12:50:21 PM »

Ditto - I listened to all the Decemberists CDs yesterday on a particular tedious journey to Swindon...excellently refreshing (Decemberists, not Swindon). Mr Meloy writes great lyrics with really original tunes to match. Also good to see how the songwriting & arrangements evolve over each record. I read recently that a major tour is due for later this year - a must! Grin

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008, 11:40:13 AM »

Anyone bought this yet? I noticed it was displayed in a prominent position in HMV, but as I'd gone in to town to buy things other than CDs (and was already clutching 3 of the wretched things), I didn't think I could add another.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 11:48:49 AM »

I listened to it yesterday for the first time. I had not heard Colin Meloy before and have not yet heard the Decemberists but I enjoyed this a great deal. Lovely songs, beautifully sung and very funny. I shall be checking out the band soon as a result.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2008, 11:52:55 AM »

Oh dear; sounds like another one to spend the money earmarked for something else on then! I don't own any Decemberists stuff, but have listened to them quite a lot on Lasf fm.
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2008, 12:25:36 PM »

Well, I listened to this yesterday, and I'm still puzzled as to what all the fuss is about. Yes, he does engage with the audience pretty well (that Dracula's Daughter thing was pretty amusing) but given the choice of all the versions of Barbra Ellen I've heard, this would be near the last one I would choose to listen to. I gave the Decembrists a try a while back, and now I've given this one a chance.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2008, 07:48:33 PM »


Well, I listened to this yesterday, and I'm still puzzled as to what all the fuss is about. Yes, he does engage with the audience pretty well (that Dracula's Daughter thing was pretty amusing) but given the choice of all the versions of Barbra Ellen I've heard, this would be near the last one I would choose to listen to. I gave the Decembrists a try a while back, and now I've given this one a chance.
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After a hell of a lot of listens, I actually don't think this is actually that good.  

It seems very stilted compared with some of the live solo shows I've heard, and to be honest the dialogue intro sections don't work outside of the context of a whole gig, at least to me.... if I was setting off on a journey of discovery of this great talent this is not where I'd advise you starting..if you can find the two eps 'Sings Morrissey' and 'Sings trad. arr Shirley Collins' listen to them, and then put the Decemberists on....On reflection, its all a bit of a disappointment, which is the very last thing I expected.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2008, 09:02:42 PM »

Interesting article from the Grauniad...

http://music.guardian.co.uk/pop/story/0,,2272333,00.html
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2008, 12:55:51 AM »



Well, I listened to this yesterday, and I'm still puzzled as to what all the fuss is about. Yes, he does engage with the audience pretty well (that Dracula's Daughter thing was pretty amusing) but given the choice of all the versions of Barbra Ellen I've heard, this would be near the last one I would choose to listen to. I gave the Decembrists a try a while back, and now I've given this one a chance.
Oh well, we can't all like the same things.  Smiley

After a hell of a lot of listens, I actually don't think this is actually that good.  

It seems very stilted compared with some of the live solo shows I've heard, and to be honest the dialogue intro sections don't work outside of the context of a whole gig, at least to me.... if I was setting off on a journey of discovery of this great talent this is not where I'd advise you starting..if you can find the two eps 'Sings Morrissey' and 'Sings trad. arr Shirley Collins' listen to them, and then put the Decemberists on....On reflection, its all a bit of a disappointment, which is the very last thing I expected.


What I don't understand is why such a wonderfully talented writer should be wasting his time on such a well-known if not hackneyed piece of the tradition.  He writes lyrics about subjects that few writers would ever think about, yet alone write, the Crane Wife probably the most obvious case in point.
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2008, 09:02:31 AM »


I listened to it yesterday for the first time. I had not heard Colin Meloy before and have not yet heard the Decemberists but I enjoyed this a great deal. Lovely songs, beautifully sung and very funny. I shall be checking out the band soon as a result.


You won't regret it GubGub - I checked them out thanks to Andy L and I'm glad I did - refreshingly different stuff!
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