Review: Burton Bradstock - All Upon A Lovely Summer’s Day (Vinyl LP Version)
|Album:||All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day|
|Date of Release:||2012/10/29|
|Cat. No.:||F-IRECD 58|
|Other:||Vinyl LP - CD also av.|
|Country of Release:||UK|
|Sub-Genre/s:||Contemporary, Folk Jazz, Post-bop|
|Date of Review:||2012/11/26|
|Web Site:||http://www.burtonbradstockmusic.com/, http://www.jimmycannon.com/|
All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day
All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (Vinyl LP Version)
Released on the prestigious F-IRE Presents label on 29th October, Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (Vinyl LP Version) is this artist's debut leader album with a small band and is the 'de luxe' vinyl LP version of the CD.
The differences between the CD and the vinyl LP positively warrant a separate review of this latter. The most significant and immediately striking of these differences are the much larger image of Ed Gray's gorgeous cover art (see also review of Ed Gray's recent Ebb & Flow Exhibition which features the original painting, complete with a detailed explanation of the image), and that wonderful, rich, warm vinyl sound. Each of these alone is worth buying the vinyl LP for!
Other differences are, full lyrics of all songs on the back (with the exception of Pentangle's Train Song, which is omitted here), though these should not really be necessary for the attentive listener given Bradstock's excellent, clear diction; and the songs are presented in a slightly different order. The actual recordings are, of course, the same.
The excellent solo violin of Julian Ferraretto, Dorian Ford's superb piano that sometimes combines his colourful jazz harmonies with a folksy plinky-plonky style, special guest Iain Bellamy's insistantly jazzy sax, the luscious strings, Bradstock's own stylish and stylistic vocals, they're all still there of course. And yet, the vinyl LP of All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day somehow, in some ways quite unfathomable, unexplainable, seems to be a slightly different album.
To really appreciate the difference, you'll have to listen to the vinyl yourself. It's subtle, but the sensitive listener will find it and be rewarded by it.
It would be pointless to repeat the essential points of the CD review of All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day here, so please see that if you haven't read it already. Suffice it here to say in summary that Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day is a gorgeous album that combines jazz and folk successfully and will hold you under its spell quite possibly forever, regardless of whether you come to it from a jazz or a folk angle. Regardless also whether you go for the CD or the vinyl LP, or perhaps both, All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day is an album to die for and an absolute must have!
Enjoy the journey!
NB - a sample track has been omitted here as it would be impossible to reproduce the particular characteristics of the sound of the vinyl accurately.
Credits:Burton Bradstock - vocals
Dorian Ford - piano
Riaan Vosloo - bass
Tim Giles - drums (exc. B3, B5)
Dave Ohm - drums (B3, B5)
Pete Berryman - guitar
Julian Ferraretto - violin
Iain Bellamy - sax (A4, B4)
Robin Martin, Joanne Davies, Nozomi Cohen, Rosalind Gladstone
All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day can be purchased from :
Amazon.com - soon
Other online sources & better CD stores from 29th October 2012
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