Friday, September 13, 2013



New album from the 16-time Grammy® Award winner set for release on September 24, 2013. The album is inspired by Sting’s forthcoming play of the same name and explores the central themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon his memories of growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths – the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community – to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times. The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, debuts on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; Wicked, Other Desert Cities), John Logan (writer; Red, Skyfall) and Brian Yorkey (writer; Next to Normal)."The Last Ship" tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community. "The Last Ship" album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson. "The Last Ship" will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations - a 12-song version and a 2-disc deluxe version featuring 5 additional tracks. (The 12-song version will also be available on vinyl.) A super deluxe edition, containing 2-discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at AmazonMP3 will be the exclusive retailer for the 20-track, super deluxe digital edition.


Severn Records is proud to release the final recording by late soul-great Lou Pride. Ain't No More Love In This House, which showcases Lou's work in the final years of his life, features 4 originals and 7 covers including Ann Peebles (I Didn't Take Your Woman), Peter Hunnigale's Never, the standard Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast, and a beautiful version of the Simply Red classic, Holding Back the Years. Lou's subtle but powerful vocal style is complemented by strong grooves and elegant production. Packaged in Digipak format. Features Ain't No More Love In This House, I Didn't Take Your Woman, Take It Slow, Never, She Boom Boom Me, We Can Do What We Want, Love Come Got Me, Key to the World, I Gotta Move On Up, Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast, and Holding Back the Years.


This superb 1976 concert recording showcases the extraordinary talents of the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Her performance this particular evening also received the accolade of being the first live radio broadcast by a ""Pop"" artist from Carnegie Hall, New York City's most prestigious music venue. Laura had come a long way since her 1966 residency in San Francisco's 'Hungry i' coffee house. Born in 1947, a native New Yorker from the Bronx, Laura Nyro released nine studio albums during her lifetime - a tenth, 'Angel In The Dark', although recorded in the mid-1990's, was issued posthumously in 2000, after her untimely death from ovarian cancer in April 1997. In March 1976, when this broadcast was made, Laura was amidst a four-month tour in support of her sixth record, 'Smile', which is consequently very well represented with live versions of six tracks (the title track, Stormy Love, Money, I Am The Blues, The Cat Song and Midnight Blue). The tour was a substantial undertaking, complete with an eight-piece backing band including such consummate professionals as John Tropea on guitar (a highly regarded session musician, he also played with Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and Paul Simon) and Andy Newmark on drums (previously with Sly and the Family Stone). 1968's 'Eli and the Thirteenth Confession' is clearly a favourite of its author as well as her audience, and contributes four songs to proceedings: The Confession, Sweet Blindness, Timer and Emmie. Of the remaining quartet, And When I Die comes from Laura's 1967 debut, 'More Than A New Discovery', Sweet Lovin' Baby from 1969's 'New York Tendaberry' and two from 1970's 'Christmas and the Beads of Sweat' (Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp and When I Was A Freeport and You Were The Main Drag). Fate may have robbed the world of Laura Nyro, but this broadcast stands as a fitting testament to her prodigious talents as a songwriter, musician and performer. ~

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