Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Recommended: Benediction (Dave Scott-Morgan)

#352: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS does not happen to believe in coincidences and that things happen for a reason. Hence, in the week that I revisited 1992's "The B.C. Collection" by Tandy Morgan Smith [i.e. Richard, Dave and Martin], it was nice to get back in touch with Dave Scott-Morgan again this week having touched base during the release of the revitalized "Earthrise" last Summer but having, sadly, not got around [yet] to meeting up with mutual acquaintance Colin Owen.

Dave has asked me to check out his new track "Benediction", a very nice bluesy folksy tune that promises much for the forthcoming "Across The Divide" release later this year thus:
"Benediction" is the first digital download release from DSM's forthcoming new album "Across The Divide" and features guitar work by Tony Kelsey [Steve Winwood/Bev Bevan's The Move] and production by former ELO cohort Martin Smith. Here is what Dave says about both "Across The Divide" and "Benediction":

"Dave, last-century European hit writer and guitarist with the cosmic British band, the Electric Light Orchestra, still a minstrel of follies and fables in his own digital workspace ... Where is that space exactly? It's in Birmingham, in the Midlands of Great Britain. It is here that we hear, wafting up from the dungeons, the strains of a new album - set to be called: "Across The Divide". Why is it called that? Dave writes: It's "Across The Divide" that technology has come to the rescue, to forge my motley gathering into a family. Some of them had previously defied my attempts to make them upstanding members of the dots and crotchets club but behold, new software and new ways of working have provided the missing link. Now my babies are mixed over the internet, with Martin Smith, 150 miles away in Sussex communicating with me in my home studio, ‘Grimm Doo’. These songs, given to me over many years, were put together with the help of many visitors to ‘Grimm Doo’. If they all knew each other we could call it a group, but no, they are pals just stopping by - and I guess that’s another divide that this album reaches across. The first track to be aired is: "Benediction" [the others are under wraps just for the time being]. The video here [see above] is kinda appropriate as it covers the roads between my house and Martin's. Check it out! The Irish have such a way with words huh? The inspiration for this song came to me via my friend Oliver, whose parting homily was always: "May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be in your back ..." The recording of: "Benediction" was begun on a Roland VS system and then migrated to ProTools. Guitars parts are by Tony Kelsey, Jack Rosa and myself, Mandy plays tambourine and the production mix is by Martin Smith."

You can buy "Benediction" by Dave Scott-Morgan in digital format via this link thus:

"Across The Divide" will comprise these songs: "Girl In A Jaguar" ~ "Samson And Delilah" ~ "Ball And Chain" ~ "Benediction" ~ "Shanty Town Blues" ~ "Normal Day" ~ "Post War Baby" ~ "Across The Divide" ~ "Cold City" ~ "Mission Impossible"  ~ "Robin's Song"

Here is a link to the official web site of Dave Scott-Morgan for you to peruse and keep up to date with his latest musical developments thus:

 ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Benediction" by Dave Scott-Morgan to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-May-2012

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