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Chart Chat Edition 811 – W/C 18.09.15

Chart Chat Edition 811 – Week Commencing Friday 18th September 2015


For those reading this for the first time, Chart Chat has been in existence for over 15 years. We completed eight hundred editions reviewing the weeks charts and new releases before deciding it was time for a change of format.  Now we will be looking at new music ahead of its release, and it won’t always feature tracks released as singles. I have learned in recent years that the best music does not always make the charts, and to renew my love of music I have had to look to broader horizons.

So what have we been discussing in the Chart Chat offices this week?

Carolynne Poole – ‘Standing On Top Of The World’ (Single)

This is the second official single from Carolynne, and follows on from her excellent debut ‘I Love You But Shut Up’. Fans will already have heard her perform the track on Terry Wogan’s radio show last month while it has also picked up airplay on country music stations around the UK. A live performance of the track was made available on her YouTube channel back in May while other songs featured have included ‘Cupid Must’ve Been High’, ‘One Size Fits All Guy’ and ‘Made For You’.  This track is much slower than her previous single but it allows for the musical backdrop to complement her voice perfectly. It is hoped that a full length album is not too far from release, and that we can expect some live performances soon. It is to Carolynne’s credit that she has taken her own direction since leaving the X Factor and fingers crossed success is just around the corner for her.

The Christians – ‘We’ (Album)

Although lead singer Garry is now the only “Christian” in the band (brother Roger sadly died from a brain tumour while Russell ceased touring from 2005) the band continue to write and perform new material. They are about to release their brand new long player ‘We’ and it comes three years on from their last full length album ‘Speed Of Life’.  The band are touring this Autumn alongside Andrew Roachford and their live performances continue to delight fans with Garry losing none of the edge from his soulful voice. Ten new songs are featured here including ‘Rise’, ‘Mother’, ‘Big Red Sky’ and ‘Roses Are Blue’. You would have to go back over twenty years to find the bands last top forty single, and while that run is unlikely to end in the forseeable future hopefully this album will give their loyal fanbase something to enjoy while bringing in some new admirers along the way.

Cliff Richard – ’75 at 75′ (Album)

It seems strange that in Great Britain we very rarely give praise to artists who deserve it.  This appears to be the case with Sir Cliff Richard who has an impressive array of statistics to his name, but very rarely enough credit.  He has enjoyed fourteen no.1 hits, spent 46 weeks at the top of the chart and has notched up 124 top forty hits. Now in celebration of his 75th birthday he is releasing a three CD compiliation taking in 75 of his greatest hits and he will also be touring the UK before Christmas to play to his loyal fanbase. The only new track included here is ‘Golden’, a track originally penned to celebrate his 50 years in the music business back in 2008. While he has sung the track live it has not been recorded until now.  That aside there is nothing new here but I have no doubt that there will still be an army of fans that will be keen to snap this latest compilation u.

Erasure – ‘Always’ (Album)

Andy and Vince are now celebrating an amazing thirty years as a duo, and in honour of that they are releasing a compilation album entitled ‘Always’. The first disc concentrates on the hits that have spanned their career while a further two discs of rarities and remixes are also included.  ‘Sometimes’ originally reached no.2 back in 1985 but is getting a new lease of life next month courtesy of a new mix by David Wrench while celebrations will continue in 2016 with the release of an anthology and several 180g heavyweight vinyl reissues. While they haven’t enjoyed a hit on the singles chart since 2007 they continue to release new music with their most recent album ‘The Violent Flame’ reaching the top twenty last year. Fans will be keen to pick up the new mixes while hopefully the wider audience will enjoy revisiting their classic singles.

Frances Ruffelle – ‘I Say Yeh Yeh’ (Album)

Frances is an award winning actress who is also famous for representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and for being the mother of Eliza Doolittle. She was inspired to record the album after listening to the music of Francoise Hardy but it also includes songs from Edith Piaf and Les Miserables. The album is preceded by the single ‘Paris Summer’ which is a duet with Rowan John and in support of the album she has also been performing a series of live shows at Crazy Coqs in London. As she notes herself she records for fun and is proud of the results of her labour which has culminated in the release of this album. It’s hard to say just how successful this record will become but it makes a refreshing change to

Hue & Cry – ‘September Songs’ (Album)

While some readers may remember them from their 1980’s hits such as ‘Labour Of Love’ this album represents a very different sound. Later this year will mark a century since the great Frank Sinatra’s birth and the duo have opted to celebrate this occasion by releasing album covering some of his finest tunes. It sounds like they are quite at home with the jazz /swing sound with vocalist Pat Kane delivering a vocal performance which would not sound out of place in a smokey late night bar. Few would doubt the calibre of the songs on offer with examples including ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, ‘Little Green Apples’, ‘Let’s Fall In Love’ and ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’. It’s has been over twenty years since they last charted with the remix of their ‘Labour Of Love’ single but they continue to tour and put out new music.  If you haven’t heard any of their recent output then I recommend you give it a listen.

Lovestarrs – ‘Somebody Like You’ (Demo)

Let’s start with a history lesson. Lovestarrs are a duo consisting of Sarah and Hamish who were originally signed to EMI as The Good Natured. They were dropped by the label, but because they did not own their own songs they could not release them. While many would have crumbled the duo opted to start again, and now they have two complete EPs and a debut album ready to go. This week saw the release of a snippet of ‘Somebody Like You’, and from the few seconds that are available it sounds promising. The track only exists as a demo at present but there are concrete plans for the band to launch a Kickstarter campaign on 12th October, and following on from that the tracks should grow in stature following the addition of some serious production. Other snippets will follow over the coming weeks, so I would recommend keeping an eye (and ear) on their Facebook / Soundcloud pages.

Squeeze – ‘Cradle To The Grave’ (Album)

You would have to go back 20 years to find the last time a studio album charted for Squeeze. On that occasion it was ‘Ridiculous’ which peaked at no.50, but hope are high that they could improve on that placing with their new album ‘Cradle To The Grave’. Both ‘Top Of The Form’ and the title track have featured in the bands live set over recent years with the latter becoming the lead single which has already found its way onto the Radio 2 playlist. It has the upbeat singalong feel which has made for so many great Squeeze singles over the years, and the fact that these new tracks form the soundtrack to the BBC2 programme of the same name can only help to create interest. The band are about to undertake an extensive tour of the UK during the remainder of September / October and I for one am looking forward to getting along to at least one of them.

Tom Robinson – ‘Only The Now’ (Album)

It was at the end of the 1990’s that Tom took a break from recording duties to pursue a career in radio. It was a decision that worked well for him with his Radio 6 show winning him praise from journalists and listeners alike. Now he has turned 65, his kids have both grown up and he feels that in Gerry Diver he has finally met the right producer to bring to life the songs he has had on the backburner for over fifteen years. The first single from the album was ‘Don’t Jump, Don’t Fall’ which was released in support of the male suicide prevention charity CALM. He has taken his band to play live at both Glastonbury and Latitude festivals during the Summer and the impression you get from reading his recent quotes are that he is a man enjoying making music once more. It will be interesting to hear the album in full, and I suspect that I won’t be left feeling disappointed.

Next Edition…

Other artists releasing singles over the coming weeks look set to include Gaz Coombes, Paloma Faith, Paul Weller and Miley Cyrus. The compilation album market is already gearing up for Christmas with best of / greatest hits releases due from Manfred Mann, The Kinks and Frank Sinatra while there is an orchestral album due from Elvis and The Beatles have repackaged their ‘1’ collection to include a DVD.  Artists releasing new studio albums include Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Ellie Goulding and Bryan Adams.

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Ian Anderson (@ChartChatUK)

Ian Anderson (@ChartChatUK)

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