ARE YOU NOT BLUE? is the latest instalment of the Aldora Britain Records compilation series. This time around we feature nineteen of the finest independent artists from all around the world, covering a vast array of genres and styles. There is so much to discover here and we really enjoyed digging through all the featured artists' records to pick out songs, an especially tough process this week.
The title is a reference to a track that appears on the compilation, 'Am I Blue?' by James McClaskey and His Rhythm Band. The original idea behind the cover art was to make something similar to Blue is The Colour by The Beautiful South, the idea eventually evolved into what is presented now. We wanted to bring in the idea of being 'blue' as a number of musical icons have passed recently - Ennio Morricone, Charlie Daniels and Judy Dyble. This collection is also dedicated to these three individuals and their extensive influence on the canon of popular music.
The album sees the return of Brighton's brilliant Tenderhooks who contribute a track from their 20-20 Vision record. 'Cell Number 9' continues in the tradition of such prison-bound songs as Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues' and Glasvegas' 'Polmont on My Mind' but with added melancholy. The remaining artists are all brand new to the compilation series.
We have the lo-fi alternative guitar rock of Vaguess, the alt country - pop punk crossover of Jorgensen, and the pop sensibility glam metal of Nathaniel Kinsey. Things move along with James Edwyn and The Borrowed Band, rootsy folk rock; James McClaskey and His Rhythm Band, prohibition era bluesy jazz; and The Fox Sisters, screaming garage soul.
The Wounded Healers contribute a tearjerker of a track in a style that lands between folk, Americana and adult contemporary. They also granted permission for a track from their gothic folk side project, Marsh Gothic. The two songs and their opposing styles show the depths of creativity that songwriter, Peter Conner, can call on, a truly talented contemporary artist.
The remaining contributions come from the meaningful alternative pop of SheBeat, the lo-fi alternative folk rock of Jeremy Nail, and the indie post punk of Macatier. Comrade Catbox deliver some Britpop revivalism, Pre-Cog In The Bunker bring continental post-punk, and JF Zastrow shares his acoustic folk punk escapades. There is the jazz-swing-soul hybrid of Grifter Kid and The Midnight Raiders, the one-take Americana folk of Luke Tuchscherer, and the frontal assault psychobilly of Wild Karma. Finally... we have the Oregon garage powerpop of The Toads.
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released July 12, 2020
Compiled by Tom Hilton for Aldora Britain Records. Artwork by Tom Hilton, photo taken in Rothley, England, July 2020. This collection is dedicated to Ennio Morricone, Charlie Daniels and Julie Dyble. 'Crumbs Of Comfort' written by Peter Conner, used by permission of The Wounded Healers, taken from 'Found In Translation' (2018). 'Passing San Ysidro' written by James Edwyn, used by permission of James Edwyn and The Borrowed Band, taken from 'High Fences' (2018). 'Lady Maybe Baby' written by and used by permission of Wild Karma, taken from 'Faster Louder!' (2017). 'If You Only Knew' written by and used by permission of The Fox Sisters, taken from 'Bust Out!' (2020). 'Leaky Eyes' written by and used by permission of JF Zastrow, taken from 'Between You And Me' (2019). 'It'll Be Alright' written by and used by permission of Nathaniel Kinsey, taken from 'Making The Most Out Of Nothing' (2017). 'Relax (It's Only Love)' written by and used by permission of The Toads, taken from 'The Compleat Toads' (2018). 'I Got High' written by Morgan Jacob, used by permission of Jorgensen, taken from 'Something Beautiful' (2019). 'My Darling England' written by and used by permission of Luke Tuchscherer, taken from 'Carousel' (2019). 'Cell Number 9' written by and used by permission of Markus Leinweber, taken from '20-20 Vision' (2020). 'Murder At The Mall' written by Karl Theobald, used by permission of Grifter Kid and The Midnight Raiders, taken from 'The Receipts of Time' (2019). 'Am I Blue?' written by Harry Akst and Gus Clark, used by permission of James McClaskey, taken from 'Tomorrow Night' (2019). 'In The Arms Of The Gypsy King' written by Shannon Reilly and Peter Conner, used by permission of The Wounded Healers, taken from 'A Secret Never Told' (2020). 'Henry Chinaski' written by and used by permission of Macatier, taken from 'Native Noise' (2020). 'Yours - Mine' written by and used by permission of Pre-Cog In The Bunker, taken from 'What If?' (2020). 'Honeysucker' written by and used by permission of Comrade Catbox, taken from 'Off-Putting Unwinding' (2020). 'Impossible' written by Jodie Schofield, used by permission of SheBeat, taken from 'Catch Your Breath' (2019). 'Understand' written by and used by permission of Vaguess, taken from 'Guest List To Heaven' (2020). 'Nothing But A Song' written by and used by permission of Jeremy Nail, taken from 'Ghost Of Love' (2019).