Geraint Watkins 'In A Bad Mood' Expanded version. Goldtop Recordings
"Discerning music lovers have long known that Watkins is not only an artist and entertainer of the very top drawer but also, bafflingly, an all too well-kept secret. Being so individual his style is hard to define - I would file him as the missing link between Paulo Conte and Howling Wolf." - Nick Lowe
Geraint Watkins releases a Deluxe version of his ‘In A Bad Mood’ album. It follows the numerous radio sessions and appearance on BBC TV’s ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ that greeted the release of the original version late last year.
Geraint is currently (spring 2012) on a World Tour supporting Nick Lowe. For full tour-dates please visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Geraint-Watkins/119930124758655
The CD features five additional new recordings. ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ is the Carpenters classic with an orchestral arrangement by Kate St. John; ‘Wonderful Life’ is an early and unavailable Geraint song given a new styling; ‘Bouffant’ is a brand new song from the Watkins lab.
Nick Lowe has been covering ‘Only A Rose’ as a duet with Geraint in his live shows – this version was recorded in Zurich last year. The album now finishes with ‘Soldier Of Love’, the much-covered Watkins classic, here in a touching solo piano version.
Although widely known amongst his fellow musicians and enjoying airings by Bob Dylan on Theme Time Radio Hour, Watkins has had a modest public profile during his career to date.
But concert goers and record buyers will have heard him play with Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman, Nick Lowe and many, many more.
Geraint's third solo album, 'In A Bad Mood' was recorded alongside Nick Lowe's recent 'At My Age' album sessions. As with Nick's album, it was recorded with Lowe, Matt Radford, Robert Treherne, Matt Holland, Steve Donnelly and others at Goldtop Studios, produced by Geraint with Neil Brockbank. The CD is the launch album for Goldtop Recordings, in partnership with Jungle.
Geraint Watkins was born in South Wales more than 50 years ago. After an art school education he moved to London and has been playing with the top names in popular music ever since. Latterly Geraint has taken time out for two solo albums that have built a loyal audience - 'Watkins Bold As Love' in 1997 (Bluefive) and 'Dial 'W' For Watkins' in 2004 (Proper).
Now with ‘In A Bad Mood’ it's time for his exceptional music - which covers blues, jazz, folk and rock - to be listened to attentively and appreciated.
*** Youtube clip of Geraint live on BBC2 ‘Later… with Jools Holland’: - ***
We’ve Only Just Begun*, Easy To Say, Champion, Unto You, It’s A Wonderful Life*, Fools Like Me, Chagrin, Bouffant*, My Love, Bourgeoisie, History, Jenni, Only A Rose*, Heart Of The City, Catch On, At Last, Soldier Of Love*.
* = Bonus to original release.
Cat. no: AU79CD002
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Note:The slipcase that this was originally released in has been discontinued - not to save money (we threw some away), but because no-one really like that 'Deluxe' cover picture. So it now looks similar to the original concise, now discontinued 12-track album, but this is the expanded 17-track version.
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