The Verlaines - Hallelujah - All The Way Home (Vinyl, LP, Album)
Perceived influences aside, Downes is a true original. His melodic structures and arrangements are like nothing else under Kiwi sun, edgy and angular affairs that serve to challenge, confound and thrill the listener at any given moment.
In the decades since the Verlaines debut album Hallelujah All The Way HomeDownes has added horns, organ and strings to the original mix of bass, guitars and drums and the result is intoxicating. The good news is that a new album is due to be released sometime in While the friendship between the acts remained strong, artistically they were destined for different paths and by the time of their respective debut albums, that difference was well apparent.
The bands album the Bacharachian Sentimental Education was a lush and melodic affair that appealed to my sensibilities so perfectly that I wore out my first copy. I was working behind the counter at a Hamilton DVD store called Auteur House, an oddball affair that catalogued its movies by director, when a customer bought an empty case up to the counter for retrieval.
Processing his request into the computer I asked for his name as per standard procedure. He looked back at me like a possum caught in headlights so I hastily took his money before attempting some kind of redemptive statement. I wanted to say how much I admired his music but it came out garbled and still looking like a possum caught in headlights he grabbed his movie and fled the shop.
I bumped into him again two years later at the home of a mutual friend. Relics continues to trade — new and used vinyl as well as CDs — and long may it run. That care extended to the carefully washing of all used records and their re-bagging in new anti-static sleeves. Sure some locals grizzled about the prices, but not the visitors who knew a good deal when they saw it.
The reason for such a strong local music selection in Too Tone Records is that Tony refused to do what every other record store in the country did which was putting all their rare local stuff on E-Bay and Discogs for overseas collectors to obtain.
Tony had no problem with overseas buyers, he just preferred to see them visit Dunedin and his store in person. Apart from the records, a visit to Too Tone was a chance to view great original art. A Tony octopus-themed paint-by-numbers modified artwork. A visit to Too Tone was also a chance to discuss the weighty topics of the day, or The Verlaines - Hallelujah - All The Way Home (Vinyl to grizzle generally about the things that annoyed us most at the time.
Tony was a good listener. Sneaky Feeling: Husband House. The album has been written about a number of times over the years by a variety of people who had fallen in love with it when it was released and had never quite gotten over it. He limped back to NZ and got a job at the Auckland University Library where he met multi-instrumentalist Alice Bulmer and found a new lease on life. Between and The Darts released two albums, 2 E. The Dribbling Darts faded and music generally took a backseat as Bannister and Bulmer focused their attention on raising and supporting a family.
Suitably set free Bannister returned to University to study for his PhD in media graduating in He otherwise filled out the decade playing lead guitar for The Mutton Birds Bannister describes working with the obsessive Cake both as joyous and as an exasperation he would not ever care to repeat. Both albums received startlingly good reviews and while they did not exactly reignite his career, they certainly lifted his profile.
By this stage the various members of The Weather had dispersed about the world so Bannister set to work on a new project called The Changing Same who released their self-titled debut album in The one mentioned here is a folk singer, not the one who became vocalist for Manfred Mann. In Bannister watched with interest as his students tackled a recording project where they were assigned classic albums and asked The Verlaines - Hallelujah - All The Way Home (Vinyl re-record them.
He decided to have a crack at it himself and the result was released later that year on Powertool Records to universal acclaim.
I was The Verlaines - Hallelujah - All The Way Home (Vinyl little late arriving for the performance but as I walked up the hill toward the outdoor show I was struck by the lush rich sound drifting through the warm Hamilton night.
By the time I arrived on the scene the audience LP lapping up the magic Bannister was conjuring. The full circle came with the news that Sneaky Feeling had reunited and recorded an album of new material due for release sometime in late alongside a planned re-issue of Sentimental Education. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. The Weather: LP Ave By this stage the various members of The Weather had dispersed about the world so Bannister set to work on a new project called The Changing Same who released their self-titled debut album in The Changing Same: Make Up My Mind In Bannister watched with interest as his students tackled a recording project where they were assigned classic albums and asked to re-record them.
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