Bookmarks CD (2007)

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Compass
SKU 202947331
UPC 766397444024
UPC 14 00766397444024
Format CD
Release Date 1/30/2007
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Author Roddy Hart
Technical Info
Engineer Roddy Hart; Chris Gordon; Ian Graham; Lain Graham; Roddy Hart; Chris Gordon
Producer Paul McGeechan; Roddy Hart; Paul McGeechan; Roddy Hart
CatalogID 74440
Lable Name Compass (USA)
Released 09/12/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00766397444024
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: Roddy Hart.
Personnel: Roddy Hart (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, glockenspiel); Roddy Hart; John David Martin, John Martin. (electric guitar); Dave McGowan (pedal steel guitar); Paul McGeechan (piano); Michael Mcdaid (bass instrument); Seamus Simon (drums); Marco Rea, Yorick Cormack, Kris Kristofferson (background vocals); Paul Livingston (electric guitar, E-bow); Geoff Martyn (piano, background vocals); Stephen Douglas (drums); Frank Reader, Niall Holmes, Eddi Reader (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Paul McGeechan; Roddy Hart.
Recording information: Cul Du Sac Studios, Maui, HI (2005); Park Lane Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (2005); Paw Paw Studios (2005).
Photographer: Simon Murphy .
Scottish singer/songwriter Roddy Hart might only be in his mid-twenties, but he reveals himself to be something of an old soul on his debut disc. In the opening tune, "The Life and Times of Joseph Rowe," he offers a moving portrait of an old man looking back at his life and observing: "As the years went rushing past/I let some things slip from my grasp/Too proud to let the moments last." While his lyrics display an impressive perspective for a twenty-something songwriter, it's the lovely melody that sweeps up the listener. By the second track, the twangy pop gem "She Is All I Need," Hart invites comparisons to the critically acclaimed tunesmith Ron Sexsmith through his skilled songcraft as well as his gentle, slightly trembly vocal style. Throughout the disc, he exhibits a mature musical sense without coming across as overly precocious. He combines a bit of young Dylan with a Costello croon to convey a sense of melancholic regret on "My Greatest Success" while the romantic tale "One Thousand Lives" suggests a stripped down "For You" with a touch of Jeff Buckley. These nods to his influences, typical of a young performer, don't diminish Hart's accomplishments here. Another attractive feature is the disc's rich but not overly fussy arrangements created by Hart, who plays a variety of guitars and keyboards, and his co-producer, veteran Scottish rocker Paul McGeechan. All of their elements coalesce wonderfully on "Flames," a glorious up-tempo love story about "young Jack and sweet Marie" built around a catchy little guitar lick, a wash of Hammond organ and some lush backing vocals. It's the type of tune that Van Morrison might have done back in his "Brown-Eyed Girl" days. This disc, however, is not a flawless effort. The middle section bogs down slightly with one too many piano ballads but the songs never succumb to becoming bland and glossy. The album wraps up strongly with the spare, wistful "Journey's End," another tune that demonstrates Hart's wiser-than-his years skills. The highly memorable Bookmarks marks an impressive debut from Hart, and sets the bar high for his future efforts. ~ Michael Berick
Professional Reviews
No Depression (p.92) - "Tough, sentimental and straightforward, the songs collected on BOOKMARKS, his surprising debut, bear all the hallmarks of classic Americana."
Disc 1
1 Life And Times Of Joseph Rowe, The
2 She Is All I Need
3 Temperance Of Peace
4 My Greatest Success
5 Flames
6 I Will Not Fear The Dark
7 Suffocate
8 Rain In December
9 Nothing Is Broken
10 One Thousand Lives
11 Time Is A Thief
12 Home
13 Journey's End
Product Attributes
Artist Hart,Roddy
Label Compass Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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