Here Lies Love CD (2010)

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David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have paired up for a 22-track song cycle about the life of former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her childhood servant, Estrella Cumpas. This deluxe version of the album includes the 22 songs on two CDs; a DVD with six videos of songs from the album cut to archival and historical footage from the Philippines; and a 100-page hardcover book with lyrics, photos, and essays.

In addition to Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love features performances by Santigold, Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine), Sia, Steve Earle, St. Vincent, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones, Nicole Atkins, and many others.

Disc 1 Track Listing
1. Here Lies Love (Feat. Florence Welch)
2. Every Drop of Rain (Feat. St. Vincent/Candie Payne)
3. You'll Be Taken Care of (Feat. Tori Amos)
4. The Rose of Tacloban (Feat. Martha Wainwright)
5. How Are You? (Feat. Nellie McKay)
6. A Perfect Hand (Feat. Steve Earle)
7. Eleven Days (Feat. Cyndi Lauper)
8. When She Passed By (Feat. Allison Moorer)
9. Walk Like a Woman (Feat. Charmaine Clamor)
10. Don't You Agree? (Feat. Roisin Murphy)
11. Pretty Face (Feat. Camille)
12. Ladies In Blue (Feat. Theresa Andersson)

Disc 2 Track Listing
1. Dancing Together (Feat. Sharon Jones)
2. Men Will Do Anything (Feat. Alice Russell)
3. The Whole Man (Feat. Kate Pierson)
4. Never So Big (Feat. Sia)
5. Please Don't (Feat. Santi White)
6. American Troglodyte
7. Solano Avenue (Feat. Nicole Atkins)
8. Order 1081 (Feat. Natalie Merchant)
9. Seven Years (Feat. Shara Worden)
10. Why Don't You Love Me? (Feat. Cyndi Lauper / Tori Amos)

DVD Track Listing
1. Eleven Days (Feat. Cyndi Lauper)
2. When She Passed By (Feat. Allison Moorer)
3. Don't You Agree? (Feat. Roisin Murphy)
4. Dancing Together (Feat. Sharon Jones)
5. Please Don't (Feat. Santi White)
6. Order 1081 (Feat. Natalie Merchant)

Specifications

Label Nonesuch Records
SKU 213898792
UPC 075597980486
UPC 14 00075597980486
Format CD
Release Date 4/6/2010
Links
Author David Byrne
Compilation Appearance Loose & Juicy
Compilation Appearance Global House Diva 2 Live In Ibiza (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance All Star Jock Jams
Compilation Appearance Fired Up! 2
Compilation Appearance Queer as Folk: The Fifth Season (Soundtrack)
Compilation Appearance Babel
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Threesome:seasons 3 4 5
Compilation Appearance Cream Club Anthems 2013
Compilation Appearance Brazil Beats The Carnival House & Lat
Technical Info
CatalogID 7559798048
Lable Name Nonesuch (USA)
Released 04/05/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 90m : 6s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075597980486
Musical Guests
Florence Welch
St. Vincent
Candie Payne
Tori Amos
Martha Wainwright
Nellie McKay
Steve Earle
Cyndi Lauper
Allison Moorer
Charmaine Clamor
Roisin Murphy
Camille
Theresa Andersson
Album Notes and Credits
Tributee: Imelda Marcos.
Personnel: David Byrne (vocals, guitar).
Audio Mixer: Patrick Dillett.
Liner Note Author: David Byrne.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Gozadera Studios, New York, NY; HMS House, Brighton, England; Kampo studios, New York, NY; Martian Engineering Studios, Cornwall, England; Miloco Studios, London, England; New Air Studios, London, England; South Hell Studio, New York, NY.
A concept album based around the lives of Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's (Norman Cook) Here Lies Love is primarily a great pop record featuring a bevy of name female vocalists. Grand conceptual themes aside, Byrne, Slim, and Slim cohort Tom Gandey (aka Cagedbaby) have delivered a kooky, fun, theatrical, and -- more often than not -- deliriously listenable collection of '70s and '80s club pop. Inspired by a disparate set of sources, not the least of which included his reading of Ryszard Kapuscinski's book The Emperor as well as various reports detailing the former First Lady of the Philippines' penchant for disco and club life, Byrne formulated this would-be stage production based around the notion -- as he says in the liner notes -- of the "bubble worlds of the rich and powerful" set to the popular sounds (disco, soul, Latin beats, cabaret) of Marcos' time in power. While there is no dialogue in this production, Byrne has crafted each track throughout the album to tell the story and evoke the emotional state of Marcos and her longtime nanny Cumpas' emotional state. And while the story hangs together quite well, the main impression you are left with is that Byrne and Slim have impeccable taste in female singers. Here we get British songstress Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) delivering the title prologue track, an anthemic disco-inflected number that recalls any number of Studio 54 diva hits. Similarly, Tori Amos takes on the role of Marcos' mother, Remedios, on the eerie flamenco-infused "You'll Be Taken Care Of." Along the way you get '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, alt-country-rocker Allison Moorer, Irish soul siren Roisin Murphy, Philly punk-dance singer Santigold, Natalie Merchant, Nellie McKay, Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, and others. ~ Matt Collar
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Byrne sets] 22 songs to Fatboy Slim's lush and bustling dance beats..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "Marcos' story remains fascinating, especially as sung by the likes of Cyndi Lauper, St. Vincent, and Santigold." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.32) - "[W]inning duets include Candie Payne and St. Vincent on the breezy 'Every Drop of Rain' and Byrne's emotional collaboration with My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on 'Seven Years.'"
Disc 1
1 Here Lies Love,Dancing Together
2 Every Drop of Rain - (featuring Candie Payne),Men Will Do Anything
3 You'll Be Taken Care Of,Whole Man, The
4 Rose of Tacloban, The,Never So Big
5 How Are You?,Please Don't
6 Perfect Hand, A,American Troglodyte
7 Eleven Days,Solano Avenue
8 When She Passed By,Order 1081
9 Walk Like a Woman,Seven Years
10 Don't You Agree?,Why Don't You Love Me?
11 Pretty Face
12 Ladies in Blue
Disc 2
1 Here Lies Love,Dancing Together
2 Every Drop of Rain - (featuring Candie Payne),Men Will Do Anything
3 You'll Be Taken Care Of,Whole Man, The
4 Rose of Tacloban, The,Never So Big
5 How Are You?,Please Don't
6 Perfect Hand, A,American Troglodyte
7 Eleven Days,Solano Avenue
8 When She Passed By,Order 1081
9 Walk Like a Woman,Seven Years
10 Don't You Agree?,Why Don't You Love Me?
11 Pretty Face
12 Ladies in Blue
Reviews
ReviewSource AllMusicGuide.com
Review A concept album based around the lives of Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's (Norman Cook) Here Lies Love is primarily a great pop record featuring a bevy of name female vocalists. Grand conceptual themes aside, Byrne, Slim and Slim co-hort Tom Gandey (a.k.a. Cagedbaby) have delivered a kooky, fun, theatrical and more-often-than not deliriously listenable collection of '70s and '80s club pop. Inspired by a disparate set of sources not the least of which included his reading of Ryszard Kapuscinski's book The Emperor as well as various reports detailing the former first-lady of the Philippines' penchant for disco and club-life, Byrne formulated this would-be stage production based around the notion -- as he says in the liner notes -- the, "bubble worlds of the rich and powerful" set to the popular sounds (disco, soul, Latin-beats, cabaret) of Marcos' time in power. While there is no dialogue in this production, Byrne has crafted each track to tell the story and evoke the emotional state of Marcos and her longtime nanny Cumpas' emotional state throughout the album. And while the story hangs together quite well, the main impression you are left with is that Byrne and Slim have impeccable taste in female singers. Here we get British-songstress Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) delivering the title-prologue track which is an anthemic disco-inflected track that recalls any number of Studio 54 diva hits. Similarly, Tori Amos takes on the role of Marcos' mother Remedios on the eerie flamenco-infused "You'll Be Taken Care Of". Along the way you get '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, alt-country rocker Allison Moorer, Irish soul-siren Roisin Murphy, Philly-punk/dance singer Santigold, Natalie Merchant, Nellie McKay, Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones and others.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Matt Collar
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Byrne,David
Label Nonesuch Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes
Gavin Haynes, NewMusicalExpress.com Here, Byrne's well-plotted tunes can rule, and Norm can keep himself in the background, going against his natural tendency to overstuff.
Jon Pareles, The New York Times Luckily, scholarship doesn't eclipse the limber, catchy music and the sheer nuttiness of the whole project.
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