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John Howard & The Night Mail

Vinyl Record

$30.98
JOHN HOWARD & THE NIGHT MAIL Vinyl Record
$30.98

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In 1975 CBS released Kid in a Big World, the debut LP by a golden voiced young piano man called John Howard. But somehow, between glam and pub Rock, this early masterpiece fell through the gaps. The world may have been ready for Bowie flirting with androgyny, but not quite ready yet for an out gay pop star. Forty years later, in 2015, Canterbury based/Vienna born pop writer and musician Robert Rotifer enticed this living singer/songwriter legend back to England from his Spanish exile to work on the collaborative project John Howard & The Night Mail. Apart from Howard himself on vocals and piano and Rotifer on guitar the band features Andy Lewis (Paul Weller's bassist, DJ and Acid Jazz label regular) on bass and Mellotron and Ian Button (Papernut Cambridge, ex-Death in Vegas, ex-The Thrashing Doves) on drums. Apart from the Roddy Frame cover "Small World" ("Great! Brilliant! I'm flattered," says Frame), Lewis, Button, and Rotifer share all the writing credits with John Howard. And as Howard's fingers touch the keys on "Intact & Smiling," the '60s soul flavored lead single he co-wrote with Lewis, you can sense the electricity of finally playing together with a full band in the studio again after all those years. It's nothing less than the joyful rebirth of an almost forgotten hero of British pop history. "John, though he always creates fictional characters for his songs, had also given a lot away about himself between the lines. About his youth and discovering the magic of pop ('In the Light of Fires Burning'), his struggles with society's blinkered sexual attitudes ('Safety in Numbers'), his compulsive need for things to be just right ('Control Freak'), and the harsh realities of growing old ('Before'). As for the music... We'd hit the ground running and never stopped until the whole record was finished three days later in a grand tour de force of John doing all of his vocals in one single day... I'm listening to the record now, and I feel none of the doubts that usually hang around well after one has finished an album, because it was all done in such a breeze, with no time for self conscience or second guessing. I know Ian and Andy feel the same. But most of all we can't wait to see John again and take The Night Mail on the road."

Track List
  1. 01. Before
  2. 02. Intact & Smiling
  3. 03. In the Light of Fires Burning
  4. 04. London's After-Work Drinking Culture
  5. 05. Small World
  6. 06. Thunder in Vienna
  7. 07. Deborah Fletcher
  8. 08. Control Freak
  9. 09. Safety in Numbers
  10. 10. This Song
  11. 11. Tip of Your Shoe


Protection
Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve.

Packaging
All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.
JOHN HOWARD & THE NIGHT MAIL Vinyl Record

John Howard & The Night Mail

Vinyl Record

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$30.98
Delivery:
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United States - Arrives in 3-6 business days after shipment
This item is on backorder and is estimated to ship in up to 8 weeks.
Guarantee: Backed by the Merchbar Guarantee.
Easy returns, great customer service and 100% authentic merch. Learn more.

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