Ghost Of Song


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Why? I hear you ask. These songs are already on ‘Hopeland’ and ‘Keepers’; they’re not re-mixed so, why the re-jig? 
The two albums didn’t sell a bean; I think that the spoken word put a lot of folk off; yet when I listened to the albums I recognised that some of the songs are great and should be heard. 
I know that they haven’t; I’ve seen the sales returns… 

This was a way of re-presenting a selection of the songs in a different light: Marcus was getting into vinyl and was raving about the fact that he’s actually listening to music again; the process of placing needle to record making him commit to the moment and see it through. 

I chose 10 tracks (5 a side) for ‘Ghost of Song’ in an attempt to create an old fashioned ‘bedsit kind of album’ that folk might learn to love to live with. We addressed the idea of releasing the selection as vinyl. Too expensive unfortunately but I kept the idea of the collection and applied it to the songs.

 I want it to affect in the same way some of my old favourites have stuck with me (Blue/After the Goldrush/Hunky Dory/Steve McQueen etc.) and picked songs that had a certain homely yet woozy feel to them; this meant precluding some crackers (Fatherless Son) that didn’t quite sit/fit with the idea… 
I also wanted it to take folk back to the original albums.

Trevor Jones

01 Hopeland
02 Homeward
03 Girl On a Bridge
04 Bluer Skies Than This
05 To Tell You The Truth
06 Something Resembling Love
07 I Deny
08 Folding Sheets
09 My Last and Latest Chance
10 I Showed You the River
Produced and arranged by Marcus Cliffe and Trevor Jones
Recorded by Marcus Cliffe at his Norbury Brook studio
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works Mastering

Design & Artwork by Nick Reddyhoff
Photography by Di Holmes

Songs by Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones: Vocals & Guitar
Marcus Cliffe: Bass/Double Bass/Piano/Keyboards/Drums/Percussion/Blue Harmonica
Melvin Duffy: Pedal Steel & Weissenbourn
Cathy Thompson: Violin and Viola
Lucinda Drayton: Vocals

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