Includes: "Seven Sonnets And A Song" Vinyl + "Death's Dateless Night" Vinyl
This special Paul Kelly bundle compiles his two releases from 2016 on Vinyl for a very special price.
Included here is the ARIA Top Ten Seven Sonnets & A Song recording pressed on pristine 10” 180gram vinyl – alongside the recently released Death’s Dateless night on 12” 180gram vinyl.
Seven Sonnets And A Song
Paul Kelly is one of Australia’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters and wordsmiths, so it’s no surprise that his most treasured possession is his 20kg three volumes of the ‘Collected works of William Shakespeare’. The works within those pages have served as a deep influence throughout his 30 year career and have now found more direct expression in ‘Seven Sonnets & A Song’. ‘Seven Sonnets & A Song’ features Paul singing lead vocals on 6 of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a song from Twelfth Night. The only non-Shakespearian piece is ‘My True Love Hath My Heart’, written by his contemporary Sir Philip Sidney and sung here by Vika Bull. The record will be available digitally and as a 10” vinyl. The sonnets were recorded in various studios over the last 18 months. Musicians performing on them include Lucky Oceans and Alice Keath, as well as members of Paul’s band, Peter Luscombe, Bill McDonald, Ash Naylor, Cameron Bruce, and Vika and Linda Bull.
Death's Dateless Night
“Now can I drown an eye unused to flow
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night”
Charlie and I had talked over the years about making a record together but had never got around to it. Driving to a friend’s funeral last year and discussing the songs we’d played at other such occasions, separately and together, finally gave us our frame. Songs mostly written by others – Cole Porter, Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams, Lennon/McCartney - and some traditional.
We enlisted J Walker with whom I’d worked with previously on Spring and Fall to engineer and co-produce the recording, taking over Charlie’s house at Arthurs Seat for a week at the end of February. We kept the sound live and sparse, just the two of us, except for the occasional vocal by family members - my sister Mary Jo and my daughters Maddy and Memphis.
I stuck to singing and playing acoustic guitar. Charlie was the swing man, playing dobro, lap steel, electric guitar, synthesizer and piano. I managed to talk him into singing some harmonies too.
It’s interesting to look at the kinds of songs people request at funerals. They’re not always sad, of course. They tend towards the philosophical, wide and deep in scope.
Paul Kelly, Aug 24, 2016
- Hard Times
- To Live Is To Fly
- Pretty Bird Tree
- Pallet On Your Floor
- Parting Glass
- Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air
- Don't Fence Me In
- Bird On The Wire
- Good Things
- Let It Be
- Angel of Death