Following the recent releases of his groundbreaking song cycles, ‘Spring and Fall’ and ‘Conversations with Ghosts’, Paul Kelly is pleased to announce another innovative chapter in his long-standing career – The Merri Soul Sessions – now in DELUXE; featuring a combined CD + LP + DVD and book box set.
Housed in a customed designed lift-top 12” box, the acclaimed Merri Soul Sessions album now features a DVD entitled ‘Down By Merri Creek’ – a 30 min documentary exploring the story behind each song on the album, including interviews with Paul Kelly and the guest vocalists - alongside the album on CD and vinyl and a bespoke-created 12” book detailing the story of the album and a host of previously unseen images of the recording session.
This deluxe edition is being made in super limited quantities, so act fast to secure a copy!
ABOUT THE ALBUM: Early in 2014, Paul assembled his touring band and an exciting group of singers to record a set of new songs as well as one old classic – together, the album is The Merri Soul Sessions. The tracks were performed live in the studio by Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru and himself.
“In recent years doing band shows with Vika and Linda, Vika had been singing Sweet Guy, an old song of mine, and bringing the house down each time. I was keen to record her version and thought, naturally, that if we were going into the studio we should try and get some other songs on tape as well. I had a song in mind for Linda. I wrote a couple of songs with Dan Sultan that had a soul kind of feeling. And a couple of recent songs of mine, as yet unrecorded, came back into view. They seemed to fit well with the others. Having half a dozen songs now that were talking to each other helped me write a couple more. This is how it goes. One thing leads to another. You never quite know what’s happening ‘til you’re in the middle of it.
I started to imagine a soul revue type record performed live in the studio with a variety of singers and the one band. I’d fallen in love with Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes’ Love Letter, the sound of it as well as the song, so invited Clairy and the producer of that record, Steve Schram, to get involved. I’d seen Kira Puru perform One Eye Open live on YouTube and thought she might be the one to nail I Don’t Know What I’d Do, a song left off ‘Spring and Fall’ because I couldn’t sing it myself yet. It needed a torch singer who could balance light and dark. Plus, I loved the way she sang with a big glass of red wine never out of her hand. She, Clairy and Steve, thankfully, all said yes. Meanwhile Vika and Linda had started singing live the two songs Dan and I had written. The stew was simmering on the stove.
From February 17th to March 1st this year we camped in Soundpark Studios, Northcote, right by Merri Creek and recorded a song a day. Sundays off. Our general routine was to rehearse with the band in the morning, getting the song into some kind of shape sonically and piecing out a rough arrangement. The singers would come in later and take it home. We finished all the songs we had in mind a day early so I had time to write a gospel song Hasn’t It Rained as an album closer.
• Merri Soul Sessions on CD
• Merri Sould Sessions On Vinyl
• Down By Merri Creek DVD documentary
• Hardback book
• Housed in deluxe 12” box set
1. Smells Like Rain – feat Linda Bull
2. What You Want – feat Vika Bull
3. Keep On Coming Back For More – feat Clairy Browne
4. Sweet Guy – feat Vika Bull
5. Righteous Woman – feat Paul Kelly
6. Don’t Let A Good Thing Go – feat Dan Sultan
7. Where Were You When I Needed You – feat Clairy Browne
8. Thank You – feat Paul Kelly
9. I Don’t Know What I’d Do - feat Kira Puru
10. Down On The Jetty – feat Vika & Linda Bull
11. Hasn’t It Rained – feat Paul Kelly & Vika and Linda Bull