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old boyfriends

CLAIRE MARTIN

AKD028

Claire Martin vocals
Steve Melling piano - tracks 1-5 & 7-12
Arnie Somogyi bass - tracks 1-11
Clark Tracey drums - 1-5 & 7-11
Mark Nightingale trombone - tracks 1-6 & 9, 10
Jim Mullen guitar - tracks 3,6,9 & 10


… Then, in May, I found myself with Claire and a quintet of superb musicians in Calum Malcolm's state-of-the-art recording studio, a converted Victorian schoolhouse east of Edinburgh.   My putative function at these sessions was producer, but Claire and her band didn't require much producing - just the freedom to express themselves with Calum's keen ear and steady hand in the control booth.   I've never had an easier or more gratifying gig.   Old Boyfriends was scrupulously planned.   Claire invests a great deal of thought in selecting the material she performs and the musicians who accompany her.   In preparing this recording, she's cast her net far wider than the done-to-death tunes embraced by other vocalists.   And she's adamant about exploding the woman-as-victim myth perpetuated by so many popular songs.   Her repertoire of neglected standards, contemporary compositions and originals, address a variety of concerns - music-making, avarice and, inevitably, fulfilled, twisted and unrequited love - never indulging in torch-song masochism.   The instrumentalists who support and inspire her are the cream of the UK's finest younger players, all of whom are drawn to Claire by her musicianship as well as her generosity in showcasing their talents in her club and concert performances.   Here are the fruits of three exhilarating sessions, mostly second or third takes with a bare minimum of editing.  
Joel E. Siegel - Producer, 25 June 1994


  1. WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT     (4.24)
      ARLEN/KOEHLER - CAVENDISH MUSIC CO LTD
  2. CLOSE AS PAGES IN A BOOK     (5.46)
      ROMBERG/FIELDS - EMI MUS. PUBLISHING LTD/REDWOOD MUS. LTD
  3. PARTNERS IN CRIME     (6.14)
      HOLMES - WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD
  4. CHASED OUT     (4.24)
      SOMOGYI/MARTIN/HOWLETT - MCPS
  5. MOON RAY     (5.22)
      SHAW/QUENZER/MADISON - FRANCIS DAY & HUNTER LTD
  6. OLD BOYFRIENDS     (6.28)
      WAITS - CARLIN MUSIC CORP.
  7. OUT OF MY CONTINENTAL MIND (2.47)
      BACHARACH/SHAW - MCA MUSIC LTD
  8. I'VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU     (2.58)
      BLAIR - BMI
  9. THE WHEELERS AND DEALERS     (4.30)
      FRISHBERG - RONDOR MUSIC (LONDON) LTD
10. I WAS TELLING HIM ABOUT YOU     (5.28)
      CHARLAP/GEORGE - WINDSWEPT PACIFIC MUSIC LTD
11. GENTLEMAN FRIEND     (4.14)
      LEWINE/HORWITT - CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD
12. KILLING TIME     (3.37)
      STYNE/LEIGH - WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC INC.

      TOTAL     57.16


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