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Alison Statton & Spike \ Tidal Blues + Weekend In Wales [LTMCD 2393]

The first studio album by Alison Statton and Spike, featuring vocalist Alison Statton (Young Marble Giants, Weekend) and guitarist Spike Williams (Weekend, Reptile Ranch).

Recorded between London and Cardiff in 1994, Tidal Blues is a collection of original songs produced and co-written by Alison and Spike. It's largely an acoustic set, recorded with a six piece band including Phil Moxham (Young Marble Giants) as well as Rachet Byrt (viola), Andrew Moxham (drums), Harry Becket (trumpet) and Paula Gardiner (double bass). Digitally remastered, the album is joined here by five bonus tracks from their jazzy 1991 EP Weekend in Wales.

Tracklist:

1. A Greater Notion
2. In This World
3. Empty Heart
4. Open Eyes
5. Take Heart
6. Lemming Time
7. Mr. Morgan
8. Hide Combat
9. Seaport Town
10. Find + Seek
11. Tidal Blues
12. Alternations
13. A Greater Notion (EP Version)
14. Web of Decline
15. Missing You (For Freddie)
16. In Time
17. Romance at Sea

Available on CD and download. CD also boasts upgraded artwork and detailed liner notes.

Tidal Blues/Weekend In Wales [LTMCD 2393]

Reviews:

"Statton and Spike combine Matisse-style sketchiness with swaying nods to pre-rock pop. More focussed than Weekend, there's a spare sureness to the tunes, and Alison's vocals hold a new and careful self-confidence" (CMJ Music Journal, 1994)

"This excellent disc compiles the album and EP releases, revealing a warm folk-influenced sound that stands in stark contrast to the Giants' often cold, minimalist aesthetic" (CD Universe, 2006)