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Warm Hand

Don McGlashan

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   This Is London   MP3 sample
  2   Toy Factory Fire   MP3 sample
  3   Blame   MP3 sample
  4   Harbour Bridge   MP3 sample
  5   Courier   MP3 sample
  6   Passenger 26   MP3 sample
  7   I Will Not Let You Down   MP3 sample
  8   Interlude   MP3 sample
  9   Miracle Sun   MP3 sample
  10   Queen Of The Night   MP3 sample

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It's hard to believe that this is the first solo album by one of New Zealand's most revered singer-songwriters. With over two and a half decades of musical output behind him - from early chart forays with his 'agit-punk' band Blam Blam Blam in the 80s, through to the critically acclaimed work with music/theatre/film duo of The Front Lawn, and then to the chart-topping success of The Muttonbirds through the 90s as well as film and television soundtrack work in the intervening years, including the successful No. 2 soundtrack earlier this year - McGlashan has consistently produced songs that have not only achieved popular and critical success, they have, in many cases, become part of New Zealand's cultural psyche.
And it's likewise hard to not think that this trend won't continue with this latest outing. Although ostensibly a 'solo' album, the recruitment of Sean Donnely (aka SJD) on bass, drummer Russ Burge (The Muttonbirds) and steel guitar player extraordinaire John Segovia as the core band for these recordings has resulted in an amazingly strong and complementary group for what is a fantastic collection of McGlashan's typically melancholy and emotive songs. With the combined production skills of McGlashan and SJD and the increasingly renowned Ed Cake (who was at the helm during the initial recording of the album), the end result is an album that sounds lush and full. McGlashan and his cohorts have been given a rich palette from which they've created a collection of songs that will sit comfortably alongside his collected work so far. From the opening track - "This is London" - an uplifting and instantly memorable song many a homesick Kiwi will identify with - McGlashan continues to blur the lines between songwriter and storywriter, with a collection of tunes that paint vivid pictures of the characters and events portrayed: a drug-runner in 'Courier', a bus-driver in 'Passenger 26', a New York executive feeling guilt (and relief at not getting caught) for the deaths in the 'Toy Factory Fire'.
Front Lawn and Muttonbirds fans will already be looking forward to this release, and with good cause. For those not already fans of those bands, we can but recommend this release as an excellent way to start exploring the musical output of one of NZ's finest singer-songwriters. Recommended.

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Artist: Don McGlashan
Album: Warm Hand
Cat #: AHR024
Date: 12/05/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Arch Hill
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: Pop
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