I Dare You

Blue Harlem

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Format: CD

Cat No: HARLCD008

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Release Date:  04 August 2008

Label:  Harlem Records

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5036098008036

Genres:  Blues  

  • Description

    This is the fourth album release for Blue Harlem and the first to feature their fabulous new vocalist Sophie Shaw. This album not only captures the fashionable spirit of '40s and '50s rhythm 'n’ blues but also introduces new arrangements and a fresh collection of material. Blue Harlem have always had an enviable reputation on the live music circuit following a career spanning 10 years. They have not only built a huge fan base internationally but have repeatedly been invited back to perform in front of the Royal Family both at Highgrove and Buckingham Palace. Based in London, the band are regulars at The Pigalle and The 100 Club (the chosen venue for the album launch) and frequently perform at Festivals and venues throughout Europe. Sophie Shaw, who had been a long time fan of the band and regular dancer at their live gigs, previously worked on stage and screen as both an actress and singer. Of this recording Sophie says “I’m really excited about this album. We’ve had a blast getting some fabulous new material down. The band are playing better than ever – they swing me off my feet.� Al Nicholls, tenor sax player and arranger for the band, says “ I am immensely proud of this recording. It’s by far the best album we have recorded to date. The boys individual playing is terrific – uplifting, generous and spirited. The ensemble playing is tight, crisp but always swinging like mad. Sophie has done a fantastic job re-interpretiung and styling these songs.� In this new recording the band continue the exploration of the urban blues. Artists such as Louis Jordan, Percy Mayfield, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown are all represented here, along with new material from the band itself and the song writing partnership of the legendary beat generation survivor Fran Landesman and composer Simon Wallace. Simon also recorded and co-produced the album. A collaboration of some great musical talent resulting in outstanding interpretations of recordings with a taste of the old and the new. “It’s happy music that makes you want to dance.� - Michael Parkinson Tracks: I Dare You, Baby / I Cried Last Night / Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby / Main Stem / Bad Luck / I Just Can’t Keep The Tears From Tumblin’ Down / Some Boys / Easy Easy/ Daddy Daddy/ Bump's Boogie / I Don’t Hurt Anymore / Real Life / That’s The Way To Treat Your Woman / Harry Diamond / Did We Have Any Fun / I Stepped In Quicksand

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. I Dare You
      • 2. Baby
      • 3. I Cried Last Night
      • 4. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
      • 5. Main Stem
      • 6. Bad Luck
      • 7. I Just Can't Keep The Tears From Tumblin' Down
      • 8. Some Boys
      • 9. Easy Easy
      • 10. Daddy Daddy
      • 11. Bump's Boogie
      • 12. I Don't Hurt Anymore
      • 13. Real Life
      • 14. That's The Way To Treat Your Woman
      • 15. Harry Diamond
      • 16. Did We Have Any Fun
      • . I Stepped In Quicksand