Title - 'Live And Acoustic At Stella Polaris'
Artist - Jimmy Somerville
For those not in the know about the UK hitmaker, Jimmy Somerville is a Scottish pop singer and songwriter who sang in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, before going on to have a very successful solo career. Indeed, he is known in particular for his falsetto singing voice, which he puts to great use here on this rare live album.
Indeed, we were only just celebrating Jimmy Somerville's acclaimed comeback disco album of last year, Homage, and then the dance-floor dance-off extension on Club Homage (a stunning compilation of extended versions and promotional remixes of the most popular floor-filling tracks from the parent album), before this quite brilliant-sounding live album descended upon our ears.
Back on August 2nd, 2015 at Stella Polaris, Denmark, Jimmy Somerville performed a unique one-off special acoustic set that summer to en masse of fans grouped together as a sea of one. Playing most all of his well-known songs, just somewhat, well, "re-imagined" shall we say, he captivated the crowd from the opener 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' on through to the closing gem, with beautiful piano intro, 'Don't Leave Me This Way' (the Communards).
As you listen to live tracks such as 'Why?' and 'Smalltown Boy,' and even 'To Love Somebody', it's obvious that a man who had used his falsetto so well, for so long, was always going to find time catching up with him. Thus, these "re-imagined" tracks are not as "falsetto-ey", but still as stunning, still as Jimmy Somerville as they ever were.
Indeed, what makes this release even more special, other than the fact that Somerville doesn't do a lot of live shows, in general, these days (never did, to the best of my knowledge), is that this souvenir release marks the very first time that a solo Somerville live release has been made commercially available. Therefore, all these newly-arranged, highly inventive, all-new acoustic arrangements of songs drawn from the full breadth of his 30 year plus career make Live And Acoustic At Stella Polaris something very special to behold.
1. (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real
3. Back to Me
4. To Love Somebody
5. Come Lately
6. Some Wonder
7. For a Friend
8. I Just Don't Know What to Do
9. Smalltown Boy
10. Don't Leave Me This Way
Inclusive of those aforementioned breakthrough singles ('Smalltown Boy' and 'Why?') with Bronski Beat, his UK number one single 'Don't Leave Me This Way' with the Communards, we also get two highlights from his disco Homage album, 'Some Wonder' and 'Back To Me'. So, as you can imagine, Jimmy Somerville brings us a collection showcasing his still enormous musical talents. An artist, a performer still at the pinnacle of his talents, his legion of loyal fans that came out that day all certainly know a good thing when they hear it - and after listening to this, you will too.
Again, this is a LIMITED EDITION CD (only 2000 copies distributed worldwide) and is packaged in a mini-LP style gatefold sleeve with a black vinyl-effect CD.
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