Title - In Solo [Vinyl]
Artist - Gary Kemp
For those not aware, Gary Kemp released his first single, Ahead of the Game, off of his upcoming album, IN SOLO just recently and now the full-length album is due out on July 16th, 20210 via SIN/UK ORCHARD.
Indeed, this is the second solo album by Spandau Ballet songwriter and Saucerful Of Secrets guitarist and co-lead vocalist, Gary Kemp.
As the songwriter & guitarist in one of the most iconic bands of the 80’s, Spandau Ballet, Gary became one of the most commercially successful writers of the decade. During their career Spandau notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of more than 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving over 25 million album sales worldwide.
Some of their songs, like True, Gold and Through the Barricades have become standards. Indeed, True has now achieved over five million plays in North America alone and Gold was the true soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics.
Gary is also an accomplished stage and screen actor with critical & commercial success in films such as The Krays, The Bodyguard and the BBC TV comedy The Kemps – All True with his brother Martin and on stage in London’s West End as part of the Jamie Lloyd Theatre Company.
As a member of Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets Gary performs early Pink Floyd material the world over to huge acclaim. His co-front man in the band, Guy Pratt, is also his presenting partner on the Apple #1 podcast The Rockonteurs.
Twenty-five years on from his solo debut Little Bruises, Gary has written and produced an album that focuses on two dominant themes: the paradox of solitude in an urban landscape, and his growing obsession with life seen through a rear-view mirror and how the past infects our present.
1. In Solo (6:23)
2. A Rumour of You (5:36)
3. Waiting for the Band (5:28)
4. Ahead of the Game (3:53)
5. I Remember You (3:47)
6. Too Much (4:15)
7. The Fastest Man In the World (4:29)
8. I Am the Past (4:36)
9. The Feet of Mercury (3:32)
10. The Haunted (6:02)
11. Our Light (4:06)
Side One of this soulfully refreshing new album opens on the stoically created, yet abundantly heartfelt ballad In Solo and the delightfully rhythmic, guitar-led A Rumour of You, and backs those up seamlessly with the mid-tempo, Steely Dan-esque ode to all those that have paid homage to their musical heroes on Waiting for the Band, the truly mesmerizingly, melodically hypnotic first single Ahead of the Game, and then we get the free flowing, summer breeze of I Remember You.
Side Two begins with one of my own personal favorites, the beautiful piano ballad Too Much and then in turn backs that sweetly up with the profoundly energetic, melodic foot-tapper The Fastest Man In The World, the gently orchestrated and hushed tones of both I Am the Past and The Feel of Mercury, the album rounding out on the ornate storytelling of The Haunted, closing on the hazy metered momentum of Our Light.
Asked why make a solo album now, Gary says … It’s confidence, playing around the world with Nick Mason gave me a certain reputation as a guitar player and singer that I never gained from Spandau Ballet. That allowed me to go and do my own record and I am of a certain age where I feel the need to understand the issues in the world and my own life, the only way I can do that is in the self-therapy of songwriting.
With Gary at the peak of his powers as a guitarist he played all the guitars on the album, the bass duties were handled by Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, David Gilmour), except Ahead of the Game and Too Much by Richard Jones of The Feeling and Waiting for the Band by Gary’s brother, Martin Kemp.
Ash Soan (Seal, Adele, Rod Stewart, Trevor Horn) played drums on Ahead of the Game, I Am the Past, The Fastest Man in the World, The Haunted and Our Light. Drums on In Solo and I Remember You were played by Ged Lynch (Peter Gabriel, Electronic, Goldfrapp). Ged also played percussion on The Haunted, In Solo and I Remember You. Drums on Too Much were played by Queen’s Roger Taylor.
Matt Clifford (The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger) played French horn on In Solo, Too Much and I am the Past. Sax on Waiting for the Band was played by Theo Travis (Soft Machine, David Gilmour, Steven Wilson), and Lily Carassik (Modern Nature) played trumpet on I Remember You. Gary’s other Saucerful compatriot, Lee Harris, played lap steel on A Rumour Of You.
Gary Kemp - Ahead Of The Game (Official Video)
Gary Kemp - Waiting for the Band (Official Lyric Video)
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