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Paul Kelly Presents – The Merri Soul Sessions
Paul has assembled an exciting group of singers to record a set of his new songs as well as one old classic. The tracks are sung by Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru and himself and will be released as a series of four 7-inch vinyl singles (double A-side) over six months from mid-July, 2014. This will be followed by an album early in 2015 containing all the singles and three more songs.
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“In recent years doing band shows with Vika and Linda, Vika had been singing Sweet Guy, an old song of mine, and bringing the house down each time. I was keen to record her version and thought, naturally, that if we were going into the studio we should try and get some other songs on tape as well. I had a song in mind for Linda. I wrote a couple of songs with Dan Sultan that had a soul kind of feeling. And a couple of recent songs of mine, as yet unrecorded, came back into view. They seemed to fit well with the others. Having half a dozen songs now that were talking to each other helped me write a couple more. This is how it goes. One thing leads to another. You never quite know what’s happening ‘til you’re in the middle of it.
I started to imagine a soul revue type record performed live in the studio with a variety of singers and the one band. I’d fallen in love with Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes’ Love Letter, the sound of it as well as the song, so invited Clairy and the producer of that record, Steve Schram, to get involved. I’d seen Kira Puru perform One Eye Open live on YouTube and thought she might be the one to nail I Don’t Know What I’d Do, a song left off “Spring and Fall” because I couldn’t sing it myself yet. It needed a torch singer who could balance light and dark. Plus, I loved the way she sang with a big glass of red wine never out of her hand. She, Clairy and Steve, thankfully, all said yes. Meanwhile Vika and Linda had started singing live the two songs Dan and I had written. The stew was simmering on the stove.
From Feb 17th to Mar 1st this year we camped in Soundpark Studios, Northcote, right by Merri Creek and recorded a song a day. Sundays off. Our general routine was to rehearse with the band in the morning, getting the song into some kind of shape sonically and piecing out a rough arrangement. The singers would come in later and take it home. We finished all the songs we had in mind a day early so I had time to write a gospel song, Hasn’t It Rained, as an album closer.
The band comprises Peter Luscombe, drums and percussion; Bill McDonald, bass; Ash Naylor guitar, electric mainly; Cam Bruce, piano and organ; Vika and Linda, harmonies when they aren’t singing lead; and me on rhythm guitar. Dan Kelly guests on one song, Keep On Coming Back For More.” PK July 1, 2014
Paul Kelly Presents – The Merri Soul Sessions will be available through regular retail channels from February 2015. Prior to that, fans will have the opportunity to pre-order and receive special collector’s editions detailed below.
7-inch Vinyl Singles
A series of four 7-inch vinyl records will be released, one every two months from mid-July, and a limited run of each individual single will be available for purchase. Each 7-inch features two tracks from the forthcoming album and a digital download of the single.
7-inch Vinyl Box Set
Fans will be able to purchase all four 7-inch singles in a box set. Those who do will receive a special collectors box with the first 7-inch single when it is released in mid-July 2014. Each of the subsequent 7-inch singles will be automatically mailed to them every two months from then. They will also receive a free digital download of the full album released in February 2015.
12-inch Vinyl Deluxe Edition
For those seeking something a little extra, the Deluxe Edition will be released in conjunction with the full album in February 2015. This will feature special packaging and exclusive extras along with a heavyweight 12-inch vinyl record and a digital download of the full album. Stay tuned to the website for more information.
Vinyl, CD and Digital Album
The full album will be available from February 2015 on 12-inch vinyl and separately as a CD and digital download. This can also be pre-ordered.
Schedule of releases
7" Single number 1: July 2014
Keep On Coming Back For More – Clairy Browne
What You Want – Vika Bull
7" Single number 2: September 2014
I Don’t Know What I’d Do – Kira Puru.
Thank You– Paul Kelly
7" Single number 3: November 2014
Smells Like Rain – Linda Bull
Don’t Let A Good Thing Go – Dan Sultan
7" Single number 4: January 2015
Sweet Guy – Vika Bull
Down On The Jetty – Vika and Linda Bull
The Album on 12" Vinyl, CD and Digital: February 2015
Contains 11 tracks, 3 of which are not on the singles.
Get all four seven inch vinyl singles. The first single will be shipped in mid July, along with an exclusive box that will hold the four singles. The second will be shipped in September, the third in November, and the fourth in January 2015. In February 2015, you will also receive a download of the 11 track album.
Double A side: Vika Bull sings “What You Want”; Clairy Browne “Keep On Coming Back for More”. To be shipped by July 31st. You will also receive a download of both tracks.
Double A side: Kira Piru sings “I Don’t Know What I’d Do”; Paul Kelly “Thank You”. To be shipped by September 30. You will also receive a download of both tracks.
Double A side: Linda Bull sings “Smells Like Rain”; Dan Sultan “Don’t Let A Good Thing Go”. To be shipped by November 30. You will also receive a download of both tracks.
Double A side: Vika Bull sings "Sweet Guy; Vika & Linda Bull “Down On The Jetty”. To be delivered by January 31st, 2015. You will also receive a download of both tracks.
The full album via digital download. You will receive in February 2015.
The whole album on CD. Contains 11 tracks, 3 of which are not on the singles. You will also receive a download of the album. To be shipped in February 2015.
The whole album on vinyl. Contains 11 tracks, 3 of which are not on the singles. You will also receive a download of the album. To be shipped in February 2015.
For those seeking something a little extra, the Deluxe Edition will be released in conjunction with the full album in February 2015. This will feature special packaging and exclusive extras along with a heavyweight 12-inch vinyl record and a digital download of the full album. Stay tuned for more information.