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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

2013 September 23 - Ian McNabb - TRUTH AND BEAUTY - Expanded Edition - UK 2CD - Cherry Red Records CDBRED 582

Ian McNabb
TRUTH AND BEAUTY
Expanded Edition [2CD]
23 September 2013 - Cherry Red Records CDBRED 582

· Robert Ian McNabb is an acclaimed English singer-songwriter and musician from Liverpool, England. He is known both for his work as leader and songwriter-in-chief of The Icicle Works in the 1980's, and his critically acclaimed solo career throughout from the early 1990's to date. He has also played with musicians as diverse as Ringo Starr, Crazy Horse, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys), and Danny Thompson of folk legends Pentangle.

Around the time of the split of the Icicle Works in 1990, McNabb spent some time as a de facto member of The Wild Swans, playing guitar and singing background vocals. The Wild Swans dissolved in late 1990, and McNabb then issued two solo singles in 1991 to little notice.

· He then resurfaced in 1993 with a collection of demos which would form the basis of his first solo album, Truth and Beauty. Recorded on a shoestring, it won him a record deal with Andrew Lauder's new 'This Way Up' Label.

· The album's first proper single ‘If Love Was Like Guitars’ became a minor UK hit in 1993. Following this, the 1991 single ‘Great Dreams of Heaven’ was re-released, but failed to gain much airplay, possibly due to lyrical references such as "babies being born H.I.V."

· This expanded version has been re-mastered by Ian himself and is a testament to the great album it was, enhanced with upgraded packaging and a bonus disc of the B-sides that came with the assorted singles this is a great addition to the canon of Ian’s work.

Disc 1
1. (I Go) My Own Way
2. These Are The Days
3. Great Dreams Of Heaven
4. Truth And Beauty
5. I'm Game
6. If Love Was Like Guitars
7. Story Of My Life
8. That's Why I Believe
9. Trip With Me
10. Make Love To You
11. Presence Of The One

Disc 2
1. (I Go) My Own Way (John Leckie Version)
2. Trams In Amsterdam
3. Great Dreams Of Heaven (Acoustic)
Additional Tracks from THESE ARE THE DAYS

4. Unknown Legend
5. I'm Game
6. Caroline No
Additional Tracks from GREAT DREAMS OF HEAVEN Reissue

7. A Pirate Looks At Forty
8. What's It All About
9. I'm Game (Radio Edit)
Additional Tracks from I'M GAME

10. Play The Hand They Deal You
11. If Daddy Could See Me Now
12. For You, Angel
Additional Tracks from (I GO) MY OWN WAY