Paul Stephenson – These Days
For the connoisseurs I actually just have to make the announcement, that there's another CD released in the series of producer Gunter Pauler. While they're going on their way to fetch a copy, I can explain to the other music lovers what they might expect. A singer-songwriter, in this case Englishman Paul Stephenson, who already saw his earlier CD "Light Green Ball" released on the Stockfisch label. He brings us eleven relaxed -nicely rippling like a brooklet- self-penned folksongs, his voice is reminiscent of James Taylor. The recording technics are the refined cream of the crop, there are "audiophile collecters" who buy the CD's only for this reason! The songs are arranged in a particularly fine way, every instrument is perfectly balanced in the mix.
Besides Paul himself, who plays his acoustic guitar, we find here the regular musicians of Stockfisch, guitarplayer extra-ordinaire Chris Jones was still around for these recordings, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Beo Brockhausen, Hans-Jorg Maucksch on fretless bass, Siard de Jong (violins, mandolin, mandola), singer-songwriter Mike Silver takes care of the backing vocals and concluding piece "Big Meeting Day" is sent off with horns for the sound of the "marching band", shading off into fireworks.
1. These Days - 3:59 2. Engineering Frank - 4:11 3. Not Long Now - 4:52 4. Don't Mind If You Do - 3:40 5. Captain Of The Loving Kind - 3:45 6. Ready To Rain - 4:29 7. The Making Of Zachary - 4:28 8. Millionaire - 3:59 9. Perfect Place - 3:27 10. Love You Not, Love You True - 2:36 11. Big Meeting Day - 3:54
Paul Stephenson (vocals, guitars) , Chris Jones (guitar) , Siard de Jong (violin, viola, mandolin, mandola) , Anne Harer (violin) , Martin Huch (pedal steel) , Hrolfur Vagnsson (accordion) , Hans-Jörg Maucksch (fretless bass) , Christina Lux / Mike Silver (backing vocals) , Thomas Klippel (hammond b3) , Christian Rien (trumpet, flugelhorn) , Michael Kleinhans (tuba, backing vocals) , Carsten Porath (tenor horn) , Christian Archontidis (drums, percussion) , Beo Brockhausen (saxophone, accordion, flute, percussion)