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Misplaced Childhood, side 1

It was a crazy thing to do but, anyway...


I recorded the whole first side of Marillion's Misplaced Childhood on a single guitar and vocals. I recorded Kayleigh on Friday (June 1st) but it didn't feel right without the surrounding context, so I struggled with the idea for some days and then ended up doing all the rest last Tuesday night (June 5th).


Everything was recorded live (guitar and vocals performed together), captured with a single, tiny microphone -- it's actually an unplugged electric guitar. Yes, the sound quality is awful, but it has a strange quality of capturing the dynamics of the ambience.


There are no edits or fixes, apart from cutting the silence around the edges of songs so that they flow in sequence like they do on the album. As basically it was all recorded through one long night, there are lots of playing and singing mistakes, but bear with me -- I learned to play most of these songs that very night, so in most cases what you hear is actually the first time I played the song from start to finish. The idea was not to record something as perfect as possible. My intention was to record what you would hear if you were here in front of me and I played you this music. I hope the honesty of this approach was respectful to the original.


The tracks below are meant to be listened all in one go, using a player that doesn't insert any silence between tracks (on Linux, most players have some "gapless" plugin for this; on the Mac, and I suppose also on Windows, iTunes can do the job well). You may need to right-click and choose "Save" to save them all on your disk to avoid having them play in the browser.


1. Pseudo Silk Kimono

2. Kayleigh

3. Lavender

4. Bitter Suite

(i) Brief Encounter

(ii) Lost Weekend

(iii) Blue Angel

(iv) Misplaced Rendezvous

(v) Windswept Thumb

5. Heart of Lothian

(i) Wide Boy

(ii) Curtain Call


All music written by Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas and Mosley. All lyrics written by Fish.


Special thanks to Rafael, for listening, the encouragement and the advice. I recorded two takes of Lavender and couldn't pick which one I would include, so I trusted his judgement. His comment when he heard the other take rang so true: "you lost yourself there... it sounds like you didn't want it to end."


UPDATE: And here is side 2.


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Uploaded on June 9, 2007