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Colin Blunstone The Ghost Of You And Me [album]

Colin Blunstone: The Ghost Of You And MeWith his fabulous, unique and youthful
  voice, Colin Blunstone proves he is
  still very much on track with the release
  of his superb ‘new’ album The Ghost
  Of You And Me
...”

AT LAST: COLIN BLUNSTONE has released his long-awaited album thirteen years after its conception. And The Ghost Of You And Me sounds as fresh as if it was written yesterday.

Produced by Jon Sweet with multi award-winning writer and arranger Chris Gunning (who previously worked with Colin on Say You Don't Mind), the album was released on 9 March (2009) on Colin's own label Ennismore Records, distributed by Absolute/Universal.

From the opening bars of the title track, The Ghost Of You And Me, it is clear that this album is special as Colin's fabulous trademark voice perfectly bridges gentle rhythms and searing guitar solos. Colin pushes out his addictive vocals with ease and his melodic and ethereal The Ghost Of You And Me is a beautiful example of the effortless talent of this wonderful artiste, as showcased on the album.

The publicity machine describes Follow as having a solid rhythm while stopping short of being overpowering and, augmented by some intricate keyboards, it provides the perfect platform for Colin: rock meets pop with power and melody. Contrast that with Second Avenue, where piano and strings weave a pattern around the harmonious vocals as it gives a nod to The Zombies whilst hinting at the might of an Elton John ballad.

Throughout the album, Chris Gunning's strings intermingle with vocals and, whether gentle or soaring, the atmosphere enables the storyteller to bring the tale to life. Love Left A Long Time Ago is just one example as, from the first time you hear it, the listener is drawn in and sent away with an instantly memorable tune.

Dance With Life is wonderfully uplifting and encourages you to do exactly what it says; and Any Other Way is a challenging song that suit's Colin's distinctive voice. Without exception, each track has its own merit.

The superb Now I know I'll Never Get Over You is delivered with clarity and Love Left A Long Time Ago is poignant and dramatic. Full of positivity, we are told The Sun Will Rise Again a great departure track that is very melodic with shades of folk rhythms.

"John Sweet and I have been recording tracks together for as long as I can remember, initially producing an album called Echo Bridge, which is one of my favourite solo albums. More recently we have been joined by Chris, who immediately brought a freshness and focus to the project with his wonderful and unique string arrangements."

Colin Blunstone -- Photograph by Sarah Cheesbrough

There is nobody who sings like Colin Blunstone his voice somehow manages to be sweetly angelic yet deceptively strong and was described by Clash Magazine as "wispy wonderfulness". This mild-mannered artiste from St Albans became one of Britain's most respected and popular vocalist and as the lead singer with The Zombies, his distinctive vocals came to be a key element of the band's sound.

Subsequent solo hits included Say You Don't Mind, I Don't Believe In Miracles and the 1981 hit What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted. Colin has recently been enjoying writing, recording and touring with Zombies bandmate Rod Agent and in March 2008 reunited with the original Zombies line-up to perform Odessey & Oracle for the first time at the Shepherds Bush Empire.

Colin's first solo tour for ten years coincided with the release of The Ghost Of You And Me and included Southampton, Wolverhampton, Crewe, Glasgow, Swindon, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Sutton and Dartford before concluding in Liverpool on 24 February.

Colin says: "Although it has been brilliant touring the world with The Zombies over the last few years, I am really excited to be planning a tour with my own all-star band. We will, of course, play many of my solo hits and also feature a selection of tunes from the new album."

Colin Blunstone's fantastic solo album The Ghost Of You And Me was released on 9 March (2009) on Ennismore Records.

Tracklisting

1 The Ghost Of You And Me | 2 Follow | 3 Dance With Life | 4 Second Avenue | 5 Beginning / Let's Keep The Curtains Closed Today | 6 Any Other Way | 7 Now I Know I'll Never Get Over You | 8 Feels Like Rain | 9 Love Left A Long Time Ago | 10 The Sun Will Rise Again

"Probably the most quintessentially English pop voice of its generation" The Times

"Colin Blunstone's voice is one of the greatest British vocal sounds of the 20th Century" Sir Tim Rice, Evening Standard

"Colin pushes out his addictive vocals with ease and his melodic and ethereal The Ghost Of You And Me is a beautiful example of the effortless talent of this wonderful artiste, as showcased on the album" Maggie Woods, MotorBar


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