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James King and the Lonewolves - Lost Songs of the Confederacy

  by Tony Gaughan

published: 14 / 11 / 2014

James King and the Lonewolves - Lost Songs of the Confederacy
Label: Stereogram Recordings
Format: CD


Fabulous long-awaited debut album from Glasgow-based 1980's post-punks James King and the Lonewolves, who after breaking up acrimoniously thirty years ago have extraordinarily got back together to finish off this record

At last an album I've been waiting thirty years for. James King and the Lonewolves were signed to Alan Horne's Swamplands in 1984, and put out a single 'The Angels Know'on the ill-fated successor to Postcard Records. Front man James and lead guitarist James McKechan, however, fell out and didn't speak for over twenty five-years, and an album, the original version of 'Lost Songs of the Confederacy', which was recorded with John Cale, never saw the light of day A reunion tribute in Glasgow's Woodend Bowling Club (which I was lucky enough to attend), following their old agent Alan Mawn's untimely passing, brought hope of some of their songs seeing the light of day again . An EP 'Pretty Blue Eyes' put the band back on track, and then finally following some re-recording/mixing they have produced the long-awaited 'Lost Songs of the Confederacy'. Opening track 'Fun Patrol' is a brutal tale of undying love. Influences on this record include the Velvet Underground on 'While I Can', the Byrds on 'Over the Side' and even their old Swampland/Postcard label mate Edwyn Collins on the beautiful 'A Step Away From Home' . Stand out tracks for me on this great record were the awesome ballad 'Bridgeton Summer' and 'Texas Lullabye', which has shades of early Skids at their very best. A must have for fans of post punk and fine, fine songs. The album will be available on CD/download from October 27th and on limited edition vinyl from November 10th.

Track Listing:-
1 Fun Patrol
2 Over the Side
3 Fly Away
4 Bridgeton Summer
5 Even Beatles Die
6 While I Can
7 (Un)happy Home
8 Pretty Blue Eyes
9 Texas Lullaby
10 A Step Away from Home

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