Friday, 13 May 2016

Ginger Wildheart - Songs & Words (The Book) (2016)

Published - Round Records / Pledge Music

So what after seem like an eternal wait Ginger Wildhearts Songs & Words book has finally arrived. Now first lets just clear something up, the above statement is in no way meant to sound derogatory to anyone involved in this mammoth task, in fact Ginger has himself stated that when he began this project that he had absolutely no idea as to the timescale involved in both writing, editing, re-editing and then getting a book of the scale published, but by god it was worth it!

This book is first and foremost a beautiful sight to behold, jam packed with wonderful phots etc and informative stories.
Like the DVD of the same name, Ginger here tells the story of his career, only instead of making it a typical biography, he chooses to tell his story through his songs, giving us the stories behind them and what was going on in his world at the time that they were being written and recorded.
The book is as huge as the project to create it was, and well worth IT
I cant really say too much about this book without giving away spoilers, but it really is worth checking out!

Rating - 11/10

Multiverzal - Multiverzal EP (2016)

Genre - Pop / Rock / Powerpop
Label -

Track listing:

01 - Spoiled By Happy
02 - En el fondo del Mar
03 - You Lost The Keys Again
04 - Triste in Berlin

Juan Pablo Mazzola has been a busy bee as of late, not only has he been working on the forthcoming new album from his band, Baby Scream, he has also been working on other projects such as Lunchbox Bullies and this, Multiverzal, a new project that he has put together with Mariano Azcurra (another pretty good Argentinian songwriter). For this project the Juan gives his interpretation of Marinano's songs and Mariano provides the same for Juan's, singing his in Spanish.
So first up we have Juan's rendition of Spoiled But Happy. Now I cant say that I have ever heard the original, but I can say that this is a wonderful song, which Juan gives his usual Baby Scream type treatment. A great start to the Ep. Next up we have Mariano's take on Baby Scream's A Human Being On Mars (En el fondo del Mar) originally from Baby Scream's Fan, Fan, Fan album. Now this sounds absolutely awesome, especially with the Spanish vocals (which I shamefully have to admit to not understanding a word of!). The feel of the original is captured wonderfully and the Spanish vocals add an air of mystery to the already great song! Love it!
Juan's take on Mariano's You Lost The Keys Again is up next. This song has a darker atmosphere to it than we maybe used to with Juan's usual Baby Scream releases, but is all the better for it. This is a great song!
 Triste In Berlin closes out the EP and is Mariano's take on Baby Scream's Blue In Berlin, again taken from Baby Scream's Fan, Fan, Fan album. Here Mariano provides a pretty faithful to the original rendition of the song with only the vocals being in sang Spanish being the main difference.

This is a great debut EP from a very promising project that combines the talents of not one but two excellent songwriters

Well worth checking out

Rating - 10/10

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Ginger Wildheart - Songs & Words Dvd (2016)

Genre - Live Concert / Acoustic / Spoken Word
Label - Pledge Music / Round Records

Track listing:
01 - Main feature (The Concert In Full)
02 - Extras - Short Documentary

Last Year, 2015, Ginger Wildheart embarked upon a UK Songs & Words (spoken word / acoustic) tour, playing old theatres and other obscure venues across the UK. The shows averaged on a three hour long performance with medley performances’ from every release that he has been involved in since he formed The Wildhearts back in the early 1990's, within which Ginger regaled the audience  anecdotes and stories from the various time periods in question.

This DVD captures the entire show from London's Leicester Square Theatre from April 26th 2015, in all of its glory, and what a show it is, intimate in nature and extremely candid and revealing. All professionally filmed, complete with added extras including interviews, behind the scenes footage and bonus material from Hallowe’en and Birthday shows!

This DVD is a great record of a tour that may never be repeated again and is an essential addition to the collection of any Wildhearts or Ginger Wildheart fan, as well as being well worth checking out for any fan of the 90's era rock British music scene

Very, Very Highly Recommended

Rating 10/10

Techinical Information:

Codec: MPEG-2
Encoding format: 16:9
Resolution: 576i (PAL)
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

English: Dolby Digital 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 2.0


Single disc (1 DVD)