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A 1CD jewel case edition of Tim Bowness's ambitious and well-received second solo album from 2014, Abandoned Dancehall Dreams.
Produced by Bowness and mixed by his No-Man band partner Steven Wilson, the album features performances from Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Anna Phoebe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and members of the No-Man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Pete Morgan, Steven Wilson, Andrew Booker and Steve Bingham).
Classical composer Andrew Keeling, best known for his work with The Hilliard Ensemble, Evelyn Glennie and his orchestrations of Robert Fripp's Soundscapes, provides string arrangements for four of the album's eight tracks.
Distinctively combining Art Rock and singer-songwriter influences, Abandoned Dancehall Dreams alternates between the low-key and the large-scale, possessing the cinematic scope and sophisticated sheen of No-Man's best work, while taking Bowness's music into unexpected areas, including the propulsive drum and string chug of The Warm-Up Man Forever, the fretless bass, synth and choir combinations on Dancing For You, the Nick Drake-esque Waterfoot, and the grinding Rock codas to Smiler At 50 and I Fought Against The South.
Completed at Phil Manzanera's Gallery Studios and Steven Wilson's Nomansland in early 2014, the album was mastered by award-winning Pink Floyd engineer, Andy Jackson.
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams is a singular statement from a singular artist.
'A perfect blend of the tender and the titanic.' - 9/10 Classic Rock
'Bowness's music has never sounded this magnificent. Drawing on sources ranging from Peter Gabriel to Talk Talk and King Crimson, the end result sounds like nobody but Tim Bowness.' - All About Jazz
1. The Warm-Up Man Forever 00:04:07
2. Smiler At 50 00:08:20
3. Songs Of Distant Summers 00:05:02
4. Waterfoot 00:04:14
5. Dancing For You 00:05:59
6. Smiler At 52 00:04:05
7. I Fought Against The South 00:08:51
8. Beaten By Love 00:03:31