If anything this album improves yet further on the qualities that marked out Martin’s and the band’s talents on the debut. Produced by Paul Samwell Smith, the opportunity to augment the songs with perfectly sympathetic strings, piano and saxophone is done quite beautifully and one is left breathless at the sheer ambition on show here.
‘One of the finest and grossly underrated singer-songwriters this country has given birth to has stood in the shadows for too long … it almost wraps its arms around you, to give you a hug from which you hope you will never be free’ – Ron Rom, Sounds, 9/4/88.
‘Stephenson builds bridges between love and hate, between cradle and grave, between folk and pop, between the past and the present’ – Len Brown, NME, 9/4/88.
Recorded at Ridge Farm studios, Rusper, Surrey
Produced by Paul Samwell Smith
Engineered by Tony Phillips
Arranged by Martin Stephenson and Mickey Watson
released April 4, 1988
Martin Stephenson: Vocals & Guitar
Gary Dunn: Lead Guitar
Anthony Dunn: Bass
Paul Smith: Drums
Mickey Watson: Keyboards, Sax & string arrangements
Sherryl & Sheila Parker: Backing vocals
Pandit Dinesh: Percussion
Anne Stephenson: Violin
Virginia Astley: Flute & female backing vocal (Even the night)
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