Jimmy Somerville – Homage (2015) [ProStudioMasters 24-44,1]

Jimmy Somerville – Homage (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 00:48:48 minutes | 594 MB | Genre: Pop, Electronic, Soul, Disco
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Iconic vocalist Jimmy Somerville, lead singer of Bronski Beat and The Communards, pays tribute to his roots in dance music on Homage, a collection of 12 original disco tracks. While working with his friend and the record’s producer John Winfield, Somerville was inspired to turn all the songs they were writing into disco. Famous for reimagining disco classics as his own, such as You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), Never Can Say Goodbye? and Don’t Leave Me This Way, to name but a few, Homage is a logical next step in Somerville‘s career, one at which he can only excel considering his background, passion and distinctive vocal talent.

“I’ve finally made the disco album I always wanted to and never thought could. If I was 15 again I’d buy it, sit on my bed, slowly open the gatefold, slide out the vinyl, place it on the turntable then jump off the bed and imagine someone just passed me a tambourine … I’d be in heaven! So open your ears, embrace the groove and pay homage to an all too easily derided sound … I LOVE disco!” –Jimmy Somerville

Jimmy Somerville has spent a fair amount of time singing classic disco songs, but his 2015 album Homage isn’t a collection of covers. Rather, it’s a trickier kind of tribute: a bunch of new tunes arranged to sound as if they were released at the height of disco. This concept is high-risk but if anybody can pull it off it’s Somerville and co-producer John Winfield, who make the smart move of pouring considerable energy into constructing the surface without neglecting the songs that lie at the record’s foundation. Although the songs are substantive, what impresses first on Homage is its sound. Gleaming, lush, and luxe, it is an album that invites total immersion. It rewards a close listen — it’s fun to play spot the influence but more rewarding to focus on the craft — but the best thing about Homage is that it so accurately replicates the feeling of prime disco that it winds up being a hell of a party record. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Some Wonder 3:53
2 Strong Enough 4:19
3 Freak 3:36
4 Taken Away 4:39
5 Back To Me 4:44
6 The Core 3:52
7 Travesty 4:24
8 Bright Thing 3:54
9 Lights Are Shining 3:17
10 This Hand 3:30
11 Overload 4:06
12 Learned To Talk 4:35

Personnel:
Jimmy Somerville – Vocals
Caroline Buckley – Vocals (Background)
Ian Burdge – Cello
Julian Crampton – Bass
Frances Dewar – Violin
Alison Dodds – Violin
Simon Elms – Brass Arrangement, Flugelhorn
Sid Gauld – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Richard George – Violin
Andy Gibson – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Ian Humphries – Violin
Michael Kearsey – Trombone
Rick Koster – Violin
Janelle Martin – Vocals (Background)
Nims Miller – Vocals (Background)
Baby N’sola – Vocals (Background)
Everton Nelson – String Director, Violin
Tom Piggott-Smith – Violin
Kate Robinson – Violin
Sonia Slany – Violin
Colin Smith – Bass, Fender Rhodes, Guitar, Piano, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), String Machine, Vibe Master
John Winfield – Fender Rhodes, Piano, Synthesizer
Chris Worsey – Cello
Warren Zielinski – Violin

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