Talking with Strangers

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Talking with Strangers
Studio album by Judy Dyble
Released August 2009
Label FiXiT/Brilliant/Gonzo Multimedia
Producer Tim Bowness, Alistair Murphy
Judy Dyble chronology
The Whorl
(2006)
Talking with Strangers
(2009)
Flow and Change
(2013)

Talking with Strangers is an album first issued in the UK in 2009, by Judy Dyble featuring Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Julianne Regan, Simon Nicol, Tim Bowness, Jacqui McShee, Pat Mastelotto, Alistair Murphy, Celia Humphris, Laurie A'Court, Rachel Hall, Mark Fletcher, Jeremy Salmon, Paul Robinson, John Gillies, Sanchia Pattinson and Harry Fletcher.

The album has subsequently been issued twice on vinyl, with different artwork on both versions. A cd version was issued by Termo in Scandinavia, which saw Dyble, Bowness and Murphy make live TV and radio appearances in support of the release.

Additionally, Dark Peak productions released an imported version in Japan. Late 2012 saw a deal signed for the first official release of the album in the USA via Gonzo Multimedia. The release date being late February 2013.

The album features a near 20-minute biopic of Dyble's life ("Harpsong"), and is described[by whom?] as being in the musical style of prog-folk.

The UK release received reviews including being described as a "sophisticated triumph"[1] and was selected as HMV stores 'recommended album of the year' 2009 in the specialist music sector.

The first UK pressing featured the artwork of 1960s psychedelic artist John Hurford and inner sleeve illustration by Koldo Barroso. This version is sold out and deleted as of December 2009. The second UK pressing (and subsequent releases feature the artwork and designs of Jackie Morris.

Upon the UK release, Dyble played a press and a headline show at the 100 club, this was the first time she had appeared on stage in London since the days of her being the lead singer of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne in the late 1960s. The band included Simon Nicol, Tim Bowness, Alistair Murphy amongst others.

Reception[edit]

David Kidman wrote a very positive review in August 2009. Of "Harpsong" he writes "the experimental wyrd-folk of Trader Horne meets the nascent prog-rock of King Crimson head-on".[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Guest musician(s)
1. "Neverknowing" (Tim Bowness, Alistair Murphy) Dyble (voice) – Bowness (additional voice) – Nicol (acoustic guitar)
2. "Jazzbirds" (Bowness, Judy Dyble, Murphy) Dyble (voice + autoharp) – Bowness/McShee (additional voices) – Murphy (acoustic guitar, organ, keyboards)
3. "C'est La Vie" (Greg Lake, Pete Sinfield) Dyble (voice) – Bowness, Regan, Humphris (additional voices) – Murphy (acoustic guitar, organ, keyboards) – Ian McDonald (flute) – Fletcher (bass) – Mastelotto (drums and percussion).
4. "Talking with Strangers" (Dyble, Bowness, Murphy) Dyble (voice) – Bowness (additional voice) – Murphy (piano and Dynatron)
5. "(In the) Dreamtime" (Dyble, John Gillies) Dyble (voice + autoharp) – Bowness/McShee (additional voices) – Murphy (acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, electric guitar, organ, piano, keyboards) – Gillies (acoustic guitar) – McDonald (alto flute) – Fletcher (bass) – Mastelotto (drums and percussion).
6. "Grey October Day" (Dyble, Bowness, Murphy) Dyble/Bowness (voices) – Murphy (piano, organ, acoustic guitar) – A'Court (tenor + alto sax) – Fletcher (bass) – Mastelotto (drums and percussion)
7. "Harpsong" (Dyble, Bowness, Murphy) Dyble (voice + autoharp) – Bowness (additional voice, electric guitar) – A'Court (tenor + alto sax) – Murphy (numerous instruments 10+) – Fletcher (H) (electric guitar) – Fletcher (bass) – Fripp (guitar and soundscapes) – Rachel Hall (violin) – McShee, Regan, Humphris (additional voices) – Sanchia Pattinson (oboe) – Nicol (acoustic guitar) – McDonald (lead alto sax, flute, alto flute, ukulele) – Mastelotto (drums and percussion) – Paul Robinson (electric guitar)

Release history[edit]

Title Artist Label Catalogue no. Released Region Notes
Talking with Strangers Judy Dyble FiXiT/Brilliant FXTR CD113 10 August 2009 UK 1st issue, 'Hurford sleeve' First 1000 numbered, first 500 also signed
Talking with Strangers Judy Dyble FiXiT/Brilliant FXTRR CD113 Jan 2010 2nd UK 'Jackie Morris artwork'
Talking with Strangers Judy Dyble Tonefloat TF70 Sept 2009 Vinyl 500 pressed, with signed postcard
Talking with Strangers Judy Dyble Termo TermoCD006 25 Jan 2010 Scandinavian issue revised artwork, bonus track 'Fragile'
Talking with Strangers Judy Dyble Tonefloat TF70 November 2012 Vinyl reissue 500 only with Jackie Morris Artwork
Talking with Strangers Judy Dyble Gonzo HST123CD February 2013 US/Canada issue revised artwork, bonus tracks 'Waiting' 'Sparkling'

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Sid (6 August 2009). "BBC – Music – Judy Dyble Talking With Strangers Review". BBC. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Kidman, David (August 2009). "Judy Dyble – Talking With Strangers (FX)". NetRhythms: A to Z Album and Gig Reviews. London: Net Rhythms. Retrieved 16 January 2010.