The Beautiful Game (album)
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|The Beautiful Game|
|Studio album by|
Coast Recorders, San Francisco, U.S.
Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, U.S.
Higher Ground Studios, London, UK
Hansa Haus Studios, Bonn, Germany
|Label||Higher Octave Music|
|Acoustic Alchemy chronology|
This album was the first without founding member Nick Webb, who had died two years previously due to pancreatic cancer; duties on steel string guitar were now filled by understudy Miles Gilderdale, who remains in the post to this day.
The album came as a stark change to fans of the group. Glossy production and radically different songwriting brought about a new 21st century sound, completely adverse to the style built up over a decade and a half up until this point.
Experimentation was certainly a prominent factor in "The Beautiful Game". Tracks like "The Last Flamenco" brought drum and bass style synthesised loops, whilst "Kidstuff" employed a repeated sample of a baby giggling.
One of the band's longer efforts, the album lasts over an hour including two bonus tracks, featuring Greg Carmichael and John Parsons re-recording two of the tracks with a country and western style backing.
|1||"Angel Of The South"||Carmichael/Gilderdale||6:41|
|2||"The Panama Cat"||Carmichael/Gilderdale/Felix||5:04|
|4||"The Beautiful Game"||Carmichael/Disley||5:16|
|5||"Hats Of Magic"||Carmichael/White||5:03|
|6||"Tête à Tête"||Carmichael/Disley||4:43|
|7||"The Last Flamenco"||Carmichael/Parsons/White||4:20|
|9||"Big Sky Country"||Carmichael/Gilderdale/Parsons||4:34|
|10||"Hold On To Your Heart"||Carmichael/Parsons||4:11|
|12||"Big Sky Country (Nashville version)"||Carmichael/Gilderdale/Parsons||4:17|
|13||"Trail Blazer (Nashville version)"||Carmichael/Gilderdale/Parsons||4:41|
- Producers: Richard Bull, Miles Gilderdale, Greg Carmichael, Steven Jones.
- Audio Mixers: Richard Bull; Steve Jones.
- Engineers include: Jim Sweeney, Richard Bull, Klaus Genuit.
- Miles Gilderdale (guitar, programming);
- Greg Carmichael, John Parsons (guitar);
- Jerry Douglas (dobro);
- Sam Bush (violin);
- Snake Davis (whistle, saxophone);
- Al Richardson, Pat Burgeson (harmonica);
- Guy Barker (trumpet);
- Terry Disley, Tony White, Simon Hale, William Richardson (keyboards);
- Frank Felix, Viktor Krauss (bass);
- Frank Tontoh, Geoff Dunn, Larry Atamanuik (drums);
- Scooter Delong (percussion);
- Richard Bull, Tony White (programming).