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2011
| BS 706
$19.95

Skull Orchard Revisted (Book + CD)

Jon Langford's lost album: revamped, re-mixed and re-released with a book!

96 full color pages, hardcover book with full length CD

Published by Verse Chorus Press

THINK OF IT AS A CD THAT COMES WITH A BOOK!

For this SPECIALLY PRICED book/CD, Langford has created a highly personal portrait of Wales, where he was born and raised.

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THINK OF IT AS A CD THAT COMES WITH A BOOK!

For this SPECIALLY PRICED book/CD, Langford has created a highly personal portrait of Wales, where he was born and raised.

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The starting point was his long unobtainable album Skull Orchard. For the CD available exclusively with this book, Langford returned to those lost recordings and radically revised them, enlisting as his accomplices the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus, who contribute a unique warmth to the material.

Three new tracks have been added, making 18 in all.

Jon illustrated his lyrics for Skull Orchard, at once autobiographical and fanciful, in a set of “song paintings” created especially for this book, which also includes much more artwork, an A to Z of South Walian culture and history (both personal and general) by Jon’s brother, and acclaimed SF writer David Langford, photographs by their father, Denis Langford, and Jon’s first published story, a witty, dystopian tale about a whale and a dolphin.

 

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  • Lyrically, he creates a picture of a town of physical people who’ve lost their place in a technological world, but his punk background shows up in his love of the hard-charging song, which adds a rebellious (and therefore hopeful) voice to the songs. In fact, it’s only when you break the songs down to the lyrics that the darkness is evident; on a casual listen, it’s one of his most consistently hard-driving, entertaining albums.

    — Offbeat New Orleans
  • A supernova of literate, synapses-firing, pan-genre command drenched with an honesty, humor and humanity that is awe-inspiring.

    — Iowa City Press Citizen
  • Skull Orchard Revisited, with its expanded arrangements, its boozy male chorus and its lovely black-humored memoirs, is much more than a reissue, and that much more to be recommended.

    — Dusted Magazine

Track List

  • 1. Tubby Brothers
  • 2. Verdun
  • 3. Last Count
  • 4. Butter Song
  • 5. Sentimental Marching Song
  • 6. Youghal
  • 7. Trap Door
  • 8. Inside the Whale
  • 9. I Am The Law
  • 10. Green Valleys
  • 11. Pill Sailor
  • 12. Penny Arcades
  • 13. My Own Worst Enemy
  • 14. I'm Stopping This Train
  • 15. Deep Sea Diver
  • 16. Tom Jones Levitation
  • 17. The Ballad of Solomon Jones
  • 18. Message from Newport

On Tour

Jun
04
2015

@ FitzGerald's
Berwyn, IL

Jun
05
2015

@ Kiki's House of Righteous Music
Madison, WI

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