|Second solo album by Clive Mitten (Twelfth Night)
Format: CD / Released: 28/01/2022
Track Listing: CD 1: 1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (12.20) / 2. Jeux Sans Frontières (3.24) / 3. Tubular Bells (Side One) (20.17) / 4. Rudy (2.40) / 5. Supper’S Ready (23.19)
CD 2: 1. Echoes (13.17) / 2. Solsbury Hill (4.00) / 3. Countdown (1.56) / 4. La Villa Strangiato (9.13) / 5. School (4.07) / 6. Bloody Well Right (4.24) / 7. Xanadu (8.19) / 8. Living In The Past (3.31) / 9. In The Cage Medley (15.12)
More information: Clive’s latest project sees him covering, in a fully orchestral style, some of progressive rock’s greatest tracks; ones that inspired him as teenager, to create something entirely new. The double album includes some of the best-known artists and some of their best-loved songs, beautifully interpreted, in what it's hoped will be a series of releases. This first volume includes tracks by Pink Floyd, Genesis, Rush, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, Mike Oldfield, and Supertramp.
Clive Mitten: “14 months in the making, this album is my tribute to those who inspired me in my teens to become a musician. I could already play the piano and classical guitar, but aged 12 I encountered 'prog' for the first time. I saw Pink Floyd play Dark Side of the Moon live, and watched Supertramp perform Crime Of The Century before most knew who they were - all while wearing a great coat and carrying a crate of Newcastle Brown with me. These experiences and others led me to electrify my playing to work out what my heroes were doing. Now, 50 years later, I am paying my dues to them in my current style, which you can loosely define as cinematically orchestral but with an in-depth understanding of prog. Why take this on? The originals are complex works which are fiendishly difficult in places and already well-loved. Lockdowns are part of it, but the main reason is that I feel I can shine a new light on the material - and in places it is an unexpected light. This album has been a labour of love, both for the people who drove me to write music in the first place and led me ultimately to being able to call myself a composer, and, as always, for the music.”