Gathering Sound [Box Set]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Released just in time for Christmas, Brit-pop veterans James' first foray into the box-set market, The Gathering Sound, is perhaps the most comprehensive overview of their enduring, 30-year career as any self-respecting fan could wish for. Alongside a USB stick containing all ten of their full-length studio LPs, plus a physical CD combining 2010's mini-albums The Night Before and The Morning After, there's a DVD of their 1990 Come Home Live tour, a vinyl disc featuring four previously unreleased demos, and a whole array of merchandise ranging from a scrapbook to a replica backstage pass. But it's the two discs of lost tracks, obscurities, and live performances that will ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Released just in time for Christmas, Brit-pop veterans James' first foray into the box-set market, The Gathering Sound, is perhaps the most comprehensive overview of their enduring, 30-year career as any self-respecting fan could wish for. Alongside a USB stick containing all ten of their full-length studio LPs, plus a physical CD combining 2010's mini-albums The Night Before and The Morning After, there's a DVD of their 1990 Come Home Live tour, a vinyl disc featuring four previously unreleased demos, and a whole array of merchandise ranging from a scrapbook to a replica backstage pass. But it's the two discs of lost tracks, obscurities, and live performances that will spark the most intrigue. The 18-track set of studio rarities features everything from early-'80s home-recorded demos "Willow," "Say It with Flowers", songs discarded from both the Pleased to Meet You "Scratchcard" and Whiplash "Hedex," "I Thought You Were" sessions, and B-sides from 12" singles Ya Ho "Mosquito," "Left Out of Her Will" and Just Like Fred Astaire "Long to See", in addition to recordings from BBC Radio Manchester "Doubts" and Absolute Radio "Dust Motes", an extended version of Stutter album track Just Hip "Just Hipper", and songs previously only available digitally "All My Letters" and flexi-disc "Weather Change". The 16-track live CD is just as arbitrary, with performances culled from some of their very first gigs "Folklore", right up to 2008 "Bubbles", including highlights from sets at Glastonbury 1990 "Hang On," "Hymn from a Village", Alton Towers 1992 "Maria's Party", and Brixton Academy "Honest Joe" alongside one of the few numbers that will be recognizable to wider audiences, "Sit Down" taken from London's Town & Country Club 1992. Of course, most hardcore James fans will already own most of this material, meaning The Gathering Sound's hefty price tag might not represent as much value for money as you'd think. But for any new converts, this is a veritable treasure trove which contains pretty much everything you need to know about one of Britain's most underrated indie pop bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2012
  • Label: Mercury Uk
  • UPC: 602527531298
  • Catalog Number: 2753129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Willow (3:35)
  2. 2 Say It With Flowers (2:46)
  3. 3 Just Hipper (1:56)
  4. 4 Mosquito (2:46)
  5. 5 Left Out of Her Will (2:48)
  6. 6 Doubts (2:07)
  7. 7 Count Your Blessings (3:28)
  8. 8 Weather Change (3:19)
  9. 9 Pressure's On (4:06)
  10. 10 Jam 1 (3:05)
  11. 11 Jam 2 (3:36)
  12. 12 It's a Fine Line (3:02)
  13. 13 Hedex (3:53)
  14. 14 Long To See (5:28)
  15. 15 Scratch Card (8:14)
  16. 16 I Thought You Were (3:27)
  17. 17 All My Letters (3:06)
  18. 18 Dust Motes (4:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Folklore (3:02)
  2. 2 Announcement (3:38)
  3. 3 Burned - One Man Clapping (4:30)
  4. 4 Hymn From a Village (3:36)
  5. 5 Hang On (4:18)
  6. 6 Maria's Party (5:26)
  7. 7 America (2:52)
  8. 8 Sit Down (5:36)
  9. 9 Sound (8:53)
  10. 10 Honest Joe (4:37)
  11. 11 Come Home (5:53)
  12. 12 Johnny Yen (5:03)
  13. 13 What For (4:06)
  14. 14 Stutter (5:23)
  15. 15 Fine (3:46)
  16. 16 Bubbles (5:54)
  17. 17 [Untitled] (1:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Got the Shakes (2:58)
  2. 2 Dust Motes (4:14)
  3. 3 Tell Her I Said So (4:38)
  4. 4 Kaleidoscope (3:08)
  5. 5 Rabbit Hole (3:43)
  6. 6 Make For This City (4:30)
  7. 7 Lookaway (4:19)
  8. 8 Fear (3:50)
  9. 9 It's Hot (3:25)
  10. 10 Crazy (3:39)
  11. 11 Ten Below (4:03)
  12. 12 Porcupine (4:27)
  13. 13 Shine (4:18)
  14. 14 Dr Hellier (4:46)
  15. 15 Hero (4:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Come Home
  2. 2 What's the World
  3. 3 Whoops
  4. 4 Lose Control
  5. 5 Sunday Morning
  6. 6 Ring the Bells
  7. 7 Bring a Gun
  8. 8 Government Walls
  9. 9 Walking the Ghost
  10. 10 Next Lover
  11. 11 God Only Knows
  12. 12 What For
  13. 13 Sit Down
  14. 14 How Was It For You
  15. 15 Stutter
Disc 5
  1. 1 Sit Down
  2. 2 How Was It For You
  3. 3 Gregory's Town
  4. 4 Ring Those Bells
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Primary Artist
Tim Booth Vocals
Jim Glennie Bass Guitar
Larry Gott Guitar
Mark Hunter Keyboards
Saul Davies Guitar, Percussion, Violin
Andy Diagram Percussion, Trumpet
David Baynton-Power Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Tim Booth Liner Notes
Bernard Butler Liner Notes
Brian Eno Liner Notes
Jim Glennie Composer, Liner Notes
Larry Gott Liner Notes
Mark Hunter Liner Notes, Paintings
Mike Nuttall Contribution
Michael Stipe Liner Notes
Neil Taylor Liner Notes
Saul Davies Liner Notes
Andy Diagram Liner Notes
Tony Reynolds Contribution
Dave Brown Liner Notes, Contribution
David Baynton-Power Composer, Liner Notes
Richard Reed Parry Liner Notes
Simon Moran Liner Notes
Chris Denman Producer
Kirk Sommer Representation
Peter Rudge Liner Notes, Representation
Glennie Composer
Daniel Baker Liner Notes
Adam Rix Artwork
Martin Horne Representation
The Neighourhood Illustrations
Su Gardner Contribution
Stuart Ralston Contribution
Rudy Hanot Contribution
Peter Louie Liner Notes
Peter Kay Liner Notes
Myra Hanley Liner Notes
Lori Chin Contribution
Kellie Hutchens Contribution
Justin Smith Merchandising
Jenny Glennie Composer
Gordon Strachan Liner Notes
Dean Woodcock Engineer
Deabba Gaksakk Recreation
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