Here Lies Love [2CD/1DVD]

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
A concept album based around the lives of Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's (Norman Cook) Here Lies Love is primarily a great pop record featuring a bevy of name female vocalists. Grand conceptual themes aside, Byrne, Slim, and Slim cohort Tom Gandey (aka Cagedbaby) have delivered a kooky, fun, theatrical and more-often-than not deliriously listenable collection of '70s and '80s club pop. Inspired by a disparate set of sources not the least of which included his reading of Ryszard Kapuscinski's book The Emperor, as well as various reports detailing the former first lady of the Philippines' penchant for disco and club-life, Byrne ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
A concept album based around the lives of Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's (Norman Cook) Here Lies Love is primarily a great pop record featuring a bevy of name female vocalists. Grand conceptual themes aside, Byrne, Slim, and Slim cohort Tom Gandey (aka Cagedbaby) have delivered a kooky, fun, theatrical and more-often-than not deliriously listenable collection of '70s and '80s club pop. Inspired by a disparate set of sources not the least of which included his reading of Ryszard Kapuscinski's book The Emperor, as well as various reports detailing the former first lady of the Philippines' penchant for disco and club-life, Byrne formulated this would-be stage production based around the notion -- as he says in the liner notes -- of the, "bubble worlds of the rich and powerful" set to the popular sounds (disco, soul, Latin beats, cabaret) of Marcos' time in power. While there is no dialogue in this production, Byrne has crafted each track to tell the story and evoke the emotional state of Marcos and her longtime nanny Cumpas' emotional state throughout the album. And while the story hangs together quite well, the main impression you are left with is that Byrne and Slim have impeccable taste in female singers. Here we get British songstress Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) delivering the title-prologue which is an anthemic, disco-inflected track that recalls any number of Studio 54 diva hits. Similarly, Tori Amos takes on the role of Marcos' mother Remedios on the eerie, flamenco-infused "You'll Be Taken Care Of." Along the way, you get '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, alt-country rocker Allison Moorer, Irish soul-siren Roisin Murphy, Philly punk/dance singer Santigold, Natalie Merchant, Nellie McKay, Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, and others. [The deluxe version comes with a DVD of videos and a bonus book.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597980448
  • Catalog Number: 522300
  • Sales rank: 64,902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here Lies Love - Florence Welch (5:51)
  2. 2 Every Drop of Rain (5:34)
  3. 3 You'll Be Taken Care of - Fatboy Slim (3:19)
  4. 4 The Rose of Tacloban - Fatboy Slim (2:33)
  5. 5 How Are You? - Nellie McKay (2:43)
  6. 6 A Perfect Hand - Fatboy Slim (4:57)
  7. 7 Eleven Days - Fatboy Slim (2:43)
  8. 8 When She Passed By - Allison Moorer (3:49)
  9. 9 Walk Like a Woman - Charmaine Clamor (3:58)
  10. 10 Don't You Agree? - Róisín Murphy (3:19)
  11. 11 Pretty Face - Fatboy Slim (3:23)
  12. 12 Ladies In Blue - Theresa Andersson (4:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dancing Together - Fatboy Slim (3:53)
  2. 2 Men Will Do Anything - Alice Russell (4:06)
  3. 3 The Whole Man - Fatboy Slim (4:15)
  4. 4 Never So Big - Sia (4:00)
  5. 5 Please Don't (3:58)
  6. 6 American Troglodyte - Fatboy Slim (4:06)
  7. 7 Solano Avenue - Nicole Atkins (3:55)
  8. 8 Order 1081 - Fatboy Slim (5:47)
  9. 9 Seven Years - Shara Worden (5:40)
  10. 10 Why Don't You Love Me? - Fatboy Slim (3:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Eleven Days - Fatboy Slim
  2. 2 When She Passed By - Allison Moorer
  3. 3 Don't You Agree? - Róisín Murphy
  4. 4 Dancing Together - Fatboy Slim
  5. 5 Please Don't - Santi White
  6. 6 Order 1081 - Fatboy Slim
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fatboy Slim Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Brass, Loops, Synthesizer Bass, keyboard bass
David Byrne Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, 12-string Guitar, Cavaquinho, wah wah guitar, electronic percussion, Bottleneck Guitar
Steve Earle Vocals
Cyndi Lauper Vocals
David Mann Tenor Saxophone
Tori Amos Vocals
Barry Danielian Trumpet
Paul Frazier Bass
Graham Hawthorne Drums, Cajon
Dan Levine Trombone, Bass Trombone
Natalie Merchant Vocals
Kate Pierson Vocals
Greg Smith French Horn
Garo Yellin Cello
Mark de Gli Antoni Organ, Marimbas, Mellotron, Toy Piano
Camille Vocals
Martha Wainwright Vocals
Sharon Jones Vocals
Theresa Andersson Vocals
Tony Finno Piano, fender rhodes
Mauro Refosco Percussion, Conga, Tambourine, Bells, Pandeiro, Cajon, Shaker, Wood Block, Udu
Kenneth Finn Euphonium
Allison Moorer Vocals, Background Vocals
Armando Figueredo Piano, fender rhodes
Róisín Murphy Vocals
Pauline Kim Violin
Paul Sandrone Bass
Sia Vocals
Michael Seltzer Trombone
Hiroko Taguchi Violin
Thomas Bartlett Piano, Clavichord, Keyboards, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Paul Shapiro Baritone Saxophone
José Luis Pardo Guitar
Alice Russell Vocals
José Rafael Torres Bass
Ganda Suthivarakom Background Vocals
David Gold Viola
Shara Worden Vocals
Nellie McKay Vocals
Nicole Atkins Vocals
Cagedbaby Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Upright Bass, Wurlitzer
Candie Payne Vocals
C.J. Camerieri Trumpet
Charmaine Clamor Vocals
St. Vincent Vocals
Santigold Vocals
Florence Welch Vocals
John Sheppard Trumpet
Cyrus Beroukhim Viola
Jay Hassler Clarinet
Theodore Primis French Horn
Amy Kimball Violin
Arthur Cook Cello
Galina Zhdanova Violin
David Young Flute, Oboe
Rick Heckman Flute, Oboe
Kenneth de Carlo Trumpet
Chad Yarbrough French Horn
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes, Graphic Design, Concept, Loop, Images, Percussion Programming
Gil Goldstein Orchestral Arrangements
Greg Calbi Mastering
Patrick Dillett Producer, Engineer
Dan Levine Horn Arrangements
Mark Rankin Engineer
Mark Hawley Engineer
Camille Vocal Arrangements
Fatboy Slim Programming, Producer, Sequencers
Tony Finno Orchestral Arrangements
Simon Thornton Engineer
Los Amigos Invisibles Producer, Engineer
Slim Aarons Images, Cover Image
Toshi Matsumoto Images
Danielle Spencer Graphic Design
John Reynolds Engineer
Robin Platzer Images
Cagedbaby Programming, Producer, drum programming, Bass Programming, Loop
Ron Galella Images
H. Armstrong Roberts Images
Bernard Gotfryd Images
Jane Shaw Image Research, Licensing
Jess Tan Images
Peter Norrman Filmmaker
Dwight Johnson Images
Pat Roque Images
Jon Player Images
Hermie Rotea Photo Courtesy
John Cockcroft Images
Alex Bowie Images
Inginuhit Ng Tadhana Images
Romeo Gacad Images
Jay Directo Images
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very unusual, and unuasually good! The lyrics tell an operatic story, the disco-tinged beats will put a smile on your face, and the vocalists are at the top of their game.

    This is the first concept album I've ever purchased. I love it! The double-disk set tells the story of Imelda Marcos and those who impacted her life, and the songs are set to a contemporary version of the Studio 54 disco songs that she danced to during her jet-setting club-hopping days. Vocalists including Cyndi Lauper, Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant really deliver! So many of the songs are filled with, well, joy! Usually on albums with multiple vocalists, there are some songs I like, and others I really don't. Amazingly, almost every track on these two CDs is a winner (I'd rate all but two of the songs as 4s or 5s on a 5-point scale). The packaging is also impressive--a crimson fabric-covered hardcover 120-page book with gold titles and a beautiful picture of Ms. Marcos. The book is in fact filled with pictures of Ms. Marcos and those who influenced her, and a separate chapter explains in informative and fun detail the events described in each song. My favorite tracks: Here Lies Love (Florence Welch), Every Drop of Rain (Candie Payne & St. Vincent), How Are You? (Nellie McKay), When She Passed By (Allison Moorer), Don't You Agree? (Roisin Murphy), and Men Will Do Anything (Alice Russell). The bonus DVD includes 6 videos. For more info, check out the album's detailed Wikipedia entry.

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