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Past Has Been Bottled
     

The Past Has Been Bottled

by Glenn Tilbrook
 
Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford were as closely tied as any songwriting team but they didn't necessarily write closely. Like Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the lines were fairly clearly drawn, with Difford sending packets of lyrics for Tilbrook to score. By its very nature, this process resulted in a slightly

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Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford were as closely tied as any songwriting team but they didn't necessarily write closely. Like Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the lines were fairly clearly drawn, with Difford sending packets of lyrics for Tilbrook to score. By its very nature, this process resulted in a slightly different demo process, one that gets highlighted on The Past Has Been Bottled, a collection of 18 original demos from Squeeze's masterpiece East Side Story. That album was originally planned as a double-album but it was whittled down to a single, so it follows that this includes four unheard songs, all quite good: "Depression," "I Don't Like Love," "Misunderstanding," and "Holiday Makers." Apart from this, this is familiar territory, sometimes surprisingly so: "Is That Love" comes close to the finished version right down to a fairly fleshed-out arrangement, as does "Labelled with Love," and "Messed Around" was pretty spare to begin with, so it doesn't feel all that much different in demo form. Other songs do feel like demos - a bare structure that needs to be filled out by a full band and proper production - but they're all recognizable, as Tilbrook was working with a completed set of lyrics and had written his melodies prior to recording these demos. These recordings were designed as a blueprint for the album and they do sound that way, but that's the charm of The Past Has Been Bottled: any Squeeze diehard who knows East Side inside out will find this a joyful listen, even if it doesn't pack that many revelations.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Quixotic Records
UPC:
5060051331305
catalogNumber:
11
Rank:
137238

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Tracks

  1. Is That Love
  2. Depression
  3. Someone Else's Bell
  4. Someone Else's Heart
  5. There's No Tomorrow
  6. F-Hole
  7. Labelled with Love
  8. Tempted
  9. Womans's World
  10. Vanity Fair
  11. Heaven
  12. Mumbo Jumbo
  13. Messed Around
  14. In Quintessence
  15. I Don't Like Love
  16. Misunderstanding
  17. Holiday Makers
  18. Trust

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