Touch Paper [Bonus Tracks]

Touch Paper [Bonus Tracks]

by Claire Hamill


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Touch Paper [Bonus Tracks]

Claire Hamill established herself in the 1970s as a songwriter who walked a line classically influenced, near mystical prog rock and the more polished, formal sound of a Jimmy Webb. After releasing four albums between 1971 and 1975, Hamill packed it in as pub and punk rock became the order of the day in her native Great Britain. She later teamed with British prog blues rock outfit Wishbone Ash for a pair of albums before resuming her solo career. Touch Paper marked her comeback as a singer/songwriter. Issued on Coda in 1984, the set stunned her longtime fans with the embrace of technology and the obvious influence of one Kate Bush on her writing style. Hamill's voice is in its usual glorious form here, and her trademark -- and elegantly refined -- touches as a songwriter are evident on songs such as "Denmark," "First Night in New York," and "Ultra Violet Light," easily matched the glories of her early records, but the strange new age-isms of "Sally Oldfield," and Bush's sense of the dramatic and orchestral arrangement weight down Hamill's other songs. In 2008 Esoteric Recordings in the U.K. brought out a newly remastered version of the album containing three bonus tracks including the 12" mix of "Jump." The sound quality on the Esoteric version is greatly improved from the album's first CD issue. [Esoteric reissued the CD with bonus tracks in 2008.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
Label: Esoteric
UPC: 5013929717725
catalogNumber: 2077

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claire Hamill   Primary Artist,Guitar
Gary Numan   Keyboards
Simon Phillips   Drums
Vincent Abbott   Bagpipes
Tony Beard   Drums
Mitch Dalton   Guitar
John Giblin   Bass
Steve Gould   Bass
Ronnie Leahy   Keyboards
Ron Matthewson   Acoustic Bass
Danny McIntosh   Guitar
John McKenzie   Bass
Jo Partridge   Guitar
Morris Pert   Percussion
Andy Stennett   Keyboards
Neal Wilkinson   Drums
Laurie Wisefield   Guitar
Paul Morgan   Drums
John Rocca   Percussion
Peter Maas   Bass

Technical Credits

Claire Hamill   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul O'Duffy   Producer,Engineer
Andy Stennett   Producer
Nick Sykes   Producer,Engineer
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven   Producer
Becky Stewart   Reissue Package Design
Peter Maas   Producer

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