EPIC SOUNDTRACKS – ” Sleeping Star ” (Re-Issue)

Posted: October 29, 2021 in MUSIC
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The magnificent second album by Epic Soundtracks is issued on vinyl for the first time. The original vinyl project was discontinued after Epic’s death. Insert with unseen pictures and liner notes by Chris Coleman.

“I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was playing in Koln, Germany when I heard “Sleeping Star” – I was so cynical about “new” music by then that it took a lot to catch my ear. But I was so enamoured of Epic’s blend of Todd Rundgren meets Carole King piano based ballads that I called Bar None the next day and made arrangements to release the CD in Europe…..you need to hear this, it’s the missing link between Pet Sounds and Big Star’s Third.” (Pat Thomas. Writer, musician and music archivist.)

Epic Soundtracks was the stage name of the British musician Kevin Paul Godfrey. Born in Croydon, Surrey, he was brought up in Solihull, Midlands with his brother Adrian Nicholas Godfrey, who was known as Nikki Sudden.

In 1972, Kevin and Adrian formed the nucleus of what was to become the post-punk rock group Swell Maps, with “Soundtracks” on drums and piano, and “Sudden” on guitar and vocals. Notable fans of Soundtracks‘ solo work include Evan Dando and Thurston Moore. Dave Graney paid tribute to Soundtracks with the song “A Boy Named Epic”.  The Brother Who LivedArthur Lee’s backing band, Baby Lemonade, paid tribute as well, with a song off their 2001 High Life Suite LP called,“Song for Epic”

“A laconic sweetness and oblique humor mixed with melancholy characterises Sleeping Star’s shaggy blue-eyed pop-soul, which is filled with echoes of Laura Nyro, Carole King and Wild Honey era Brian Wilson. He writes songs at the piano, fooling with chords until they suggest a lyric fragment. (Request magazine, 1995)

Sleeping Star” is a more spare album than Rise Above adorned with haunting violin and cello. A devastating romantic break up inspired songs on both LPs” (Holly George Warren , Option magazine )

Epic Soundtracks later played drums for Crime & the City Solution and These Immortal Souls. In 1991, Soundtracks decided to focus on his own song writing career, and began the series of recordings that comprised his three solo records. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he released three critically acclaimed solo albums, and two more were released posthumously.

Epic Soundtracks died in his sleep on 6th November 1997, at his flat in West Hampstead, London.

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