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The Rolling Stones release a special, limited edition of “She’ s A Rainbow” (Live) at U Arena, Paris 25/10/17.

She’s a Rainbow is a song by the Rolling Stones and was featured on their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request. It has been called “the prettiest and most uncharacteristic song that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote for the Stones, although somewhat ambiguous in it’s intention.

The original song includes rich lyricism, vibrant piano by Nicky Hopkins and Brian Jones‘ use of the Mellotron. John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin, arranged the strings of this song during his session days.

Backing vocals were provided by the entire band except for Charlie Watts. Notably, all of the vocals sound like soft background singing with the music overshadowing them to the point of the lyrics being difficult to hear. The lyrics in the chorus share the phrase “she comes in colours” with the song of that title by Love, released in December 1966.

The song begins with the piano playing an ascending scale, which returns throughout the song as a recurring motif. This motif is developed by the celesta and strings in the middle 8. Humorous and ambiguous devices are used, such as when the strings play out-of-tune and off-key towards the end of the song,

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Hey All,

I’m very happy to announce that on Record Store Day 2019 and after nearly two decades of floating in digital space, I finally see the vinyl release of Hanging Out In Heaven. It will be a blue-tinged double record, set with two extra tracks – Queen In Her Jeans and Dressed Up As You. These additional songs were recorded in London around the same time and were always intended for the vinyl version.

Hanging Out In Heaven began in LA with Shep Lonsdale, engineer on Starfish and GAF, helping me record some songs at his home studio. Shep was also a drummer and played on half the record. I’d written some songs since the release of Spirit Level in 1992 but I’d become very busy in the period between Spirit Level and Hanging Out In Heaven, touring and making records with All About Eve in England. The Priest=Aura US tour had been cancelled due to disappointing sales in relation to the previous two releases so I had plenty of time for All About Eve.

I was living in Sweden at the time and during a break recording for Hanging Out In Heaven continued in the town of Gävle with Andreas Ahlenius (After Everything Now This and A Box Of Birds were recorded at Andreas‘ Blue Room studios). Hanging Out In Heaven was somehow suspended in mid-air after leaving LA and I had some new songs that I wanted to add to the album. I had worked with Andreas as my engineer when I had produced an album for Swedish artist Håkan Ahlström in 1997. Christer Björklund from the Håkan Ahlström project stepped in for the remaining drum tracks for the new songs. I must add that encouragement to finish the project came from Robert Rankin Walkerat Heyday Records. After hearing the LA sessions he supported me in adding the new tracks and mixing the record to completion.

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The album opened with fan fave Forget The Radio and featured many songs that have appeared in the live set over the years – the lilting You Bring Your Love To Me and an early version of I Don’t Think So, recorded live in the studio. It also contains Sanctuary, a song that everyone likes but is hard to play live without a band plus playfully suicidal After Eight. Wreck has featured live as an acapella sea shanty, more often played in seaside towns and Wondering featured desert dweller Patti Hood on her century-old harp. Then there’s Andreas‘ creaking foot pedals on the piano for All That Remains. The song was written singing into a cassette recorder whilst on holiday in Fiji as a stopover from Australia to Europe. It also includes What Is Her Name, written for, wait for it, Charlie Cox age 12, who is now Daredevil on Netflix! Whilst on holiday with his family in Queensland, he asked me could I write a song where you saw a girl that you liked and you didn’t know but wondered what was her name? This was the result.

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There’s an interesting fact about Wondering and I Don’t Think So. Both were written as jams to tape and rerecorded later as they went down on the day they were conceived – the lyrics, the melody, the chords, the arrangements, were all realised on the spur of the moment. Swan featured me playing friend Keith Fuller’s black Gretsch duo jet guitar. It was Keith that replaced Johnny Marr when he left The The. He also played guitar on Goodbye.

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I hope you enjoy the album, I always wanted to see it out on vinyl. I will also add that we had to cut the vinyl from the CD copy as the original master tapes are long gone. One track, Waves Towards The Moon, has some distortion that is also on the CD and we weren’t able to do anything about it in the transfer. Overall the record sounds fine to me. One thing we were able to fix was the readability of the lyrics. On the original CD version the lyrics were so small you could barely read them, plus they were written like handwriting which made it extra hard.

Last but not least, the artwork has been changed for this release, despite Anthony Collins’ pic of me floating in a sea of blue being used for the original album, the effect used has also been lost to the analogue robots of yesteryear, so we decided to go with my Swedish friend Jan Uddenfeldt’s classic pics of me as a young lad, exploring the archipelago North of Stockholm, sometime in the eighties.

Thank you to Olivia for art direction, Jan and Anthony for the pics, Lizzie for joining the dots. Shauna for the promo, all the musicians and Stephen Judgeat Schoolkids Records – The Label for making this happen with Robert at Heyday who also managed to find the one copy of Queen In Her Jeans that was thought stolen by the corgis.

Marty for RSD 2019

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MARTY WILLSON-PIPER, is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church and then All About Eve. But he’s super prolific and loves collaborating, so many also know him as a member of Anekdoten, MOAT and Noctorum.

On Record Store Day 2019 and after nearly two decades of floating in digital space, the world will finally see the vinyl release of Marty’s fifth studio album ‘Hanging Out In Heaven’. It will be a blue-tinged double record set with new artwork and two extra tracks (‘Queen In Her Jeans’ and ‘Dressed Up As You’). These additional songs were recorded in London around the same time and were always intended for the vinyl version. Now the time has come.

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Way back in 2006, Art Brut and We Are Scientists toured together and released a split single just for the occasion where they covered each other’s songs. To celebrate the 13th year of that occasion, or something, Art Brut and We Are Scientists are re-teaming as WASABI (We Are Scientists Art Brut International) for a nine-track Record Store Day 2019 12″ featuring more covers of each other’s songs, and new originals including an Art Brut song about Record Store Day (“Art Brut do not make limited edition singles / we make TOO MANY”). Both bands combine forces for a cover of The Traveling Wilburys’ hit “Handle with Care.”

Our record label tried to make this Art Brut vs We Are Scientists, but it doesn’t work like that. WASABI are a motherf*cking gang! It’s a legendary team up! Crushing all other bands with our Traveling Wilburys covers and awesome songs. We’re on the same side. Wasabi vs ALL OTHER BANDS!”

“I thought it would be great for WASABI to cover The Traveling Wilburys because both bands are Supergroups,” Eddie tells us. “At the time, though, I didn’t know Supergroup meant a group of people from other bands. I just thought it meant we were super! and we are, fucking super awesome, just like the Wilburys.”.

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WASABI (We Are Scientists Art Brut International) 12″ tracklist:

SIDE A:
1.) Slow Death (WAS previously unreleased song)
2.) I Hope You’re Very Happy Together (WAS cover of an Art Brut song)
3.) She Kissed Me and It Felt Like a Hit (WAS cover of an Art Brut song)
4.) Handle With Care (The Travelling Wilburys Cover by WAS and Art Brut)

SIDE B:
1.) Properties of Perception (Art Brut cover of a WAS song)
2.) Nearest Exit is Behind You (Art Brut previously unreleased song)
3.) Started Smoking Again (Art Brut previously unreleased song)
4.) Lets Get Drunk About it (Art Brut previously unreleased song)
5.) Record Store Day (Art Brut previously unreleased song)

Record Store Day 2019 is April 13