Corin Ashley | New Lion Terraces (CD Version)

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New Lion Terraces (CD Version)

by Corin Ashley

Smart, lyrical pop partially recorded at Abbey Road: big hooks with sprinkles of psychedelia, power pop and acoustic instrumentation. Informed by classic artists from the 60s and 70s, but thoroughly contemporary in theme.
Genre: Rock: Mod
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Geez Louise
4:09 $0.99
2. Sgt. Sunshine
2:33 $0.99
3. Marianne
4:29 $0.99
4. Badfinger Bridge
3:44 $0.99
5. God Shaped Hole
4:05 $0.99
6. New Lion Terraces
3:28 $0.99
7. On the Ledge
3:56 $0.99
8. Malady
3:38 $0.99
9. Seond Hand Halo
4:14 $0.99
10. Eyeshine
5:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
What is your dream celebration for the big 4-0?

Mine was to record in Studio 2 at the famous Abbey Road studios in Northern London. You might know a few of the bands who have recorded there….The Beatles..The Hollies…Pink Floyd…..and now me! After a fortuitous set of events, I was allowed a day session, drained my bank accounts, and set forth on my fantasy trip with the love and support of my wife and son. I even had some borrowed Liverpudlians to make sure the accents in the headphones were right on.

I released the first set of recordings as a vinyl 45RPM single, and reserved a special few to be worked on back in the states. These few turned into a full length album, that was recorded on an old 1" tape reel to reel machine that I bought and had a mad scientist restore for me. With the help of some VERY special friends: Kay Hanley from Letters To Cleo (and Josie And The Pussycats!), Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, Ed Ball (of Television Personalities/The Times), Dave Mattacks (drummer for Fairport Convention, XTC, Paul McCartney, etc.) Boo Radley’s Martin Carr, Richard Davies from Cardinal and my usual cast of collaborators.

The songs are undoubtedly my finest, and with the quality direction and encouragement of Ms. Hanley, these are the best vocal takes I have ever done. The album was finished at Q Division in Boston and beautifully mixed by sonic mastermind Ducky Carlisle. Moreover, it was mastered by my old college buddy Gavin Lurssen who has a bunch of shiny Grammys and does all T Bone Burnett's records and drives a really cool motorcycle.

if you like cracking pop tunes, music recorded on tape, Hofner bass, glockenspiel, Nilsson- esque arrangements, bowed saw, tea-towels on your tom toms or the seductive sounds of the mighty omnichord, this is the album for you.





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Robert Clayton

I have listened to this album every day for a month. Seriously.
You know when that kid in 5th grade showed up at that rainy day recess with his brother's copy of "The Blue Beatles Album"?
Remember when someone slipped Tears for Fears' "Seeds of Love" or The Pernice Brothers' "The World Won't End" into your hand?
Well ... at New Lion Terraces there's a party going on and the bright and inviting opening tracks pull you right through the door ... and you like everyone here!
It's all here ... a pure rock palette -- hold the wanking -- all put together the way God, Lennon, McCartney and Glyn Johns intended them to be. Whether underpinning the introspective memoirs and self-reflective narrative of Badfinger Bridge or the title track or set off against the driving, complicated cynicism of "Second Hand Halo" or "Malady" the buoying bass and beautifully over-driven vocals ensure us "there's nothing so wrong with us that can't be fixed by this feeling we got, baby ... you and me and my copy of New Lion Terraces."
And the bridges ... Good Lord ... I can't decide if it's their spun-gold beauty or their split-the-arrow precision that makes them so effective but they arrive right almost imperceptibly surprisingly so and I want to start the whole song again just to feel the hook sink in.
Ok ... one thing keeps it from getting the fifth star. There's one song I'm not a huge fan of; but it's a funny-shaped hole to fill.
Download it. Play it loud. You will make the world a better place.