Five Hungry Joes – A pictorial archive of the Trashcan Sinatras. Legendary Scottish Band

What About Me?
November 7, 2010, 11:09 am
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…was the second album by UK duo Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman under the name 1 Giant Leap. It was a project which took them both to over 50 locations exploring music and human nature and had the aim of revealing a common connection between creativity and beliefs.

The project featured a diverse collection of artists from around the globe including Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Michael Stipe (REM), Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly, Carlos Santana, Alanis Morissette, Stewart Copeland (The Police) and k.d. lang.

Trashcan connection?

Track 5 on CD1, ‘Are You My Love’ is sung by Eddi Reader. A short track with haunting vocals, it was co-written by John Douglas and Eddi and features some fine pedal steel by Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel etc).

It’s magic.

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June 10, 2009, 7:44 pm
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…was released by Eddi Reader in 2006 and included a couple of songs written by John Douglas – namely ‘Prisons’ and ‘Should I Pray?’

Both these songs as you know appear on the TCS’ most recent long player ‘In The Music’.

‘Prisons’ is a simple, stripped down duet with John and Eddi swapping harmonies throughout and I think it’s just magic, whilst ‘Should I Pray’ takes on a different dimension with female lead vocals as opposed to TCS’ later version.

Another song covered by Eddi on this album is ‘The Afton’, written by Johnny Dillon from Heirloom – a band who were at one time graced with the talents of Mr John Douglas and Mr Livingston.

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Doctor! Doctor! Gimme The News
June 10, 2009, 7:22 pm
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Eddi Reader’s ‘Medicine’ was the first single released from her third album, ‘Candyfloss And Medicine’ – a gentle musical ebb and hypnotical lyrical flow typical of her low key approach.

The single, which failed to bother the UK charts, included the Trashcan Sinatras penned song, ‘Earlies’.

I like the little comment, ‘Part 2 of the album ‘Sadenia Sings The Sinatras’ – an obvious reference to her cover versions of TCS songs.

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Ae Fond Tribute
June 9, 2009, 6:26 pm
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This is an excellent tribute CD from Eddi Reader to Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns.

Eddi Reader has never hidden her love for Burns and it shows on this fantastic release, where she brings her own unique arrangements to his poems.

Backed by a who’s who of international artists such as John McCusker, Boo Hewerdine, Phil Cunningham, Roy Dodds and Christine Hanson the album was recorded in a mere three days and includes one track not written by Burns.

That track is ‘Wild Mountainside’, written by Mr John Douglas – but you knew that didn’t you. It’s a cracking version and includes the amazing Kate Rusby on harmony vocals.

A deluxe version of this CD with 7 additional songs was subsequently released not long ago – seek it out, ‘n a’ that.

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Love Is In The Air…
May 9, 2009, 4:40 pm
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…Everywhere I look around, Love is in the air, Every sight and every sound – so sang John Paul Young way back in the late 70s.

The new Trashcan Sinatras’ album, ‘In The Music’ is a record full of love and now Scotland’s national treasure, Eddi Reader, has joined in with her new album ‘Love Is The Way’.

A fantastic album and in my opinion her best collection of songs yet. Three of the songs on this copy feature the mighty talents of Mr John Douglas and his ukelele – ‘I Won’t Stand In Your Way’, ‘New York City’ and the forthcoming single ‘Roses’. As this is the promo release, there are no credits, but I believe Stephen Douglas makes an appearance on the album too.

‘New York City’ was originally written for ITM but fell at the final hurdle, but has thankfully been beautifully resurrected here.

Love is definitely in the air.

eddi_litw_03eddi_litw_05eddi_litw_04Can you spot John? Oh, there he is – snug as a thug in the doorway

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