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Catherine Howe

What A Beautiful Place

Label: The Numero Group

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Folk

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A beautiful early 70s debut LP from a then 20-year-old, Halifax reared Catherine Howe -- produced and arranged by US jazz pianist Bobby Scott in a mode that manages to feel lush and opulent while never belying Catherine's warmth, intimacy and maturity -- and quite possibly the best unearthed singer-songwriter folk gem I've heard in years! The sound is warmly baroque, and Catherine's lovely vocals and evocative songwriting style is sheerly natural -- recorded in a fairly stripped down setting and fleshed out with strings by the London Symphony Orchestra. The mix of intimacy and grandeur makes the record a bit of stylistic cousin to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter -- we take our Drake seriously and we don't throw that comparison out lightly! Released by a doomed Reflection Records, which closed up shop the same year, it was pretty much automatically relegated to obscurity. Now, thankfully is a fertile time for the rediscovery post 60s folkish gems -- and this one is at the very top of the line. This orchestral-folk master stroke has once again been set to lacquer, remastered & restored directly from the original master tapes specifically for this deluxe vinyl release. Gatefold package includes replica LP art & complete annotation on the sessions & history of this forgotten Brit-folk treasure.

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Cat. number: numero012lp
Year: 2010

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