James Blackshaw - Apologia

Apologia

James Blackshaw

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
12" Vinyl Album 7 tracks 16.00 Out of stock.
Download Album (mp3) 7 tracks 6.93
Download Album (wav) 7 tracks 6.93
Download individual tracks   From £0.99

Description

James Blackshaw - Apologia

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'Apologia’ was written on a cheap Yamaha guitar with a ridiculously high action over the course a couple of months in 2002 and recorded in February 2003, a few months before I picked up a 12-string guitar for the first time and wrote and recorded my first release, ‘Celeste’. I’d just started fingerpicking and had gotten comfortable enough with some techniques to experiment with open tunings of my own devising and write my own compositions, which were at that time very inspired by the musicians I adored – John Fahey, Robbie Basho and lots of old country blues players like Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake and Reverend Gary Davis.

I burned about 30 CD-Rs with homemade covers in jewel cases, gave most to friends and family and sold a few in the record shop I used to work in Soho. I felt for some time afterward like I was only just starting to find my own voice with ‘Apologia’ – the songs are shorter and more straightforward and the cyclical structures and appreciation of drones and overtones really came to the fore later on, as did my appreciation of adding other instrumentation and experimenting with sounds generally. Plus, I wasn’t entirely happy with the sound of the recording (some small EQ changes and reverb was added for this edition) and let’s just say the situation in the studio was far from ideal, but that’s another story. For that reason, I never chose to reissue ‘Apologia’. Now, almost 12 years later, I’m hearing them in a different way, realising the songs’ charms rather than simply concentrating on the flaws. It doesn’t sound quite like anything I’ve ever done since and there’s a simplicity and raw energy about them that I’ve grown to appreciate. It’s an interesting snapshot of where I was then and how things have changed.

It is an absolute pleasure for me to work with Bladud Flies! to release ‘Apologia’ as a limited edition LP now – something I would never have dreamed of back in 2003.

– James Blackshaw

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Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (BF!006LP)
  1. James Blackshaw - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  2. James Blackshaw - Charlie Fang’s Blues
  3. James Blackshaw - Soul Sucked Dry
  4. James Blackshaw - Memories of the Fox-headed Boy
  5. James Blackshaw - Night Time Vineyards
  6. James Blackshaw - Red Rag
  7. James Blackshaw - Apologia
Download Album (BF!006DIG)
  1. James Blackshaw - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  2. James Blackshaw - Charlie Fang’s Blues
  3. James Blackshaw - Soul Sucked Dry
  4. James Blackshaw - Memories of the Fox-headed Boy
  5. James Blackshaw - Night Time Vineyards
  6. James Blackshaw - Red Rag
  7. James Blackshaw - Apologia

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone £0.99
2 Charlie Fang’s Blues £0.99
3 Soul Sucked Dry £0.99
4 Memories of the Fox-headed Boy £0.99
5 Night Time Vineyards £0.99
6 Red Rag £0.99
7 Apologia £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (7 tracks) £6.93
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone £0.99
2 Charlie Fang’s Blues £0.99
3 Soul Sucked Dry £0.99
4 Memories of the Fox-headed Boy £0.99
5 Night Time Vineyards £0.99
6 Red Rag £0.99
7 Apologia £0.99
Entire WAV Download Album (7 tracks) £6.93