03 October 2011
As my friends know, I’m a huge fan of Colin Vearncombe (also known as Black), who is best known for the hit ‘Wonderful Life’, but who has been writing and recording continuously since that broke through into the mainstream in 1987. He’s now issued a best-of album, after putting the tracklisting to a fan vote. It includes re-recordings of Wonderful Life, an atmospheric Sweetest Smile, a new live version of Water on Snow (one of his finest songs), and tracks drawn from across his albums since he became an independent artist.
The 16-track album usually costs £7.50, but for a limited period you can get it for 75p by using the code smg4song. Buy the album here and enter the code to claim your discount. It’s available in a range of digital music formats, including MP3 and FLAC. If you don’t know which format to pick, choose MP3, which plays on most devices, including the iPad. (Leave a comment if you’re struggling to add MP3s to an iPad, and I’ll talk you through the process).
Independent musicians could pick up a nice idea here: to incentive sites to promote Black’s work, he’s giving a prize each month to the website that refers the most visitors using a unique discount code. To be honest, I don’t think I’m in the running for the prize, having seen a code on a much more popular website than this, but I’m pleased to be able to share Black’s music. It’s meant a lot to me over the years, and I hope you’ll give it a whirl and see whether it’s your thing.
You can read my interview with Colin from 2000 here and my interview from 1993 in Hamburg here. Colin was kind enough to review my novel about the music industry University of Death, and you can read his comment on it here. But before you read anything, I’d start downloading that album if I were you…
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