Andy Innes | Anthems of a Stranger

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Anthems of a Stranger

by Andy Innes

A stellar debut from the MD and guitarist for the Johnny Clegg Band. African styles are interwoven with folk-rock and funk. Beautiful acoustic ballads and magnificent guitar instrumentals. Includes the singles Angels, Aliens, and The Devil & the Rainbow
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ride to the Sea
4:51 $0.99
2. Chains
6:06 $0.99
3. The Devil and the Rainbow
3:57 $0.99
4. Aliens
3:42 $0.99
5. Beyond These Mountains
5:00 $0.99
6. Desiree
3:18 $0.99
7. Angels
4:14 $0.99
8. The River
5:20 $0.99
9. Gitane-Instr.
2:06 $0.99
10. Delilah-Instr.
4:12 $0.99
11. Nuit Blanche (Instrumental)
3:05 $0.99
12. Tugela Crossing (Instrumental)
3:28 $0.99
13. Emaweni-Instr.
4:58 $0.99
14. Low Flyer-Inst.
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Music Director, guitarist and vocalist for the Johnny Clegg Band, Andy Innes releases his debut album, Anthems of a Stranger, drawing upon the talents of several bandmates and industry friends: Johnny Clegg (vocal / mouthbow), Derek De Beer (ex Savuka - drums), Jonathan Noyce (ex Jethro Tull / Gary Moore - Bass), Mandisa Dlanga (ex Savuka - Vocals) and a long, enviable list of some of the best session players and singers on the planet that this genre has to offer.

Anthems of a Stranger is a superb example of excellently recorded melodic World Folk-Rock with some masterful guitar instrumental offerings to top off the 14-song project. The songs were recorded principally by Robin Walsh at the legendary Undahaus studios in Johannesburg, South Africa and at several other international studios (in London, Brussels, Stellenbosch and Ottawa), mixed mainly by SAMA award winner Neal Snyman and mastered by Multiple Grammy award-winning engineer Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant / Alison Krauss - Raising Sand; Guns 'n Roses; Eric Clapton) in Hollywood. All the material was written and produced by Innes.

The powerful songwriting, dynamic performances and haunting orchestrations evoke uniquely southern African ideas in a crossover folk-rock context. This one will be staying on your playlist for a while!

Andy has worked as a session musician on various recordings in addition to the six albums he has recorded on for Johnny Clegg. He has also worked with Jackson Browne, Dave Stewart, Peter Gabriel, Ernest Ranglin, I Muvrini and several other international artists.

Comments from people who bought the album:

"Love this album . . . Listen to it every morning. Gentle, beautiful, perfect." - Peggy, Boston
"Thanks to everyone for recommending this CD. Listening to it for the first time this morning and loving it!" - Sharon, Arcata
"A fantastic album people!!! You should buy it now!" - Kaaren, NYC
"Get two for when you wear the first one out." - Luke, CT
"I LOVE Gitane!" - Kerri, Cape Town
"Très grande technique, excellent!!" - Alain, France
"LOVE IT...great guitar!!!" - Bob, Boston
"Great playing, oh those runs are perfect!" - Blake, Calgary
"Track #4 is an infectious song called Chains. There are a number of superb instrumentals and guitar solos. The vocals are great too. Check it out." - Andy, NH



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Great debut album from South Africa
This is one of my favorite albums of 2012. Andy Innes' debut release is a wonderful mix of folk-rock with blends of Afro-pop and Zulu influences. Andy has a wonderful singing voice and his guitar work is spectacular. He invited a number of musicians from around the world to contribute to the album and the result is superb.

Chains, Aliens, Angels and Beyond These Mountains are my four favorite songs. They kind of remind me a little of early Jackson Browne and have interesting lyrics, catchy melodies, great harmonies and wonderful musicianship. Gitane and Low Flyer are my favorite instrumentals. Andy is an amazing guitarist and can do face-melting solos when he wants to.

This is a great album for anyone who wants to experience a fresh, new musical voice with a clean sound from excellent musicians in the folk-rock genre. If you are wondering what it is "like" I would say that there are a few things that may remind you of Jackson Browne, U2 and perhaps a few other bands but this is original, high-quality music. If you are a fan of Johnny Clegg and other South African musicians, there is an added bonus of having a number of excellent contributions from some old friends. (This is a similar review to something I posted on another website)