Corin Ashley | New Lion Terraces (Vinyl Version)

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New Lion Terraces (Vinyl Version)

by Corin Ashley

The vinyl 12" edition of New Lion terraces, mastered by Grammy and Academy award winning engineer Gavin Lurssen and featuring tracks recorded to analog tape at Abbey Road in London and Q Division in Boston.
Genre: Rock: Paisley Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Geez Louise
4:10 album only
2. Sgt. Sunshine
2:34 album only
3. Marianne
4:30 album only
4. Badfinger Bridge
3:45 album only
5. Eyeshine
6:00 album only
6. On the Ledge
3:56 album only
7. God Shaped Hole
4:06 album only
8. Malady
3:39 album only
9. Second Hand Halo
4:15 album only
10. New Lion Terraces
3:27 album only


Album Notes

If we hadn't heard his knockout 2011 7" "Badfinger Bridge", recorded at London's hallowed Abbey Road's Studio #2 (where most Beatles songs were recorded), we'd be surprised that Ashley surpasses his old band with his second solo LP. The bassist (among three singer/songwriters) for boston power-posters The Pills has realized something more classic and deeply memorable, questing for that gilded 1967-1972 sweet spot that XTC achieved on 1986's Skylarking. Paul McCartney's Sgt. Pepper through Ram period is the obvious ptron saint, although as the 7" suggested George Harrison- produced Badfinger also looms large, as one brilliantly realized tune follows another. Bothesides from the single return, both un- missable, but the Abbey Road recorded "Sgt. Sunshine also sounds like an Apple Records lost gem. Of the Boston- recorded remainders, "Marianne" is a hit (like The Hollies' 1967 "Marianne", it pines for Marianne Faithful, but Ashley didn't cop out and change M to C), another marvelous Macca melody for Ashley's husky yet honey'd Pete Ham-ish voice. And though he may be solo, the guests appearing are a who's who from Fairport Convention, Boo Radleys, The Posies, Letters to Cleo and TV Personalities playing what little Ashley doesn't and adding wonderful harmonies. One listen to New Lion Terraces and you'll know why they'd want to. It's a start-to-finish pure pop pleasure.

Jack Rabid, Editor/Publisher, The Big Takeover

Recorded in Abbey Road Studios Corin’s follow up to Songs From The Brill Bedroom is a finely crafted pop gem full of meticulous compositions. With nods to McCartney, Badfinger and Emmit Rhodes, a splendid time is guaranteed for all. The simple keyboard notes of “Geez Louise” build to the sweet multi-tracked chorus. “Sgt. Sunshine” is the Beatlesque mid-tempo highlight with buzzing guitars and “la-la” English styled brilliance.

“Marianne” is very much like a Glen Tilbrook hit, and Ashley hits us with amazing key changes. The hooks in these first three tunes are so good, you can’t believe Corin can keep this up. But he can – the plaintive ballad “Badfinger Bridge” is a baroque gem, and even as Corin settles in, the warmth of each tune shines through. The homespun title track and “On The Ledge” charm you and “Malady” will just rock you. Honestly, this is the best album I’ve heard all year so far. Don’t wait – get it now. Aaron Kupferberg- Power Popoaholic Blog



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