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Just Need to Get out More

by John Cullimore

A blend of rock , jazz, folk and cinematic instrumental music from one of England's most versatile composer/ songwriters
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1. Just Need to Get out More
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2. Kites
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3. Somewhere in the Sky
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4. Comolina Dreaming
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5. Plymouth... Alone
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6. Thursday Shirt
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7. Our Testament
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8. Al-Andaluz
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9. Total Control
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10. My Love and I
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11. For Richard
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This album has been carefully crafted , not only in the mind of the composer and in the studio, but in the sequencing of the material which make the album flow seamlessly and gives rise to something far greater than the sum of its parts .
Such an approach is needed for an album of such varied musical styles. The album blasts off with its bouncy , Steely Dan-esque title track , and then gives way to soaring U2/Shadows style guitar work on ‘Kites’ . The mood then changes to a soulfully introspective jazz ballad , ‘Somewhere in the sky’ , with a sumptuous brass arrangement and funky keys setting up a satisfying finale .
Next up is a Jazz instrumental ‘Comolina dreaming’ written during a stay in Italy and reflecting the ethereal environment of a lakeside village . Two more instrumentals are included . Notably , the 3 part rock/jazz /classical suite ‘Al- Andaluz’ , inspired by Spanish Andalusia and its Moorish past , and the Debussy-esque piano piece ‘For Richard’ .These musical experiments yield memorable rewards.
Much of John’s music owes its inspiration to the early 20th century Wiltshire poet ,Alfred Williams, and this album is no exception. Williams’ complex poem , ‘The Testament’ written in 1912 , is the inspiration for this highly spiritual gospel type ballad, a statement of the essence of man’s talents and responsibilities , without any religious affiliation or justification . The Williams’ connection continues with an example of one of the traditional folk songs collected in his book ‘ Folk songs of the Upper Thames (1923) ,’My love and I‘ arranged for piano , harmonium and harmonica . I can just imagine this song being played in an English pub , in the evening by a roaring fire, as the harvest is gathered . Pure nostalgia for the lost rural lifestyle of Southern Central England at the start of the last century .
It only remains to mention the track ‘Total control‘ . What can i say but that this title underlines the daring sophistication of the whole album which utterly convinces the listener of its outstanding pedigree.

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Caroline Ockwell

Highly Recommended
I first became aware of John Cullimore’s music 8 years ago when I played a non-musical part in helping him to stage “The Hammerman”, an inspirational musical telling the life of Wiltshire’s poet and author, Alfred Williams. John had composed both the music and the lyrics for the musical and I was bowled over by the results of his exceptional talents as a singer/song-writer and composer.
The albums that John has produced, both since then and before, have reinforced my opinion of his musical skills, demonstrating his gift of conveying such feelings of sensitivity and emotion through his blend of lyrics and tunes. This latest album is no exception – his musicality is second to none and it is a delight to listen to. I love the instrumentals included this time but the tracks that move me most are Plymouth – Alone and Total Control where I can pick up the emotions behind the songs.
John’s talents deserve much wider recognition – I highly recommend this album and for anyone not familiar with his earlier albums I suggest exploring those as well.
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Christine Ockwell

Same High Standard
I found John Cullimore’s latest CD very enjoyable to listen to, keeping up his high standard as singer/songwriter. I particularly liked Alfred Williams’ influence on two of the tracks as I am a devotee of the “Hammerman Poet’s” work. As with his previous CDs it has some deep and thought-provoking lyrics which draw you back to listen again to ponder on his words. I was impressed with how he has captured the sounds and atmosphere in “Kites” of how I imagine India to be – a very vibrant and chaotic place. The emotion and sensitivity expressed in his music leaves a warm and calming feeling to the listener as I am sure those unfamiliar with his work will soon discover.
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Christine Ockwell

Same High Standard
I found John Cullimore’s latest CD very enjoyable to listen to, keeping up his high standard as singer/songwriter. I particularly liked Alfred Williams’ influence on two of the tracks as I am a devotee of the “Hammerman Poet’s” work. As with his previous CDs it has some deep and thought-provoking lyrics which draw you back to listen again to ponder on his words. I was impressed with how he has captured the sounds and atmosphere in “Kites” of how I imagine India to be – a very vibrant and chaotic place. The emotion and sensitivity expressed in his music leaves a warm and calming feeling to the listener as I am sure those unfamiliar with his work will soon discover.
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Nick Weaver

Trust you're in good hands!
Another eclectic collection of music from John Cullimore. Wielding a precision scalpel by day, his skills extend to the plectrum and keyboards just as expertly after hours!
Strong melodies and arrangements move you through the music which is well produced with some fine playing on display.
Having seen Johns fantastic musical ‘Hammerman’ ( based on the life of the poet Alfred Williams- cd also available!) performed, I can hear that strong sense of story and description in his lyrics.
This is a real smorgasbord blend of styles and colours, so if you like to surprise your ears, this would be a good place to start!
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