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The Essential Collection (2014)
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The best of the best. A 20 track collection of the most powerful, enchanting songs by Australian singer-songwriter Glenn Cardier.
- 42 previously unreleased demo and broadcast tracks discovered on reel to reel tapes stored in the artist's home studio - plus 4 newly-produced versions of Cardier stage favourites from the 70s.
- Double CD
- 24 page booklet
- Includes performances by Dave Pegg, Labi Siffre, Dave Swarbrick and Stephen Housden
- Memorabilia from the artist's own collection
- Liner notes by Glenn A. Baker
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CONSUMMATE CARDIER... An eagerly-awaited career highlight from an acclaimed master of...
“Enigmatic, compelling and insightful songs. A sweep across a musical terrain
that could only be his own – one full of twists, turns and textures” – Glenn A. Baker
Glenn Cardier has taken the Sideshow into Sydney's legendary Alberts Studios to produce his fifth CD 'Stranger Than Fiction'. The Sideshow are Rex Goh (lead guitar), Davo Fester (drums and percussion), Phil Grove (keyboards) and Nick Hoorweg (upright and electric bass). It was hard to ignore the sense of history in the studios, with photos of AC/DC, Vanda and Young and Neil Finn adorning the walls. Davo Fester used the Easybeats' old drumkit throughout. Cardier then worked on further tracks at his own studio adding acoustic and electric guitars, vocals and Tony Gibson's trombone.
The cover shot of 'Stranger Than Fiction' is 'Akrobat', a photograph of 36 year old Freddie Harrison who combines acrobatics with piano-playing. He is making his debut at London's Windmill Theatre in 1952. The spirit of people like Freddie is present throughout this collection of Cardier's lyrical rock'n'roots songs. As Cardier says in the liner notes, 'Here's to the artifice of performance, here's to all you odd ones out.'
Tracks are: 1 Signs And Wonders. 2 Stop Me (If You've Heard This One Before). 3 Hollywood. 4 As If By Magic. 5 Jump Jump. 6 Master Of Disguise. 7 Abducted By Aliens. 8 Comedy Of Errors. 9 Little Richard 1957. 10 Burnin' Me Up. 11 Weary Bones. 12 Odd One Out.
Included is a 16 page lyric booklet.
Exiles From Eden CD (2008)
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“This one seemed to take forever to make. Not in a bad way, but I wanted a fairly majestic production and it took time. Sometimes these collections seem like pieces from a soundtrack to a movie or something. They hang together.
The reviews have been pretty stunning, though you have no idea how it’s going to turn out when it’s being written. You just have to stay true to it, I guess. I like to read the reviews because sometimes I get to learn what a song is about when often I have no idea myself.
I was listening to a lot of Hasil Adkins when I wrote ‘Angelica’. He made records alone in the backwoods in the States in the 50’s. I played electric 12 string on the title track a-la the Byrds. It’s a mid 60’s Fender. I like the old guitars. There’s a ’56 Martin on ‘Flash Guitar’ and a ’59 Gretsch doing all the fat electric stuff. I play the resonator in a folk guitar style, not bottleneck. It’s made by Greg Beeton and it’s serial number 4. It’s on ‘She’s The One For Me’ and ‘All’s Well’ and some others. I get lots of emails about ‘Invisible Ink’. I’m playing the Beeton on that one too. It’s a mysterious kind of song.
Tracks: 1/Exiles From Eden 2/Angelica 3/Cold Out There 4/Watch Out (Love Gonna Getcha) 5/Invisible Ink 6/Drive That Car 7/Life Of The Party 8/Flash Guitar 9/Water Into Wine 10/Uncharted Waters 11/Face The Day 12/She’s The One For Me 13/Catch Me If I Fall 14/All’s Well (That Ends Well)
House Of Mirrors CD (2004)
“Many songs that are live favourites come from this collection. There’s a tougher delivery on some tracks that works well onstage. Asylum Blues. Water Finds Its Own Level. I play a little bottleneck on those, though it’s used as an aggressive texture rather than a lick or lead line. I’ve always been interested in playing rhythm guitar.
This is an album of ghosts. Elvis. The old Cloudland Ballroom in Brisbane. Knockin’ round the old haunts.
I love the dancers reflected in the Elvis sunnies on the sleeve. I guess this record suggested that I meant business and wasn’t going to do my disappearing trick again. ‘Mr Happy’ was used by the producers of the Spike Milligan DVD ‘I Told You I Was Ill’ and ‘Free To Fly’ is featured near the end of the film, the part where Spike’s children are going through his old stuff. ‘Free To Fly uses a lot of flying and falling imagery in the lyrics.”
Tracks: 1/Water Finds Its Own Level 2/Strangers 3/Wild In The Summertime 4/Elvis At The Checkout 5/Asylum Blues 6/Dancing The Years Away 7/Mr Happy 8/Free To Fly 9/House Of Mirrors 10/Come Back To Me
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“The one that got it all going again. Initial copies were pressed for friends and family. Not even a bar code. ABC Darwin started playing the hell out of it and things went from there. The ABC contacted me and said that they’d had numerous enquiries, even from local record stores. Mostly, it was ‘who is this guy?’ They recommended I get some stock up there fast. I remember trying out some of the songs at open mike nights at the Excelsior, Surrey Hills, just to see if I could do it again. It was a bit like being reacquainted with an old friend. I started getting invited to play solo at festivals and suchlike.”
Tracks: 1/Ringmaster Blues 2/Tomorrow’s Another Day 3/The Best Of It 4/Love Song 5/Rust In The Tailfin 6/Shing-A-Ling 7/Close Encounter (With A UFO) 8/She Flew Away 9/Rattle The Cage 10/Wouldn’t Wanna Change A Thing 11/Hawaiian Sands 12/Rare Bird 13/Pas De Deux 14/Sideshow Alley
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