Fresh Wine for the Horses [2 CD]

Fresh Wine for the Horses [2 CD]

by Rob DickinsonRob Dickinson
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Around the time Catherine Wheel turned ten, the band dropped a bassist, added a "the" to their name, and released a turkey. When they broke up, shortly thereafter, Rob Dickinson's first solo album was only a matter of time (five years). Once the disappointment in the lack of adventure on Fresh Wine for the Horses washes away, it becomes apparent that Dickinson spent at least part of his time away becoming a sharper songwriter. Catherine Wheel songs, at their very worst, could be overwrought and insufferable, but Dickinson keeps it all in check, avoiding doe-eyed self-absorption and addressing a "you" with more frequency than ever. (Rest assured, he did not learn the latter move from Coldplay.) Structurally, this is a fairly conservative set of songs -- at least when compared to the likes of "Fripp," "Car," "Girl Stand Still," and Adam and Eve's more exploratory passages -- that covers a lot of the territory heard in Dickinson's past work, plus strings galore. After "My Name Is Love," a soaring introduction that smartly stops just short of saying "here is the anthem!," the album settles into calm contemplation, only to give way to a second half that throws in a couple rockers that strut and snarl with as much ease as "Broken Head" and "Broken Nose." One of these songs, along with the closing "Towering and Flowering," is a resuscitated turkey-era CW leftover that is, perversely enough, spectacular. Throughout, Dickinson's in better voice than ever while adding plenty of sweet background harmonies. Given the way his old band departed and the amount of time it took to materialize, Fresh Wine for the Horses is better than most could have expected. Fans who favored Catherine Wheel's more left-of-center moments will be unhappy that Dickinson is more into refinements than innovation here, but an album full of mostly great songs is an album of mostly great songs. [Released as the Sanctuary label was well on its way down, the album later found a new home on Fontana -- with some help from Dickinson supporter Bob Ezrin, who had helped produce Adam and Eve (not to mention hundreds of major rock albums). Dickinson gave it a sonic overhaul, added a new song ("The End of the World," a highlight), and resequenced the original running order of the songs. A second disc was also added, featuring acoustic versions of Catherine Wheel favorites.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Fontana Universal
UPC: 0602517649187
catalogNumber: 9187
Rank: 68660

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rob Dickinson   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Brian Futter   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Ross Hogarth   Conductor
Neil Sims   Percussion,Drums
Tracy Bonham   Violin
Ryan MacMillan   Drums
Greg Collins   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Farrell   Organ,Trumpet
David Rolfe   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Soloist,Bird Calls
Bill Lefler   Drums
Lawrence Katz   Guitar
Bruce Whitkin   Double Bass
David Levita   Electric Guitar
Paul Umbach   Bass,Guitar,Drums
April Hoffman   Background Vocals
David Lavita   Electric Guitar
Lonnie Love   Vocals,Background Vocals
Angry Joe Morton   Conductor
Dick Robinson Shriekers   Background Vocals
Suzie Rose   Background Vocals
Sebastian VanDeRohr   Conductor
Peter Bradley Adams   Keyboards
Dick Robinson   Strings,Conductor,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Dundas   Composer
Catherine Wheel   Composer
Rob Dickinson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tim Friese-Greene   Composer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Storm Thorgerson   Concept
Rick Wentworth   Composer
Greg Collins   Producer,Engineer
David Rolfe   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Bruce Whitkin   Engineer
Paul Umbach   Producer,Engineer
Dick Robinson   Arranger,String Arrangements

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Fresh Wine for the Horses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Catherine Wheel since Ferment came out back in 1992 and was very sad to hear that they had broken up 5 years ago.(My band even recorded a version of Black Metallic for a Catherine Wheel tribute album) Rumors of a Rob Dickinson solo album would pop up every few months but then slowly slip away. Then it was confirmed earlier this year that there WOULD be an album coming out today, Sep 13, 2005.I couldn't wait. I have listened to it about 10 times since purchasing it. All in all, it's a very good album. I tend to agree with the critic's review on this page. It's not nearly as adventerous as Adam and Eve or Chrome, but it's miles ahead of Wishville. The production is lush and warm. His voice is smoother than ever. I can't give it a full 5 stars because, well, very few albums reserve that right. "The Night" is a near perfect song.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago