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by Jimmy Somerville, Haydn Bendall Jimmy Somerville


by Jimmy Somerville, Haydn Bendall Jimmy Somerville


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Jimmy Somerville has spent a fair amount of time singing classic disco songs, but his 2015 album Homage isn't a collection of covers. Rather, it's a trickier kind of tribute: a bunch of new tunes arranged to sound as if they were released at the height of disco. This concept is high-risk but if anybody can pull it off it's Somerville and co-producer John Winfield, who make the smart move of pouring considerable energy into constructing the surface without neglecting the songs that lie at the record's foundation. Although the songs are substantive, what impresses first on Homage is its sound. Gleaming, lush, and luxe, it is an album that invites total immersion. It rewards a close listen -- it's fun to play spot the influence but more rewarding to focus on the craft -- but the best thing about Homage is that it so accurately replicates the feeling of prime disco that it winds up being a hell of a party record.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2015
Label: Membran
UPC: 0885150338926
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 131004


  1. Some Wonder
  2. Strong Enough
  3. Freak
  4. Taken Away
  5. Back To Me
  6. The Core
  7. Travesty
  8. Bright Thing
  9. Lights Are Shining
  10. This Hand
  11. Overload
  12. Learned To Talk

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Somerville   Primary Artist,Vocals
Julian Crampton   Bass
Sid Gauld   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sally Herbert   Musical Direction
Sonia Slany   Violin
Colin Smith   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,fender rhodes,String Machine
Michael Kearsey   Trombone
Ian Humphries   Violin
Everton Nelson   Violin
Alison Dodds   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Simon Elms   Flugelhorn
John Winfield   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Chris Worsey   Cello
Richard George   Violin
Frances Dewar   Violin
Kate Robinson   Violin
Andy Gibson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rick Koster   Violin
Caroline Buckley   Background Vocals
Tom Piggott-Smith   Violin
Baby N'sola   Background Vocals
Janelle Martin   Background Vocals
Nims Miller   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Somerville   Composer,Producer
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Colin Smith   Composer,Brass Arrangment,Vibe Master
Everton Nelson   String Director
Simon Elms   Brass Arrangment
John Winfield   Composer,Producer,Mixing Advisor
Caroline Buckley   Composer
Marco Pasquaruello   Engineer
Krisz Kreuzer   Mixing Advisor
Katrin Donig   Graphic Design

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