Emily Barker – The Toerag Sessions (CD+DVD)

Image: 1595535 The idea for The Toerag Sessions came together towards the end of last year … In between all my touring with my bands, The Red Clay Halo and Vena Portae, I’ve also been playing a lot of solo shows, and there are always people who come up to me at the end asking where they can get hold of solo versions of my songs. So that got me thinking about recording an album where it would just be me, my guitar, my harmonica, and my selection of songs from all the albums I’ve released.

Toerag Studios is renowned for being a totally analogue studio – full of authentic 50s and 60s gear – famously, it was the studio where The White Stripes recorded their incredible break-through album “Elephant”. It’s a studio I’d long wanted to record in.

So in early January, I was lucky enough to spend two days recording at Toerag, with studio owner and inveterate tea-drinker Liam Watson in the engineering and production seat. All the songs were played live, direct to two-track tape, with no overdubs and no editing, and to keep the analogue integrity, the vinyl has been mastered direct from the tape. Even with the CD, there has been no processing, and the result is about as close as you can get to a live sound.

All-in-all, it’s been a fantastic album to work on, and I hope you enjoy the record as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. Thank you, Emily x

CD:
1. Little Deaths | 2. Nostalgia | 3. Sideline | 4. Disappear | 5. Letters | 6. Home | 7. All Love Knows | 8. The Dark Road | 9. Lord I Want An Exit | 10. Blackbird | 11. This Is How It's Meant To Be | 
12. Anywhere Away

DVD:
1. Little Deaths 2. Nostalgia 3. Sideline 4. Disappear 5. Letters 6. Home 7. All Love Knows 8. The Dark Road 9. Lord I Want An Exit 10. Blackbird 11. This Is How It's Meant To Be 12. Anywhere Away
Extra tracks (via separate menu) 13. In The Winter I Returned 14. Oh Journey 15. Pause 16. The Rains, Interviews with Emily, with Liam Erhältlich ab 01.05.2015

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