Thursday 31 August 2023

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This is Paul Hillery's third 'sun child' inspired compilation and arguably the best as fans and diggers alike will be thinking, where does he find these guys?

And indeed, he finds them all over the globe from a far a field as London, Florida, Atlanta, California, Germany, Holland, India, Switzerland and even more as mere flickers of a butterflies wings of jobbing/aspiring musicians whose songs find just a brief moment in the sun before being swallowed by the sands of time: that's is, until Paul digs them up again.

And with that in mind, how come this makes such a comtempory co-ordinated album?  Even then, there's a strong 60s Greenwich Village/Haight-Ashbury about it all; the opening track by Graeme Gash [not to be read as 'Graham Nash'] sets the CSN tone.

That's the skill of Paul as a curator, like "a man we a thousand faces", he's a DJ that many will follow in their dreams.  It's hard to say that there's stand-out tracks as there's such a beautiful oneness to it all; 'Wet Dreams' [not that type], 'She Misses You' (Children Of The Sun Version)' and 'Playin' Your Game' are different but not outsiders to the spirit - the jazz-guitar frenzy of Christine Schaller does skat-funk it up and they're some Electric Avenue going on with Ya-Ya! 

This album is just as essential as the eclectic collections on 'Once Again We Are The Children Of The Sun' (see review HEREand 'We Are The Children Of The Sun' together with his RE:WARM work as 'Folk, Funk & Trippy Troubadours', as a mix of blue-eyed soul, jazz, folk, soft rock, AOR fusion that somehow sounds really cool; even 'The Light by Reggio!

And a finally word to Paul to sum it up, "An album to remind us that we are all made of stardust with more to connect than drive us apart, for . . . We Are The Children of the Setting Sun."

Lets hope this is not the end of this series and the Sun with rise again.

Artist: Various Artists

Title: Paul Hillery presents We Are The Children of the Setting Sun

Release date: 1st September, 2023

Label : BBE Music

Catalog Number : BBE734 3xLP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 


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