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Bill Fay is one of English music's best kept secrets — a genuine national treasure. Back at the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum's Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn't renewed, leaving his LPs and his ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Fay Store

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B008D1RCI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. There Is A Valley
2. Big Painter
3. Never Ending Happening
4. This World
5. The Healing Day
6. City of Dreams
7. Be At Peace With Yourself
8. Jesus, Etc.
9. Empires
10. Thank You Lord
11. Cosmic Concerto (Life Is People)
12. The Coast No Man Can Tell

Editorial Reviews

Bill Fay is one of English music's best kept secrets. At the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum's Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn't renewed, which left his LPs and his reputation to become cult items. But he never stopped writing, the music kept on coming. In his late sixties, he produced Life Is People, a studio album that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.

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This is the work of an incredible songwriter.
Sloppy Dave
He covers a lot of ground lyrically, so dig in and listen to what he's singing about.
Donald E. Gilliland
Never heard this album and stumbled upon it by chance and I love it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Is it possible to be genuinely excited by the release of an album by an obscure English songwriter who will never trouble the charts and who recorded his last album 41 years ago? The answer is an emphatic yes, not least since Bill Fay remains one of the great lost artists of British music. He is one of those unexplainable great singer songwriters whose musical footprint never left any kind of substantial imprint. It is true that over recent years Fay's stock has risen not least as his first two albums have been re-issued and he has been championed by musical heavy weights like Nick Cave and Wilco's main man Jeff Tweedy. It is only right therefore that the latter has collaborated on this album with Bill Fay and if you do nothing else after skimming through this review please download the cover version of Tweedy's "Jesus, etc" which is one of "Life is people" many stellar highlights and easily matches the original. Better still get this album and listen to the sound of a composer who has been denied his proper deserts finally get his moment and grasp it with both hands. This is music for thinking, feeling and possibly "experienced" music lovers who know that the reaching of a certain age can shatter hope and ambition but also can lead to reconciliation and greater peace of mind. Bill Fay's "Life is people" is essentially a strategic overview of life's uneven journey, charting its desperate low points in the superbly evocative street sweeper in the "City of dreams", an accommodation with faith in "Thank you lord" and in the seven minute "Cosmic Concerto "Life is people"" producing an anthem of quiet wonder.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne Pann on September 3, 2012
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This is a beautiful and meaningful album. I had never heard of Bill Fay until I heard a track from this album on an Uncut magazine sampler, and I was hooked...the world weary voice, the thoughtful arrangements and beautiful melodies, and yes, the fact that someone who was able to cut several albums forty years ago has survived and is still willing to communicate with us about this strange journey of life. ( I wish Judee Sill were still alive and could come back from obscurity...it seems like she and Bill Fay were on a similar wavelength back in the early '70s.)

The two highlights on this album for me are "The Never Ending Happening" and "Cosmic Concerto." I am seriously considering telling my husband to have "The Never Ending Happening" played at my funeral. The song conveys so much gratitude for the gift of life inspite of the difficulties of being human.

There are two weaker tracks -- "This World" has an aggressive pop sensibility and tempo that seem out of place to me (even Jeff Tweedy can't save this song), and "Thank You Lord" just doesn't seem very interesting to me. However, on the strength of the two abovementioned classics and the other tracks, this is still a five star album.

One of the reviewers here complained that the lyrics are trite. A few are a bit hackneyed, but Fay is like Van Morrison to me, in having a voice that can convey more than words, and who can make even repeated simple lyrics seem meaningful. Yes, there are many Christian/spiritual references on the album, but this is in no way Christian Rock or any other genre whose main goal is to push a viewpoint on others. The religious references seem to come from an authentic place, and don't require your assent.

Kudos to the people who organized the recording and release of this album. I'll be checking out Bill Fay's earlier work as soon as I can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Comrade Spaghetti on February 5, 2013
Format: Vinyl
This is a welcome return of one of the most idiosyncratic singer songwriters of the late 60's and early 70's. The album itself is majestic, elegiac, and everything one would expect from Bill Fay. That being said, vinyl fans need to know that the LP suffers from serious pressing issues. I have gone through 4 different copies, all of which were severely compromised. The last copy was sent to me by the record label as a replacement for the earlier poor pressings. It was a very stand up thing for them to do, sending me a free copy of an album from their cataogue. Unfortunately, the newly cut, freshly pressed copy is still problematical. While easily a 100% improvement over the initial pressings, it is still extremely noisy and prone to distortion. While I am a champion of vinyl, buyers might be better off with a download or CD copy. I hate to say it, as I prefer vinyl over any other format. But the pressing issues are a real problem here. Beware.
The material itself is remarkable. Absolutely gorgeous. And a reminder that rock n roll is not necessarily a young man's game. Definitely buy the album, but choose your format advisedly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Logan on September 2, 2012
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I am suspicious of organized religion and the odd twist Christianity is taking in America. I love this song set. Buy this CD. Just buy it.

As Bill Fey says in a previous song -

Be not so nervous, be not so frail
Someone watches you, you will not fail
Be not so nervous, be not so frail
Be not so nervous, be not so frail

Be not so sorry for what you've done
You must forget them now, it's done
And when you wake up you will find you can run
Be not so sorry for what you've done

Be not so fearful, be not so pale
Someone watches you, you will not leave the rails
Be not so fearful, be not so pale
Be not so fearful, be not so pale

Be not so sorry for what you've done
You must forget them now, it's done
And when you wake up you will find you can run
Be not so sorry for what you've done
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