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What a Beautiful Place [Vinyl]

Catherine HoweVinyl
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 6, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Numero
  • ASIN: B0036BDPRK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Up North
3. On a Misty Morning
4. Nothing More Than Strangers
5. My Child
6. Interlude
7. It's Not Likely
8. Words Through a Locked Door
9. What a Beautiful Place
10. Innocence of a Child, The
11. It Comes with the Breezes
12. Epilogue
13. In the Hot Summer

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Howe proves herself an excellent singer in the jazz-inflected mode....It's a lush, haunting, unpredictable record. --No Depression

Howe proves herself an excellent singer in the jazz-inflected mode....It's a lush, haunting, unpredictable record. --No Depression

Howe proves herself an excellent singer in the jazz-inflected mode....It's a lush, haunting, unpredictable record. --No Depression

Product Description

Since arriving on London racks in the summer of 1970, Catherine Howe's debut album has been unavailable in its original format. Less than 20 LP copies survived Reflection Records' demise, and the album sat in the can until Numero's 2007 CD issue. Produced by the legendary jazz pianist Bobby Scott, The orchestral folk master stroke has once again been set to lacquer, remastered and restored specifically for this deluxe vinyl release from the original master tapes. Gatefold package includes replica LP art and complete annotation on the sessions and history of this forgotten Brit-folk treasure.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail revealed at last January 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
For years I have been watching the very occasional example of Catherine Howe's first LP disappear to Japan for anything up to $2000. The rarest of folk records never had reviews because it was too precious to play! But now, digitally remastered, the beauty of Catherine's young voice and poetry is revealed to everyone through the digitally remastered Numero production. The talents of Bobby Scott and the singer/writer of "Harry" combine folk and jazz into an unmissable romantic experience. Buy it now in case it disappears like the LP, heaven forbid!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, melancholy English longeurs January 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There was a certain sliver of time as the 1960s faded, tucked into the first 3-4 years of the 1970s before they actually became what we now call the 1970s. It was a time of gentle resignation, world-weariness, shot through with a yearning for something precious, something lost. It combined a wistful, self-aware naïveté & a somehow innocent sophistication, and it was particularly English.

The essence of that time is captured perfectly in Catherine Howe's long-lost debut album, "What A Beautiful Place." Her voice is that of a daydreaming child & a thoughtful, musing woman; her lyrics are elegiac; and her music is a haunting blend of pastoral, orchestral, and jazz. There's nothing big & brassy here -- it's muted, poignant, all piano, strings & woodwinds, drawing the listener in & inviting you to share a long, nostalgic, bittersweet autumn afternoon.

Both the song titles & the photographs convey this mood beautifully ... titles such as "On A Misty Morning," "Words Through A Locked Door," "It Comes With The Breezes." And the photographs ... the artist looking up from a typewriter, cigarette in hand, from the slipcase; standing on the flower-edged riverside in a long print dress, broad white hat in hand, on the cover; seated in a lonely monochrome meadow, under an umbrella, wearing a simple sweater ...

It's a time we all experience at certain points in our lives, a place we sometimes have to go, and this is the ideal accompaniment for it -- not to be missed!
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