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Life Is People

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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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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B008D1RCI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2012
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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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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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I had never heard of Bill Fay until I saw the review of this album. I bought it on a whim. I'm glad I did. It is a great album of thoughtful music. It tends to be in the folk-rock and singer-songwriter styles but very different than those names suggest. Bill Fay is a very intelligent and original songwriter. One caution is this album does tend towards the melancholic side of things. Still it is an original work that will make you look at the world around you with different eyes after listening to it.
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At least I'm not alone in my ignorance. I'm another one of those diehard music listeners --- someone who has been buying music for 40 years --- who had never heard of Bill Fay prior to this 2012 "comeback" album. I'm simply dumfounded: where was this talentd guy hiding all those years? I had planned to order this from Amazon, thinking that I'd never see it at shop in Bangkok where I live, but when I was in Kuala Lumpur recently I found this at a CD shop and bought it immediately. I still hadn't heard a single song by Bill Fay at that point, but after reading about him in MOJO magazine and in online reviews, my musical curiosity was aroused. The verdict: this is a mighty fine album. Actually, more than fine. It's hard NOT to be impressed by Bill Fay's songs. There is melody, of course, but also lyrical depth and honesty, and above all, a lot of passion. Who does he sound like? A tricky question. He's got the singer-songwriter template down, but he's not quite like Dylan or Randy Newman or anyone else exactly, but he does share those two artist's sense of songwriting excellence. He's also not just a guy sitting at his piano and singing tender songs of tragedy. There is a full band supporting him on these songs, some orchestral arrangements, and also a sense of joy to some tunes.

Like another reviewer admiteed, I also don't have much tolerance for religion or religious references in songs, but when Bill Fay occasionaly strays into those areas in his songs, I don't find it offensive or annoying. So, if you're a non-believer like me, don't let don't let the mention of "Jesus" and "Lord" totally put you off. These songs have a lot going for them, and Bill Fay is clearly baring his soul on this album. He covers a lot of ground lyrically, so dig in and listen to what he's singing about. There's no doubt that something on here will connect with you. Now I have to go back and early those early 1970s albums he did and see if those are also as impressive. I'm betting they are.
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