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Stay in the Shade EP

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Hidden Agenda Records will release the Stay In The Shade EP by Swedish/Argentine songwriter José González in January 2006. It is the follow-up to José’s acclaimed debut album Veneer, released in the U.S. in September 2005 by Hidden Agenda. The EP will feature an extended version of "Stay In The Shade"; plus four non-album tracks, including two exquisite new songs, "Sensing Owls" and "Down The Hillside"; José's cover of the Kylie Minogue hit "Hand On Your Heart"; and an instrumental track (for all those John Fahey fans out there).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Stay In The Shade
  2. Down The Hillside
  3. Sensing Owls
  4. Hand On Your Heart
  5. Instrumental


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Hidden Agenda
  • ASIN: B000CS45D8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As much as I'm into González's music, I only got this EP because I heard his version of Kylie Minogue's 1989 #1 UK hit "Hand On Your Heart" somewhere and found out after some research, that this is the only place I can get it. The tune, written by Stock, Aitken & Waterman, a writing team that had incredible UK chart success back in the 80s, was huge on our dancefloors and is still one of my personal favourite tunes by the Australian pop princess. González's very cute version brings back many fond memories.

The other four tunes (three vocal, one instrumental) are all penned by the man himself and are well worth checking out. There's a bit more percussion on offer here than usual and Erik Bodin & Nicholas Sparding assist with that, and with backing vocals. Stephan Sporsen plays althorn on the instrumental track, actually titled "Instr.". It's interesting to hear González play without singing. The sound of his fingers moving over the strings is spine-tingling.

It's all quite interesting really, and the title track, though short, is divine, as is "Sensing Owls". But with only five tracks on offer, my guess is that this one will be for die-hard fans only.

PS. Speaking of fans, lovers of this type of music might want to check out a dude called Jon Allen. He has a website and a song on there called "Going Home" that is available to download for free. The song is currently being featured in an advertisement for a certain 4x4 vehicle here at the moment, and is causing quite a stir. It's definitely worth checking out and I'm just hoping he releases it as a single - or on his upcoming album.
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As always this music is terrific. Calm, relaxing, sweet melodies. Lovely guitar, great voice, I could go on but why bother to spend your time to read this when you could be listening.....Buy it....now!
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By Z on November 30, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
I happened upon this artist while listening to "Kings Of Convenience" on Pandora.
When I heard the track 'Hand on my heart' it immediately resonated with me.

I started searching for, and listening to other songs by this artist, and was not only pleased by his clean sound, but i also like how he manages to bring a different view on the issues of relationships. Granted, no one is unique these days, but his approach is what speaks to me.

The only unfortunate part of the MP3 vs CD is that the one song I was looking for 'Hand On My Heart' is not available in an MP3 download at this site, but the rest of his album is. I ended up buying it second hand, just like the old days.
I think the best way to listen to Jose is to put on your headphones and watch the sunset... or sunrise. Enjoyment will surely ensue.

Although another reviewer mentioned that if you like Jose Gonzales, that you would like "Jon Allen" I didn't not find the two similar at all. Allen sounds more like Michael Bublé, which I do not care for. Gonzales is much more folk, and that the only way to describe his music.
Its very interesting for a guy from Sweden who used to play punk rock in his previous band.

Enjoy
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