4/16/13

The Unthanks - Starless And Bible Black / No One Knows I'm Gone fake 7" (2011)



I re-uped this one yesterday after a visitor told me the link was deleted. Don't know if this was deleted by rs by demand or not (I forgot to read the message...). If you're interested, try not to wait too long. It could be deleted again soon. Note that the Unthanks are releasing a Live LP of their recent Songs from the Shipyards Trilogy. Surely great but for me this cover of the king Crimson classic is their masterpiece. Below what I wrote in the initial post (exactly 2 years ago, God this is crazy, death is coming at fast speed, give me my bible black that I can pray for mercy in this starless night).

The last (it's actually it's name) album from The Unthanks will surely be my album of the year. I listen to it for more than 2 months now, and I seriously doubt there will be something that will move me more till December. The previous one was quite a success but this is a total masterpiece, maybe the album that succeeds to give a successor to the Robert Wyatt cult Rock Bottom LP (not yesterday as you know). Interestingly, the Unthanks sisters had done a cover of "Soup Song" from this album, but here it's a similar climax over a whole LP. Not a weak note in it, and some moments you feel you hear something that few were able to reach. So is their cover of King Crimson's "Starless & Bible Black" (the real title, that KC didn't use cos' the previous LP wore this name). I am quite an amateur of trumpets in rock (see recently the superb Foxhole album I posted on this blog here), but here it's like this intrument was directely connected to my spinal chord and makes me shivering like a child naked in the snow (and of course without his mum). I think John Wetton, the happy father of this song, must be proud to hear it sung and played this way. This is why I did this fake 7" with a Tom Waits song on B-side (No One Knows I'm Gone" from Alice LP), another excellent rendition. But honestly, it's just for a taste and buy cos' I wonder how it's possible not to get this album this year. I took a picture from privatedanser to do the cover sleeve, the same who did the picture I took for the Back Street Crawler live LP here. Meanwhile enj..., shiver it here.


Starless & Bible Black. Sundown dazzling day gold through my eyes but my eyes turned within only see starless and bible black old friend charity cruel twisted smile and the smile signals emptiness for me starless and bible black ice blue silver sky fades into grey to a grey hope that oh years to be starless and bible black

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love their version of Starless and Bible Black. I can';t find it on asny of their CDs - is it available as a download somewhere?

Anonymous said...

Link is dead...any chance of re-upload?
This is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Still cannot find any links on the net... is it possible to re-upload?

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!
Got "Starless"!

Anonymous said...

That Black and White photo of them Unthanks at the kitchen table reminds me of the shot on the back of Unhalfbricking.

This version of Starless and Bible Black is just so beautiful. I got this from you a few years back. I play it often. Thank you.

Lovely. There aren't many like this.