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Main » 2007 » May » 15 » Paul Roland - 1988 - Happy Families
Paul Roland - 1988 - Happy Families
Gothic-psych-baroque-rocker waxing demented in a way  only an Englishman can...impeccable." (Goldmine magazine, USA).
"Sublime,  fabbo and very, very in. Don't get left behind." (Melody Maker,  UK)
"Enigmatic gothic/baroque troubador with the psychedelic fringe"  (Ptolemaic Terrascope,UK)
"For some 15 years the enigmatic Paul Roland has  carved out a niche in peculiarly ornate British pop music." (Record Collector,  UK)
"He must be ranked with the most creative and unique songwriters of his  generation...the work of an exceptional talent." (Bucketful Of Brains,  UK)
"The male Kate Bush" (Robyn Hitchcock)
"If pop music had existed in  the 19th century Roland would have been a star." (Music Week, UK)
"England's  popmeister and future King" (The BOB, USA)

from Paul Roland's  site:
Since 1979 Paul has been spinning his bizarre tales against an  evocative backdrop of rock, psychpop, folk and, occasionally, baroque strings.  His most memorable character creations include a crotchety Regency magistrate,  various 19th century murderers, a retired executioner, an opium addict, and an  entire court of medieval grotesques. But not all his dreams are dark. Among his  more whimsical creations are the eccentric characters on the largely acoustic  album 'Happy Families' and its prequel 'A Cabinet of Curiosities'.
In England  he is better known as a writer of mass market books on mysticism and the occult  for major publishers. However, his reputation as a uniquely imaginative and  consistently fascinating figure on the psych-pop circuit has substantially  increased with each album. Other cult figures such as Robyn Hitchcock, Nick  Saloman (Bevis Frond), Nick Nicely, and Andy Ellison (John's Children) have made  guest appearances on his albums, several of which are now listed as highly  collectable.

Tracks : The Curate Of Cheltenham/Journey To The  Pole/Nursery Crimes/Cousin Emilia/Builder Of Follys/The Best Years Of our  Lives/Aunty/Animal Crackers plus extra tracks from CD : Beau Brummel  (re-recorded)/Go Down You Murderers/ I Can't Control Myself (radio  session)/Captain Blood (radio session)

Happy Families released in 1988 by the french label New Rose
Liner notes
Paul Roland: Vocals, Accoustic  GuitarCris Randall: Organ, Harpsichord, Bass, KeyboardMauris Memmond: Violins,  John Gallagher : Cello
Recordet at Elsewhere Studios, Kent, August 15-22  1988Organ&Boys Chorus Recorded in the Chapell of St Trinians School for  Backward Boys Canterbury, Kent
Note: Most of the songs are based on the lives  of real eccentries who lived during the Victorian Period.

This is for  'Tydalwaves' who is "desperately searching for it". He has the great new blog Hidden Among The Leaves  with a lot of out of print records from the 80s (and 2 or 3 Roland  LPs).
Update: Gomonkeygo informed us that in his excellent Time is a Disease That Only  Space Can Cure blog you can find the Happy Families album, as well as the  (better) Danse  Macabre album (and many other great records).
Update of the update: gomonkeygo is now a regular contributor of Lost-In-Tyme. Time is a disease... blog still exists (though not updated anymore) but he has another great blog, named New Disease - the link is at the "Site Friends" column at the right.

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