OVEREND WATTS He’s Real Gone

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OVEREND WATTS He’s Real Gone

CD TRACKLISTING

1. She’s Real Gone
2. The Dinosaw Market
3. Caribbean Hate Song
4. He’d Be A Diamond
5. The Legend Of Redmire Pool
6. Prawn Fire On Uncle Sheep Funnel
7. Belle Of The Boot
8. There’s Berkeley Power Station
9. The Magic Garden
10. Endless Night
11. Rise Up
12. The Search
13. Miss Kingston

BONUS TRACK
14. Born Late 58 (original demo)

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New Release on 1st September 2017. Item will be sent as soon as stock is available.

OVEREND WATTS who died early this year was a bass player, record producer, songwriter, author and founder member of MOTT THE HOOPLE and was the driving force behind the MTH reunion shows of 2009 and 2013.

Before his death after a long illness he finally completed his solo album that he had been promising to deliver to his legion of fans for the past decade plus, and in keeping with his legendary witty humour, he decreed that as the album would be released after his passing it would not be called “She’s Real Gone” as planned but changed to “He’s Real Gone”!

As a bonus track for fans Overend provided his own demo of his song “Born Late 58” which he sang on the seventh and final album from Mott The Hoople back in 1974.

MUSICIANS
OVEREND WATTS, PHIL HENDRIKS

Reviews

"He's Real Gone" is the long-awaited CD by the much loved Overend Watts, the bassist and founding member of the mighty Mott The Hoople who sadly passed away earlier this year. The CD contains eleven brand new compositions by Overend together with two cover versions plus the original demo of "Born Late '58" which dates back to "The Hoople" LP.

Imbued with Overend's eccentric, warm hearted personality, "He's Real Gone" is by turn quirky, amusing and, at times, it must be said, somewhat slightly odd. But beneath all that is a fascinating collection of songs that give you an insight into the World of Watts with wry, humorous tales of Herefordshire life, Car Boot Sales, ghosts, fishing, cups of tea in Acton and attractive young ladies in Tesco.

Musically, the album covers a wide range of styles from psychedelia ("Prawn Fire on Uncle Sheep Funnel") to pop, rock and folk. There's even a bit of faux jazz (Nice!) thrown in on "The Dinosaw Market." There's a distinct Sixties vibe to some of the songs especially on the harmonies and the jangling Byrds-like guitars. "Caribbean Hate Song" recalls Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd while "Belle of the Boot" somehow manages to sound like the love child of The Who and The Kinks.

The two cover versions included here also reflect Overend's wide ranging love of music and his championing of less well-known acts. "Endless Night" was originally recorded by one of Overend's favourites, the US psychedelic rock outfit the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, while "He'd Be A Diamond" written by Nick Saloman from The Bevis Frond, was covered by Teenage Fanclub, another band on who Watts was particularly keen.

Keith Smith, editor TMFH (July 2017)


 

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