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BARRY BLUE RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUMS

BARRY BLUE RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUMS

London, July 2020: Prolific songwriter, producer, and one-time pop idol, Barry Blue is returning to the artist arena with a long-awaited new box-set, entitled 'Chapter and Verse... 50 Years On', which includes two separate albums, to be released on September 18th 2020 by Favoured Nations Music.

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Blue has written songs that have been covered or sampled by global superstars such as Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Andrea Bocelli through to Missy Elliott, J.Dilla, Redman and Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire. He also was involved in writing such pop staples as Dina Carroll's 'Escaping'; Toto Coelo's 'I Eat Cannibals'; Five Star's 'All Fall Down'; Brotherhood of Man's European No. 1 'Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby'; and many other chart entries.

He was originally a very successful recording artist in the early 1970s, with major global hits such as 'Dancin' (On a Saturday Night)' and 'Do You Wanna Dance?' amongst many others, but he now admits that he was more comfortable on the production side of a hit record, and content just to see his name as a composer underneath a song he had written.

His work with Heatwave also saw his production skills merged superbly with a pre-Quincy Jones-era Rod Temperton. It was Blue who put the incongruous harp at the beginning of the anthemic three million seller, 'Boogie Nights' to superb effect, and oversaw their exemplary 'Too Hot To Handle' and 'Central Heating' albums in their entirety. Barry's production and songwriting skills was prolific throughout the 1970s and '80s, continuing into the '90s and 2000's with such artists as The Saturdays, The Wanted and Pixie Lott.

All in all, Barry has a body of studio work that has sold some 40 million records worldwide, in a career of more than 45 hits, as a writer, producer and artist. He has also composed for film, television and advertising, in Only Fools and Horses, The Sweeney, The Long Good Friday, and The Eyes of Laura Mars, through to Breaking Bad, Sex in the City and the Netflix series The Get Down, Money Heist and Top Boy, to name just a few.

This is where 'Chapter and Verse...50 years On' comes in, previewing not only a "future-funk" tinged single release, 'Crime To Be Cool' b/w 'Escaping', but an album he's been wanting to make for a very long time, for which the clue is in the title: 'Songs From The Heart Book'. 
For this new release, Barry has gone behind the microphone once again, to sing his songs for the first time in the way that he has always wanted them to be heard. This new album is not a 'greatest hits' revisited, nor an exercise in nostalgia, but a chance for him to reclaim the compositions that have meant the most to him since he started his stellar career over fifty years ago. There's no overblown production, just a gentle breeze of an album with tasteful acoustics, augmented by elegant piano and soaring harmonies.

On 'Songs From The Heart Book', Blue comments, "I'm singing those tunes I now realise no one ever should have sung before me, because they're all too personal. They are the soundtrack to my life, and I couldn't leave them in the past. I needed to drag them kicking and screaming back into the light where they belong."

He goes on, "I'm thrilled when an artist of the calibre of Celine Dion or Diana Ross records one of my compositions, but there's always been the feeling that I let these songs go. It's not that other artists didn't do them well, It's just that it's time to get them back to the way I originally conceived them."

'Chapter and Verse... 50 Years On' is a box-set collection that includes the newly recorded 'Songs From The Heart Book'; coupled with a second album 'Songs From The Lost Book' featuring tracks recorded in the '80's and '90's. This includes songs like 'Afrodizziact', recorded under the name Cry Sisco! (which became recognised as one of the soundtracks to 1989's 'Second Summer of Love'), through to the 'New Romantic' scene with unreleased tracks such as 'Eye To Eye' and 'Nights Are Colder', and more.

Also included in the box-set is an edited version of Blue's autobiography, 'Barry Who?' (Immortality Is Not Dead!), which he has been writing since 'forever', as he says, and which contains vignettes of his extraordinary life with all the 'highs and lows', both personal and musical.

"When you get to a certain point in your life," Blue continues, "you want to look back on what you've done and say, I think that was good, I'm proud of that."

'Songs From The Heart Book' - Track Listing 1) Crime To Be Cool
2) Crying Over Nothing
3) Escaping
4) Call My Name
5) Boy In The Moon
6) No Time To Be Hurt
7) Lost For Words
8) Delicate Beauty
9) Don't Think Where In Kansas Anymore
10) Worlds Apart

'Songs From The Lost Book' - Track Listing 1) Afrodizziact (as Cry Sisco!)
2) Magic Tonight
3) Lovesick
4) Daddy's Arms
5) Nights Are Colder
6) Sleeping Blue Nights
7) Makin' It
8) Cool-De-Jack
9) Eye To Eye
10) Dancin' (on a Saturday Night) '89

'Look Blue's Talking' - Podcast album

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