Thursday 23 March 2023

TRACK OF THE DAY : James - She's A Star (Orchestral Version)

James have today announced full details of their Be Opened By The Wonderful - 40 Years Orchestrated album and revealed the first track to be taken from it, a version of their 1997 Top 10 single She's A Star. The album, recorded with Joe Duddell and a twenty-two piece orchestra and eight-person choir, includes twenty tracks from across their career including a brand new song Love Make A Fool and is released on June 9th after James complete a fifteen-date UK tour with orchestra and choir.

The album was recorded at Blueprint Studios in January 2023 with the ORCA22 Orchestra lead by Andra Vornicu and the Manchester Inspirational Voices choir, directed by Wayne Ellington. The album was orchestrated and conducted by Joe Duddell, who performed those duties with the band on their 2011 orchestral tour.

The tracklisting for the album, released on CD, double vinyl and download is Sometimes, Love Make A Fool, We're Going To Miss You, Tomorrow, The Lake, She's A Star, Lookaway, Sit Down, Alaskan Pipeline, Someone's Got It In For Me, Hey Ma, Hello, Beautiful Beaches, Why So Close, Medieval, Hymn From A Village (cd only), Say Something, Top Of The World, Moving On and Laid.

Tim Booth says of the album which celebrates forty years since the release of James' first single Jimone on Factory Records - "Life begins at 40. For our midlife euphoria we recorded a double orchestral album of some of our deepest cuts. If you already have a golden ticket, you’ll be catching this on tour and at Latitude festival. Bring your wings and come ready to fly."

Joe Duddell commented "Having attended the first 6 years of Latitude Festival, I’m excited to be involved in James’ special Main Stage Show this year in a UK Festival exclusive. James have always been a great band at Festivals, mixing their extensive well loved back catalogue with newer songs which immediately sounds as they too have been around forever."

James' official website can be found here. They are on Facebook and Twitter.  Some of the band - TimAndyChloe and Dave - are also on Twitter.

The orchestra tour calls at Brighton Dome (April 25), Cardiff St David's Hall (26), York Barbican (28), Edinburgh Usher Hall (29), Glasgow SEC Armadillo (May 1), Newcastle City Hall (2), Sheffield City Hall (4), Birmingham Symphony Hall (5), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (7), Manchester O2 Apollo (9/10), Blackpool Opera House (12), Nottingham Royal Centre (13), Bath Forum (15) and London Royal Albert Hall (17). They also play a festival exclusive orchestral show at Latitude Festival (July 23).

They also play non-orchestral shows at Swansea In It Together Festival (May 28), Bristol Sounds (June 23), Liverpool Pier Head (July 2), Halifax Piece Hall (7/8), Dundee Slessor Gardens (28), Y Not Festival (29) and London Crystal Palace South Facing (August 11).

We also run the One Of The Three James archive, the most detailed resource for information about the band, and the site also has a Facebook and Twitter page.

TimBoothLyricADay, whose posts often lead to Tim explaining his thought processes behind the lyrics, can be found on Twitter and Facebook.


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