I just realised I hadn’t done a follow-up post about this. I also realised that I don’t have any photos of Tim anywhere: I once lost my entire photo collection in a house move. At least with most of the subjects in the other pics I have the possibility of taking new photos to replace them.
I’m not going to “review” The Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute To Tim Smith, because it’s too painful to sit there grading a musical hug to someone who deserves it. Suffice to say the album is great, since it’s predominantly by people in/ex Cardiacs, and associated acts (Levitation’s Bob White and Bic Hayes, Medieval Baebes’ Katherine Blake, etc). With well-known folks from XTC, Ultrasound and All About Eve contributing, it might even find an audience beyond Cardiacs’ devoted fanbase, and they’ll find plenty to enjoy.
I was very pleased to see it topping the “best sellers” chart over at thegenepool.co.uk
This is not just a tribute album. It is an endeavour borne of love.
Tim Smith composer, principal songwriter, lead singer and guitarist of Cardiacs and numerous other seminal music projects suffered a severe stroke in 2008. The artists on this record have come together to celebrate Tim’s unique music, to further it’s dominion and importantly, to raise funds for Tim, who is at present unable to do many of the things we all take for granted.Everyone involved in the making of this album has generously given their time and creativity freely, a testament to the love we all share for Tim.
All profits from the sale of this record will go directly to Tim Smith.
Leader Of The Starry Skies – A Tribute To Tim Smith. Songbook 1
1 Savour – William D Drake And His So Called Friends
2 Big Ship – Ultrasound
3 Fear – Oceansize
4 Let Alone My Plastic Doll – Mark Cawthra
5 Day Is Gone – The Trudy
6 Founding – Stars In Battledress
7 Will Bleed Amen (Feat: Sarah Measures) – Max Tundra
8 Shaping The River – Julianne Regan
9 The Stench Of Honey – Knifeworld
10 A Little Man And A House – The Magic Numbers
11 Is This The Life – mikrokosmos
12 March – North Sea Radio Orchestra
13 Lilywhite’s Party (Feat: Andy Partridge) – Robert White
14 Wind And Rains Is Cold – Rose Kemp Vs Rarg
15 Up In Annie’s Room – Katherine Blake
16 Stoneage Dinosaurs – Steven Wilson
17 Home Of Fadeless Splendour – The Scaramanga Six
More info here: http://www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/597.htm
A sister-album is also available for just £5
Leader of the Starry Skies – ‘A Loyal Companion’
1 Silvery – Spell With A Shell
2 Eureka Machines – Arnald
3 The Gasman – Gloomy News
4 Bug Prentice – My Trade Mark
5 Sidi Bou Said – Victory Egg
6 Panixphere – To Go Off And Things
7 Local Girls – I Hold My Love In My Arms
8 Sterbus – Dirty Boy
9 Jason Pegg – Tree Tops High
10 The Scaramanga Six – Everything Is Easy
11 a/c woods – Joining The Plankton
12 Spiritwo – Dead Mouse
13 Agency – All Spectacular
14 Idiotbox – Nurses Whispering Verses