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Every Man and Woman Is A Star

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Performer Notes
  • Ultramarine: Paul Hammond, Ian Cooper.
  • Additional personnel: Brendan Staunton (vocals on "Weird Gear"); Jolly James (violin); Jemma Mellerio (clarinet); Phil James (trumpet, harmonica); Gabriele Gai, Charlie May (keyboards); Paul Johnson (drums, Chinese flute).
  • Recorded at Boundary Row, Matrix and Elephant Studios, London, England between March 1991 and April 1992.
  • Personnel: Brendan Staunton (vocals); Jolly James (violin); Paul Johnson (flute, drums); Philip James (harmonica, trumpet); Jemma Mellerio (clarinet); Charlie May, Gabriele Gai (keyboards).
  • Liner Note Author: Ultramarine.
  • Recording information: Boundary Row Studios, London, England (03/1991/04/1992); Elephant Studios, London, England (03/1991/04/1992); Matrix & Elephant Studios, London, England (03/1991/04/1992).
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Jones.
  • This sublime 1992 release by the London-based duo of Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper has become something of an underground classic. With its comforting, womb-like warmth, which presaged the softer chill-out vibe of ambient by several years, it is a record to return to, one that brings renewed joys whenever it is played. Its unabashed positive energy is evident even in the record's completely unironic title.
  • Fat beats, burbling synthesizers, eclectic samples (Echo & the Bunnymen, the Eagles) images of the American West, and spoken words on spirituality don't sound as if they would necessarily belong together, but on EVERY MAN these disparate elements merge into a seamless whole. Throughout, strong melodies bring everything together and transform the concoction into something rich and memorable. Standout tracks include the insanely catchy "Weird Gear," featuring a hypnotic groove and the record's most straightforward vocal. The swinging "Saratoga" makes ingenious use of the intro to "One of These Nights," combining touches of scat singing and a nifty flute phrase for a supremely laid-back disco feel.
Professional Reviews
Q (10/02, p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...In 1992, this album was a landmark in chilled dance music....The essence of The Big Chill festival..."

Uncut (9/02, p.122) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - " fresh as newly combine harvested hay."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he album remains a total delight, now bolstered by the addition of a Peel session."
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