James Stevenson celebrates four decades of writing and playing with an amazing array of talent by personally choosing the 32 tracks featured on ’40 Years In The Rock ’n‘ Roll Wilderness which will be released on Pink Gun on April 27, 2018.
Currently active with Chelsea, Gene Loves Jezebel. Holy Holy, The Alarm, Woody Woodmansey‘s Holy Holy and The International Swingers (with Clem Burke) James found time to hand pick a collection that showcased his talent and shows why he‘s been the go-to gunslinger since he first picked up the instrument over 40 years ago.
Spread over two CD‘s and featuring all the above mentioned there‘s also hits from Kim Wilde and Tricky alongside favourites from Gen X, Beki Bondage, Hot Club (with Glen Matlock), Annabel Lamb, The International Swingers (with Glen Matlock and Clem Burke) and more making ’Forty Years In The Rock ’n‘ Roll Wilderness‘ an eclectic snapshot and insight into a career waking on the wild side.
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James Stevenson started playing guitar professionally in 1977 40 years ago hence the title of his retrospective 2 CD pack ’Forty Years In The Rock ’n‘ Roll Wilderness‘.
His career has included Chelsea, Generation X, Kim Wilde, Hot Club (with Glen Matlock), Gene Loves Jezebel, Annabel Lamb, The Cult, The Alarm, The International Swingers (with Glen Matlock and Clem Burke), Tricky, Scott Walker, Holy Holy (with Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti) and many more.
He‘s played on around 400 commercially released tracks. This is his own selection of some of his favourites. “It was hard choosing, but I didn‘t want it to run to more than two CDs” says James.
There are 32 tracks on the two discs. Some were hits – such as ‘Water On Glass‘ by Kim Wilde and ’Brand New You‘re Retro‘ by Tricky. Others are more obscure – a rare live recording of Gen X performing Bowie‘s ’Andy Warhol‘ and Henry Badowski‘s ’Baby Sign Here With Me‘. There‘s also the previously unreleased ’Big Tears‘ featuring Gary Holton on lead vocals.
’Forty Years In The Rock n Roll Wilderness‘ is fascinating collection of music spanning the forty year career of one London‘s most remarkable guitarists and will be available here: http://jamesstevenson.info/store.htm
1 Urban Kids (Chelsea)
2 Trouble Is The Day (Chelsea)
3 Barmy London Army (Charlie Harper)
4 Andy Warhol (Gen X live)
5 Baby Sign Here With Me (Henry Badowski)
6 Water On Glass (Kim Wilde)
7 Tell Him (Annabel Lamb)
8 Heat (Hot Club)
9 Don‘t Worry (The Smart)
10 Big Tears (Gary Holton and The Gang Show)
11 Desire (Come And Get It) (Gene Loves Jezebel)
12 Break The Chain (Gene Loves Jezebel)
13 Brand New You‘re Retro (Tricky)
14 Come Naturally (Gene Loves Jezebel)
15 Who Wants To Go To Heaven? (Jay Aston)
16 Jealous (acoustic version) (Gene Loves Jezebel)
17 45 RPM (The Alarm)
18 Superchannel (The Alarm)
19 My Town (The Alarm)
20 Move Over (Beki Bondage)
21 Sod The War (Chelsea)
22 Living In The Urban UK (Chelsea)
23 Cosy Family Way (Chelsea)
24 Home (Chelsea)
25 Open Mind (Glen Matlock And The Philistines)
26 Hey Mister (Glen Matlock And The Philistines)
27 FBI (The International Swingers)
28 Fool‘s Holiday (The International Swingers)
29 Whatever Works Now (The International Swingers)
30 The Width Of A Circle (Live) (Holy Holy)
31 Suzi‘s Problem (James Stevenson)
32 Come On People (James Stevenson)
The front cover picture depicting his 40 years in rock ‘n‘ roll is by art design wizard Karl Parsons of Parsons Marketing.