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Fox, Bill

Shelter From The Smoke

Scat
2XLP $16.50

11/24/2009 753417007710 

SCAT77 


CD $12.00

11/24/2009 753417007727 

SCAT 77 CD 


MP3 $9.90

11/24/2009 753417007727 

 


Scat Records offers up a definitive edition of Bill Fox's debut solo disc, Shelter from the Smoke, back in print after more than half a decade. Originally self-released in 1997 and reissued the following year by SpinArt, both previous versions featured different tracklists. This edition includes all songs from both versions, as well as the two tracks from a scarce 1996 Scat 7-inch. This reissue also marks the first time the album has been pressed on vinyl. Fox began his musical journey in early 1980s Cleveland with The Mice, who fused punk energy with British-Invasion-style songwriting and harmonies. He infamously dissolved the group on the eve of a European tour, then dropped out of the scene altogether, with an unfinished Mice LP in the can. In the early '90s, he began a series of home recordings which revealed a growing preference for acoustically based music, and formed the basis for Shelter from the Smoke as well as the follow-up Transit Byzantium (scheduled for a similar reissue treatment next year). Shelter also includes four electric tracks recorded with Fox's short-lived band The Radio Flyers. After a 1998 tour, Fox once again dropped out of music. Now he is performing again. For how long, nobody knows. Fox is one of those rare musicians who really does not enjoy the limelight, even declining an interview with Joe Hagan of The Believer, who went so far as to fly to Cleveland in hopes of meeting him. That and his refusal to "be on the internet" has probably only helped the growing cadre of music fans who sees his solo albums as mysterious, lost classics. Or perhaps they just delight in the ringing sound of Fox's perfectly pitched voice or his deft lyricism. Either way, Fox's two solo albums are jewels not to be missed by anyone who enjoys traditional songcraft or iconic vocalists.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Over And Away She Goes

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  2. #2 Appalachian Death Sigh

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  3. #3 Sara Page

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  4. #4 Lonesome Pine

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  5. #5 Get Your Workingman's Things

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  6. #6 Let In The Sun

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  7. #7 Way Way Down

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  8. #8 Singin' A Melody

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  9. #9 I'm Not Over Loving You

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  10. #10 Junked Lot Serande

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  11. #11 Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel

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  12. #12 You Can Tell Me All Night Long

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  13. #13 Let's Be Buried Together

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  14. #14 Love Ain't No Feeling

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  15. #15 Brittany Goes Right Down

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  16. #16 A Little More Rain

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  17. #17 Since I've Been Gone

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  18. #18 Baystorm

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  19. #19 Bird Of The World

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  20. #20 I May Never Know

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  21. #21 Andnowagain

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  22. #22 Grand-Ville Blues

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  23. #23 Don't Lean On My Door, Fever

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Single MP3s for this release are $0.99.

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