We hooked up with Tim when I had released my David J – Live rarities CDs and he sent me his Pulling Arrows remixes. I was blown away and we discussed about a possible release with David. That never happened (yet) but Tim did lots of David J remixes and collaborations over the years, some of them are already released at David’s Patreon site and his new versions for Feel Like Robert Johnson and Ascension are now available on David’s new Vagabond Songs album. He also contributed to (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes from the LP.
This compilation contains Tim’s takes and remixes of David J songs (except the recent ones)
01 – Within Arms Reach 4:11
02 – The Keys To Your Wheels 4:08
03 – The Walking Wounded 3:48
04 – Still Dead 4:41
05 – Told Him Everything 5:02
06 – New Tattoos 5:09
07 – Desoto Bridge 6:03
08 – Eulogy For Jeff Buckley – remix 1 9:41
09 – Eulogy For Jeff Buckley – remix 2 6:29
10 – Little Miss Impeccable – remix 1 5:03
11 – Little Miss Impeccable – remix 2 5:03
12 – Little Miss Impeccable – remix 3. 4:19
13 – Feel Like Robert Johnson At The Three Forks Saloon 5:11
14 – Ascension 5:04
Running time: 01:13:55
Track 01 – 03: 2010/2011. Remixes for Pulling Arrows From Our Heels from Estranged album. We had plans for releasing them on an EP along with David’s original and his KCRW session version and had another plan later for a joint release with Memphis Ghosts remixes as ‘Ghosts And Arrows’ EP. Then David suggested to put it aside for a possible release as a bonus disc with the limited edition 10th year anniversary vinyl re-issue of his Estranged album. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, maybe for the 15th or 20th anniversary…
Track 04 – 07: 2011. Remixes for Memphis Ghosts form Candy On The Cross CD single. Original Memphis Ghosts is a great forgotten gem (with Tony Fitzpatrick’s brilliant poem recited by David) and Tim’s remixes give it justice. Still Dead is my personal favourite of his remixes, bit slower and the most recognizably related to the original. Told Him Everything is a nice transition between Still Dead and New Tattoos which goes more farther from the original while Desoto Bridge is a great dub mix.
Track 08 – 09: 2014. Remixes for Eulogy For Jeff Buckley from Not Long For This World album, “one in a sort of Unkle style, a bit like the main Memphis Ghosts one and another in a neo classical style using lots of strings”.
Track 10 – 12: 2014-2015. Remixes for Little Miss Impeccable from An Eclipse of Ships album.
Track 13: 2015. This is the first mix that released on Patreon (24/07/2015), Vagabond Songs LP contains a slightly different mix. Back in 2014 I did a trade for a rare gem, a licensing sampler/promo CD called Demo selection 2003 that had the incomplete demo version of Robert Johnson. The same incomplete version was streamed on David’s website years ago as part of ‘Trans from the Attic’ series. I loved that track so I asked David about it. He was kind enough to unearth the full demo for me, and also sent it to Tim to work on it. Tim did wonderful work with it, this track is still my favourite on Vagabond Songs.
Track 14: 2015. Tim’s new version for David’s demo that also appeared on Demo selection 2003. Paired with David’s original this new version was released as a b-side of The Day That David Bowie Died 10″ in 2016 and also appeared on Vagabond Songs.
01 – Down In The Tenderloin – master version w/ voices 6:02
02 – Down In The Tenderloin – To The Panhandle 8:11
03 – Down In The Tenderloin – master version – no voices 6:02
04 – (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes – 2015/09/20 mix 5:18
05 – (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes – Rain In Her Eyes 3:45
06 – (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes – Year Of The Monkey 3:36.
07 – Albino Dog – Jeffes At Budapest Airport 6:13
08 – Albino Dog – Main mix – long version 14:32
09 – Gimme Some Truth – TN mix 3:43
10 – A Day In The Life Of The One That Got Away – TN version 6:56
11 – His Majesty The Executioner 7:50
Running time : 01:12:13
Track 01, 03: 2015. Re-recorded versions for Down In The Tenderloin, yet another song from the great Demo selection 2003 CD. Because of tuning issues with David’s original, Tim decided to re-record it completely. Track 03 is an instrumental version while Track 01 has some YouTube samples of a woman being interviewed in the Tenderloin and placeholder vocals by Tim.
Track 02 : 2015. An alternate version / remix for Down In The Tenderloin.
Track 04 : 2015. First longer mix of Chinatown. Different shorter mix appeared later on both Patreon (02/08/2016) and Vagabond Songs.
Track 05 : 2015. Alternate version / remix for Chinatown.
Track 06 : 2015. “Lovely ambient remix by the brilliant Tim Newman.” as David said on Patreon (08/03/2016)
Track 07 : 2016. This track had been recorded as part of Albino Dog sessions with a little input from me. Later it was shortened to half and renamed to ‘Trek to Dransdanubia’ by David. Official release is imminent…
Track 08 : 2016. Full length version of Albino Dog main mix. Shorter version will appear on the upcoming record.
Track 09 : 2016. Tim’s unreleased mix for Gimme Some Truth.
Track 10 : 2017. Tim’s contribution to David’s 60th birthday present CD called Kanreki! Vocals by Sarah Newman. Demo version of this song was released as a bonus track on the 2006 Plain Records reissue of Crocodile Tears album.
Track 11 : 2017. This song just appeared on Patreon (21/08/2017) recently. Piano bits have been transferred from David’s home tapes by me. Additional music by Tim, vocals by David J. You can hear it live on his ongoing Vagabond tour.