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Demos          Rarities          Album Tracks           Collaborations

Recent Updates:
March 2012: Added Soul Coat (live), Down By The Riverbank (live) and Walking On Air
June 2011: Added Partir (glitch-free)

Demos

The Wonder of it All
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Demo for the album of the same name.
Partir
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The closing track of Azure. You can hear that most elements of the arrangement were already conceived on Louis's demo. Danny's orchestral washes and Dave Gregory's volume-pedal guitar were added on the finished article.
Maria Celesta
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A song written for Anthony Adverse's Red Shoes album, recorded on a Portastudio... hence the abysmal sound quality - more than compensated by a solid vocal and a very atmospheric backing track composed solely of multi-tracked classical guitars.
Martine
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This demo of a Louis favourite (which he has performed at every gig since the release of Sunshine) convinced Bertrand Burgalat to take on the producer's role on that album. Though most people will not have realised it, the lyric - seemingly a love song - is actually about a friend of Louis's who died of AIDS. Recorded with Ken Brake at Regal Lane Studios.
Jean & Me
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Louis: "We could never recapture the drive of this demo - the chorus in particular - when we recorded Yuri Gagarin. A pity, since we hoped this tune could be our Trojan horse onto national radio... One of many occasions when the first draft proved to be much better than the final version."

Rarities

Bali Lied
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From Humbuggery - various artists compilation - Humbug Records, BAH13. Bali Lied is an unreleased track from the Sunshine sessions, 1995.
Xmas Sun
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A Christmas song recorded for Trattoria Calendar O.S.T (1994) - Polystar PSCR-5340 (Trattoria menu 48).
L'Oiseau de Nuit
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Cover of a Michel Polnareff song - recorded for the Un hommage à Polnareff album - XIII BIS Records CD 520994.
Le Bal de Laze
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Cover of another Michel Polnareff song - recorded for the A Tribute to Polnareff album - XIII BIS Records CD 520995. A melodramatic tale (in French) of a man condemned to hang for a crime of passion. A lot of fun was had raiding the sound effects library for this one...
Natsu No Omoide (2000)
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Traditional Japanese song recorded by Louis for the soundtrack to Manuke No Kara, a show recorded for Japanese television by the country's most famous troupe of comedians, the City Boys.
Spice Boy (2001)
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Theme tune for the City Boys' TV series. An instrumental version appeared as the backing to a spoken word track, Three Views Of Cicely, on 9th & 13th.
Little By Little
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Louis's first collaboration with the City Boys, an a cappella track recorded in 1998 with David Longdon, for use in the comedians' roadshow.

Album tracks

If You're Missing Someone
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From Appointment with Venus (July 1986) - él/Cherry Red Acme 5/5 CD
Guess I'm Dumb
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From Ivory Tower (November 1988) - él/Cherry Red ACME 15/15CD
Yuri Gagarin
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The title track from Yuri Gagarin (October 1989) - él/Cherry Red ACME 23/23CD
Rainfall
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The title track from Rainfall (1991) - Polystar PSCR-1028.
(Incidentally, there's a wonderful instrumental cover of this song by avant-chamber ensemble The Four Bags on their 2006 album Live At Barbes.)
Jean Renoir
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The title track from Jean Renoir (1992) - Polystar PSCR-1054
L'Aventure
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From Delta Kiss (1993) - Polystar PSCR-5052/Humbug AMA 001
Rafaella
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From Sunshine (1994/5) - Humbug BAH23/Polystar PSCR-5338 (Trattoria menu 49)
Jackie Girl
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The title track from Jackie Girl (1996) - Polystar PSCR-5464 (Trattoria menu 88)
Azure
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The title track from Azure (1998) - XIII BIS Records CD 189932
Partir
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From Azure (1998) - XIII BIS Records CD 189932.
Unfortunately, commercially-available mp3s of this track have various audio glitches. The track should be 7:56 long - one version out there is only 7:49, with a few seconds missing at about 2:02! Here is a more-or-less glitch-free copy. (There are a few digital clicks on the CD itself which we can't do anything about, alas.)
Mrs Bluebird
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From Simultaneous Ice Cream (1999) - Siesta 90 (Reverie Two). Performed by Sunshine Day.
Algebra Spaghetti
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The title track from Algebra Spaghetti - Siesta/Reverie Siesta 70. Performed by Mild Euphoria.
Angelica My Love
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From Let's Pretend (1995) - Humbug AMA002
You Mary You
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Originally released as a single in March 1987 - él/Cherry Red GPO23 /23T. Can also be found on Claret (1992) - Cherry Red/Richmond Monde 4CD, and on Passport to the Pogie Mountains (July 1987) - VAP Records 85602-32
Le Grenouillère
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From Nusch (1998) - L'Appareil Photo/Nippon Columbia COCY 80858
Sleep
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Bonus track from Rainfall/Jean Renoir (Jan. 2000) (double album reissue) - Cherry Red CDMRED 162
Heaven
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Bonus track from Sunshine/Delta Kiss (double album reissue) - Cherry Red Records CMRED156
My Favourite Part Of You
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Title track from My Favourite Part of You (2003)- XIII Bis Records/6402962
Seven Years
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From My Favourite Part of You (2003)- XIII Bis Records/6402962
The Wonder Of It All
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Title track from The Wonder Of It All (2004) - Wonder α
Songs Like These
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From The Wonder Of It All (2004) - Wonder α
Soul Coat (live)
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From Live (2007) - Wonder β. A live performance of the Wonder Of It All track by Louis and Danny at the Sendesaal, Bremen, Germany, May 2005. "One of my efforts to write a jazz song..."
Down By The Riverbank (live)
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From Live (2007) - Wonder β. A rare documentation of a full band performance at The Spitz, London, January 2001, by the Azure lineup of Louis, Danny, David Longdon (guitar/vocals), Dave Gregory (guitar), and Andy Lymn (drums).
Walking On Air
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From An Unknown Spring (2007) - Wonder γ

Collaborations

Anthony Adverse - Red Shoes Waltz (1988)
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From The Red Shoes album. One of the outstanding tracks on what may be Louis's outstanding album from the él period - virtually a solo effort, as he wrote all the material on the record. Produced by Richard Preston, keyboard pyrotechnics courtesy of Dean Brodrick. Louis plays guitars and sings backing vocals (with Martyn Bates of Eyeless in Gaza).
Keiichi Suzuki - Flying Man (1989)
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From the Mother album, Keiichi and Louis recorded this song (originally the soundtrack to a video game) at Peter Gabriel's Real World studio.
Stuart Moxham & The Original Artists - Over There (1993)
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From the Random Rules album. In Louis's words: "One of the happiest recording sessions I ever took part in" - and you can hear why on this track, with its great tune and a marvellously relaxed feel to the backing track.
Martin Newell - Arcadian Boys (1995)
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From The Off-White Album by the great poet/gardener from Wivenhoe, Essex, which Louis produced: "A string arrangement I was extremely pleased with, all the more so because Martin's melody was so beautiful. We went for the Leo Ferré treatment on this one - an apt choice, since Ferré is one of Martin's favourite singers."
HaLo - Butterfly Blue (2000)
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From the Blue album. One of Louis's favourites: a song he wrote "to order" for Japanese singer Ayako Hirakata ("HaLo"), recorded at MTV studio in Helsinki. The (beautiful) arrangement was written by Timo Alakotila. Louis: "The coda to that song is one of the things I'm the most pleased with... the way Ayako holds her note over the final chords sends shivers down my spine." Louis contributed backing vocals to the track.
Somniloquy (2001)
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From 9th & 13th, the album from Jonathan Coe, Louis Philippe and Danny Manners. Louis sings Danny's setting of the poem from Jonathan's novel The House of Sleep.
 
 
 
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